Everyone wants long, healthy and gorgeous hair but sometimes it seems like your hair just doesn’t want to grow as quickly or as you would like for it to. No matter what products or treatment you have tried, it seems like the results are only short-lived. It may be time for you to make some adjustments to your hair care routine. By following these professionally recommended hair tips you will be on your way to longer, stronger, flourishing hair in no time.
Start by Using the Right Hair Tools
The types of combs, brushes and accessories that you use in your hair can be damaging if not used properly. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair in the shower instead of a comb with teeth that are close together and never use a brush on wet hair. Brushes have far more teeth that could snag or become tangled in your hair and lead to damage Start from the bottom of the hair an work your way up the shaft. Use a vented brush with not many teeth when blow-drying wet hair and always handle your hair delicately.
Cut Down on Using Heat Styling Tools
Using heat styling tools regularly is not only abusive to your hair but also a sure way to damaging the health and stunting the growth of your hair. You should try to avoid using heat styling tools as much as possible. Let your hair air dry after washing and limit the use of heat tools so that you avoid damaging your hair. Apply a thermal protection product to your hair when you must use heat tools. It is almost impossible to avoid some form of damage to the hair after using heat but try not to use any heat styling tools over 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Eat Hair Boosting Foods
Eating the right types of food is important to growing long, healthy hair. There are some foods that are rich in essential vitamins for hair growth such as almonds, salmon, eggs, yogurt, avocado, chia and flax seeds. These foods are rich in proteins, fatty acids and other minerals that your hair needs to grow healthy and strong.
Have Your Ends Trimmed Regularly
Having your ends trimmed regularly won’t necessarily cause your hair to grow, but it will help your hair look heathier and preventing split ends that could ultimately destroy your hair strands if not removed. Consequently, you would end up having to cut more hair in the long run which could set your hair length goals back. If you have straight or slightly wavy hair, try getting your ends trimmed every 8-12 weeks. For curlier or coarse hair, it is recommended to have your ends trimmed every 10-12 weeks. Have your stylist cut approximately ½ to 1-inch of hair. If you are worried about your stylist removing too much hair, request a ‘dusting’ of your ends instead of a ‘trim’.
Eliminate Shampoos that Contain Sulfates
Shampoo can be harsh on the hair, especially those that contain sulfates and other harsh ingredients. Sulfates can cause your hair to become dry, leading to damaging split ends and breakage. Your scalp produces a natural oil also known as sebum, which is beneficial in keeping the hair and scalp moisturized. Too much sebum production can lead to oily hair strands, but not enough can dry out and damage your hair. The best option for cleansing the hair is to use a moisturizing, sulfate-free shampoo and to wash your hair no more than 2-3 times a week. For curlier hair types, 1-2 shampoos a week would be ideal. This is because curlier hair becomes dry faster than straighter hair textures. The natural oils produced by the scalp take a longer time to travel down curlier and coarser hair textures.