Growing your hair out can be a difficult task. I cut my hair to chin length in high school and it took me several years to get my hair back past my shoulders. As a beauty and fashion expert, I have tried many things to help me achieve long hair that rival’s Rapunzel. With a little bit of work, though, you can speed the process a little more and help care for the hair you have already grown.
Drink More Water
The best thing you can do for your hair and skin is to stay hydrated. Proper hydration is critical to all body functions and when there’s little water left for those, your skin and hair are the last place water goes. Try drinking half your body weight in ounces each day. Let’s say you weigh 150 pounds. You would want to drink about 75 ounces of water a day, or 5 bottles of water. I like to fill a reusable bottle and fill it throughout the day. You can also add a natural drink mix to your water or fruit to add flavor.
Use the Right Products
No shampoo can magically stimulate hair growth, technically, but several can improve the health of your hair and promote growth. Choose one that is paraben, salt and sulfate free, as those are the best for your hair. My favorite is Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow which works for a variety of different hair types. Use with a growth promoting conditioner for best results and be sure to always use the product as directed. Once a week, I use an intense moisturizing mask to help protect my hair even further from any damage.
Ditch the Brush
If your goal is to retain and grow your hair longer, you need to be sure not to damage your hair. Switch to a wide tooth comb instead of a brush to prevent breakage. I comb my hair when it is wet, gently, to remove all the tangles and avoid combing it as much as possible. Make sure you brush from the ends down, not the top of your head down. Brushing from the top of your head down causes a lot of damage to your hair and can also cause split ends.
Skip the Cut
A huge myth is that if you cut your hair, it will grow faster. The hair growing in does not care if your hair at the end is longer or shorter, so cutting it only makes you have to start at a shorter length to achieve a longer look. Instead, get a small trim just of dead ends and then use your hair products and comb to minimize further breakage.
Turn Down the Heat
If you want to grow your hair, using heat tools can cause damage to your hair that creates split ends. Split ends mean you new growth may not seem as long and makes the overall appearance of your hair less healthy. If you need to use a heat tool, use a heat protecting spray or gel when your hair is wet and allow your hair to air dry for awhile before adding heat. Letting some of the moisture evaporate from your hair means you will cause less burning and breakage to your hair. I wait at least twenty minutes before applying heat, and try to air dry as much as possible.
These steps combined will improve the overall quality of your hair and can also help you improve your confidence in your hair. I know that when my hair looks healthy, I feel better and want to show it off even as I’m in between the length of hair I desire. By following these steps and eating a balanced diet, you just might be able to grow your hair longer more quickly.