During my college days, I was part of the college band and taking my inspiration from most of the famous pop and rock band members, I decided to grow out my hair just to get the rockstar feeling and obviously, for the joy of head banging., This was my reason for growing out my hair. Similarly, if you’re reading this blog, I’m pretty sure that you have your own reason for growing out your hair. It can be because you’re tired of having short hair or because you want to style your hair like your favorite celebrity and so on. The list is never ending.
So if you belong to the ‘I want to rock long hair’ team, this article is for you. It doesn’t matter what gender you belong to, here are some things you can do to ensure that nothing comes in the way of your journey to growing long and luscious locks.
Be patient: On an average, hair grows about a half an inch per month, that’s 6 inches in a year. So the first thing you need to do if you want to grow out your hair is to be patient. Be very very patient. There will come a phase where every day will seem like a bad hair day but don’t give up. Think of it as the darkness before the dawn. Once you surpass that stage, it’s nothing but a long uphill journey for your hair.
1.Get regular trims: Technically, trimming should be the last thing associated with your hair if you’re planning to grow them but regular trims are indeed very important. A hair trimming session every 2-3 months is ideal to get rid of the split ends and damaged hair that grow over time. Trimming won’t really help your hair grow faster but it will make your hair look healthier and nourished.
2.Watch what you eat: Your body health plays a major role in determining the health of your hair. Eating a protein, mineral and vitamin rich diet can move mountains for your hair. Keeping that in mind, make sure that you include foods high in vitamins A, B, C, and E, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, and selenium. Vitamin-B complex and omega-3 fatty acids are vital for faster hair growth.
3.Know what you use on your hair: If you plan on growing out your hair, it is very important to know what you’re using on your hair. The same product which worked wonders for your short hair can be harmful to your long hair. Ensure that your set of hair products do not include any harmful chemicals or compounds. Products containing sulphates, silicones and alcohol is a big no-no.
4.Massage your scalp with essential oils: Massaging your scalp with essential oils improves circulation by increasing blood flow to the area which in turn stimulates your hair to grow. Massaging your entire scalp with 7-10 drops of essential oils like peppermint (better circulation), tea tree oil (eliminates dandruff), lemon oil (healthier hair growth) can go a long way in growing your hair.
5.Rinse your hair with cold water after each shower: Celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend says that “A cold water rinse really does help to grow hair and keep long hair healthy for longer. Cold water lays down the outer layer of hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags and heat damage. You only need to do it for a few seconds, but this one extra step over time can make a huge difference.”
6.Always stay hydrated: A dehydrated body can act as poison for your hair. If your body is dehydrated, it will very evidently show in your hair making it dry and more prone to breakage. Damaged and falling hair will come in the way of healthy hair which will leave you with no option but to cut them short and start all over again.
7.Don’t wash your hair too often: Natural hair oils travel from the scalp to the roots of the hair which help to keep them moist and grow in a healthy way. Washing your hair daily dries out all the essential oils which lead to damage. It is ideal to have a hair bath every alternate day to reduce damage and give room to the natural oils in your hair to work their magic.
8.Take care of your hair in all ways possible: If you really want to grow your hair and at the same time have healthy hair, treat your hair like strands of gold.
Shampoo your hair once or twice a week as too much shampoo washes away the protective natural oils in your hair.
Refrain from using heat styling as the heat can destroy your hair completely in the long run.
Brush your hair only after completely drying out your hair as there are fewer chances of hair breakage as compared to wet hair.
Brush your hair from the tips to the top instead of top to bottom to reduce hair tangles and hair fall.
Avoid hair treatments like dyeing, bleaching, hair straightening to promote maximum hair growth and health.
Use a cap, head mask or beanie to protect your hair from elements like dust, heat, chlorine water, etc.
‘Long hair, don’t care’ doesn’t really apply here. Take care of your hair in the process of growing it out and over time, your hair will take care of you when you need to make a good and impactful impression.
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