How to Help Your Hair Grow Longer, Faster

(Also works for lashes and nails)

On average, hair grows one half inch per month. If your hair seems to have stopped growing, or is thinning, the first step is to identify the cause.

Many think their hair is not growing because they are damaging it and breaking off the ends unaware. Try styling your hair in sunlight. If you see tiny pieces flying in the air as you style, this is likely the culprit. See this article to learn how to prevent breakage:

Hair, like the rest of your body, needs to be fed and nourished. If you don’t have a medical condition, such as a thyroid disorder, and you’re not breaking off the ends, your hair nemesis is most likely a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

The most common deficiency is Vitamin C. You have to consume it and/or take a supplement every single day, because your body does not store this vitamin. After a period of time, your hair will begin to thin and fall out without Vitamin C, so be absolutely sure you’re getting enough. The best source of C is sodium ascorbate.

Many Americans are iodine deficient. Iodine is essential, and hard to obtain. Without it, you will have slow hair growth, possible hair loss, and may even lose your eyebrows and eyelashes. Iodized salt is not enough for many to compensate for their diets, and many are on salt-restricted diets as well. Check your multi-vitamin for iodine or iodide. The best form is potassium iodide or sea kelp, and even many of the most popular brands of vitamins do not have it. Find a brand that does, or do an online search for high-iodine foods and other sources. If you are iodine deficient, you will have more energy as well as hair by remedying this problem. (Too much iodine is equally damaging and dangerous, be sure not to overdo it.)

MSM, or methylsulphonylmethane, is completely natural compound that our bodies use everyday. It’s essential for healing, but it also makes hair, eyelashes, and fingernails long and luxuriant because MSM is an organic sulfur, and hair and nails have more organic sulfur than anywhere else in your body. MSM is the fourth most needed element in nutrition, following oxygen, water, and salt.

Reduce your stress levels any way you can (excess stress weakens your hair), and get some sunlight. Vitamin D is crucial, and sunlight is a very good source. Additionally, take one-two tablespoons of cod liver oil, which is high in Vitamin D, about once a week, and as an extra dose take one tablespoon of linseed oil to give hair the essential fatty acids that it needs.

Protein is mandatory. Hair is made of proteins, so be sure to get sufficient amounts. An Amino Acid supplement is good to boost your protein. Try to get at least 1,000 mcg daily of Biotin as well, which helps your body use the proteins and carbohydrates you consume effectively. Biotin is relatively inexpensive, and comes in small, easy to swallow pills.

Other supplements for hair, lash and nail growth, in order of importance, are: Manganese, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin B-Complex, Evening Primrose Oil, and Horsetail. Consuming gelatin is also beneficial, and is available in pill form.

(Coming Soon: Others ways to increase hair growth)