Growing your hair can be the most tedious chore for us ladies. Those of you who yurn for longer hair have tried almost everything and often see little results, right?
Truth is – there is no product in the world that can stimulate hair growth and unfortunately it really depends on your hair type and your genetics.
Straight hair grows slightly faster for the sole reason that it is straight. Wavy or Curly hair grows slower because it twists and coils around. Notice how when you curly lock girls comb your wet hair straight it appears longer?
So is there any trick or technique you can use? YES! The real trick is to prevent breakage on already grown hair AND to stimulate your scalp because well, that’s where all the new hair is coming from.
1) Skip a day or two of washing your hair.
Washing your hair too much strips your hair of its natural oils, which help soothe the scalp and keeps it healthy. These oils also help prevent your scalp from drying, which could lead to dandruff.
Quick fix: Use a dry shampoo for those inbetween days to help remove the extra oil from your scalp.
2) Use a sulfate-free shampoo (and conditioner if you use one).
Opting for sulfate-free means that you aren’t using damaging chemicals on your scalp and hair, ultimately leading to less breakage.
Drugstore buys: L’Oreal’s EverCare system comes with a bunch of sulfate-free choices so you can choose according to your hair type. Choose between EverPure, EverStrong, EverCreme, EverSleek.
3) Don’t cut your hair as often.
The mistake a lot of women make is cutting their hair too often when they’re trying to grow it. Yes, they say trimming your hair makes it grow faster but this is a myth. Cutting your hair doesn’t make it grow faster because your hair grows (on average) 1/2 in each month, and if you’re cutting off your hair every 6-8 weeks, of course you won’t seen any progress in growth because your hair is staying at the same length. If you are trimming your hair, tell your stylist to only trim the split ends and nothing more. You can guarantee this if you cut your own hair because you’re in control.
Quick fix: Use a split end treatment on the ends of your hair to slow down formation of split ends.
4) Massage your scalp
Simply put, this will help increase blood flow to your scalp, stimulating growth.
Tip: If you use some type of oil – almond, coconut, argan, etc. – it helps in the massaging process because of the vitamins and minerals found in the oil
5) Take your vitamins & watch what you eat
Multi-vitamins have a ton of necessary vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy. Eating too many fatty foods will cause your hair to be greasy and unhealthy, just like the food. Whatever you put in your body will show outside in your hair, skin, and nails. Remember, your hair is only as healthy as you are and it will show.
6) Lessen any type of product usage
Heat, gel, mousse, hairspray, or even hair ties all cause damage to your hair. These things are in your control unlike the wind, which can also cause damage. Heat obviously burns your hair and if you don’t use a heat protectant, the damage is ten times worse. Heavy products like gel, mousse, and hairspray all have chemicals that dries out the hair and weigh it down. Putting your hair up with hair ties bend and twist your hair in ways it shouldn’t be, again, causing breakage.
Quick Fixes: For heat – Ideally, you should just stop using heat all together. But if you don’t, always use a heat protectant & use the lowest temperature setting possible to achieve your desired style.
For products – Again, use sulfate-free or chemical-free products if you must use them. And instead of hair ties, use a clip.
Many of us take sleep forgranted. Sleep is actually when your body starts restoring and building itself, and it’s when growth hormones are secreted. To promote hair growth, as well as maintaining a healthier lifestyle, it’s extremely important to get an adequate amount of sleep. The average is 7-8 hours, but everyone is different so listen to your body.
The key to hair growth is keeping it healthy inside and out as this will lead to less hair cuts, less damage, and less breakage. You must also be patient because trust me, once you get to the desired length you want, it will not only be long, but healthy too!
Any special techiniques you use to grow your hair? Add them in the comment box below.
Happy hair growing & Stay Maganda!<3