The longer, the better!! We all grew up envying and admiring Rapunzel for her long and bewitching locks. You all must agree that long and gorgeous hair never goes out of fashion. Long hair can be a serious head turner and is often associated with femininity. However, most girls end up hating their hair because of their dullness, lack of volume and length. It is mainly the monotonous-stressful lifestyle and pollution that prove to be a curse to our hair, especially when we are trying to grow our hair. However, with proper care and attention, attaining long and lovely locks is not as tough as it may seem.
Here are a few ways in which you can get the long and healthy hair you have always dreamt of-
1. Trim your locks more often
From all the regular styling, coloring and heating, the ends of the hair get dry and frizzy real quick, thus you must get your hair chopped down at least half inch every month. Getting your hair trimmed regularly will prevent splits to make their way up the strands. If you wait for a long time between your trims, split ends can increase and you will have to get more hair trimmed later on.
2. Skip daily shampooing
People often believe that conditioning should be avoided and that shampooing can be made a regular habit. But to the surprise of most, the converse of it is true. Yes, shampooing too often can take away the natural oils from the hair, that keep the hair soft and healthy. So, avoid washing your hair more than three times a week. You can shampoo every day if you are living in a very humid place or exercise a lot.
3. Be Gentle While Washing Your Hair
While shampooing your hair, make sure to be super-gentle with your hair. All you need to do is, slather some shampoo on your scalp and let it slide down to the strands. Gently massage your scalp with the shampoo to remove all the dirt and sweat affecting your hair growth. Always go for a shampoo that meets the needs of your hair and is based on your hair type. Do not go for a shampoo because somebody else suggested it to you as we all have different hair types.
4. Use conditioner every time you shampoo.
With heating and styling, the hair gets thinner at the bottom. Conditioner aids in replacing the proteins and lipids inside the hair shaft and also seal the cuticle and prevent breakage. This allows hair to grow longer and healthier. Thus, make it a ritual to condition your hair, every time you shampoo.
5. Rinse your hair with cold water
Cold water lays down the outer layer of the hair more gently. This helps to prevent moisture loss and heat damage. This step may seem really basic, but it can make a huge difference. Following this can definitely help you grow hair longer and healthier.
6. Learn the techniques to brush hair
While brushing our hair, we often go from the scalp to all the way down the strands. However, while detangling wet hair, be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up. Also, remember that brushing hair over and over again can harm your hair. So, it is recommended to brush your hair once in the morning and once before you go to sleep.
7. Oil your hair
Your hair requires a good amount of nutrition just like any other part of your body. Thus, in order to provide hair with optimum nutrition, make oiling a routine habit. It provides roots with proper nutrition and strength which helps hair to grow long and strong.
Here is how you can oil your hair-
• Apply some warm oil on the scalp and massage your scalp gently.
• Now, apply the oil to the strands of your hair and let the strands drench in the goodness of the oil.
• Now, wrap a hot towel around your head for 15 minutes.
• Wash after an hour with your regular shampoo.
8. Massage, Massage!
Massaging is one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to keep your hair healthy and growing. Massage ameliorates blood circulation and brings nutrients to the hair follicles. You can pick coconut or lavender oil to massage your scalp. Do it every time you wash your hair, every night before bed.
9. Nourish your hair with food
You can provide your hair with the required nourishment through some food ingredients.
Here is one hair-nourishing pack that you can use-
• Take some eggs and yogurt and mix them together.
• Apply this to your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes.
• Wash off.
This mask will soak your hair in protein, which is extremely beneficial for hair growth.
10. Stay away from styling products
We all know that styling products can do more harm than good in the long run. Thus, limit the use of these products as much as you can. Use curling irons, straighteners and hair dryers when absolutely required. Go natural as much as possible.
Growing hair requires patience. It demands you to be devoted to your hair care regimen. You can also consult your dermatologist, he will help you create a specific hair care regimen according to your hair type.