8 Tips for Growing Your Hair Faster
A long, lustrous mane of hair has always been seen as attractive, beautiful and healthy on a woman, and in spite of all the different hairstyles that are in vogue today, long hair continues to have that timeless appeal just as it always did. Besides, your options for styling become so much wider as well. Unfortunately, hair isn’t easy to grow after a certain point for most of us, but it isn’t impossible either and here are eight tips that will definitely help you get there faster.
It may seem counterintuitive to someone who doesn’t know about this little trick, but trimming (not cutting) actually helps your hair’s growth. Although trimming does not make your hair grow any faster, it helps to keep those damaging split ends at bay. After all, you want a head of long, healthy hair and not just long, straggly strands that look more overgrown than beautiful!
If you already have colored hair, that’s okay, however it’s best to avoid coloring it again until your hair has reached the length that you are satisfied with. Chemical treatments like bleaching and the like interfere with growth because they can give you split ends, which basically marks the start of your hair’s downward journey.
Straighteners and Curlers are Bad
Anything that exposes your hair to too much heat is bad for it and that even includes overexposure to the sun. Curling and straightening are not things that should be done on a daily basis because they break the natural keratin bonds in the hair, making it dull, lifeless and full of split ends after a short while. Not only is it bad for growth, use of excessive heat on hair without heat protection more or less dooms your locks.
Brush Before You Sleep
Brushing your hair just before going to sleep is a good way to keep it moisturized by distributing the oil which originates from your own scalp. A boar bristle brush works wonders here and also helps in increasing blood circulation to your scalp, thereby ensuring healthier and faster growing hair.
Don’t Shampoo Everyday
The basic objective of shampooing hair is to remove oil from the scalp and hair. Since natural oil is good for the nourishment of hair, shampooing everyday will leave your hair dry and lackluster by removing all oil from it. However, you do need to shampoo your hair at least twice a week or the excess oil and dandruff will damage your scalp and hair as well.
Cold Water Rinse
Hot water may open up the hair cuticles during a shower, so it is important that you end each shower with a cold rinse, which will help to close those cuticles once again to avoid split ends from developing in the future. As a general rule of thumb, try to keep the temperature of your bath water as low as possible for the good of both your skin and your hair.
Use a Silk Pillow Case
Apart from the fact that it is luxurious to sleep on silk, silk is also good for your hair because it keeps the hair from breaking or even getting tangled during the night. Now this tip is related directly to your hair’s rate of growth because breaks inevitably slow down the growth of hair.
Choose Your Hair Care Products Carefully
In spite of all their promises, hair care products often do more damage than good if you are not careful with what you choose. For example, a product that makes your hair look shiny might actually be clogging up the pores on your scalp, which could lead to hair fall. It’s a good idea to test a product by applying a bit of it on your skin first and seeing how your skin reacts to it. Dry and flaky is never good, but soft and supple is. The scalp is a part of the skin after all and it’s always good to keep that in mind.
While these eight tips should help you hasten your hair’s growth significantly, they are not exactly magic and your hair won’t grow long overnight. If you want longer hair right now, you will need to buy hair extensions. Don’t be alarmed because quality extensions are not as expensive as they used to be and even some of the cheapest extensions are actually good enough to get you through a few months without any issues. By the time they start to tangle up a bit, you will probably have grown your own natural hair as long as you wanted to.