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The lockdown is a good time to do things that you have been putting off for a while. Prime among them, growing your hair out. Busy lives, hip hair salons, tinder date, and hectic social life have not let us find our optimum hair potential. 

Plus, who wants that awkward phase between haircuts where you look like you belong nowhere? Perhaps this lockdown might provide you with the necessary tools to do the unthinkable – let your hair grow wild. So, patiently wait out that awkward phase for fabulous hair when all this ends. Here’s the 101 on how to grow hair.

The American Academy of Dermatology stated that hair grows an average of around half an inch each month, that means, 6 inches over year. But, let’s not forget that a few DIY masks, a growth plan, and good genetics can aid in much stronger and healthier hair. The goal is to get nourished hair, which grows at an optimal rate and doesn’t break easily, give or take a few split-ends. So, here are a few ways to grow your hair naturally.

Scalp is as important as hair

The condition of your scalp is a good sign of things to come for your hair. Don’t ignore it. That means shampooing regularly, using the right shampoo so there is no grease, dead skin cells, irritation, dandruff and other scalp issues that can affect hair growth. It takes a minute to identify the problems of the scalp, and finding a solution is easy with so many interesting products in the market. Products we love: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp TreatmentAveda Pramasana Scalp CleanserForest Essentials Bhringraj Hair VitalizerBotanist Botanical Scalp Treatment (Citrus & Musk)Sesderma Seskavel Anti Dandruff Shampoo For Dry Scalp, and Rene Furterer Curbicia Purifying Clay Shampoo For Oily Scalp

Tackle hair at the roots, oil it regularly

Oiling your hair is a tradition that is as old as time. A good scalp massage stimulates hair growth and increases blood flow. That means your roots are strengthened, and the essential nutrients do help your hair grow healthier. A range of oils that rule our shelves: Enn’s Closet Volume Up Hair Oil for Intensive GrowthRAS Oils Luscious Treatment Hair OilWOW Skin Science Onion Black Seed Hair OilL’Occitane Aromachologie Nourishing Infused OilKiehl’s Magic Elixir Hair Restructuring Concentrate With Rosemary Leaf And Avocado OilKama Ayurveda Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment Oil, and Rene Furterer Karite Nutri Intense Nourishing Oil.

Diet is best 

Good food leads to good hair. You do need protein and complex carbohydrates for healthy strands. As a rule of thumb, lean on good protein to give you strong hair; fish, eggs, and quinoa are known to be the best. A bit of Vitamin C also helps, so consume oranges, kiwis, and broccoli. Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and mint also help while almonds and sweet potato also promise healthy hair. Salmon, cauliflower, and beetroot are great for hair too.

Shampoo less, condition more

Shampooing way too much can strip your scalp and hair of natural oils. That means your hair is more prone to breakage and damage. So while you shampoo less, try to add more conditioning products to your bathroom shelf – a good hair mask, a neat leave-in conditioner, or a deep conditioner. 

Products we love: Kiehl’s Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Leave-In TreatmentNewsha High-Performance Leave-In Conditioner; Balmain Paris Leave-In Conditioning SprayBriogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask JarPercy & Reed TLC Hydrating Mask and Ouai Treatment Masque.

Lose the styling products ( at least during lockdown)

Too much heat can damage your hair so use this time to lay off heat-protecting sprays, shine and beach wave sprays, and hair pommades. Let your hair breathe and grow naturally.

Take supplements

Diet alone cannot help with hair growth. Add in a variety of supplements. Look for Iron, Biotin, Zinc, and Vitamin B12 and amino acids. You can look at Pure Cure + Co. Hair Less Fall + More Growth, Hum Hair Sweet Hair; Ouai Haircare Thinning Hair Supplement, Power Gummies – Hair Vitamins With BiotinKapiva Ayurveda Biotin with Aloe Vera Gummies and Cureveda Grow Plant-Based Biotin

The last rinse

After a shower, give your hair a good rinse with cold water. Cold water boosts hair growth. The cold water helps with moisture loss and heat damage, so add this little step to your shower routine.

Use a good brush

If you use just about any hairbrush, it can make your hair strands vulnerable to damage. Look for ones that are rounded, come with a cushioned base, and are generally soft on the hair. And the one mistake most women make while brushing hair is combing from top to bottom. The right way to do it is to start at the ends and gradually work your way up. A wide-toothed comb, a round brush, a detangling or paddle brush are the best options.

Give it a slight trim

Look out for split-ends. Every three weeks give a little trim, so the ends are fresh. And you don’t need to go to a salon for that, snip the ends very carefully in small doses as it helps prevent split-ends, and in turn hair breakage.

Extra: Sleep on soft silk pillows

A silk or satin hair cover or pillowcase is known to help hair detangle and nourish the hair. It’s known to keep your hair smooth and soft in the process. Where to buy: Dame Essentials and Slip Silk Pillowcases.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.