How to Grow Your Hair Super Fast!

By Dr. Nicole Sundene

As I promised in my article, “It’s Hair Growing Season People!” we are all growing our hair out for Wigs for Kids (they only need 8”)! So I am going to talk about the best natural medicines for growing healthy, strong, shiny hair, super fast. After all we want those wigs looking good!

Spring and Summer are the best hair growing seasons, so to optimize the hair growing season let’s talk about the things that make hair grow FAST!

First and foremost Chinese Medicine considers hair the ”glory of the kidneys,” and what that crazy talk means is that your hair is an excess of your total well-being.

“Kidney chi” is our “energetic bank” in Chinese Medicine, and if our energetic bank is all dried up, then there is not much left over for such frivolties as hair! Think about it. The healthiest people naturally look beautiful.Second and most importantly, I would like to just say FLAXSEEDS, FLAXSEEDS, FLAXSEEDS! If you get nothing from this discussion on how to grow your hair faster, then just visit my article, “How to Unleash Your Inner Fabulosity!” and follow the instructions on adding 1-3 tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseeds to your daily routine. You can do up to three tablespoons twice daily if you are a flax seed fanatic like me.

On the advice of my vet, since fish oil gives my dog the runs, I now give my Golden Retriever freshly ground flaxseeds and in just a week his coat became shiny, less itchy, and the bare patches filled in (normally this time of year he pulls his hair out like a mad man.

Thirdly we want to have PROTEIN. Flaxseeds are a great source of omega 3 oils and protein, but I would also drink a protein smoothie a day; you can add your flaxseeds to the smoothie as I recommend in my “Favorite Smoothie Recipe.”

Omega Up! If you are doing the flaxseeds hard core, you are getting enough omega 3’s to ensure shiny strong hair, if not, then try a tablespoon of fish or flax oil daily (no cod liver oil for pregnant women because the vitamin A is a teratogen.)

Multivitamin: B-vitamins are crucial to hair growth as nearly the whole B family plays a role in hair growth.

Multimineral: A mineral rich diet is important for healthy hair growth. I like the Tri-Boron Plus by Twinlab, or visit this page or your local health food store for other high quality recommendations.

Biotin: Your multivitamin may not contain that much biotin so check the label and see if you are getting the RDA.

Skip the Sodium Lauryl Sulfate! A known carcinogen and skin irritant, look for SLS free shampoo’s.

Skip the daily shampooing! You can still rinse your hair every day and condition it, but daily shampooing is stripping your scalp of essential oils. This saves not just your hair, but your water and shampoo bill. See? You can afford that more expensive SLS free shampoo after all now….No excuses, organic isn’t really that much more expensive when you look at it as a whole.

Get a trim! Don’t forget to get a bit trimmed off your hair every couple of months (another great way to save money in these tough economic times.)

Try some handstands! Even if you aren’t a gymnast, you can still hang your head off the edge of the bed to increase blood flow to the scalp periodically throughout the day, or you can do some extra downward dogs if you are a yoga fiend like me.

Rosemary and Mint! The invigorating herbs of the Laminacea family bring more circulation to your scalp as I just talked about in the above handstand blurb. Rosemary has been associated with improving hair growth for quite some time.

You can try some of the shampoos available at eVitamins or your local health food store, or buy rosemary essential oil and add a few drops to your favorite shampoo. Start with 1-2 drops and then work up to about 5-10 drops of the pure essential oil (remember never apply any essential oil straight to the skin unless it is lavender.)

Silica! Horsetails have long been touted as hair growing herbs because of their high silica content; unfortunately as our soil becomes more toxic, I don’t feel comfortable using them unless they are certified organic. The reason for this is that they suck up minerals like silica from the soil along with toxic heavy metals such as cadmium and arsenic. I would instead ensure my multi-mineral formula contains about of silica.

Don’t OD on vitamins and minerals! Remember, we can only absorb so much and selenium toxicity, for instance, is associated with hair loss when we get up to the 1000mcg range.

Have a hair growing tip? Feel free to leave it in the comments section.

Related reading:

Acupuncture, Acupuncture, Acupuncture!

Dying to Look Good

Topical Natural Treaments for Seborrheic Dermatitis, Dandruff, Cradle Cap, and Itchy Scalp

Chlorine Shower Filter

Photobucket Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.

For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
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Comments

18 Responses to “How to Grow Your Hair Super Fast!”

  1. Sid on June 5th, 2009 12:24 pm

    The good news is that I’m doing pretty much everything you suggest. What hair I have left on the top of my head does grow fast, and at 57 I still don’t have any (well, much) gray hair. Maybe it works…

  2. Andreas Guibeb on June 5th, 2009 11:28 pm

    Hair like all parts of the human system are living cells and organisms requiring pro-active maintenance, nourishment as well as restorative care in the event of accidental damage or damage caused by unwise lifestyle practices. Good article showing how it can be done safely.

  3. Sheri on June 6th, 2009 4:28 am

    I have heard a lot about flaxseed in the past. I put flaxseed in my stir frys. I should try your other suggestions also. It sounds like it has great benefits. Thank you so much for great information. Sheri

  4. ianharper on June 6th, 2009 7:24 am

    makes sense that what we put in our bodies become our bodies.

  5. Davin - Viral Marketing Sanctuary on June 6th, 2009 9:55 am

    Thank you for the helpful tips. Years ago I heard the Sodium Laurel Sulfate was very damaging for people’s hair and scalp from a hair studio. I thought it was sort of odd that it would be contained in so many shampoo’s when it’s considered so damaging. If I’m not mistaken, it’s the ingredient that helps for form a rich lather. Since then, I do usually look for shampoo’s not containing LSL. The lather may not be as good, but, ultimately it’s better for your scalp, in the end.

  6. Linda on June 10th, 2009 2:56 pm

    I’m off to the local health shop tomorrow to get some flax seeds. My hair has been a bit straw like lately. I didn’t know they were available in oil form too. Thanks for the tip.

  7. Relationship Advice on June 15th, 2009 5:51 am

    Thank you for the great tips. I have been using flaxseeds in my salads and stirfrys but didn’t know that it was a plus for beautiful long hair. I should start having it more regularly.

  8. KLKarrington on June 17th, 2009 11:15 am

    When I was a baby, my mom said that I loathed getting my hair washed so much that she would only do it twice a week or so. The rest of the time, she kept it in this little baby-oiled, bow-laden, Pebbles-wannabe curl thing on top of my head. To this day, I still have people stop me and tell me what great hair I have – so go figure. It is truly as thick as can be and really pretty healthy…it’s quite long, and I’ll wash it one day and then skip a day and wear it up. Guess it makes sense about the leaving the oils in thing. Just wanted to share – thanks for the post! klk

  9. MoxKirby on June 17th, 2009 12:09 pm

    I know my hair grows about 3x as fast since I moved to a humid climate (Florida) after living in northern Nevada for 12 years. Any thoughts on why, or if using saunas, humidifiers, etc. can stimulate growth?

  10. buzz.title on June 17th, 2009 12:16 pm

    The best time of the year to grow hair in in the summer, and eating flax seeds and omega 3 helps tremendously.

    Also, skip the daily shampooing.

  11. Debra on June 30th, 2009 1:06 am

    Great tips. I am going to try hanging my head upside down, I never heard of that before. My hair grows fast anyway but I love it long.

  12. Debra Berndt on July 3rd, 2009 6:09 am

    Thanks for the great tips. I am going to have a flaxseed smoothy right now. My hair grows fast anyway but your tips will help it stay healthy.

  13. jp on July 10th, 2009 8:13 am

    Hi i m 38 years old,i cut my hair short. but my husband like long hairs.Please help me what should i try or do. I try castor oil,coconut oil,almond oil everyday before go to bed

  14. Dayna swartz on September 21st, 2009 12:13 pm

    im 11 years old i just got my hair cut realy short and i hate it i want something that will make my hair grow realy fast … it has to be up almost everyday because im a cheerleader but now it is too short to pull up. help!!

  15. MARY R. SMITH on November 8th, 2009 11:00 am

    i’m a lady past 50 i got my hair cut 7 years ago, and has tried everything under the son to grow my hair back, no matter what i use i don’t see any results.does anyone out there know what i can use for true results. sincerly mary smith.

  16. jyothi on April 25th, 2011 7:07 pm

    please reply the name of the medicine of hair growth

  17. taelyn on May 26th, 2011 7:16 am

    I have a bottle of spring valley flax seed oil thingies. Is that as affective as the actual flax seeds? I’m kinda confused on that. :/

  18. saneesh on June 3rd, 2011 1:10 am

    Now iam working in abroad when i was came to oman my hair was very long . Now four years finished everyday iam loosing my hair. Now i lost almost 50 % hair. Iam 25 years only. But now i got baldness. Is there any tip for growing my hair. Pls advice me.

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