Most girls, at one point or another, have wanted long hair. There’s a lot of work that goes into getting long hair to look like it does in a shampoo commercial – shiny, lustrous, no split ends or frizziness. But all that work pays off – it’s actually much easier to style long hair if you’re in a hurry, and it looks great too.
But how to achieve those healthy, long locks that take minutes to style and look great? We have put together a list that will be very helpful for those who are just starting to grow out their hair, or those who already have long hair but want to make it look healthy and strong.
Hair Growth Tips
1. Eat Right
There are some foods that are rich in vitamins necessary to grow hair. Vitamins A, C, E and B are important for healthy hair and are found in leafy greens, citrus fruits, liver, and nuts. Minerals like zinc and iron are also necessary for hair growth. Zinc is found in meat, fish, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Iron is found in meat, fish, legumes, dried fruit and dark chocolate.
2. Get Your Protein
Protein is an important part of any diet and it’s necessary for hair growth as well. good sources of protein include meat, eggs, fish, soybeans, and legumes.
3. Healthy Hair Comes From a Healthy Scalp
You can’t have great hair without a healthy scalp. Be sure to cleanse and massage your scalp regularly.
Avoid using products on your hair that contain ingredients added to make your hair feel soft and supple – ingredients such as silicone or dimethicone. These ingredients are molecularly heavy. They will block the pores of your scalp and will prevent your scalp from breathing properly.
Additionally products with a high alcohol content – such as many hairsprays and heavy hold gels – will cause your scalp to dry, which can lead to dandruff and eventually even to hair loss.
4. Trim Your Ends Regularly
Regular trims are extremely important when trying to grow out your hair. This tip applies to all hair lengths – whether you’re trying to grow out your short locks or you already have long hair but want to grow it out more and make it healthier.
If you trim your hair regularly, your hair will have less breakage and split ends. As a result, your hair will grow thicker and faster. If you don’t have the budget for regular salon visits, consider trimming your hair yourself or getting a friend to help. It is possible to trim your own hair, as long as you have professional hair cutting scissors.
5. Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
Experts recommend washing your hair every other day or every three days. When you wash it too often, you are putting unnecessary and damaging stress and strain on both your hair and your scalp.
Even if your hair is greasy or dirty, it’s not necessary to wash it every day. This can actually strip your hair of the natural oils that it needs to stay healthy and strong.
6. Use a Hair Mask
Many people think of masks as just for the face. But any product that provides nutrients and moisture to the skin can be applied to the scalp as well. Hair masks are great for helping with dry scalp, hair growth, and preventing your hair from becoming greasy.
7. Wash With Hot Water and Rinse With Cold
Hot water is best for breaking down the dirt and grime that can collect on your hair. Additionally, it helps open hair cuticles and the pores of your scalp.
Conversely, when you are rinsing products such as shampoo and conditioner out of your hair, you don’t want the cuticles and pores to be open. Instead, rinse your hair in cold water. You will notice your hair is now shinier and less frizzy.
Moisturizing Hair Tips
1. Use a Good Shampoo and Conditioner
Your shampoo and conditioner should be pH-balanced and free of sulfates. Sulfates can strip your hair of its natural oils. Be sure that your products aren’t too strong on your hair – this will just cause even more damage.
Additionally, it’s very important that you rinse your hair thoroughly. Otherwise, the shampoo and conditioner will leave a film on your hair and scalp which closes off the cuticles and pores and prevents your hair and scalp from ‘breathing’.
2. Use a Leave-In Conditioner or Hair Cream
Leave-in conditioners are generally formulated to be more lightweight than traditional conditioners. For this reason, they are not nearly as harmful to the scalp as traditional conditioners that haven’t been thoroughly rinsed.
Leave-in conditioners are generally applied to hair after it’s dried and before it’s been stylized. This kind of product is especially good for people with dry hair, frizzy hair, fine hair, or damaged hair.
Conclusion – Longer Hair Isn’t Necessarily Healthier Hair
It can be really hard to grow out your hair and keep it healthy. It takes time, patience, and lots of attention and care. But it’s definitely worth it. You will feel fresh and healthy with long healthy hair that looks and feels good.
It starts with your diet. Treat your body right and long healthy hair is more likely to follow.
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