If there’s something that everyone desires, it is long hair. Long hair gives out a vibe of their own, and are deemed to be a very attractive feature. However, having long hair is not as simple as it seems to be. Oftentimes, the process does not stop with you letting your hair grow long. Growing long hair is easy, taking care of it is the difficult part.
However, we are here to change that. Here are a few beauty tips that will help you have longer and more beautiful hair.
- Take Care of Split Ends by Getting Frequent Trims
Getting frequent trims might seem to be stupid for people trying to grow long hair. However, hair growth is stunted due to split ends and breakage. You shouldn’t be targeting just long hair, but long and healthy hair. Although trimming doesn’t affect the rate of growth, it gets rid of all the split ends. Getting rid of breakage gives the appearance that your hair is growing faster than it actually is.
How often you should be trimming your hair depends on you. Some people prefer to be on a schedule of four weeks, while others may get their hair cut only a few times a year. A lot of experts recommend getting your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks. However, this isn’t definitive, as it depends on the quality of your hair, too.
- Avoid Bleaching Your Hair.
Bleaching hair to go blonde might make it look prettier, but won’t help you grow longer hair. Bleaching damages the cuticles of your hair, leading to more split ends and ultimately more breakage. This is what hinders you from having the longest possible hair.
Avoid the urge to go blonde, don’t bleach your hair if you want it to grow long.
- Give Your Hair the Nutrients It Deserves.
Growing long hair is not just about the kind of products that you use on your hair, but also about your overall food intake as well. If you keep your body healthy, chances are, your hair will be healthy and long, too.
Your hair growth depends largely on your protein intake among other things. Consume lots of protein rich foods such as chicken, peanut butter, lentils, fish, nuts, whole grains, etc. If you’re a vegetarian, ensure that you maintain a high protein intake. A recently concluded study found that participants with a higher protein intake generally had better hair growth, and overall, really healthy hair. A lot of women who were protein deficient reported a higher shedding than the average person.
- Distribute the Natural Oils.
Your hair has certain natural oils that need to be distributed manually. Without regular distribution of these natural oils, it is pretty difficult to achieve even growth. Distributing these natural oils is simpler than it sounds. All you need to do is brush your hair properly with a soft bristled brush in order to distribute all the natural oils.
Incorporate this into your schedule, and you’ll notice growth yourself. Use a good quality brush with soft bristles to do this. Start with your scalp, and then move around using the brush in whatever motion feels natural for your hair. Distribute your scalp’s oils throughout your hair to ensure they stay evenly and thoroughly moisturized. However, ensure that you don’t brush too hard to avoid scratching your scalp, which could lead to unnecessary issues. Also, this leads to the next tip.
- Keep Your Scalp Healthy and Clean.
One can equate hair with a tree, for instance. If the soil and roots aren’t healthy, there’s no way that they tree is going to be tall, strong, and healthy. The same is applicable for hair. If your scalp and hair roots aren’t healthy, there’s no way you can have long and strong hair. Having a healthy scalp is imperative for long and beautiful hair.
Treat your scalp with a lot of care as the skin is pretty sensitive. Use the best quality products to cleanse and treat your scalp. If you aren’t sure about how strong your hair roots are, use this test.
At the crown of your head, try to grab hold of a bunch of hair. They should have even thickness throughout. If the hair is thinner towards the ends, it is time you incorporated some changes in your hair care regime.
- Avoid Heat Styling Your Hair.
It has been said countless number of times, heat tools aren’t the best thing you’re doing to your hair. Heat styling tools such as straighteners, etc. use a lot more heat than your hair can tolerate to get the job done. If you keep using such heat styling tools, you risk damaging your hair, including frizz, split ends, and even breakage.
If you must use a heat styling tool, ensure that you use it at the least possible temperature to minimize the damage.
- Don’t Shampoo Every day. Twice to Thrice a Week is Sufficient.
There are a lot of people who shampoo their hair every day in hope of better hope. Let’s burst that bubble. Shampooing every day can rob your hair of essential oils, which leads to stunted growth. We’ve all heard great testimonials about how there was a spike in hair growth when people ditched the shampoo.
We aren’t asking you to ditch the shampoo, in fact we wouldn’t even recommend it. However, skip the daily shampoo. Shampooing your hair twice or thrice a week is just enough, as it allows your natural oils to penetrate the hair, thereby promoting healthier growth. However, don’t go savage on the no shampoo thing. Prolonging the no-shampoo period will only lead to unnecessary build-up of oils in your hair, which might lead to dandruff.
- Multi-Vitamins are Your Best Friend.
If you’re not taking care of your diet, chances are you aren’t getting nearly enough vitamins to promote healthy growth. When you aren’t giving your body the right nutrition, how do you expect to achieve optimal growth?
Supplement this with the help of multi-vitamin tablets. Multi-vitamins make a huge difference if you’re vitamin-deficient. Look for a multi-vitamin that helps with hair growth, nail growth and overall skin care. Ideally, look for multi-vitamins with Vitamin-C, Vitamin-B, Biotin, etc. as these help a lot with hair growth. Consume these supplements first thing in the morning, and you’re golden. What more, you might also get better skin in the process!
- Avoid Steaming Showers.
Hot showers aren’t good for your skin – you probably already know this. What a lot of people don’t know is how hot showers can be devastating to hair growth. Hot showers may damage the sensitive skin on your scalp, which could lead to a lot of issues.
Instead, use cold water to rinse your hair. This will help in sealing the cuticle of the hair, and prevent breakage and other such problems.
- Don’t opt for every Cleanse, you’re depriving your hair of nutrients.
If you’re one of those people who try every single body cleanse they come across, there’s some bad news for you – your hair length is never going to realize its full potential. Even if you go on a cleanse for just one week, you’ll notice its adverse effects on your hair. You’ll notice that your hair has lost its shine, and the rate of growth will be quite slow, too.
An expert in the field claims that cleanses are terrible for your hair, as they rob your body of essential nutrients. That makes logical sense, and a lot of people seem to agree.
- Sleep like a monarch, on a silk pillowcase.
This might seem a little far-fetched, but studies have shown that sleeping on a silk pillowcase can actually promote better hair health and growth. The logic behind this, is that silk pillowcases don’t let your hair get tangled overnight, which leads to lower breakage. Lower breakage translates to faster hair growth.
- Brushing Wet Hair – Be Careful.
Most of the hair breakage happens when you try brushing wet hair. That is when your hair is most susceptible to breakage. However, there are times when you just have to brush wet hair in order to get some knots out. In such cases, it is advisable that you use a brush that has extremely soft bristles. Also, don’t just brush the top portion of your hair. Brush thoroughly, through the bottom layers as well.
The Bottom Line
Growing long hair isn’t as easy as it sounds. However, it isn’t as difficult as everybody makes it sound, either. It is all about knowing the right things, and implementing them at the right time. Most of the tips involve small changes in your lifestyle, which is quite simple to do.
Eat right, sleep right, put in the right nutrition, and your hair will grow.