Have you ever gone to the hair salon, asked for a trim, and left feeling like your hair had been chopped off? Are you someone who’s always struggled to get your hair to a long length in the first place?
Many women around the world can relate. No matter where you’re from or the kind of hair type and texture you have, chances are there are many women in your shoes. As such, it might be worth trying a few hair growth hacks from around the world to get the perfect look for your hair.
Here are some of the best-kept hair growth secrets from Jamaica, China, and more.
1. Jamaican Castor Oil
In terms of hair treatment, black castor oil is a staple in Jamaica. This is a nutrient-rich oil made to massage into the scalp and use for styling. To help your hair grow, you have to use it consistently in order to absorb as many vitamins and minerals as possible.
Castor oil sinks into the scalp. It moisturizes from the outside in and provides each hair follicle with the strength it needs to produce long, healthy hair. This treatment can even balance the scalp’s pH which is good for those who struggle with itchy, dry scalp or oily, dirty-looking hair.
2. Guyanese Sardine Diet
Speaking of oils, the natural oils contained in sardines can do wonders for hair growth. At least, that’s what they say in Guyana. Women and men alike eat plenty of sardines to keep their hair growing long and looking fabulous.
If you’re not the biggest fan of this food, you can find fish oil pills made with sardines. These contain the healthy fats and oils in a concentrated, flavorless form. Start taking them every day and watch how quickly your hair goes from short and boring to long and luscious.
3. Morrocan Argan Oil
Another oil worth trying out is Argan oil from Morroco. Note, it’s crucial that the oil actually comes from Morroco because Argan oil has been used as a marketing ploy by some hair companies. Many shampoos, conditioners, and treatments claim to be made with this, but it’s not actually real Argan oil.
You deserve to get what you’re paying for. Only buy Argan oil that is sourced in Morroco if you want the best results possible. This will help your hair grow faster and it will keep it shiny and strong, too.
4. Hawaiian Ginger Masks
Instead of searching for special oils and verifying how they’re sourced, you can run to the grocery store for your next hair treatment instead. Hawaiian women use home-made ginger masks to get the length of hair they want.
Ginger stimulates the scalp. It basically “wakes up” the hair follicle which causes it to produce more new hair than normal. As the follicle is working to grow longer, the nutrients and vitamins in ginger keep the hair from growing too thin or being weak.
It’s a win-win, you get the length you’re looking for with the strength to maintain it. Before you know it, you’ll have the best hair you’ve ever had!
5. Chinese Fermented Rice Water
Up next on the list is a hair secret that comes all the way from China – fermented rice water. Rice water is the leftovers from washed rice.
All you have to do is buy a pack of white rice and wash it in the bowl. Drain the rice for your personal cooking use, but don’t let the water flow down the sink. Keep it in a separate bowl instead and let it sit.
Then, when you’re ready to wash your hair, wash it with the rice water. You can rinse your regular shampoo with this and start to see some effects. If you want the most hair-growth benefits possible, though, do a rice water mask.
This will be a little tricky considering how thin the water is. To keep from making a mess, flip your dry hair into the sink or the tub in your home. Then, pour the rice water over it to make your entire scalp wet.
Let the water sit in your hair for 20-30 minutes, then hop in the shower to wash as normal. Do this a few times a week for fast, healthy hair growth.
6. Japanese Seaweed and Algae Treatments
Just as Guyanese women swear by their sardine intake, the Japanese have a similar connection to seaweed and algae supplements. Women in Japan take these pills on a regular basis to help their hair grow and maintain healthy shine.
They’re small, flavorless pills that you can easily find in most places. The thing is, if you don’t know about this secret, you’ll walk right by it!
Keep an eye out for such supplements the next time you go grocery shopping or need to get a new protein powder. Start taking it and watch the wonders it can do for your hair.
7. Indian Coconut Oil Massages
The final hair growth hack worth trying comes from India. Get pure, virgin coconut oil and rub it all over your scalp. Try to give your head a massage the way hair stylists do when you go to the salon.
The movement of your fingers stimulates the scalp and helps the hair follicles grow hair faster. Combined with the moisturizing effects of coconut oil and all the nutrients packed into it, your hair will come out stronger and shinier than before.
Additional Hair Growth Hacks, Styling Secrets, and More!
No matter which of the hair growth hacks mentioned above you try, remember the results won’t happen overnight. It takes time to make your hair grow to the length you want it, but the tricks above can help speed up the process.
Until then, don’t be afraid to try different styles or even extensions to give your hair a full, luscious look. For more hair care tricks and styling secrets, click here!