Let’s get one thing straight. I’m not blessed in the hair department. I’ve tried repairing my chemically-damaged locks and growing long hair, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t get my mane looking full and healthy. My hair is naturally thin and limp, which I blame on my genes. While my husband struggles with controlling his unruly thick curls, looking for a way to thin his locks, I look on with a tear in my eye.
There are several ways to ensure you maintain healthy hair as you try to grow it out. While you can’t do anything about genes, you can help yourself along by doing everything possible to invite new growth. We’ll also go over a few tricks along the way that can keep you looking your best despite a sad hair day.
Grow Your Hair Long and Strong
1. Trim, with caution
Let’s get one thing out of the way: getting regular trims does not make your hair grow faster. What it does, however, is ensure your hair grows in healthy by getting rid of split ends and damaged strands. There’s less chance of breakage as it gets longer, making it seem like your hair is growing faster. Don’t nix those trims, but don’t get them too often if you’re looking to get longer hair. They get rid of length at the end of the day.
2. Lay off the chemicals
Platinum blonde might be cute for a minute, but it’s not doing your hair growth any favors. Ultimately, chemical treatments damage your strands and prevent healthy growth. Anything that invites breakage prevents your hair from growing. Instead, opt for highlights or lighten gently within two shades of your natural color.
3. 100 strokes of the brush before bed
Well, maybe not 100, but aim to brush your hair before bed every night to distribute your scalp’s natural oils. This will aid in moisturizing your strands and stimulate blood circulation. This, in turn, encourages new growth.
4. Less shampoo, but keep the conditioner
You don’t need to skip showers, but opt for a simple rinse and conditioner instead of using shampoo every time. Most shampoos are too harsh for regular use, so it’s best to skip this step and keep it to a minimum.
5. Rinse with cool water
At the end of the shower, rinse your hair off with cold water to seal the cuticle. This ensures the hair preserves moisture and prevents heat damage in the long run.
6. Keep it balanced
Skip out on trendy cleanses and crash diets. Instead, focus on eating nutrient-rich meals to provide your scalp with enough nutrients to keep the growth going. No amount of gummy vitamins will replace the nutrients in a balanced diet.
7. Hydrate the strands
Make your deep conditioner at home by mixing half a cup of coconut oil with two tablespoons of almond oil and leaving it in before showering. Or, buy a few deep conditioning masks at the store and keep them handy. Use every few weeks to revitalize your strands.
Hair hacks to keep it looking its best
– Spray dry shampoo on your roots before heading to bed to wake up with extra volume.
– Invest in a silk pillowcase to reduce wrinkles and split ends.
– Apply coconut oil into your strands before you take a shower. Shampoo and condition like you usually would. Enjoy the extra moisture!
– Grab a wet brush if you tend to brush your hair after a shower.
– Hair is made of keratin, which is a protein. Make sure you eat enough protein throughout the day!
– Use an apple cider vinegar rinse on your scalp in the shower to balance the pH and clarify.
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