How to Grow Your Hair Longer and Faster
Ladies, let's face it, cutting our hair always seems like a great idea...until we actually do it. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of women that look a lot better with short hair and prefer to keep their hair that way. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. About two years ago, I had fairly long hair (about four inches above my belly button). But, it was so unhealthy that I decided to chop it all off (it was up to my shoulders). This might not seem like a big deal, but for someone that has had long hair all her life, this was a HUGE deal for me. No joke, I cried myself to sleep that night. Within days of getting my hair cut, I was desperate to find remedies to grow my hair back out. I began doing research on the internet and even went to my mom's friend's salon to ask all the hairdressers for some help. Now a days, my hair is longer, thicker, and healthier than it's ever been. This list includes the tips that I have acquired that have drastically helped my hair.
Try to only wash your hair 2-3 times a week
For you hygiene freaks, like myself, I know this seems dirty and you feel like you have to wash your hair everyday. I used to be like this, but TRUST ME, washing your hair less will benefit you in so many ways. Not only will it save you money on having to buy shampoo and conditioner as frequently, but it will also help your hair to grow. How? Unfortunately, shampoo contains a lot of harsh chemicals that are terrible for your hair. Washing your hair less also gives it the ability to produce its own natural protective oils. Obviously, washing your hair is a necessity, but just try to space these washes out as much as you are able to. Also, when you are shampooing, massage the shampoo into your scalp for thirty seconds to a minute to get the blood circulating and assist in hair growth. To prevent your hair from getting too greasy, only apply conditioner to the bottom half of your hair.
Getting your hair trimmed
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Getting your hair trimmed is a must because it gets rid of all of those dead ends. However, most people say to get your hair trimmed every six weeks. I used to do this, but I realized that by the time my hair grew back a few inches, it was time to get it trimmed again. If you hair doesn't grow at an extremely fast rate, try only getting your hair trimmed every 3-4 months.
Supplements & Vitamins
One crucial factor in growing long, healthy hair is making sure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs. Biotin is a very helpful supplement in hair growth. Not only does it help your hair grow quickly, but it's also good for your skin and nails, and very inexpensive. One negative thing about biotin is it will also make the rest of the hair on your body grow faster. But if you don't mind having to shave a little more frequently, I highly recommend taking Biotin. A diet high in protein is also really helpful in having healthy hair!
Egg white mask
Egg whites work so well at replenishing hair and giving it extra shine and softness. I typically crack one egg into a bowl and separate the yolk. Make sure that your hair is brushed out before you begin doing this. Then just start painting the egg whites onto your hair with your fingers, especially concentrating on the ends. Make sure you do this over a sink because it can get a little messy. Once your hair has a pretty good amount of egg whites on it, just let it sit for 15-20 minutes (yes it will feel nasty). Then rinse your hair off in the shower, and shampoo and condition as normal! You will notice an instant difference in your hair once it drys. I recommend doing this once a week.
Never brush your hair when it's wet
I used to always brush my hair when I got out of the shower because that was when it was the easiest to brush. However, when your hair is wet or damp, that's when it's at its most weak stage. Under no circumstances brush your hair when it's wet, unless your goal is to break your hair. If you must get the tangles out of your hair while it's wet, run a wide tooth comb through it.
Avoid heat products
Now of course, I'm not saying avoid heat products all together. But try to use them as little as you can. I think this change is what has helped my hair grow the most. It's no secret that applying heat to your hair completely damages it and frys it. If possible, try to wear your natural hair daily instead of straightening it or curling it everyday. I know it may look bad to you at first, but it just takes some getting used to. And it is so worth it in the long run. Also, take a shower a few hours earlier to avoid having to blow dry it. When you do plan on using heat on your hair, use a heat protectant. Apply the heat protectant to your ends at least ten minutes before you begin to use the heat to give the product time to work.
Have you noticed a difference in your hair from these remedies?
I hope that the tips work as well for you guys as they did for me! If you have anymore tips for how to grow long healthy hair, I'd love to hear them and try them out!