After chopping my hair for the third time this year I’m fully determined to grow out my hair again now that I’ve lost all the damaged, fragile ends. In the mind set of growing I jotted down the cardinal rules for longer locks.
Be kind to your hair
- Blowdrying, using heating tools, and teasing you hair can take a toll on the health of your hair! Limit your use– avoid using heat every day (make the most of second day hair!)
- Use gentle cleansing shampoos and conditioners which are sulfate free. The less chemicals and sulfates used = a happier head!
- Rinse with cool water – this will seal the cuticle leaving your hair less vulnerable to frizz and breakage when styling from wet.
- After showering, use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair. In comparison to using a brush with bristles, this is much gentler on your hair.
You are what you eat
Believe it or not, the age-old saying “you are what you eat” is true, and it applies to even your hair! Eating a healthy diet full of protein, good fatty acids, and leafy greens can do wonders for the health of your hair, skin, and nails.
- Using supplements such as biotin and folic acid can help accelerate your growth as they contribute to healthy tissues and cells (with your doctor’s approval, of course!)
- It’s often debated whether getting regular trims causes your hair to grow. When you go long periods without cutting your hair while colouring and using heated tools you’ll end up with tons of split ends and breakage. Therefore, going to the salon regularly (once every couple months) will really help maintain healthy strands which creates long, strong hair. You’ll notice the difference!
Be kind to your hair
- When getting your hair coloured, ask your hairdresser to focus on touching up the roots and then pulling the colour through. This will cause less stress on your hair that’s already been damaged from bleaching and colouring.
- If you’re looking to maximize the length of your hair – try going for a “shadow box”. This means only getting a half-head of highlights leaving the bottom section of your hair (from about the ears-down) with a solid colour that isn’t processed. It’s surprising how much the bottom section of hair will grow without being treated! This is a super easy way to focus on growing your hair out while still having fun with the colour!
Pampering is a must!
- Using a weekly treatment to deep condition your hair can help keep it moisturized and in good shape. For an easy at-home solution try applying warmed up coconut oil to the lengths of your hair and leave on for an hour before showering.
Other tips for growing your hair out? I’d love to hear them!