Grow your tresses long
Do you dream of having Rapunzel-length locks? But, you jumped in on the short hair trend, and got a lob, bob, or even pixie, but now that summer is approaching, you’re craving long, luscious locks again that you can toss into a braid or top knot, or rock down with cool, beach waves. If it seems like your hair just isn’t growing as quickly as you’d like, look no further than your hair care routine. And then try these pro-recommended tips to get longer, stronger hair in no time.
- Don’t trim your hair every month. Some hairstylists will tell you to cut an inch to half an inch off hair every month, but honestly this will do you no good. Why, you may ask? Because, your hair grows a half an inch every month, so by cutting an inch to half an inch off every month, your hair basically will never grow. And hair growth starts at the roots, but hair damage is concentrated near the tips. So, make sure to cut all your damaged hair off before you start trying to grow long hair, because damaged, long hair is not pretty.
- Skip the super-hot water when washing your hair. Chill with the steamy H2O! Super-hot water weaken your hair, making it dry and brittle. A super steamy shower isn’t just bad for your skin — it’s also rough on your hair. Turn the water temperature down when cleansing. And rinse with cool water to help seal the cuticle and strengthen your hair before styling it.
- Adjust your washing. Clean hair is certainly desired, but cleansing your hair too often can strip it of the oils that keep it healthy, making it more brittle and prone to breaking. To prevent this premature breakage, minimize the numbers of times you shampoo your hair to 2-3 times a week at most. If you can wash your hair only a single time per week, all the better. When rinsing shampoo off do it with cold water. This allows your natural oils to penetrate your hair, allowing it to hydrate and repair itself. But just be sure not to let too much build-up occur. This can lead to a surplus of oil, itching, and dandruff.
- Pamper you scalp. Think of your hair like a tree: If the soil and roots aren’t taken care of, the tree can’t grow tall and solid. Hair growth starts with a healthy scalp. When you cleanse and treat your scalp with healthy ingredients, you produce strong, beautiful hair. Dirt, oil, and dead skin cells grow on your scalp make it hard for new hair growth to come through. Massage your scalp with your fingers every time you shampoo to get the gunk out.
- Start from the inside by eating the right foods. Having long, strong hair doesn’t just depend on which products you put on your hair, it also depends on what you put into your body. To promote hair growth, you need to ‘feed’ the hair from the inside. Try increasing your protein intake with foods like fish, beans, nuts, and whole gains. If you’re not a meat-lover, be sure to maintain a diet high in protein because women who don’t get enough of it often experience “more shedding.”
- Protect it. Heat styling can fry your hair and keep it from growing long and strong. Go for an iconic blow-dryer instead of a normal one. They’re more powerful so they reduce styling time, which minimizes heat damage. When using hot tools, coat strands with a protective styling mechanism, like a blow-dry lotion, before you turn up the heat.
- Hydrate yourself. Lots of water clears out toxins in your body, and helps support the systems that run it. To aid your body’s push for growing long hair, make sure that you stay hydrated on a daily basis. Drink around 8 cups of fluids today, focusing primarily on water.
- Minimize your stress. High stress levels minimizes your health, and poor health inhibits hair growth. The solution? Deal with your stress so that it doesn’t have an effect on the length of your hair! Take the time that you need to help yourself detox from life’s anxieties, and you’ll be growing luscious locks in no time.
Try these hacks and over a period of several weeks or months, you will notice a definite change in your hair (and skin, and nails, and mental health…).