January 19, 2015

Tips on growing long hair

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For a while, I thought that my hair was not growing. I would straighten it and it would be the same length as it was the month before. It was frustrating, until I found some products and tips that have allowed my hair to grow drastically in the last 6 months. Here are they:

Fun fact: Your hair can grow 0.5 inches a month and up to 6 inches per year, depending on your genetics of course. 

1. Stop using heat

This is a major hinderance to hair growth. Too much heat can damage your hair follicles and dry your hair causing any new growth to snap right off after a while. Cut back on the amount of times you blow dry or use a straighter in your hair. Opt for air drying your hair or using the cool setting if you must. Try doing the ‘no heat’ challenge and watch your hair grow.

2. Weekly hair treatments/masks

Every week you should pamper your hair by doing a hot oil treatment or a deep treatment. We do a lot of things to our hair everyday, so its refreshing once a week to add back the moisture that was lost throughout the week by heat, wind, hair products, towel drying etc. and give your hair a fresh start. My favorite hair mask of all time is the Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque. Honestly, this is the best hair masque out there for an overall hair boost. It has repaired my spilt ends, and my dry brittle hair. If you’re on a budget, my favorite DIY hair mask is my Protein-Power Hair Mask (1 egg | 2 tbsp mayo | 1 tbsp honey | 1 tbsp olive/almond/coconut oil). Our hair is made of protein so its only fitting that we add it back for more shine and healthier hair. If you’re looking for an easier way to repair your hair, you can try my favorite hot oil treatment (2 tbsp olive oil/coconut oil – heated). All these DIYs you can leave overnight or for as little as 20 minutes, with a shower cap for a deeper treatment.

3. Shampoo/Conditioner 

Try to limit your shampooing to once a week, let the hair generate its own natural oils which adds moisture back into your hair. Shampooing can strip the hair of its natural oils, causing it to be dry and brittle. If your hair is moisturized, it will grow faster. My favorite shampoo for some time now is the SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo. This shampoo is sulfate-free and is made with natural and certified organic ingredients. Coconut Oil hydrates and protects hair while reducing breakage. Silk Protein smoothes hair for a soft, silky feel. Neem Oil controls frizz while adding brilliant shine.

Conditioner is also very important in your hair regimen as it adds back the moisture lost from shampooing. My favorite condish at the moment is the Garnier Fructis’ Triple Nutrition Conditioner, which has Avocado, Olive and Almond Oil, all of which are great for hair growth. After two weeks of use, I’ve noticed good results especially with the ends of my hair, it was no longer as dry, and healthy ends = healthy hair = fast hair growth.

4. Detangle your hair regularly

Some people overlook this step because its too tedious and its easier to throw it in a pony or top knot when you’re in a rush. Detangling/Brushing your hair will not only take the knots out but its good way to stimulate hair follicles, which ultimately will promote growth. I normally comb out my hair twice a week, using a paddle brush with some type of conditioner or hair treatment in my hair. I do it like this so that my hair is easier to comb through without it snapping off.

5. Supplements/Diet/Lifestyle

There are tons of hair growth potions on the market, some of them I wouldn’t even bother wasting my money. I’ve experimented with some hair growth supplements before, however I have found that Biotin works best for me, with no symptoms. I take my 5000mcg of Biotin once a day at breakfast every other month, so that I can give my body a rest from it ever so often. This has been proven to promote faster hair growth, given your genetics of course. Diet is also very important to hair growth. If your body isn’t getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs, it can reflect in your hair. Protein is necessary to hair, skin and nail health, so ensure that you are getting quality and adequate protein. Stress can also cause your hair to grow at a slower pace or break off. You want to live a stress-free life, knowing that God holds your future, there’s no need to worry (Jeremiah 29:11). 

6. Protective Styling

You’re not Pocahontas, tie your hair up in a top knot or braid it most of the time. If you continue to have your hair out regularly, the wind can cause it to get tangled, and its going to be a spilt end party. Wearing top knots or doing styles that ensure your ends are covered are the best ways to repair your hair or keep it from breaking. Wearing two protective hairstyles (click for examples), daily for one month, will pump shine and health back into your strands.

7. Regular scalp massages 

Just before I comb or shampoo my hair, I would put some almond oil on my fingertips and massage my scalp in a circular motion. This also stimulates the hair follicles which will promote hair growth. You can use olive or coconut oil, but I find that almond oil works best for everyday use as its a lighter oil, so you don’t get a lot of product buildup.

I hope you enjoyed these seven ways that I use to promote hair growth. What are some things that you do to grow your hair? Comment below.

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With love,

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