While most beauty and skincare solutions are all about rapid results, consistency is key for healthy hair. Growing long, beautiful locks is all about giving your hair the nutrients it needs and avoiding harsh treatment.
Hair growth is one thing that you can’t really rush—but you can start some healthy hair habits today and reap the benefits as they come. Keep reading for five ways to help your hair grow long and strong.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
If you’ve ever noticed your hair feeling dry and looking frizzy after shampooing and conditioning, it was likely due to harsh chemicals in your hair products called sulfates. Sulfates help to remove dirt and oil from your hair and scalp, but for some hair types, they can remove too much and leave your strands brittle.
Drying out your hair too much can lead to split ends and breakage, which could hold you back from growing your hair out as long as you’d like. To prevent damage, swap out your old products for gentle, sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners.
After washing your hair, try to be gentle as you brush and style. Aggressively brushing through knots can break your hair and excessive heat from styling can dry the strands out even more. To avoid these stressors, brush through your hair gently and minimize the frequency that you apply heat to your hair.
Cutting down on chemical, manual, and heat damage will help your hair heal and grow over time. You can also rely on heatless hairstyles like braids, ponytails, and buns on days when you want to look polished without using heat tools.
While sun protection for our skin is standard, we often forget that our hair and scalp are exposed to the sun just as frequently. Like the sun’s rays damage our skin, UV radiation breaks down a protein called keratin in the hair shaft and leads to breakage and pigment loss. As your hair loses keratin, it loses its ability to protect your scalp. In short, sun exposure affects the hair similarly to bleach.
To prevent sun damage, wear a sun hat outdoors to protect the top of your head and your hair.
Get Your Nutrients
Unsurprisingly, one of the best ways to ensure hair growth is to give your body the vitamins and nutrients that it needs to function correctly. Your body needs a variety of vitamins to produce new cells—including hair cells—and help them perform their respective functions.
Eating well and staying hydrated are good ways to ensure that your body gets what it needs, but supplements containing the B vitamin biotin are great for anyone trying to encourage hair growth. Try taking physician-recommended vitamins that contain biotin for hair growth. If taken regularly, they can even help your nails grow longer and stronger and improve your skin!
Try Scalp Massag
Another method of encouraging hair growth is to massage your scalp. Studies have shown that regular scalp massages stimulate blood flow, which brings a rush of oxygen and nutrients to the area to stimulate growth. Regular massages have been reported to improve hair thickness and length over time.
To try this method out, all you have to do is press the pads of your fingers on your scalp and rub in circular motions for about 5 minutes. For even more benefits, you can add a few drops of hair oil to hydrate your scalp and strands at the same time. This practice is said to reduce stress as well, making it a great addition to your nighttime routine.
If you’re looking to grow long, healthy hair, these recommended methods are simple routine changes for avoiding damage and supplementing nutrients. The main premise for hair growth—and any other beauty or wellness goal—is to study the everyday practices that help and harm your body and stay mindful of them. Taking care of your body is the best way to look and feel beautiful!