Yeah, who says it’s only those with natural hair can get tips on how to grow their hair? Well, I want to put it to you that you can actually grow your retouched or permed hair, it’s a matter of choice. You can grow your hair regardless, even if it is permed. Join me as I take you through the tips on how to do just that…
Overnight growth. Unless your scalp unleashes new strands like a puppy, chia pet, gaining new length is going to take time. Our hair typically only grows about a quarter of an inch to a half an inch max, a month and that’s only if it is super-healthy and doesn’t have a ton of split ends. The fact is for one to be patient.
Scissors is your friend. Although getting regular trims to snip splits won’t make your hair actually grow faster, it will keep tips looking healthy and prevent splits from working their way up strands, requiring you to chop hair off more often. “If you wait so long that splits are causing your hair to break off high up on the strand, your hair will actually be shorter than if you get consistent trims, it’s important to trim 8 inches off your hair every 10/12 weeks each time you apply your relaxer to prevent extreme split ends before they start.
Using conditioner each time you shampoo your hair. You need to condition your hair when it is wet. Over time, from coloring and heat styling, strands start to get thinner at the bottom, Conditioner helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft, as well as seal the cuticle to help prevent more damage from happening so that you can get your hair to grow longer and look healthier.
Don’t shampoo every time you shower. It’s shocking to me how many women skip conditioner when showering, which is the worst thing you can do for your hair — especially when you’re trying to grow it long — and it’s actually shampoo that you should be skipping as much as possible. Here’s why: The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product buildups, but it can also take essential natural oils that keep strands soft and healthy along with it. When you really do need shampoo, be gentler on your hair by only lathering up at your scalp and then simply letting the suds slide down strands, hitting the rest of the hair as the water rinses it away.
Do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower. This really does help to grow hair and keep long hair healthy for longer. Cold water lays down the outer layer of hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags and heat damage — you only need to do it for a few seconds, but this one extra step over time can make a huge difference.
Apply oil or mask treatment weekly. Hair that touches your shoulders or beyond can be several years old and most likely needs more TLC than normal conditioner. Buy or make a natural oil treatment.
Recipe for coconut hair oil: 1 cup of unrefined coconut oil mixed with 1 tablespoon each of almond, macadamia and jojoba or olive oil. Oils can leave a residue on hair, to apply it to damp hair, leave it on for 10 minutes, then shampoo and condition like normal. These oils are able to fill strands up with fatty acids and then, when rinsed out, using regular shampoo helps seal them inside hair. If you are not into DIY? Try an oil-based hair treatment instead.
Hair-boosting supplements. Your body requires many vital nutrients to create new hair, from ample protein to a slew of essential minerals. So take a look at your diet — because while eating a balanced diet helps, you may not be getting the proper amount of all the hair-building nutrients needed to create healthy hair that can grow super-long and withstand damage. Before starting to take supplements, it’s best to check in with your doctor to make sure not only that you take the right amounts and that they won’t interact with any medications you’re currently taking.
Brush your hair like it’s spun from gold. Constant brushing can cause physical harm to your hair. “When you detangle wet hair, be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up — we often instinctively go from the scalp down but that just brings small tangles into one large knot and can cause you to lose a lot of hair.
Ditch your cotton pillowcase. Switching to a sateen fabric such as Calvin Klein Sateen White Sheeting because it has a softer surface that won’t cause friction the way that regularly woven cotton does with your hair, so you’ll wake up with fewer tangles.
Never, ever wrap your hair in a massive towel again. What could be so bad about putting hair in your super soft bath towel? A lot! I’m also guilty of this unfriendly act until I discovered the damage it caused my hair, It causes so much breakage, Your hair gets caught in all the woven fibers and since most women almost always wrap it too tight around their face, all those tiny, fragile strands around your face are more prone to break. Opt for the super-thin and soft microfiber hair towels instead (like Aquis microfiber hair towel), which are totally OK to wrap into a turban.
Switch up your pony style. It’s an easy move that can help maintain the integrity of your strands wherever you tend to secure your ponytail all the time, which means they’ll continue to grow out strong and damage-free.
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