You can encourage your hair to grow faster by eating a diet rich in vitamins, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Other methods to try include massaging your scalp with warm oil, reducing your stress levels and using heat styling tools less often.
If you are deficient in certain vitamins, your hair may grow more slowly than normal. Boost hair growth by eating foods that are high in vitamins A, B, C and E, such as avocado, grapefruit, carrots, beets and bell peppers. Also include protein-rich foods such as milk, chicken and yogurt in your diet; your hair is made from protein. Foods such as flax seeds, walnuts and olive oil are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are also used to make hair.
Massaging your scalp with castor oil, olive oil or jojoba oil may also encourage hair growth by improving your scalp's health. Apply the oil to your scalp, and then massage it in a gentle, circular motion for three to five minutes before shampooing it away.
Stress can cause your hair growth to slow down. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly and take part in activities you enjoy to keep stress to a minimum. Also, avoid using heat-styling tools such as straighteners and curling irons. While these tools don't slow hair growth, they can cause hair to break, which makes it shorter.