Long hair is something most of us pine for and yet, growing it out to our waist seems like a painstakingly hard task. The trouble is, as beautiful as long hair is, it takes a lot of effort. You either need to splash out on hair extensions or wait for your hair to grow out naturally. Both suck. Turns out, there are a few hair growth hacks you can try to finally be rid of that bob or grace a gorgeous, butt-skimming ponytail.
Follow these seven easy hair growth tips to enjoy healthy, long locks for yourself.
MASSAGE YOUR SCALP
According to a study, stimulating the scalp can improve hair growth and thickness. It’s important to remember that if you’re trying to grow your hair fast, you really need to invest in scalp health.
“The two most important layers of the skin in relation to the scalp are the dermis and the epidermis—the dermis contains our hair follicles, glands, nerves, blood vessels, collagen, elastin fibers, and fat cells,” Bridgette Hill, trichologist and colorist at Paul Labrecque Salon and Skincare Spa, tells Cosmopolitan. “Introducing proper scalp care into your hair care routine will impact the rate of hair growth and the health of your hair fiber.”
By massaging your scalp, you’re making sure that blood and nutrients reach the hair follicle, helping to boost health and minimize shedding. You can either make massaging a part of your shampooing routine or invest in a scalp oil with scalp-stimulating ingredients like tea tree or peppermint.
USE A NATURAL SHAMPOO
You know how certain skincare products can clog your pores? Shampoos can do the same – to your hair follicles.
By using a gentle shampoo with no harsh or clogging ingredients like parabens and silicones, you are ensuring the wellbeing of your mane. The problem with these ingredients is that they can accumulate on your scalp, clog your hair follicles, and jeopardize hair growth. Instead, try to use a shampoo that cleanses without stripping.
Try Truly’s Super Fruit Shampoo, a natural, vegan and clean shampoo formulated with coconut , tea tree, argan oil, and jojoba for a hydration boost. You can use it daily without having to worry about product build up.
GET REGULAR TRIMS
We know it’s not what you want to hear, but frequent trims can prevent split ends and keep the hair thick and healthy. While you can skip the trims and live with frayed ends, those split ends will eventually work their way up the hair strand, making your hair look thinner and preventing it from growing longer. In short, consistent trims are key to long and healthy hair. Aim for a trim every 10-12 weeks to prevent frayed, split ends. You don’t need to get much taken off – an eighth of an inch should be enough to keep your strands healthy and damage-free.
NOURISH YOUR HAIR WITH CONDITIONER
Conditioner is your BFF when it comes to growing your hair fast. And you shouldn’t just be using conditioner in the shower, you should also be using hair masks once or twice a week to keep your hair in perfect shape.
Everything from coloring to styling affects the health of your hair. That’s why you need to add moisture to your hair in order to plump the hair shaft, improve elasticity, and increase strength so that you get less breakage.
Every time your hair gets wet, condition it. It’s the best defense against damage. Applying a nutrient-rich hair mask also helps to maintain hair health and promote hair growth.
Truly’s Star Fruit Hair Mask is an excellent intensive weekly treatment. This coconut and chamomile-infused hair mask restores hydration, combats damage, and enhances shine. Leave it on your hair for at least 20 minutes or overnight for best results.
Obviously, you won’t want to go long without washing your hair, but you should be aware that overbrushing or aggressive brushing can cause physical damage to your strands. Especially when it’s wet, as that’s when your hair’s more susceptible to breakage. You also need to invest in the right kind of brush (or comb).
If you have thick, curly hair, reach for a natural boar bristle brush which detangles the hair while distributing your scalp’s natural oils down your hair shaft for healthy, hydrated strands. For thin hair types, use a comb instead as combing tends to be less harsh for those with fine tresses.
Regardless of your hair type, always brush or comb starting from the ends and working your way up to avoid damage. Truly’s Vegan Boar Bristle Brush is a great choice.
As important as shampooing is for maintaining healthy hair, there is such a thing as over washing which can happen when you strip your scalp of its natural oils. You may think getting rid of those oils is the whole point of shampooing in the first place. But that’s where you’re wrong. Sure, you still need to cleanse your scalp to get rid of dirt and prevent product build up, but shampooing daily can leave your hair vulnerable to brittleness and breakage.
We recommend washing your hair every other day if it’s thin and fine, and one to two times a week if it’s thick and curly.
DO USE YOUR MANE IN COCONUT OIL
Studies show that coconut oil is a rich source of fatty acids that penetrate the hair shaft and prevent protein loss from hair. You can use it either before or after you wash your hair. For best results, leave it in overnight. Massage a 2-3 tablespoons or more into your scalp and your hair and use it as a leave-in treatment. Doing this regularly won’t just nourish your hair and prevent breakage, it will also promote hair growth.
Try these hair growth hacks if you want to grow out that lob or pixie cut once and for all. Just make sure you’re consistent and believe us, it’ll pay off for your mane.