We all have those days when we look in the mirror and want nothing more than to see our hair grow. For some of us, “those days” is every day. First of all, don’t stress—stress causes hair loss. Instead, try these tips:
1. Get a haircut.
Wait…what? “Even though you want to grow your hair longer, many people make the mistake of not visiting their hairdresser to get their hair cut. If you don’t snip off dry or split ends, your hair is liable to become brittle and break, which will prevent strong hair growth,” says celebrity hair stylist Mark Hill.
2. Invest in vitamins.
Nothing will help your hair like Biotin ($12, natrol.com), says Yuksel Sahin of Sanat Hair Salon in New York City. Eating a well balanced diet—that means lots of protein for hair growth and good fats–and taking a supplement like Biotin will rev up the production of dormant hair follicles and help create fuller hair.
3. Take your time.
Extend the time in between salon visits. If you normally visit your salon once every six weeks, maybe go every two months instead. Don’t just disappear, though. Treat it with the respect you’d treat any important relationship and have an open dialogue with your hair stylist about your needs and goals. Then have them just cut the ends, keeping them strong and healthy.
4. Try some TLC.
At home, use hair care products that keep your hair strong and healthy. Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed to strengthen and moisturize your hair. “When shampooing and conditioning, remember to massage your scalp. This helps promote a good blood supply to your hair and thus makes it stronger,” says Hill.
Great conditioning is a big part of growing longer, stronger hair. Pop on a treatment, comb through and then wrap your hair in a towel. “I tell some of my celeb clients to sleep in the treatment if they want a real boost; just remember to rinse really well in the morning,” says Hill.
5. If you can’t stand the heat…
Most people use a heated styling tool of some kind, but hair dryers, curling rods or flat irons can all cause damage if used without protection. Always use a heat protection spray, especially if you are growing your hair or it’s already thinning or damaged. While you’re styling, also stop pulling hair back into tight pony tails or buns. If you have to have your hair back, choose loose styles. The idea is to have more hair, not lose the hair you have.
6. Eat right
“Eating a balanced diet can really help the health of your hair. If you’re not eating enough protein-rich foods like meats, eggs, cheese, nuts, etc., your hair will grow slower and weaker,” says Frank DeCarlo, Jr., V.P. production and research, Hair Club.
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