There is no exact formula for growing longer hair, however, massaging the scalp to encourage hair growth, maintaining a healthy lifestyle along with a nutritious diet, and keeping existing hair in a healthy state via proper washing and styling techniques can be effective in encouraging growth. All hair grows at an average pace of one-half inch per month, and the ultimate length that it reaches depends on the maintenance of the hair.
Rubbing the head at the roots of the hair help hair grow through the dirt, oil and old skin cells lying on the scalp. Fingers are effective for scalp rubs as well as a scalp brush. Scalp rubs are most effective when performed daily for at least two minutes.
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables with an ample amount of water prevents vitamin deficiencies that slow hair growth. A healthy diet coupled with exercise benefits the overall health of a body, which keeps hair from becoming brittle and easy to break.
Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners prevent split ends and breakage, and other hair products made for moisturizing are available for those who need an extra touch to remedy dryness. Refraining from heat products also helps hair retain its moisture, and avoiding small-toothed combs and brushes prevents hair pullout.
Protective styles, such as braids and buns, are also used to encourage hair growth. These styles protect the hair from wind, friction and heating appliances.