We've all had a bad haircut. Thinkstock / Augusta Falletta / Via BuzzFeed Growing out your hair is long, frustrating process that ironically makes you want to tear your hair out. Or the general struggle of your hair being like "IDGAF, I don't want to be any longer than I am right now." Thinkstock / Augusta Falletta / Via BuzzFeed Because life can be a cruel bitch. But there are some legit things that can help if you're trying to grow it out. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Disney / Via Giphy First of all, give your hair a break from harsh chemicals (like bleach). View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via Getty Images "The damage caused by chemicals erases any perceived growth while also causing the hair to live in a constant state of dehydration," Shari Harbinger, Vice President of Education at DevaCurl, tells BuzzFeed Life. Advertisement Then dump any products with sulfates or parabens. Sarah Kobos / Via BuzzFeed Life Check the labels of all of your hair care products to make sure they don't contain parabens or sulfates, which can cause dryness and strip the hair of the natural oils that keep it healthy. If you're really struggling, try a hair growth supplement like Viviscal. Viviscal Dr. Florence Comite, a trained endocrinologist practicing precision medicine, suggests Viviscal, which has been clinically proven to be effective in promoting healthy hair growth, especially in people with thinning or thin hair. Note: Talk with your doctor before starting any regular dietary supplement. Do whatever you possibly can to avoid styling your hair with hot tools. Jenny Chang / Via BuzzFeed "Heat styling can cause hair to become damaged and thinned out," Matrix StyleLink celebrity stylist George Papanikolas tells BuzzFeed Life. Instead, try no-heat hairstyles like these. But if you do use heat styling tools, make sure they're set to the proper temperature. Alice Mongkongllite / Via BuzzFeed "Stick to medium over high heat when possible. Otherwise, you run the risk of drying out the hair," Harbinger says. Advertisement In general, give your hair a break from styling and be gentle. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "Tying hair back too tight and excessive manipulation with combs, brushes, and styling tools are some of the most damaging things you can do to your hair," Harbinger says. Then there are more serious factors to consider, too, like stress. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Changes in your life can lead to changes in your body. Stress at work, shock over the loss of a loved one, a major injury, or even the contraction of a disease can prematurely send your hair into the shedding phase. And major life changes like extreme shock or pregnancy that can "switch on" specific genes that can affect your hair growth. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Universal Studios / Apatow Productions / Via media.giphy.com Genes can lay dormant for years before being activated by certain triggers in life. If one day your hair completely turns on you, it could be because these genes were "turned on" by hormonal or chemical changes in your body, Dr. Comite tells BuzzFeed Life. Birth control has a lot to do with it. Fuse / Getty Images "Part of it is individual specific, but it depends on your chemical makeup before you go on birth control pills. Testosterone recruits hair follicles, whereas estrogen promotes the hair growth. Birth control can surge estrogen without suppressing testosterone, and then during your period, your estrogen levels drop. When testosterone is low, it's harder to put on muscle, it's easier to put on fat, and hair may not look as good," says Comite. Advertisement And if you start taking any medication, it may be affecting your hair growth. Purestock / Getty Images "Beta-blockers, anti-depressants, retinoids, anti-inflammatory pills, and birth control can all negatively affect the body and shock the hair into the loss phase," says Comite. "The system is shocked by the medication, which means the hair is shocked from the growth phase to the loss phase of its cycle, so there can be shedding. The shedding can decrease, but it may take months." One of the best things you can do is to practice stress-relieving exercises like meditation, guided breathing, and yoga. Purestock / Getty Images They can help to lower your stress levels and therefore, balance out your hair growth cycle."Anything that affects your mind affects your body, too," says Comite. When you're stressed, your cortisol levels rise. "Regular meditation has been shown to directly lower cortisol levels," Comite says.You can learn how to start meditating here. And eat a healthy, balanced diet to give your hair the nutrients it needs to grow strong. Lauren Zaser / Justine Zwiebel / Via BuzzFeed Life "It’s also important to look for foods high in omega-3s, vitamin A and D, folic acid, and biotin – all of these nutrients support healthy hair growth," Harbinger says. Here's some inspiration for eating clean. Here's to healthy, strong, GROWING hair. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NBC / Via Giphy Share On facebook Share On facebook Share On vk Share On vk Share On pinterest Share On pinterest Share On lineapp Share On lineapp Share On twitter Share On twitter Share On email Share On email Share On sms Share On sms Share On whatsapp Share On whatsapp Share On more Share On more Share On tumblr Share On tumblr Share On link Share On link Share On copy Share On copy Omg It's Prime Day!