You probably went through the wringer with your hair. Dry, damaged hair can result from flat ironing, home dye jobs, and even exposure to the sun’s rays. Additionally, when your hair is in this condition, it will break more quickly than it can grow, leaving you to wonder why your bob seems to never reach your shoulders. How, then, can you increase hair growth naturally without using a product? The fact is that there isn’t an instant fix for increasing strength and thickness. However, “minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine) is the only FDA-approved drug clinically proven to regrow hair. Other treatments, such as hair growth oils and homemade masks, may hydrate and infuse strands with nourishing ingredients that promote overall health. The bottom line: Consult your dermatologist for assistance if you are experiencing extreme hair loss or thinning. However, these homemade hair masks can be useful if the only objective is to give strands a little TLC at home and perhaps see some growth and added volume. Bonus: They also reduce frizz and add shine while fighting dry scalp and any accompanying dandruff. Use it to treat dandruff and dry scalp. Because castor oil is high in fatty acids that moisturize and has antimicrobial properties that make it a worthwhile treatment for dry scalp and dandruff, celebrity stylist Michelle Cleveland suggests using this mask. Directions: In a small bowl, place cold-pressed castor oil. Heat for approximately 10 seconds in the microwave. Warm is preferred over hot. Massage the castor oil into your scalp and down the hair shaft using your fingertips. After 15 minutes, thoroughly rinse, then shampoo.