1. Cleanse and stimulate your scalp.
The scalp is the first place to look for hair growth. A chronically inflamed scalp, caused by tension buildup, oxidative and dermatitis, can lead to hair loss. One study found that the primary causes of hair fall in adults is inflammation from pollution and oxidative stresses.
The inflammation causes the hair follicle to shut down, which eventually leads to shedding. This inflammation can affect your hair’s quality. This happens when product, dirt, oil, and oil build up around the follicle opening, which is where hair grows from. The buildup then slowly suffocates your hair root,” Shab Reslan, a trained hairstylist and trichologist.
Make sure to wash your hair with gentle shampoos. Massage the scalp while shampooing to stimulate blood flow, reduce stress and stimulate hair follicles. It’s a win/win situation! Miko Branch, hairdresser, says it’s a win-win! Regular massages are proven to increase hair growth. Scalp massages increase blood circulation, which aids in the delivery of vital nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles. Learn how to get a tension-relieving, scalp massage.
2. Consider taking hair-growth supplements like biotin and collagen.
These hair growth products promote hair growth and health by providing all the necessary nutrients. Hair is composed of the protein keratin. It has an amino-acid profile that includes cysteine and serine as well as glutamic acid and glycine.
Biotin and collagen supplements both have high levels of many amino acids. This means they provide hair building blocks. This is also supported by studies that show these supplements support hair growth. *
Biotin’s health-hair benefits are perhaps its most well-known feature. It is one of many active ingredients in many hair-growth products. Biotin can help with common symptoms like hair loss and hair thinning. William Cole, a functional medicine practitioner and member of the mbg Collective, tells mbg that low levels biotin can cause hair loss. Your doctor can test you for biotin deficiency. Biotin is thought to promote healthy hair as it is involved with the production of Keratin, which is the main component of hair. *
Collagen can also help with hair growth. It can support the scalp the same way collagen can manage skin health. * (The scalp is skin after all. The body’s natural collagen production is encouraged by the use of peptides that are hydrolyzed and then delivered to all parts of the body, including the scalp. *
3. It should be protected from any physical damage.
While this doesn’t encourage growth, it can help preserve the length of your hair. Breakage can be caused by physical damage, such as daily wear and tear, rough brushing or showering. While a few stray hairs are normal, it can be very difficult to achieve your desired length.
There are a few things you should consider when dealing with physical damage. Too tight hairstyles can cause friction, pulling and even pulling. Soft hair ties may be a better option. Also, you should change your hairstyle often to ensure that you aren’t putting too much pressure on the same area day after day.
hairstylist Levi Monarch says, “You don’t want to do the same thing over and over again.” Sometimes I see people who have a thinned hairline or a receding hairline. I recommend that they flip their part. It is healthy for your hair and will transform your appearance.
It is also important to take care of how you brush your hair. Never start at the roots, as this can lead to frayed ends. hair is more vulnerable when it’s wet. You can create knots and tangles if you wash your hair too vigorously. Learn more about how to properly shampoo your hair.
Remember to take care of your hair when you exercise. Most people keep their hair away from their faces, so we tend to pull our hair tighter. Friction can be caused by too tight hairstyles. Use one of these styles, such as a braid, when working out to reduce damage.
4. It should be kept moisturized.
Hairdresser Anthony Dickey says that “the hair on your head may be the driest part of the body.” It is more important to keep your hair moisturized if you have a naturally dry texture. Dry hair leads to dry hair, which can lead to brittle hair.
The research on why moisture is so important to hair is fascinating.
Monarch says that the cuticle is the outermost layer of hair. It’s also the protective layer on your strand. Cuticles that are open or lifted mean they aren’t sealed down. This allows moisture and nutrients to escape . Some people are more susceptible to this than others. Others may have open cuticles due to chemical treatment like coloring.
Conditioning agents can help to seal the cuticle. Conditoning agents can help trap water and nutrients in your hair. A closed cuticle also reduces friction between the strands, which in turn means less breakage.
Every hair is different. For some, a simple conditioner may be enough. Others will require weekly oil and hydrating treatments.
5. Antioxidants are important.
Hair ages like other parts of your body. This is why hair tends to thinne as we age. This also slows down the rate at which hair grows. Antioxidants have been shown to reduce hair aging in research. They manage oxidative stress and counter free radicals. You should eat high-quality antioxidant-rich foods or include a vitamin rich supplement to your diet.
Jessica Cording, M.S.R.D.C.N. says that healthy hair requires adequate nutrition. “Vitamin C plays an important role in stimulating collagen production and strengthening hair. *
Topical antioxidants can be used in hair oils, serums, sprays, and shampoos. This is particularly helpful for free radical damage caused by pollution or UV rays. Look for products with vitamins, or other common antioxidants such as vitamin E.
6. Protective hairstyles are recommended.
Although any tip from this list can be applied to any hair type, people with natural, textured hair may need to wear protective styles occasionally.
Branch says that the transition from short hair to long hair can be daunting. Protective hairstyles can be used to grow hair out and transition between different textures (e.g., straightened or textured). They also cover the ends and protect natural hair from harsh environmental elements and other damaging factors.
She recommends flat twists and cornrow ponytails. Box braids are another option. She suggests that you switch between these styles every two weeks, and take breaks in between. This will help to avoid tension on the scalp, which can cause traction alopecia (a medical condition where excessively tight hairstyles can lead to hair loss).
Dicky says that protective styles help people with curly hair prolong the time between wetting and restyling to ensure they aren’t causing permanent damage. The prep is as important as the style, he says. If your hair has a tight texture, you should blow-dry it first, then use leave-in conditioners to hydrate the hair. You can style your hair while it is damp if you have looser curls.
7. Daily heat styling needs to be given a break.
You should not use heat tools every day if you want to grow and strengthen your hair. It works by breaking down hydrogen bonds in hair. This is how heat styling restructures and styles your hair (either straightening or adding curls to straighten hair). It can cause damage if you do it too often. A study showed that regular styling using hot tools greatly reduced moisture content and increased breakage.
Use a hot tool. Make sure you have a heat protector that is heat resistant.
8. Regular trims are recommended.
Common hair care tips that are true to their core. Regular trims can help you achieve the long hair you desire. Hair growth is a function of the hair’s follicles. It doesn’t happen at the ends, but on the scalp. Shearing out dead ends won’t affect the follicles. It does help to prevent breakage. Your length goals will be hindered by breakage.
“When you have split ends, the hair gradually splits up the shaft which causes breakage and slower growth,” says Sunnie Brook , celebrity hairdresser and ambassador for Biolage. Regular trimming is the best way to remove frays (read, you can’t heal or restore damaged hair) and ensure healthy strands.
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