How to get long, HEALTHY hair. ;)
I have cut, chopped, dyed, curled, twisted, braided, teased, and just about ANYTHING else you could possibly do to your hair! With so much stress on it, I often wonder how I have any left!
After longgg consideration I have decided to get my hair back HEALTHY. And surprisingly..it's not NEAR as easy as it sounds. It takes a lot of patience, and work! (No more quick, easy styling!)
Healthy hair= longgg hair! Win-Win, Right!?!! Now, to understand achieving long hair, I have to dabble in a little hair knowledge...
Firstly, nothing will make your hair "grow faster." Trust me, i've tried everything, from scalp treatments, to vitamins and everything far and between! On average hair grows 1/2 inch per month! It varies by person, but not by much. At most, you'll probably grow about an inch and a half!
Secondly the key to long hair is ALLLLL about RETENTION. Retaining what you already have! Your ends are the OLDEST part of the hair, they need the MOST attention. After constant heat styling, and other unhealthy things we do with our hair, our ends WILL break off. So even if our hair is growing, if we are not retaining our ends we will not see a difference! Make sense?
Here's how to avoid breakage at all cost, and get HEALTHY, long hair ;)
Here's what to do!
- Diet. Healthy hair starts from the inside. Drinks lots of water, and eat your veggies and protein!! Although vitamins won't make your hair grow faster, they CAN make it grow in stronger! Biotin is great for hair, skin, and nails, and you can get it for cheap at any drug store :)
- Moisture and Protein. These things determine our hairs strength! Too much of either can cause breakage, so it is best to have a equal balance. Moisture makes your hair soft, while protein builds it up. (Too much moisture, your hair will be soggy. Too much protein, hard and brittle). A strand test will determine which one you are lacking. Just take a shed piece of hair and stretch it, if it snaps and breaks with pressure, to much protein. If it is very stretchy and takes a while to break with pressure, to much moisture. Watch out for what your product claims to do!
- NO heat. (or VERY little) Direct heat (flat irons, blow dryers, etc) are terrible for our hair! After you get done flat ironing you will notice just HOW much hair breaks off. It makes our hair dry and brittle, and prone to breakage and split ends!! NO bueno!! stop the heat!
- Low maintenance hair styles. If you wash your hair every other day and put it into a bun for a few months. I guarantee you'll notice growth and thickness! Why? Because you are not touching it which equals=less breakage. It is very important to find low maintenance hairstyles that work for you! Buns, braids..anything where you aren't constantly touching it! Try not to brush/comb it unless you have too. (wide tooth comb is best). And NEVER when it is wet, that is when it is most fragile!
- Low sulfate shampoo/No shampoo. Shampoo not only strips our hair of dirt, but also our natural oils that moisturize our hair, leaving it dry. Try not to wash everyday, or switch to an low sulfate shampoo. Personally, I only shampoo once a month to clarify. A few times a week, I co wash, which is just using conditioner. However, my hair is very thick and dry. Find what's best for you!
- Deep conditioning treatments. These are also very important!! They keep that hair healthy, and ends intact and strong! I could go on and on and on about treatments to try and buy, but you should DEF research some! I will do another article allll about great homemade treatments, if you all would like ;)
Often, I want to just run a flat iron through this stuff and call it a day! But sadly, it's ALOT easier to damage it, then to keep it healthy. I straighten about twice a month, or special occasions. Other than that I have a few protective stills, such as buns, and cute updo's! I alwayssss air dry! The polished look is not in anymore ladies! It is ok to have a little bit of frizz ;) I deep condtion about once bi-weekly or whenever my hair needs it!
If you would like me to do some articles on my routine, before and after pictures, homemade deep conditioning treatments, or product info, just let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading! Hope this helped someone!!