Long, wavy, luscious tresses are the ultimate style for so many women right now, but what if your hair just won’t grow – or at least not fast enough… If it’s anything like mine, right now your newsfeed is sprinkled with video clips of gorgeous women dropping serum onto their scalp and ruffling it through their hair. But what’s with the sudden lack of patience for your hair to grow at it’s own natural pace?

Is long hair more attractive?

Long hair has always been hailed as beautiful and sensual. Experts believe that the reason long hair is considered more attractive is the evolutionary one. Basically, it is believed that the length of a woman’s hair represents her body’s ability to have children. In turn, this makes female fertility one of the markers of human beauty.

Good long strong hair is a biological factor traditionally linked to feminine attributes of a woman, and men will often naturally and subconsciously find himself attracted to this.

However regardless of biology, you should wear your hair however you feel most confident – that is ultimately what makes you feel good!

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What factors can make your hair grow slower, get thinner or contribute to hair loss?

Excessive hairstyling – or hairstyles that pull your hair tight, such as ponytails and top knots can cause some hair loss

Products – Hot-oil hair treatments and permanent colouring also can cause hair to fall out.

Stress – stress and hair loss can be related. Significant stress pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few months, affected hairs might fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair.

Hormones – a change in your hormone levels can have an effect on different parts of your body including your scalp where they affect the growth patterns of the hair follicles. 

Medical treatment – such as chemotherapy  

But what if you just want thicker, longer hair to look good?

The good news is there are hundreds of products on the shelves that can help your hair to grow faster, thicker and fuller – no matter what your motivation for speeding up the hair growth cycle.

Growth Serums

I’ve been using Original Daily Growth Serum by Grow Gorgeous for the last 6 weeks and have to say it has definitely made my hair grow faster and thicker. I’ve been growing out a fringe, which as anyone who has ever had a fringe knows – it feels like it takes forever. With typically fine hair, I’ve seen a real improvement in volume and had many compliments! I’ve also heard great things about Champo…

The top tip is to apply your serum at night, as it makes your hair appear oily at first. By morning it’s all absorbed and good to go out.

One to try: Original Daily Growth Serum, by Grow Gorgeous

With outstanding customer reviews, the most popular hair growth serum seems to be Grow Gorgeous’ Hair Growth Serum Original to be which claims to lead to visibly thicker, fuller and denser-looking locks. Trials showed that in just 4 weeks, the concentrated serum promises to supercharge the volume of flat and limp tresses with a medley of specialist haircare ingredients.

What’s in it? According to the creators at Grow Gorgeous: “An energising blend of Caffeine, organic Pea Sprout extract and Chinese Scullcap work in synergy to stimulate the scalp and ‘wake up’ the roots, while Hyaluronic Acid moisturises and smoothens hair’s fibres for a silky-soft finish.”

Best for: fine, flat, limp hair.

Free from parabens, sulphates, silicones, phthalates and mineral oil. Vegan. Gluten-free.

From £30 for 60ml, order directly from Grow Gorgeous.

One to try: Pitta Growth Serum, by Champo

For fine hair that may be experiencing thinning or loss. Instantly volumise roots and stimulate visibly thicker, fuller and stronger hair.

This advanced trichological serum harnesses Caffeine, Creatine and Ayurvedic Haritaki Extract to invigorate the scalp and promote healthier hair growth.

Noticeable improvements to hair thickness, fullness and fallout within 12 weeks, some testers reported results as early as 6 weeks, with daily use.

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Buy Pitta Growth serum online here.

Thickening Shampoo

As well as daily serums, you can enhance the look of your growing hair by using a daily shampoo and conditioner designed with thicker, lengthy locks in mind. Here are 5 of our top-rated beauty buys:

1. Collagen Complex Hair Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner Duo, from £28

This tried-and-tested haircare range is a market-leading collagen shampoo and conditioner duo that work together as a system to banish thin, flat hair for good. Our unique collagen complex is formulated by leading hair specialists to strengthen, thicken, nourish, volumise, and boost the hair’s shine. 

It contains soluble collagen which wraps the hair cuticle in a protective layer to deeply nourish it, providing shine and gloss, while collagen amino acids penetrate the cortex of the hair to add volume and thickness.

Buy here: Absolute Collagen

2. Grow Gorgeous Intense Thickening Shampoo, from £16

Recharge thin, lacklustre strands with Grow Gorgeous Intense Thickening Shampoo. The richly nourishing formula effectively cleanses the scalp, roots and ends of the hair to promote fuller, more voluminous locks.

Caffeine and biotin energise roots to help breathe new life into bland, weakened strands. Niacinamide helps to moisturise the scalp for a softer, silkier finish. Enriched with a vital component of keratin, amino acids work to nurture strands while encouraging longer, thicker, more luscious-looking locks. Rice protein enhances shine and volume, branding this intensive treatment as a fundamental factor in restoring thinner, brittle hair to a healthier-looking state.

Buy here: Look Fantastic

3. Revitalash Cosmetics Thickening Shampoo, from £35

A brand that needs no introduction when it comes to its hair-boosting capabilities, RevitaLash has now branched out with their pioneering Thickening Shampoo, which features ingredients to optimise scalp health and create the ideal environment for lustrous, revitalised lengths.

Working to cleanse and fortify hair while protecting against environmental stressors, this phyto-enriched formula improves hair shaft thickness so that hair feels fuller, looks thicker and feels healthier overall. It uses flax protein to protect against breakage; loquat leaf to help with thinning; willow bark to gently exfoliate and stimulate the scalp; antioxidant-rich ginseng to protect both hair and scalp; and jojoba seed oil to fortify the scalp and hair cuticles. Colour safe, vegan and cruelty-free, this formula is set to be astonishingly transformative for weak, brittle, thinning hair.

Buy here: Cult Beauty

4. Lee Stafford Hair Growth Activation Shampoo, from £8.99

A scalp-boosting cleanser to help amplify growth for hair that won’t grow past a certain length. With PRO-GROWTH™ complex

This root stimulating shampoo contains a blend of growth boosting proteins to strengthen and lengthen hair from within.

Now with double the amount of PRO-GROWTH™ complex, combined with Lemon Essence for a gentle cleanse and Green Tea Extract, to encourage hair growth and protect against breakage.

The Activation Shampoo is part of the award-winning protein-based Lee Stafford Hair Growth collection to promote healthy hair growth.  A regime for longer and stronger hair.

Buy yours here:

5. Redken Extreme Length Shampoo, from £17.55

Help your hair look lustrous while it’s growing out with Redken’s shampoo solution to damaged strands. Assisting with masking noticeable breakage, the formula is ideal for longer hair or anyone looking to grow their shorter locks. Nourishing and fortifying, your mane will seem stronger and more resilient to brushing and styling, creating a healthier-looking finish that’s brimming with vitality. Enriched with Biotin, the shampoo works to maintain a natural environment for normal growth while disguising split ends for a sleeker, smoother effect. It also lifts away dirt and build-ups, leaving your scalp and strands refreshed and ready for styling.

Buy yours here: Look Fantastic

Dawn Jackson
Dawn Jackson
With a history of over 15 years in PR & publishing, Dawn is a fashion blogger, Editor at several business news websites and a contributor to a range of lifestyle media outlets.

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