9 shampoos to make your hair grow
Whether you’ve gone for the chop and the regret is real, or you’re just cursed with hair that won’t grow past your collar bones, there’s no overnight fix for turning stubborn strands into a mermaid mane. There are, however, plenty of things you can do to encourage growth and stop the hair you have from falling out or snapping off.
A diet rich in protein, omega-3 and antioxidants is vital, as is getting regular trims to stop split ends from wreaking further havoc. Supplements formulated for healthy hair, skin and nails will give those with fine or thinning hair a boost, and to prevent the damage that leads to hair breakage, it’s recommended you minimise heat styling and maximise nourishing conditioning treatments.
But by far the easiest path to long, strong locks starts in the shower, with a shampoo specially formuated to optimise scalp health and to improve the overall condition of your hair. Here, we’ve compiled the best lock-lengthening shampoos for every budget…
Shiseido Adenogen Hair Energizing Shampoo, $52
Improved scalp health is the aim of the game here. Formulated with antibacterial ingredients, this shampoo targets excess oil trapped in the pores of the scalp, preventing dryness and creating the ideal environment for growth.
Garnier Fructis Grow Strong Shampoo, $7
Promising 10x stronger hair after one application, this shampoo combines natural apple extract with strengthening ceramide to rebuild hair from the roots and make it resistant to breakage. Hello stronger, longer locks.
Not Your Mother's Way To Grow Long & Strong Shampoo, $22
Cruelty-free and formulated without sulfates, parabens or dyes, this shampoo harnesses the hair-boosting potential of biotin, horse chestnut seed extract and a multi-vitamin complex to encourage growth spurts. It's also suitable for all hair textures.
Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo, $22
Containing PRO-GROWTH™ complex, this scalp stimulating, moisture balancing shampoo works by stimulating the metabolic activity of the hair bulb cells, and encouraging blood flow to the root, kickstarting new growth and leading to extra length in no time.
Kérastase Résistance Bain Extentioniste, $49
Enriched with creatine and ceramides to promote strength and elasticity, and taurine for scalp health, this breakthrough shampoo promises up to 4cm growth in three months when used in conjunction with the full Kérastase Résistance Extentioniste range.
RevitaLash Cosmetics Thickening Shampoo, $52.50
Just like RevitaLash’s beloved eyelash and brow serums, this shampoo works like magic on fine, thin or damaged hair, utilising powerful ingredients to optimise scalp health, fortify the hair cuticle, and improve hair shaft thickness. Hair will be conducive to growth and appear fuller and thicker in the meantime.
Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, $58
Utilising the same bond repairing technology of Olaplex’s game-changing in-salon and take home treatments, this revolutionary shampoo relinks the broken bonds that cause breakage, split ends and frizz, and protects hair from the everyday stressors that inhibit hair growth.
Joico Defy Damage Protective Shampoo, $33.95
Joico’s answer to Olaplex, this shampoo provides a trifecta of healthy-hair ingredients via the one-of-a-kind SmartRelease Technology delivery system, which continuously releases a concoction of rosehip oil, Arginine, and Keratin to protect hair from the cumulative effects of daily styling and ultimately promote growth.
Hask Biotin Boost Thickening Shampoo, $13.50
Call them the holy trinity of hair-boosting ingredients, collagen, coffee and biotin come together in this ultra-thickening formula designed to volumise, strengthen and fortify locks. Expect less hair fall and more-full hair.
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