If you’ve always wanted long hair but have never had it, what you may not be familiar with is the frustration and patience that often comes along with growing your hair out. Especially if you have thinning hair, growing your hair so it’s long can be very challenging. But luckily, there are a few tricks you can try to get your hair to start growing and protect it from getting damaged along the way.
To show you just what some of these tricks are, here are three tips for getting your hair to grow long and strong.
Focus On The Health Of Your Scalp
To get long, strong hair, you have to start at the source: your scalp.
According to Brittany Loggins, a contributor to Elle.com, the healthier your scalp is and the more you’re able to focus your attention and efforts there, the more likely your hair will be to grow long and be strong.
To best take care of your scalp, it’s important that you work to keep the pores up there from getting clogged by washing your hair thoroughly. However, you also want to ensure that you’re maintaining enough moisture on your scalp as well, so be careful with what products you are using. Additionally, things like massage can also increase the circulation to your scalp and encourage the hair to grow, grow, grow.
Step Away From The Heat Tools
Once your hair has started to grow, you might be tempted to play with it too often. But if you do this, especially through using heat tools or dyes, you could sacrifice the quality of your hair and cause it to break and become damaged.
To combat this, Pia Velasco and Blake Bakilla, contributors to Good Housekeeping, recommend that you stay away from heated styling tools while you’re trying to get your hair to grow long and strong. If you do want or need to use them, make sure you first use a heat protectant on your hair and that you set the heat setting to as low as you can get it while still getting your desired look.
Know How To Use Shampoo And Conditioners
How and when you wash and condition your hair can have a big impact on how long and strong your hair will be able to grow.
According to Ruby Buddemeyer and Nicole Catanese, contributors to Cosmopolitan, you should try to keep from washing your hair as much as possible, as many shampoos will strip your hair of natural oils it needs to be healthy. But once your hair starts getting greasy, make sure you wash it by focusing on cleaning your scalp. As for conditioner, it’s crucial that you condition your hair on a very regular basis, since conditioner will help to give your hair additional moisture and help it stay strong.
If you’re ready to try growing your hair out, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get long and strong locks.