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Hair Clinic: Can anything make my hair grow faster?

We all hate waiting for anything - the summer sales, that guy to call, our hair to grow longer. We want it all RIGHT NOW! The bad news: your hair will never grow by eight inches overnight. The good news: we grilled London-based trichologist and specialist in hair growth Kate Spinoza for her holistic advice on how to accelerate growth through nutrition, lifestyle, styling and general hair care. Ready for a longer, stronger mane?

Stimulate your scalp. Extra blood flow to the scalp will increase circulation and therefore foster hair growth. There are a few ways to encourage this. First, by gently massaging your scalp. To do this, simply place your fingertips on your scalp and massage in small circles. Work your way around your head doing this for five minutes to stimulate follicles.

Up your nutrition.Your hair’s health is a direct indicator of what’s going on in your body. If you are eating a balanced diet and are healthy, you can expect hair to grow around half an inch a month. If you feel yours grows considerably less, take a look at your diet. B vitamins, biotin and folate are vital to fuel healthy growth. Find B6 in foods like kale and broccoli, b12 in fish, dairy and nut milks, folate in beetroot, berries, whole grains and lentils, and biotin in almonds, peanuts, avocado and salmon.

Pop good supplements.For an extra boost if you just can’t pack all the above into your daily diet, try an organic multi-vitamin containing key nutrients which will support all your systems as well as boosting your hair. More specifically, taking keratin in vitamin form may help, as will biotin (which stimulates the scalp’s circulation to promote growth and also can inhibit the growth of grey hairs). For a more targeted approach SHOW Beauty loves hair supplement Viviscal.

Be an all-rounder.In addition to eating well and taking the right supplements, some simple changes in your exercise routine will help improve your chances for longer, stronger hair. I see a lot of clients that exercise too much and this puts a strain on their body. Make sure you keep it varied and don’t push yourself too hard. Smoking will also hamper growth, as will stress - I often suggest yoga and meditation to clients who suffer from hair thinning.

Be gentle.It may sound obvious, but not being rough with your hair as you’re growing it is important. Avoid overheating the hair as much as possible to reduce damage and risk of breakage, don’t use chemical treatments at home, and try to cover your hair when you go in the sun. If you wear a weave, don’t leave it in for longer than two months. Finally, don’t avoid the hairdresser - consistent and regular trims will stop the ends from thinning and appearing transparent.

Strengthen your existing hair.The best way to do this is by choosing the right products to fortify hair. A strengthening shampoo and conditioner along with a weekly intense moisture mask will really set hair in good stead to grow longer - especially if it’s chemically processed.

Seeing a registered trichologist can find the cause, treat the problem and tailor your hair needs. To book a consultation with Kate Spinoza visit violetlily.co.uk



Trichologist – Kate Spinoza, specialist in hair growth

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