Growing out your red hair can be a long and tedious process. Sometimes it feels like your hair just isn’t growing, or it’s growing but it isn’t healthy. Here are a few tips to help you get your longest, strongest, most gorgeous red hair:
1. Increase your biotin* intake
Biotin can help stimulate hair growth, so eating biotin-rich food or taking biotin supplements, can help you get longer hair (and nails). Biotin-rich foods include nuts, egg yolks, whole grains, and bananas. If you opt for a supplement, be sure to consult your doctor for the proper dosage for you.
2. Adjust your diet
Changes to your diet like increased protein may help your hair thrive. Additionally, certain vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids can promote increased hair growth. This includes vitamins C, D, and E as well as iron, zinc, and omega-3s.
3. Massage your scalp
Stimulating the scalp and promoting increased blood flow is another way to get your hair to grow more quickly. Massage your scalp for several minutes in the shower while washing it, or get a professional scalp massage.
4. Cut down on heat
Heat from curling irons, hair dryers, straightening irons can damage the hair. Cutting back on heat won’t actually make your hair grow any faster, but it will help your hair stay healthy which means less gets cut off when you get a trim.
5. Get a trim
Like cutting out heat, getting regular trims doesn’t actually make hair grow faster. However, as the hair grows longer, it tends to get a little stringy at the ends. Regular trims help hair look and feel healthier.
6. Check your thyroid levels*
This is important but also a topic that must be discussed with your doctor! Prolonged hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause loss of hair. The loss usually involves the entire scalp rather than discrete areas. The hair appears uniformly sparse. Regrowth is usual with successful treatment of the thyroid disorder.
7. Be patient
At the end of the day, everyone’s hair grows at its own rate. There isn’t much you can do to speed up that process, so you just have to be patient and wait it out. Enjoy your hair at its current length by playing around with different styles.
*We’re not medical doctors. Always consult with your doctor. If you opt for a supplement, be sure to consult your doctor for the proper dosage for you.
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