11 Tricks For Growing Your Hair VERY Long
If you struggle to grow your hair listen up. Experts have revealed the top 11 ways to help your hair flourish and some may surprise you.
1.) Scissors are your friend
While most people who want to grow their hair long shy away from getting regular trims, it could actually be your downfall. Although it won’t make your hair grow faster, it will preserve what you have as it prevents split ends from working their way up strands.
"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," hair stylist to the stars Mark Townsend reveals. He suggests asking your hairdresser to trim an eighth of an inch off every 10 to 12 weeks.
2.) Get rid of your cotton pillowcase
Hair experts say switching to a sateen fabric will help nurture your locks as it will cause less friction than a regular cotton case. You’ll wake up with fewer tangles and eventually longer hair.
3.) Always remember to use conditioner after shampooing
Conditioner helps to replace lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft, so it’s vital that you condition after every wash. Experts say if your hair is wet it means it needs to be conditioned. Interestingly, conditioner seals the cuticle to help prevent more damage from happening, prompting your hair to grow longer and look healthier. Score!
4.) Don’t shampoo every time you shower
Shampoo can remove essential natural oils in your hair that actually keep it soft and healthy. The advice is to be gentler on your hair when shampooing by lathering at your scalp and letting the suds slide down your strands.
5.) Consider trying hair-boosting supplements
While eating a balanced diet can help, sometimes the vital nutrients the body requires to create new hair can be hard to achieve naturally. Ample protein and a slew of essential minerals are required to create healthy hair that can withstand damage. Many stylists recommend taking Viviscal Extra strength and biotin tablets. It’s always best to check with your doctor before you start taking supplements to make sure they don’t interact badly with any medication you’re currently on.
6. Remember that it can't grow overnight
It takes about a month for your hair to grow around a quarter of an inch to half an inch so have realistic goals.
7. Apply an oil or mask treatment weekly.
Celebrity hair stylist Mark Townsend recommends using an oil treatment just before shampooing every week. He says oils fill strands with fatty acids which are then sealed inside after shampooing. His simple recipe which is 1 cup of unrefined coconut oil mixed with one tablespoon each of almond, macadamia and jojoba oil will do the trick. The treatment is favoured by stars such as Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, and Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen.
8. Brush your hair like it's spun from gold
Constant brushing can actually harm your hair so you need to be really careful when detangling wet hair. It’s recommended you start from he bottom of your hair and work your way up to minimise the damage. Boar bristle brushes are also a good idea as they help distribute natural oils in the hair.
9.) Never, ever wrap your hair in a massive towel again
What could be so bad about wrapping your hair in a soft bath towel you must ask? Well, according to hair stylists ALOT. The woven fibres can cause hair to get stuck and break off. A soft microfibre hair towel is said to be much safer.
10. Do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower
Washing your hair with cold water at the end of your shower helps prevent moisture loss and heat damage as the cold water protects the outer layer of hair more smoothly. Stylists say just a few seconds of cold water can make a huge difference.
11. Switch up your pony placement
This easy move can help stop breakage and help your hair grow strong and damage free.