A long, dense, and lustrous mane is a dream for many women. While some may not have to break a sweat to achieve this goal, a lot of women struggle to improve hair growth.

If you are one of the latter, this article is just for you.

From a healthy diet to hair masks and vitamin E, there are various remedies that are said to be helpful in achieving hair growth goals quickly. While not all of these remedies are backed by science, some of them do have scientific data to support the traditional use. In this article, we will be discussing a few such remedies and measures that can be taken for fast growth of hair.

Preventing loss and breakage of hair is yet another important aspect to ensure faster hair growth. Scalp care is also equally essential because it determines the health and condition of the hair and prevents diseases of the scalp and hair. Some of the remedies mentioned in the article will also help you avoid hair breakage.

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  1. Home remedies for long and faster growth of hair
  2. A healthy diet for long thick hair

The modern-day lifestyle, stress and pollution make our hair appear dull and lifeless. Hair is the crowning glory of our face and one often tends to spend a ton of money trying to groom that beautiful mane. But what if you are told that you can have the long hair of your dreams just by following these simple remedies that have been discussed in detail below.

Egg mask for faster hair growth

An egg mask can work wonders when it comes to preventing your hair from breakage. Eggs contain high levels of proteins, which help in the formation of new hair. They are also loaded with minerals like sulphur, zinc, iron, selenium, phosphorous and iodine that assist in strengthening the hair roots and getting rid of dandruff.

The best way to use eggs is to prepare an egg mask along with olive oil and water and apply it on dry and brushed hair. Wash off your hair with shampoo after leaving the mask on for thirty minutes.

Amla for long hair

A very efficient herb that can help you to have that long thick hair is amla. Also called Indian gooseberry, amla has long been used in traditional Indian medicine to treat hair and hair related problems. Massaging the scalp with amla oil enhances blood circulation. This process supplies sufficient nourishment to your hair follicles, stimulating hair growth.

Amla oil also takes care of the scalp health by removing dandruff, grease and dirt. It helps restore optimum pH levels of the scalp that increases the production of natural skin oils. Inadequate vitamin C in your diet is one of the major causes of hair fall. Amla is rich in vitamin C, the antioxidant property of which helps to neutralize the activity of free radicals thus increasing hair growth.

The best way to apply amla to your hair is to use its paste or powder as a hair mask along with coconut oil.

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Fenugreek for faster hair growth

Ayurveda has recognized the potential of fenugreek thousand years ago and continues to make the most of its benefits in health and beauty. Fenugreek seeds are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and folic acid and they are a storehouse of minerals such as potassium, calcium and iron.

These seeds also have a high content of protein and nicotinic acid, which are known for their benefits against hair fall and dandruff. These compounds in fenugreek also help in treating a variety of scalp issues like baldness, dryness of hair, and hair thinning. For a healthy growth of hair, Including fenugreek in your diet is one of the best things that you can do.

Coconut milk for the growth of hair

Coconut milk hosts a number of important vitamins and minerals. Numerous studies have been carried out to assess the life-supporting properties of coconut milk and it is suggested that coconut milk is highly beneficial for promoting good hair growth.

Coconut oil is already one of the most favoured hair oils known for its nourishing properties. However, in recent years it has been demonstrated that the use of coconut milk is also equally beneficial. The rich iron, essential fats, and potassium content of coconut milk can help in fighting hair problems such as dandruff, and strengthen hair follicles.

The best way of applying coconut milk is to use it fresh and massage it in your hair and scalp along with a few drops of lemon juice. Leave the milk on for about 30 minutes and wash off with shampoo.

(Read more: Best hair oils and how to use them)

Castor oil for faster hair growth

An excellent remedy to achieve faster growth of hair is castor oil. This oil also helps the hair to get thicker and stronger. Castor oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help fight scalp infections. These infections otherwise restrict hair growth. Also, castor oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins, and other nutrients that can penetrate the parched strands of hair and seal the hair shaft to retain moisture.

Massaging this oil into the roots of your hair will help the scalp absorb all of the nutrients and assist in promoting hair growth.

Aloe vera for long hair

Aloe vera gel, when applied to hair, helps it to grow longer and thicker. It can be very effective for removing dandruff as well.

You can directly apply an even layer of aloe vera gel to your hair to nourish hair roots and cleanse your scalp. 

Aloe vera juice, when consumed once a week, may also help the body to get rid of toxins and aid in hair growth.

Extract aloe vera juice and apply it directly onto your hair and scalp, allow it to sit for about 30 minutes and then wash with a shampoo.

You can also buy aloe gel and juice from the market.

Avocado for long thick hair

One of the major causes of hair fall in the modern day is an unhealthy lifestyle and stress. Both these factors cause hair to become weak and hinder hair growth. Avocado is rich in antioxidants, which help to counter stress. It also contains essential fatty acids and provides the hair with nutrients to promote rapid hair growth.

The anti-inflammatory property of avocado aids in reducing inflammation on the scalp.

Furthermore, the natural oils present in avocado gives the hair a glowing appearance.

Inclusion of avocado in the diet or applying an avocado mask containing eggs and almond oil can do wonders for your hair.

(Read more: Avocado oil health benefits)

Yoghurt for long thick hair

An important dietary ingredient, yoghurt has immense benefits when it comes to hair care. Regular use of yoghurt can help to effectively cleanse the scalp by getting rid of dandruff. Yoghurt also contains a number of important vitamins and minerals. These help to rebuild hair follicles in dry and damaged hair. Repairing hair damage can, in turn, help the hair to grow naturally and increase in volume.

To use yoghurt prepare a hair mask by adding lemon to a bowl of plain yoghurt, apply the mixture to your hair, leave it for about 60 minutes and then wash off with a good shampoo.

(Read more: Dry hair causes)

Apple cider vinegar for hair growth

Yes, you have heard it right. Apple cider vinegar is effective in promoting the growth of hair. It helps maintain the acid balance of hair and cleanse the scalp, thereby accelerating hair growth. Apple cider vinegar also gives the hair an added shine.

To use apple cider vinegar, start by making a diluted solution by mixing 75ml of the vinegar in one litre of water for a larger batch or add 15 ml of the vinegar to a cup of warm filtered water for a smaller batch. Then rinse your hair with the solution before you shampoo.

Green tea for faster hair growth

The benefits of green tea in promoting health and weight loss are profound. However, it may interest you to know that drinking green tea can also help you to achieve that beautiful long hair you have been desiring for.

The antioxidants present in green tea help in stimulating hair growth and preventing hair loss.

Green tea leaves that have been boiled for making tea can be applied directly to the scalp or mixed with coconut oil to ease the application process. Leave the mixture on for about 30 minutes and was off with a good shampoo and conditioner.

Hibiscus for long shiny hair

A mask prepared from a combination of hibiscus flowers, leaves and yoghurt helps in promoting hair growth. It also nourishes hair roots from within and improves the quality of hair. Masks prepared by combining hibiscus flowers and fenugreek seeds act as an effective dandruff treatment and promote restoration of a healthy scalp.

Similarly, hibiscus masks prepared with a combination of the flower and amla results in the strengthening of hair follicles and softer hair. It is also important to note that combining hibiscus with appropriate portions of coconut oil, olive oil, ginger, eggs, onion, aloe vera, and neem individually can result in quicker regrowth of hair.

Apply any of these masks and leave it on for about 30 to 45 minutes and wash off with a shampoo.

Red ginseng for the growth of hair

Ginseng has been shown to promote hair growth in several recent studies. In one such study, it was found that red ginseng can act to promote hair growth through the effect of the bioactive compounds called ginsenosides present in it.

However, the effects on human hair follicles and their mechanisms of action have not been sufficiently established and more studies are required in this regard. The possible mechanism of action of ginseng includes the indirect stimulation of keratin, the protein present in hair.

Ginseng roots can be crushed and use as a hair mask with coconut oil. The mask can be left for about 20 minutes and then washed off thoroughly.

Apart from all the ingredients that can be used to promote long hair growth faster, one of the bare minimum essentials is having a healthy diet. Applying the right ingredients will serve no purpose if you are not healthy within.

(Read more: Balanced diet chart)

Liver ailments due to an unhealthy diet have often been associated with hair and scalp problems such as dandruff. So, it is important to eat the right foods that promote liver health.

Make sure to include sufficient proteins in your diet as it may help speed up the process of hair growth and make your tresses stronger and lustrous. Coconut and dry fruits are also equally essential to enhance hair growth and impart volume to your hair. Green leafy vegetables, fruits, sprouts, nuts, and curd should also be included in regular diet.

(Read more: 5 food habits to stop hair loss)

Vitamins play an important role in maintaining the growth of hair and cuticles. So consumption of vitamins in the form of fruits, especially citrus fruits is also essential. Avoid dehydration and maintain water levels in your body. Dehydration can lead to dry scalp and dull hair. Drink adequate amount of water throughout the day to improve the blood circulation to the scalp.

(Read more: How much water to drink in a day)

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