So, you've decided to grow out the short style, or maybe want a new style but need to let your hair grow a bit first. Does it seem as if your hair is growing so slowly? And, of course, styling is a big pain when you are growing out a style. Hair extensions is one answer. But if that is not what you want, don't give up. Here are some tips for helping your hair get growing!
Strengthen Your Hair
First things first, if your hair is already in a bad way, your best bet is to get rid of the damage and start afresh.
But don’t panic, this doesn’t mean you need to rush out and get a buzz cut – regularly trimming damaged hair to remove split ends (in extreme cases this means getting a trim every 6 weeks) can stop damage in its track and help prevent split hairs from traveling further up the strand, weakening the hair and making it prone to breakage.Contrary to popular belief, trimming your hair does not in fact promote faster growth (it’s hair, not grass) but may help prevent hair damage that can lead to the appearance of slower or less healthy hair growth.
Pamper your hair
Even with regular trims, no one can achieve long hair without looking after its condition. Washing and treating your hair with the right products can make all the difference.
Hair needs to be treated with protein-based shampoos and conditioners, to make it stronger so it doesn't The more you can do to pamper the tips of your hair to help them, the less you'll need to cut them. A product like Redken's Extreme Length Sealer can really help with split ends. Don't forget, oil is incredibly beneficial for your hair and scalp, but you don't want to use it everyday. A weekly Keratin-based hair masque is also extremely beneficial in getting & keeping hair in shape.
Massage your scalp
Your scalp likes to be touched. A gentle scalp massage every day will stimulate the blood supply to the hair follicle, bringing it nutrition and helping increase hair growth. The more you help the follicle secrete oil and push out the hair, the better. Before you go to bed each night, spend a couple of minutes gently rotating your fingertips around, massaging the scalp.
Rethink Your Styling Routine
Heat from appliances and friction from brushes can leave you with dry, brittle and weak hair that will snap at the mere suggestion of being combed. If you are extremely dedicated to getting longer, healthy hair you need to stop using all heated styling appliances full stop.
If you absolutely must blow dry your hair and can’t face leaving the house otherwise, do so on the lowest setting and air dry your hair as much as possible before finishing it up with the blow dryer to give it a bit of volume.
Detangle your hair with only a wide-tooth comb or hairbrush. It may be a slightly odd looking lump of plastic, but there really is no better brush than the Tangle Teezer.
However, rigorously brushing your hair (especially when it is wet) will cause breakage. Also be wary of tying your hair up too tightly.
Avoid stressAvoiding stress is easier said than done, but intense physical or emotional stress can cause hair growth to slow or shut down completely. In severe cases, stress can even cause hair loss.
A healthy diet will result in happy hair
Treat your hair right from the inside out by eating a balanced amount of protein every day. Hair is largely composed of keratin, a protein made up of amino acids, so eating protein is essential for healthy hair growth. To grow new hair, your body must produce more amino acids, which it can only do from consuming protein.
Healthy protein sources include lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, and soy products. Ensuring you have enough protein in your daily diet will literally give your body the building blocks for new hair growth.
If you don't feel you get enough protein from your diet, consider taking a supplement made especially for hair growth/hair loss. Click here to find a good hair supplement. We list all of the ingredients contained in the supplement right on our web site product page so you know exactly what you are getting.
Have Patience (this may be the hardest of all)! If you are getting too frustrated, a trip to the salon may be in order. Ask your stylist for tips to styling during this growing-out phase!