I Asked a Celeb Hairstylist How to Make My Hair Grow Faster—Here's What He Said

I've been asking colourists and hairstylists for their best hair growth secrets ever since I started highlighting, heat torching and administering overall havoc on my hair back in primary school. (Yep, I was the crazy girl sporting zebra highlights, temporary spray colour and tinsel-sprinkled fake hair clips in her yearbook picture.) Considering my natural hair is already finely textured and blonde, you'd think I'd take it easy with damage-invoking things like colour, heat tools, extensions, etc., but apparently, it's just in my DNA to ignore my lofty length goals by pushing my hair's buttons and putting it through an undeserved ringer. (I've dabbled in extensions, I have a dysfunctional addiction to my flat iron, and I once had almost all my hair bleached off my head.)


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Long hair goals courtesy of Rosie HW.

Suffice to say, my strands and I have been through a lot over the years, and even though I would say my hair is probably in the healthiest state it's been in a long time, I'm always curious to know what I could be doing better. Not to mention, my friends, family and co-workers are constantly asking what they can do to make their hair grow faster. (Apparently, when your head is the comeback kid of the century, you become an unofficial expert in hair growth.)


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Jorja Smiths's long strands look elegant tied into a high ponytail.

Since I'm not actually an expert, I decided to ask celebrity stylist and colourist Anthony Holguin at West Hollywood's Nine Zero One Salon how I can continue to make my hair grow faster, despite my still-strong highlight habit. Anthony was the last person to colour my fragile strands, and considering my hair has never looked or felt healthier post-colour, he was pretty much the perfect person to compare notes with. Ahead, eight expert-approved tips to expedite hair growth. Keep scrolling!


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Jodie Comer giving us beach wave inspiration.

1. Try Hair Growth Topicals

2. Pop a Gummy or Vitamin

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3. Consider Supplementing with Collagen

4. Give Your Scalp a Scrub

5. Oil Up

6. Brush Daily

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7. Mind Your Shampoo Habits

8. Snip Less—But More Often

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Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.