The Easy Way To Grow Long, Luscious Locks
Trying to grow your hair out can be frustrating process. We all long for long, flowing locks, only to have them become thin and straggly as soon as they reach shoulder length. If you’ve been keeping your hair cut short because you just don’t like dealing with this, read on for some tips on keeping your hair healthy while you grow it out nice and long.
Long, Luscious Locks: Secret #1
It may come as a surprise, but our first secret is to avoid washing your hair too frequently. It may seem unhygienic, but the truth is that the oils in your hair are there to keep the hair healthy and washing too often strips them away, leaving your hair lank and lackluster. Also, as the oils are stripped, the scalp may compensate by producing excess oil, leading to a neverending spiral of greasy hair and constant washing. To help you break the daily washing habit, use a dry shampoo to remove some of the excess oil without completely stripping it away and brush your hair to distribute the oil all the way to the end.
Long, Luscious Locks: Secret #2
Next thing you’ll want to do to help your hair stay healthy as it grows is to cut back on heat. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to toss your blow dryer, straighter and curling iron, just try to minimize their use. Too much heat is hard on your hair. When you do use heated tools, always use a heat protectant product before you start and hold off on blow drying until your hair is nearly dry. If you really want to do it right, invest in an ionic hair dryer. It will cut your drying time, which will both save you time in the mornings and cut your heat exposure. All around win!
Long, Luscious Locks: Secret #3
Happy, healthy hair starts with a happy, healthy scalp. Scalp massage can help to stimulate blood flow. When you do wash your hair, take a minute to give it a good massage while you lather up. Not only is it good for your hair, it feels good, too. Brushing is another great time for a nice scalp massage. Invest in a good natural boar bristle brush. Natural bristles are better for your hair than plastic or wire and can be used to stimulate your scalp just like your fingers during washing. They can also protect your hair from unsightly split ends.
Long, Luscious Locks: Secret #4
It may seem counterintuitive, but frequent trims are critical to long healthy hair. Trimming does not actually make your hair grow faster, but it does work to remove split ends. You may get by with neglecting trims for a little while, but split ends will get worse, more of the hair shaft will be damaged and you will end up needing to have even more cut off if you wait than if you had just done it every few weeks. Let your hair dresser know you’re trying to grow out and they will only trim a quarter inch or so, just enough to keep it looking great. Hair grows at a rate of a half inch a month, so if you get a quarter inch trimmed about every 6-8 weeks, you’ll still get about ¾ inch every two months.
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