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How do I get my hair to grow faster?

Asked by Chongalicious (2761points) July 29th, 2009

So I went to a salon for the first time, after years of doing my hair myself just fine. I only wanted to see how a professional would do it. I asked for a layered cut, with the shortest layer being at my shoulders, and the longest a little below my shoulder blades. I also asked for a trim on the babydoll bangs which I had previously spent nearly and hour perfecting…(due to OCD).
Here’s what she did: she made the LONGEST layer above my shoulders, nearly at my jaw! She butchered the bangs, and made them completely crooked! Let’s just say I was…slightly…upset and angry.
So now I am trying to figure out how to grow my hair faster so I can be rid of the horrid bangs, once and for all.

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

get dreads, worked for me
also don’t blow-dry and don’t bleach it

Allie's avatar

First of all, when you saw her cutting it that short, why didn’t you tell her to stop?
Second, regular trims, using less product and keeping your hair healthy will help it grow too. Have some beta-carotene. It stimulates both hair and nail growth and can be found in green and yellow fruits and veggies. Also, try not to stress it by using super hot water and heat styling tools, both of which can cause breakage.

Chongalicious's avatar

@Allie She didn’t have me facing the mirror…and being it my first time there, I didn’t know any better than to let her turn me away from it =(
Also, she said she couldnt really do too much to the bangs anyways at their current length. So she didn’t do anything at all to them at first. I was okay with that. Then, she had “finished” straightening my hair, but I saw there was still quite some curl to the bangs. I asked for her to get rid of the curl, and she took the scissors to the bangs and got rid of the hair. And thanks for that tip!

chyna's avatar

I hear prenatal vitamins helps your hair and nails grow. I don’t know this personally though.

dee1313's avatar

I know prenatal vitamins help nails grow fast, so perhaps they help with hair too.

I would have demanded for them to pay for you to go elsewhere to have it fixed. I don’t go to salons much, so I don’t really know if they can do that.

Chongalicious's avatar

@dee1313 and @chyna, Thanks for the prenatal tips…
and @dee1313, They aren’t refundable visits, I tried. And my mom’s best friend has a stylist that she’s been going to for years, and I see why, because her hair is always just right; so I think I’ll go to him. I don’t think I’ll ever go to a franchised salon again…it’s just too risky.

chyna's avatar

@Chongalicious Yeah, franchised salons probably aren’t your best bet. I stay away from them and have only gone to salons where I have seen what the stylist has accomplished on other people.

dee1313's avatar

@Chongalicious Eh, I’d still have thrown a fit.

I’ve gone to a super cuts before, and was really happy with my hair. It probably depends more on who does it. I think its silly that its not refundable… I’ll have to look into that the next time I get my hair cut (that super cuts was in a different state).

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Chongalicious its refundable if you bitch enough. :)

Chongalicious's avatar

@dee1313 I went to Hair Cuttery, which is all over VA. And do you normally wear your hair short? I was kind of afraid to go to SuperCuts because all I’d ever seen in their commercials here was bobs, and other short dos…

@chyna, thanks again, great advice. now I wish I’d had a fluther account a few weeks ago…

Allie's avatar

@Chongalicious I’ve been going to the same place and same person for years. Once you find someone you like, definitely stay with them.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Hair cuttery fucked my hair up bad once. I dont know how you fuck up a guys hair cut especially short hair, but they did. You just got to ask for the manager and complain to them. If not, start making a scene, youll get your money back.

dee1313's avatar

@Chongalicious Lol, yeah I got a bob. I had long hair and wanted it short, so let my mother in law flip through the books for something I might like.

marinelife's avatar

Biotin is the best supplement for growing hair. Get the 500mg size. Take one with each meal.

Chongalicious's avatar

@uberbatman haha, thanks =)
@Allie, Someone has also told me that eating a lot of jell-o can help your hair grow faster…is that true? Also, I definitely plan on finding a good stylist…hopefully my mom’s friend’s stylist, Chuck, can work his magic on me, lol

dee1313's avatar

@uberbatman Not hard to fuck up a man’s hair cut. My husband is a Marine, and its not surprising when the barbers don’t do it like he wants, or get the fade lines crooked.

casheroo's avatar

My hair stylist (also my best friend) asked me what the heck I’m doing differently, because my hair is growing so long, so quickly.
I’ll tell you what I do….I don’t mess with it. I only blow dry it when it’s cold out, or when I have some event to go to. I stopped dying it long ago. I rarely straighten it.
I’ve been putting it in a ponytail. Yes, it sounds boring, but out of sight, out of mind…so it has just been growing like crazy. She told me she has to stop dying hers because she thinks that’s why mine is growing so much.

Also, I think prenatals would help, because of the fish oil, but prenatal vitamins are nasty. You need a prescription to get the less nasty ones. I can’t stand burping up fish oil, it makes me pukey (coming from someone that took prenatals while pregnant)

Chongalicious's avatar

@casheroo Actually, I’ve never even dyed my hair before, and I don’t blow dry either, because it gets too frizzy. I haven’t flat-ironed in weeks due to the humidity…and the only products I’ve been putting in are BioSilk anti-frizz serum, and the occasional mousse/gel.
But I think I’ll try the prenatals, and they hopefully won’t make me sick =/

Allie's avatar

@Chongalicious I’ve never heard the Jell-o thing before. And since Jell-o is basically just gelatin, flavoring, and food color I don’t see how there could be any vitamins in there that would benefit your hair. Just a guess, but I don’t see how that would work.. I could be wrong.

Chongalicious's avatar

@Allie I thought it sounded strange, too…but I don’t really know where I’d find the answer for that! If I were to look on a search engine, say, Google…it would probably list jell-o flavors, where it is most popular, etc…all useless for what I’m trying to find out…

casheroo's avatar

@Chongalicious Well, then you’ll just have to wait, I think putting it in clips or whatever might help. I just try not to think about a bad hair cut, and keep it up as much as possible.

deni's avatar

i really dont think there is anything that makes hair grow faster. just keep it healthy and get it trimmed every once in a while and dont’t fry it all the time.

i’ve been waiting for my hair to get long forever. such a frustrating wait!!

Chongalicious's avatar

@casheroo Ok then, thanks for the advice =)
@deni You’e right, this is really working at my nerves…

El_Cadejo's avatar

Fun fact: Jell-o makes really good hair gel and semipermanent hair dye. :P

chyna's avatar

Another fun fact: Jell-o is fun to wrestle in. :p

Chongalicious's avatar

I’m loving those facts xD

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

yeah don’t go to franchises, might be a little cheaper but you’re scenerio is exactly why I don’t mind paying a little extra

AstroChuck's avatar

Try a little discipline.

AstroChuck's avatar

You know. Whip that hair into place. Show it who’s boss.

Allie's avatar

@AstroChuck Violence is not the answer.

MindErrantry's avatar

I don’t have any great answers off-hand, since it’s a problem I’m working with myself. I will say that I have heard you shouldn’t get regular trims, because while split ends can break off (retarding hair growth), trimming does not tell your scalp to send out more hair or anything. As to the split end problem, then, just keep an eye for split ends, and cut those off with scissors, minimizing the shortening of your hair.

But after that longer-than-intended detour, I wanted to say that I recommend The Long Hair Community, a site with forums for discussing the growing and caring of hair—even if your hair isn’t actually long on the really-long-scale, they’ll help you get it to where you want it!

AstroChuck's avatar

Seriously, get some sun. I work outdoors and, I don’t know if it’s the heat or the vitimin D from the sun or what, my hair always grows substancially quicker during the summer months.

cyn's avatar

If you worry too much, It might take forever. Just show it some lurve and it will grow faster.

deni's avatar

i wear my hair up alot and it seems like when i dont see my hair down and fixed nicely for a week or so, it always seems a bit longer. then, even though i know its really not any longer, i am always temporarily happy with it :)

OpryLeigh's avatar

I found out today that head massages encourage the hair to grow not sure how true that is though

Ailia's avatar

Well if you still want advice on this matter I suggest cutting your hair before or on the day the moon becomes full. I’ve heard and know some people who cut their hair around those times and their hair grows like crazy. Also what you can do is just not mess with your hair, which I think has already been suggested. And krill oil is also good too(comes in pill form). Beneficial for the hair.

ganti_x89's avatar

try putting sabila on your shampoo, thats is what my mother would put in our shampoo. it’s a plant and after you get it blend it and put it in the shampoo and it should work.
here is a picure of it.
http://www.filipinoherbshealingwonders.filipinovegetarianrecipe.com/herbs_pics/sabila.jpg

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