Have you tried hair-growth products and treatments with little success to show for it? Getting a long, luxurious mane may seem like a distant dream, but it doesn’t need to be. Especially not when you get expert advice at the end of your fingertips.
Read on to find out how four simple changes in your health care routine can facilitate healthy hair growth, faster.
Get Micro-Trims Regularly
This can sound counter-intuitive, but hear us out.
Micro-trims are an almost-invisible type of haircut that gets rid of split ends. When the tips of your hair become dry and brittle, split ends happen. They are caused by environmental and weather damage, physical or emotional stress, and hair care techniques using heat-activated tools.
When you don’t trim those broken tips, they work their way up the hair shaft, causing more damage in their wake. Not only do they make your hair break at the ends and cause more loss of length, but they also give your mane an unruly appearance, similar to that of an unraveled rope.
The takeaway? Getting a micro-trim actually preserves your hair length, not detract from it. So, if you’re trying to grow your hair out, get your hair micro-trimmed thrice a year to enjoy smooth, strong, and healthier hair growth.
Cleansing is an integral part of hair care. While a scalp scrub can help, we recommend applying a hair mask or tonic on your strands at least 10 minutes before you step into the shower. It will moisturize your hair, which will keep your hair soft and supple, and nourish the roots to promote hair growth and strength.
As a general rule, you should choose sulfate-free formulas. They’re gentle on your hair and contain moisturizing agents that keep your hair from drying.
Make sure to sneak in a quick massage while applying your hair care treatments. It removes dead skin from the surface, stimulates blood flow to your follicles, and also stretches the cells of hair follicles to encourage thicker hair growth.
Nourish Both Scalp And Tips
Your scalp gives your hair follicles the oxygen and nutrients required to make hair grow, but it can become dry, itchy, and fragile under oxidative stress. Because scalp health determines hair health and growth by default, you must give your scalp the care it deserves.
Shampoos can work in a pinch, but scalp cleansers offer more targeted benefits.
Scalp cleansers help eliminate flakes, excess oils, product build-ups, dead skin cells, dirt, and debris to keep your scalp clean. They also target itchiness and rejuvenate your scalp pores to hydrate and nourish it, thus optimizing the environment for hair growth.
Sounds all well and good, right? Well, there’s a tiny catch.
As hair grows longer, the tips can become less shiny and smooth due to a depletion of natural oils. Luckily, you can solve that with weekly deep-conditioning treatments. This will improve your hair’s moisture content to keep your hair soft and hydrated at the tips while preventing damage by strengthening your hair follicles, paving the way for healthy hair growth.
On that note, if you're having trouble growing your hair, you may want to take a step back and assess your diet. Try to incorporate food rich in Vitamin C, B-vitamins, omega-3, protein, and iron into your meals and snacks to get stronger, longer, healthier hair.
Here is a list of food items to add to your next grocery and market lists:
- For Vitamin C: broccoli, Brussel sprouts, citrus fruits, peppers, and potatoes
- For B Vitamins: bananas, oats, peanuts, pork, poultry, and soybeans
- For omega-3 Fatty Acids: flax seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, and wild salmon
- For Protein: beans, chicken, eggs, lean meats, milk, and yogurt
- For Iron: dried fruit, legumes, nuts, oats, and tofu
Maintaining a balanced diet can help you grow your hair. If it doesn't, you can always turn to Biotin supplements. They treat biotin deficiency by stimulating keratin production in your hair to restore thickness, shine, and coverage. Also, they make your hair more resilient by reducing breakage, which can guarantee continuous hair growth.
Making your hair grow does not have to be rocket science. You just have to indulge your scalp and hair with some much-needed TLC to create an environment that fosters its growth. Modify your diet as well to target (and meet!) your hair care needs.
While we’re on the subject, you may want to invest in a quality silk pillowcase. It reduces friction to minimize tangles and breakage. Plus, its anti-absorbent properties help ensure your hair retains moisture to remain soft and hydrated.
In essence, your hair care regimen, diet, and sleep habits work together to give you the long, silky, flowing mane of your dreams.