One of the most popular questions we get at Ivy Salon is how our clients can make their hair grow faster. We know everyone desires to have that long, luscious hair that the models are sporting in Pantene commercials. In reality, making your hair grow faster is tied to how healthy your hair and your scalp is. If you think of hair growth in terms of crop growth, a healthy crop with healthy soil will grow taller because it’s healthy. Just like the rest of the body, your hair will flourish (and yes, grow “faster”) if you put in some TLC.
Hair grows about half an inch every month, on average. However, it’s important to take into account various lifestyle factors and the effects they could be having on your hair growth. A high stress lifestyle is one of the main reason hair falls out or grows slowly. There are various medical conditions or medications that may contribute to slow hair growth or hair loss. Be sure to review medication side effects with a medical professional.
As we age, our growth hormones can fluctuate and typically decreases, so the older you are the higher the chances are that you’ll need to put forth extra care and effort in order to promote hair growth. Again, review your overall health with a medical professional—changes in diet, adding daily vitamins and supplements can all be beneficial and will support hair growth. Ultimately, whatever you’re putting into your body will be reflected in what comes out of it, just like exercise or diet.
Biotin supplements support healthy skin, nerves, digestive track and metabolism and there is preliminary evidence that it promotes hair growth. Keep in mind any changes that you make to your diet or beauty routine will take time to see—at least six months. There is no overnight fix to longer hair—except extensions!
Scalp care and hair care are two very different things. Circling back to our crop example, a healthy root and a healthy soil is the key to a healthy plant—so treat your scalp well. Check in with a stylist and if they have any concerns, connect with a dermatologist. Balance is important for scalp care as you don’t want a scalp that’s too oily or too dry.
Using quality hair products can also help strengthen hair and promote healthy hair from the outside in. Talk with your stylist about your hair wants and concerns and ask them to make recommendations on products that will help you achieve healthy, long hair. Aveda’s Invanti system includes shampoo, conditioner and a scalp revitalizer and is clinically proven to reduce hair loss. The Pramasana line by Aveda is a scalp cleansing system that helps clarify the scalp.
Ivy Salon offers Salon Treatments that cleanse and restore balance to the scalp. If you’re interested in receiving a service or consultation, give us a call today!