Feb 25, 2013

How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster or the Fast Track to Cousin-It-Ville

If you're here just for the tips, they're below photos.

      The story of why I've wanted to write this post begins 2.5 years ago when I last shaved my head. Since I started to grow my hair long, people have often made remarks how fast it grows or have asked me if I got hair extensions. I usually say that I eat fertilizer for breakfast or that my brain is obviously shit since my hair loves to grow on it.
      Before the growing out phase, there was one question that was even more frequent (and annoying) and that was: "Why did you shave your head??" I made up a story that a bat got caught in my hair one night when I was walking my fart machine and the only way to save the bat was to shave my head. Would you believe me if I told you that some people believed that? You probably wouldn't. But they sure did. The truth is, I was never emotionally attached to my hair - it's there, you cut it, it comes back. What's the big deal? So I did just that: cut it, dyed it, abused it in so many ways for years until there was nothing left for me to do but to shave it. All. And I did. I shaved my head every week for 6 months. Why? Because I felt like it. As simple as that.
      My boyfriend likes (or at least doesn't mind) the crazy hair but when he first saw my scalp exposed during my Rihanna mohawk period, he said: "You know, I'm never going to tell you what you can or can't do. But if you asked me, just hypothetically, I'd say: Do whatever you want with your hair, just don't shave it all." God and Santa were obviously both on vacation that day because he sure didn't get his wish.
      You should have seen the expression on his face when he first saw me. It was the perfect mixture of: WTF, I♥U, OMG and you still look DTF. That's my third favorite expression on his face. The second one is when I waxed his armpits on a dare. I pulled that first strip and of course he took it like a man and screamed until he was blue in the face. But my most favorite expression is when I looked at him and said: "Now we have to wax the other one." Wax: 2 €. Waxing strips: 4 €. The joy, which fills my heart whenever I think of him screaming ... Do I have to say it? PRICELESS. But let's go back to the other hair.
      Recently a friend of mine asked me where all of my hair is coming from and I thought: "Ok, what's the deal here, does my hair really grow that fast??" It takes a month for human hair to grow about 1.2 centimeters (or 0.5 inch) so in 2.5 years my hair should be 36 centimeters (14 inches) long. I measured it and it's over 40 centimeters (16 inches) but I've already cut and trimmed it multiple times so there should be at least 5 additional centimeters there (or 2 inches). Cool. I've always wanted a super power. Flying, x-ray vision or the ability to talk to dolphins would have been better but I guess super speedy hair isn't that bad either.

I last shaved my head in July 2010
and 2.5 years later:

      So these would be my TIPS FOR FASTER HAIR GROWTH. Or better yet, this is what I've done (intentionally or not), which obviously helps my hair grow faster:

Don't wash your hair too often. If you're washing it every day, don't. If you're washing it every other day, don't. If you're washing it three times per week, don't. Man invented ponytails, braids, buns and hats just so you don't have to wash your hair like crazy. Think of Neanderthals - they had hair growing everywhere. That's because they didn't shower. Ever. 

Don't use any heat on it. I NEVER use hairdryers and in the last 3 years, I used a flatiron once. If you think heat has nothing to do with it, google "no heat challenge" and see for yourself.

Don't comb your hair when it's wet. Wash it, let it air dry and only then comb and style it.

Use as little hair products as possible. None would be perfect.

Massage your scalp, it helps blood circulation and more blood means more oxygen and nutrients and all that good stuff for your hair.

If you want, you can get omega 3 fish oil supplements and vitamin B complex capsules. A lot of people recommend prenatal vitamins but don't get that - those contain other stuff (zinc, iron, etc.) a pregnant woman and her child need but you don't.

As soon as you see a split end, trim your hair. Don't use any masks or similar products to repair split ends, it's pointless, it cannot be done. You cannot glue split hairs back together, period. The longer you wait, the more hair you'll have to eventually cut.

And lastly, if you want your hair a certain length, you have to know that not everything is possible for everybody. Not all people can grow hair long enough to cover their nipples or down to their butts. Why? Because a life of a hair is divided into three phases, out of which the first phase is the growing one and can last from 2 to 5 years, after that the hair falls out. So if a person's hair grows only for 2 years, it can only be about 30 centimeters (12 inches) long, period. Compare bulldogs and Yorkshire terriers. Bulldogs can grow their hair out their entire lives (and they actually do) but their hair will always be short. So if you've been growing your hair long and you haven't noticed any "improvement" for a year or so, you should invest in hair extensions.

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  1. you managed to be funny and helpful all at once -
    ps you look soo cute with your pink hair - really brings out your eyes - kudos babes x
    PS i regret not shaving my head when i could.

    1. What do you mean, when you could?? You can always shave your head, can't you?:)

    2. getting older and working in a professional workplace there are certain unwritten rules...
      also when you are young most things looks great - you may not feel but it looks great in your twenties! a visit to a hair salon barely sorts me out these days!!! lol. plus as you get older hair takes a lot longer to grow... mistakes are not as easily repairable - i am still trying to sort out my fringe i cut in november!!! ;)

    3. I agree... As much as I want to believe we don't live in a world of unwritten rules, I know we do. Besides that, sooner or later I'm going to need my hair to cover my wrinkles a.k.a. to frame my face so buzz cut is out of the question.:D Good luck with your bangs.;)

  2. I really enjoyed this post!!! I get bored so easy with my hair....sometimes I wosh I couls do the same, save them...but my bf will definitely have the same expression!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now I have long hair just like you


  3. Great tips, thanks for sharing :)


  4. I definitely agree with the fish oil advice. My hair grows an inch every 2 months (not kidding), which can be very expensive in terms of getting it trimmed! I actually do wash my hair every other day, but maybe I'm just lucky to have hair that doesn't quit lol.

    xox Lara www.weheartbeautyblog.com

  5. Great tips! I know massaging your scalp definitely helps!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  6. great tips

  7. I am trying to grow my hair out and the 'washing every day' is an issue for me. I'm almost able to go every other day .. working on it, working on it :-)


  8. Seriously, this post blew me away. SO glad I read this. Your hair looks healthy and beautiful. I was washing my hair everyday up until this past summer, when I realized it wasn't healthy. I thought I was doing well until I read this post because I wash it every other day! I may have to cut it to every 3 days now after reading this. I just got a trim and i had the worst split ends, but it's hard to stay away from heat because I don't have the best natural hair style (curly yet wavy yet ew). BUT I absolutely love this post, I don't think I'll ever have the balls to shave it but it's always been in the back of my mind... anyway, excellent post. loved it - definitely forwarding it to my friends. xoxo


  9. Hey dudette,

    I kinda hate you for looking so great without hairs (or with purple very short hairs). yes you're right, everybody can shave their head just because they want to. It's just that not everybody looks good with a shaved head. i would look like a freaking bulldog (and that's kinda mean towards billdogs)
    Anyway, love your long black hairs too !!!

    And to answer your previous messages :
    1/ yes I can complain about beaing back from mauritius... plenty =) Cause yesterday it was sunny and I had crazy sunburns, and today it is snowing like shit and I don't even want to get out. So lots lots of complains on their way. (But I'm a girl. That s what I'm here for ^^)
    2/ I replied about my job through private email, i'd be happy to know more : did you receive my message


  10. That's such a good superpower :) It must be so much, you know you can do anything to your hair and if it doesn't work out at least you know it'll grow out soon! My hair is the same :)

    Carmen Ri.

  11. carai!!!!ttambien te queda genial corto, a mi me gusto mucho corto en las mujeres!!!!jaja

  12. Love these hair growing tips. My hairdresser recently cut my hair shorter than expected, so waiting for it to grow now.

  13. stellar tips xx

  14. *super high pitch voice* OMGEE WHY DID YOU SHAVE YOUR HAIR?!

    JK!! Before you whiplash me with your super power hair >D Hahahaha I am always on the outlook for your post (not for stalking purposes) but because it really makes me laugh <3 Always ALWAYS a bad idea to read your posts in the office because I am constantly on the verge of laughing out loud with my colleagues all lined, sitting beside me >D


  15. Thanks for sharing your tips Peet, my hair grow so slowy thats why I cut it so seldom:)) Have a good day! xo

  16. This post is genial! Funny and useful at once!
    Loved your tips (even if I tought there was a joke when I started to read the 1st point^^), definitely I'll follw them!
    PS: You've got amazing hair!


  17. ahhhh that was scary when i first saw it! IT's like when my hair is long, and sometimes I scare myself when i look in the mirror and see an asian ghost looking girl with long blair hair! I also like to do stuff with my hair! But really scared of damaging it permanently or going bald. Anyway, around May last year, I got a rather short haircut, but then decided to do absolutely nothing to it (not even trim) for a whole year. I still have 2 months to go... so we'll see how that goes. I've always wanted to shave my hair off, but have not been able to have the guts to do it.... maybe one day. Also, funny story -- just as i was opening your blog link, Shelden from 'The Big Bang Theory' said 'for PEte's Sake'..... whaaaaaat~


    1. :D That's so cool!:D
      When I last shaved my head, I also said I'm not going to cut it anymore for a while, but I've been tempted so many times. Especially these last few days, I want a short haircut so badly!
      Maybe you can shave your head after the two months are over...:)

  18. this is such a great post! i'm waiting for my hair to grow longer and these tips will definitely help me - thank you! :)

  19. Everybody sing the bloody hallelujah, there's another human being here who's hair grow as fast as mine :D! Everyone is always commenting on how friggin fast does my hair grow. I guess it's genes babe, it's genes... And you looked so hot with your shaved head. I wanna try it one day too. Well, my boyfriend would not be pleased but you only live once, right...
    Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it :).


  20. Some people believes really each story like yours with the bat ;) So funny! And you´re right: I made the same experience like you that hairs grow very well when for instance don´t wash too much, don´t heat, don´t comb wet and so on! In the past my hair was much more bad than now (and I had nearly shaved my hair in the same way like you) and it´s really better now with this methods.

    And thank you for your nice comment on my blog: I checked immediately your blog with the result: I like it!

    I would like to follow you on gfc and/or bloglovin and it´ll be great if you come return to my blog to follow me – then I will follow you immediately back.



  21. genius. always love seeing what you post!


  22. great tips, I don't wash my hair everyday and don't like using heat on it ;D


    Inspirations Have I None

  23. Great tips :)
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  24. love the post!! and love your writing,, with a punch of good sense of humor

  25. Very interesting and curious post!
    Xox Clàudia

  26. Great and super interesting post..;-)
    kisses..From spain.

  27. That was a hilarious and informative post! I've been shedding like crazy lately - I should probably apply some of your tips to my hair situation...

    Love the cotton candy pink hair by the way! And I especially love your attitude towards hair! I used to feel the same way, then I got stuck in a look. I cut bangs into my hair a la Anita Pallenberg a couple months ago and am encouraged to keep going!

    Love your blog - glad you found me!


  28. Great tips :)
    Love our pink hair :)


  29. My hair is like yours - I cut it very short about every two years and by the time the two year period is over, it hangs down almost two my butt! But not everyone can do that. Not washing more than twice a week does help a lot, I have to agree. I don't think I could live without combing my hair wet, though; I would never be able to get a comb through it otherwise!

  30. This was massively helpful thanks :)
    I shall stop hairdrying my hair immediately!
    Thanks for the tips and for being inspiring, although I have to say I think you look absolutely amazing with a shaved head too :)


  31. Interesting post! I will keep that in mind because I am currently trying to grow my hair a little.
    Catherine xo

  32. oh gosh your blog rocks!!!


  33. Really love your shaved look.

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