If a magic pill could miraculously make hair grow more quickly, odds are it would fly off the shelves. But until such a wonder product is discovered, certain health, lifestyle, and hair care choices can improve the overall health of your tresses. Even though growth cycles are essentially fixed, tweaks to your routine can strengthen your locks for a stronger—and ultimately longer—head of hair.

Things You'll Need

Mind Your Nutrients

What you put into your body has an affect on your hair. In Allure Magazine, dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt noted that the B vitamin biotin promotes healthy hair growth by elongating the follicles and stimulating the cells. Take 5000 micrograms a day or eat a diet rich in nuts, avocado, and salmon. Foods with B6, like kale and broccoli, and B12, from fish and dairy products, provide additional beneficial nutrients. Folate, found in whole grains, beets, and berries, also facilitates hair growth.

Avoid Damage

It may seem counterintuitive, but trimming your hair 1/4 inch every eight weeks is key to maintaining—and gaining—length. While trimming doesn’t increase the rate of growth, it does keep your split ends under control, preventing breakage down the line. Lay off the heated styling tools, harsh color treatments, extensions, and blow-drying whenever possible. These can damage your hair and ultimately keep it shorter due to breakage.

Turn To Treatments

According to New York dermatologist Dr. Francesca Fusco, treating your scalp with products that contain essential oils helps to nourish and bolster hair health. Fusco also recommends a one- or two-minute scalp massage to stimulate circulation and promote growth. Warm up oils like coconut, avocado, or olive for an extra luxurious experience. Deep conditioners with both enriched with protein and moisturizing ingredients also help to strengthen hair while reducing brittleness.

Healthy Habits

Smoking can hamper circulation and lead to slower hair growth, while high stress levels spike cortisol, which can cause strands to shed. A healthy diet, regular sleep, meditation, and exercise can help mitigate the effects of stress. When you sleep, rest on a soft pillowcase and avoid putting your hair in elastic bands. Instead, wrap a scarf around your head or pull up your tresses in a cotton scrunchie to protect from tangles and breakage.