31 Best Tips How To Make Black Hair Grow Fast (2024 Update!)

Medically reviewedby Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
WrittenbyLuat Duong
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"Oh no! That high school reunion is coming next month, and I want to have the best long hair to wow my friends (and show up my ex). So, what do I do!?"

Are you looking for tips on how to make a black hair grow fast? Perhaps you’ve been experiencing unprecedented hair loss, and regrowth doesn’t seem to come around.

You're in luck, we can help you with that.

    How to make black hair grow fast?

    Here are 31 best ways to make your afro hair grow faster:

    1. Use hair growth products.
    2. Use a sulfate-free shampoo.
    3. Use a deep conditioner.
    4. Use post-shampoo or pre-shampoo hair treatment.
    5. Cut off split ends.
    6. Avoid using a blow dryer (or any heat tools).
    7. Shampoo and rinse your hair infrequently.
    8. Massage your scalp regularly with hair oil.
    9. Try out different hairstyles.
    10. Comb your hair gently.
    11. Don't let your hair free at night.
    12. Eat a lot of vegetables.
    13. Drink a lot of water.
    14. Don’t scrub your hair too much.
    15. Eat a lot of protein-rich food.
    16. Moisturize your hair regularly.
    17. Avoid using hair extensions.
    18. Manage your stress well.
    19. Avoid tight hairstyles.
    20. Avoid chemical treatments.
    21. Take hair growth supplements.
    22. Don't wear tight hats.
    23. Exercise regularly.
    24. Use a protein treatment.
    25. Be gentle when towel-drying.
    26. Don't use hot water.
    27. Avoid chlorine.
    28. Use a humidifier.
    29. Use a shower filter.
    30. Protect your hair from the sun.
    31. Don't use too much product.

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    2. Use a sulfate-free shampoo

    Sulfates are harmful chemicals that can gradually damage your hair!

    Black hair is brittle and frizzy, so not every type of shampoo would suit it. For example, if you use shampoo with sulfates, your hair will become frizzier and drier.

    Instead of sulfates, choose a shampoo with natural ingredients. The best one consists of natural oils, as they can make the hair softer, sleeker and grow faster.

    3. Use a deep conditioner

    What is the difference between conditioning and deep conditioning?

    Using a regular conditioner too much may make your hair more brittle. Restrict conditioner usage and never apply it to your scalp. Just put it on your ends!

    You should apply a deep conditioner when your hair is wet. It’s better to make sections or parts before you begin to condition your hair. You could leave the deep conditioner on for anywhere between 5 minutes to half an hour.

    Leaving it overnight is only recommended if your hair has gone through permanent damage due to styling. Following it will ensure your fast growth for your black hair!

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    4. Use post-shampoo or pre-shampoo hair treatment

    Create a natural hair routine to follow after every shower!

    This is the kind of treatment to give to your hair if it feels too dry after applying shampoo. But you can also use pre-poo hair treatment options.

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    5. Cut off split ends

    Split ends have never been good for anyone!

    Even if you don’t have split ends, trimming is good for you. There’s no need to go to the salon as you can easily do it at home with a pair of small scissors.

    After every four months, cut around one or two inches of your hair. It may seem counterproductive, but it will help make your black hair grow faster!

    6. Avoid using a blow dryer (or any heat tools)

    Let your hair dry naturally!

    Using a blow dryer can damage your hair. It can cause it to burn, become withered and eventually fall. It’s okay if you want to use it once or twice a month, but using it daily is not recommended at all.

    Also, try to avoid blowout hairstyles to ensure your hair stays healthy and grows back at an average rate.

    7. Shampoo and rinse your hair infrequently

     Are you using too much shampoo all the time?

    If you’re taking a shower regularly, it’s best not to apply too much shampoo. Excessively using regular shampoo can cause the hair to become even more dry than before.

    The best schedule you can keep for using shampoo is to limit it once weekly. However, it also depends on your hair type.

    8. Massage your scalp regularly with hair oil

    Extremely dry hair can cause more hair fall!

    Now that you’ve learnt how to make black hair grow fast, it’s best to give it oil treatment now and again. Pumpkin seed oil is one of the best options for growing hair faster. Jojoba and argan oil are two other popular options for black hair growth.

    9. Try out different hairstyles

    If you keep your hair in the same style, damage is more probable.

    Do you leave your hair down too much? It’s better to try a knot or tie it up in a bun. This way, your hair will remain protected. Always choose simple styles that don’t pull on your hair too much.

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    10. Comb your hair gently

    Does your hair get tangled too much?

    Never use a narrow tooth comb on your hair. Instead, always divide your hair into parts or sections to comb it easily. Not combing your hair correctly means that it would get tangled up and also increase hair fall.

    11. Don't let your hair free at night

    How do you go to bed at night?

    Do you have the habit of leaving your hair open before you go to sleep? Using cotton pillowcases can make your hair fall faster, and it will also affect the rate at which hair grows. Use silk pillowcases or cover your hair with silk clothe instead.

    It’s best to tie your hair into a loose ponytail before you go to bed. On the other hand, also get silk or satin pillowcases as they produce less friction on your hair.

    Also, remember to have a regular sleep schedule to avoid hair loss.

    12. Eat a lot of vegetables

    Do you have sufficient green food on your diet?

    Whether you take them in food form or juice, don’t miss out on having greens in your diet. Here are a couple of green leafy vegetables for you to choose from:

    • Broccoli
    • Spinach
    • Chard
    • Kale
    • Carrots

    13. Drink a lot of water

    It’s easy to get dehydrated if you remain too busy throughout the day!

    For adults, the average water intake should be eight glasses per day. It’s okay if it goes above that but try not to take less than that.

    14. Don’t scrub your hair too much

    Are you applying shampoo or other hair products to your hair?

    Touching your hair over and over again is never recommended. But if you use many hair products in layers mainly, you could be putting too much pressure on your hair.

    Instead, opt for a gentle but deep scalp massager.

    15. Eat a lot of protein-rich food

    Proteins are vital for hair to grow faster!

    Fish is the wealthiest protein food. If fish is not for you, try having one of these protein-rich foods in your diet:

    • Poultry food
    • Beans
    • Nuts

    If you're vegetarian or vegan, we've got you covered with our guide to vegetarian food for hair growth, too!

    How To Make Black Hair Grow Fast

    16. Moisturize your hair regularly

    What type of hair moisturizer should you use?

    Moisturizers are not just for the skin but the hair as well. Although water is essential for soft and moist hair, you can use hair moisturizers too. Again, make sure that the product is not full of harmful chemicals like parabens, sulfates etc.

    17. Avoid using hair extensions

    Do you use stick-in hair extensions?

    Using hair extensions can damage both the hair scalp and the strands. Especially those extensions on which the use of glue is required to stick.

    18. Manage your stress well

    Stress and extreme emotions have a significant impact on your health!

    Stress affects our health without us realizing it. It builds up with time and harms both mental and physical health. Obviously, stress also hurts your hair growth and in worse cases, it induces hair loss.

    19. Avoid tight hairstyles

    Tight hairstyles like braids, weaves, and ponytails can pull on your hair and cause damage, which can slow down growth.

    If you must wear your hair in a tight style, make sure to take breaks in between styles to let your hair breathe. Opt for looser styles like buns or twists, or wear your hair down.

    20. Avoid chemical treatments

    Chemical treatments like relaxers, perms, and hair dyes can damage your hair and slow down growth.

    Try to avoid them as much as possible. If you must use them, make sure to use a deep conditioner to help repair any damage.

    21. Take hair growth supplements

    Hair growth supplements like biotin, folic acid, and vitamin D can help to promote hair growth.

    Picking the right supplement is also a difficult task. You want to pick brands that are reputable, highly-reviewed and clear ingredients. This ensures the supplement is safe and you're not overpaying for gimmicky ingredients.

    Talk to your doctor before taking any supplements, as they may interact with other medications you're taking.

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    22. Don't wear tight hats

    Wearing tight hats can pull on your hair and cause damage, which can slow down growth.

    Opt for looser hats or avoid them altogether. If you must wear a hat, choose one made of a soft, breathable material like cotton.

    23. Exercise regularly

    Exercise increases blood flow to your scalp, which can help to promote hair growth.

    Aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day, such as jogging, cycling, or yoga.

    24. Use a protein treatment

    Protein treatments help to strengthen your hair and prevent breakage, which can slow down growth.

    Use a protein treatment once a month to keep your hair healthy. You can buy protein treatments at most drugstores or make your own at home with ingredients like eggs or mayonnaise.

    25. Be gentle when towel-drying

    Rubbing your hair with a towel can cause damage and slow down growth.

    Instead, gently squeeze your hair with a towel to remove excess water. You can also use a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt to dry your hair, as they are gentler on your hair than a regular towel.

    26. Don't use hot water

    Hot water can dry out your hair and cause damage, which can slow down growth.

    Use lukewarm water when washing your hair, and finish with a cool rinse to help seal the hair cuticle and promote shine.

    27. Avoid chlorine

    Chlorine can damage your hair and slow down growth.

    Wear a swim cap or rinse your hair with water before swimming to protect it. You can also use a clarifying shampoo after swimming to remove any chlorine buildup.

    28. Use a humidifier

    Dry air can dry out your hair and cause damage, which can slow down growth.

    Use a humidifier to keep the air moist, especially during the winter months when the air tends to be drier.

    29. Use a shower filter

    Hard water can cause damage to your hair and slow down growth.

    Use a shower filter to remove minerals from the water, which can help to keep your hair healthy.

    30. Protect your hair from the sun

    The sun can dry out your hair and cause damage, which can slow down growth.

    Wear a hat or scarf to protect your hair when you're outside, especially during the summer months when the sun is strongest. You can also use a leave-in conditioner with SPF to protect your hair from UV damage.

    31. Don't use too much product

    Using too much product can weigh down your hair and slow down growth.

    Use only a small amount of product, and avoid applying it to your scalp. Choose products that are designed for your hair type, and avoid products that contain harsh chemicals or alcohol.

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    Luat Duong

    Luat Duong is a Copenhagen-based writer and content strategist specializing in hair loss and health. His work has been featured in MyHealthGuide, The Right Hairstyles, and Woman's Era. He is a graduate of Vaasa University. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.