You can encourage your hair to grow more quickly by eating a diet that's rich in vitamins A, C and E, omega-3 fatty acids and selenium. Massaging your scalp with castor oil may also boost hair growth. Keep in mind that hair grows an average of one-half inch per month, and even the most effective treatments don't take you from a bob to hip-length hair overnight.
Some great foods to eat when trying to boost hair growth include walnuts, salmon and flaxseed. All of these foods are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which lead to long, shiny locks. They also contain plenty of the amino acids from which hair is made. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of fruit and vegetable juices, ensures that you get the vitamins and minerals you need for healthy hair growth.
Massaging your scalp once each week may also help boost hair growth by increasing circulation to your hair follicles. For best results, prepare a mixture of half castor oil and half olive oil for use in your hair. Apply a small amount to your scalp, massage the area with your fingertips for several minutes, and then let the oil work its magic for 30 - 45 minutes before shampooing it away. The vitamins and fatty acids in the castor oil nourish your hair naturally, so your long locks stay shiny and strong.