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Is there such a thing? If so, what are they?

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I'm not sure about it growing faster but here are some suggestions how to make it grow thicker and more glossy.

"Healthy and glossy hair depends on a whole some and nutritious diet. Hair is made of protein. A protein rich diet can help it grow strong and healthy. Minerals are also important for lustrous hair.

Vitamin A and B rich foods like eggs, mango, liver, dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, dried apricots, whole grain cereals, peas will ensure good hair. Vitamin A is also needed for healthy vision and glowing skin. Zinc and essential fatty acids guard against dandruff and dry scalp. Foods such as shellfish, pumpkin seeds, nuts and vegetable oils, sardines, mackerel and salmon are good sources of zinc and essential fatty acids. Alfalfa juice in combination with spinach or coriander if taken daily will help the hair to grow fast."
There is nothing you can eat or do to make your hair grow faster.

What you can do is prevent your self from losing length through damage and hairloss. 

sun123..I TOTALLY disagree!!

flax seed!!

I buy organic milled flax for myself (Wal-Mart)

We have been feeding flax to our show horses for YEARS. This gives them a nice, super shinny/healthy coat. Just recently have humans recognized the health benefits of the "good" fats.

I've been putting flax on my oatmeal since last July. My hair is super shinny and grows (almost) too fast!!

 

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What makes your hair healthy is having a good healthy diet that meets all of your nutritional needs. When your body is missing nutrients that it needs or it isn't healthy, your hair is often the first to suffer because it is not as vital to your continued existance as your organ systems. So don't yo yo diet or try fad diets or decide to cut out things your body needs and you will be fine.

Crap, so this healthy diet is going to make my hair grow faster?  Just what I need, to pay for a haircut more often Tongue out

I agree that a healthy diet in general is what will maximize your hair growth.

But also realize that everyone's maximum hair length potential is unique to them.  Some people have the genes to grow long hair and others don't.  Each person's hair follicles can support a certain weight and once your hair reaches the length that gets too heavy for your follicles, it will fall out.  That's when you've reached your max length.

So, wash your hair less often (never more than every other day), don't do any heat processing, brush it gently from the bottom up, eat right and live clean.  But if your hair never seems to go past a certain length... it may just be your genes.

I have decent length - down to my butt - but it has been at that length for years and years.  That's my max length.  I have friends who have hair down to their knees - they just have stronger hair follicles than I do.  And there's pretty much nothing that can be done about that.

Yes, rcflyr..that is my problem. I have short hair, which requires you cut often. At $60 a cut here, I REFUSE to have it cut more then once every six weeks. I could really use it cut every 4 weeks. I suffer with crappy looking hair for the last 2 weeks before a every cut.

swimchick, I'm assuming you had some hairloss because of your ED. Now that you've gotten back on track you should start to slowly see growth. GI Jane has nailed it with Vitamind A and B and also essential fatty acids - do not be afraid of fat. Make sure you eat lots of veggies and good fats and you'll see it slowly.

Remember it took you a while for the ED to develop and it will take time for the symptoms to go away. But you're working hard on it and I know you will beat it.

Sherea,
Im just repeating what Ive read of science - that we can not speed the hair growth rate because it is determined by age, gender, race and genes, although it does change too.   There has been information connecting the speed of hair growth to seasons as well.

I dont doubt things that can make one's stronger making it more durable and able to fulfill its length potential but not faster growing.  THIS is a Hair News magazine acknowledging there isnt a way and HERE is site providing the science. 
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Have you tried massaging your scalp daily? I read that massaging every day stimulates your hair follicles to grow faster... could be bull but its worth a try!

sun123/sherea - I think the more important aspect is the context of the question and in a way you are both right

there is no magic formula to making hair grow faster but if swimchick has been losing hair because of her ED there are some vitamins and essential fatty acids that she should ensure are part of her new approach to a healthy diet

 

Like some have said, if you have a balanced diet with enough fat and protein, your hair should grow well.  Vitamins and such generally affect your hair if you don't have enough, making it brittle, falling out, or various other negative things.  There's no evidence that adding extra biotin, vitamin A, or anything to a healthy diet will make hair grow extra fast though. 


The best thing to do is make sure you are eating a healthy diet with a good balance of carbs/protein/fat and enough veggies to avoid mineral deficiencie

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swimchick, I'm assuming you had some hairloss because of your ED. Now that you've gotten back on track you should start to slowly see growth. GI Jane has nailed it with Vitamind A and B and also essential fatty acids - do not be afraid of fat. Make sure you eat lots of veggies and good fats and you'll see it slowly.

Remember it took you a while for the ED to develop and it will take time for the symptoms to go away. But you're working hard on it and I know you will beat it.

 No, I'm not. I never really left a healthy weight range- I'm currently 110 pounds! I just got a really bad haircut. :/  Thank you for all of your replies!

Prenatal vitamins make hair and nails stronger and healthier, but it can take awhile for you to notice the results. Hair grows at a steady rate nothing'll make it grow faster but keeping what you have healthy as it grows is your best bet. =)

It may be true that you can't speed up the growth rate of hair beyond your genetic capacity, but healthy living and adequate nutrition can only support your natural most robust growth rate.

For me, it seems that when I eat fish regularly, the faster my hair grows.  Doesn't seem to apply for other protein sources.  Same for fingernails actually.

Also, if you get your hair trimmed regularly, that stimulates growth up to a certain length.

Getting pregnant makes your hair grow faster, including body hair - so, forewarned.  Those pre-natal vitamins probably help too.  Doubt you're willing to have a baby to get longer hair though... but thought I'd mention it.

I've been growing my hair out for about 14 months now (will be donating it when I have a nice ponytail).  It was about 2 inches long when I started and it's about 12 inches long now.  I'm getting there.

I'm sorry, your previous posts talk about your struggle with anorexia and I assumed it was hair loss from that.

As for a bad haircut, that's what cute hats are for :)

Hair goes through 3 phases: growing, resting and shedding.  Phases can be affected by things like disease and hormones. 

Pregnancy extends the growth phase due to the massive increase in estrogen.  During my pregnancy, some of the baby fine body hair became more obvious - not a plus :/. 

Prenatal vitamins contain more iron (helps blood carry oxygen) and folic acid (fights birth defect risks) but nothing that extends the growth period although they DO, though, promote healthy hair that can help avoid unnecessary hair loss.  So indirectly, there are hair benefits from them as well as multivitamins and theyre safe for nonpregnant, healthy adults.

Sun123, You can read "science" but I'm telling you what I've seen work "real world", over the years with my show horses. Now, since last July, I am experiencing the same with my own hair. I started eating flax for the good Omega fats (I hate fish), not too make my hair grow.

nomoreexcuses, Eating fish is the Omega fats. That is why you are seeing the growth in your hair. Same with me with the flax seed.

Damnit. My sister who was supposed to merely give me layers hacked off most of my hair last night and I was really hoping someone would list a miracle hair growth food here. I can't actually go out in public til my new clip-in extensions arrive Frown

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