Who doesn't want healthier, thicker, and stronger hair? The question is, how do you get it?
Getting Rapunzel-like strands isn't easy, but it's definitely possible with the right haircare products and a few lifestyle changes.
You can make your mane thicker and longer without having to wait forever. Here are some tips for stimulating healthy hair growth for long, full, luscious locks.
Hair health begins with your diet. Since hair is mostly protein, a diet full of healthy fats and vitamins is essential for long, thick, healthy hair. It'll help nourish the hair cuticle and shaft from the inside.
Be sure to load up on plenty of good-quality protein and good fats like olive oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds. These foods all contain vitamins and essential omega-3 fatty acids to promote thicker hair.
It sounds obvious, but different hair types require specific products that cater to their needs, which is why it's essential that you using the best possible hair products.
Those with fine hair should look for hair thickening shampoo and conditioners, such as the Truly Super Flower Bundle Bundle, to stimulate the hair follicles, boost the appearance of thickness, and prevent breakage.
If you have coarse, dry hair, opt for products that hydrate, tame frizz and nourish your hair strands, like Truly's Super Fruit Bundle.
You can spend all the money in the world on fancy hair masks and oils, but remember that hair growth starts at your scalp. Take care of it!
"Just like good-quality soil is essential to grow healthy plants and flowers, a healthy scalp is the foundation for healthy hair growth," says Dr. Alan J. Bauman, a board-certified hair restoration surgeon and an advisory board member for the World Trichology Society.
He then adds: "Research supports the idea that a scalp massage has beneficial effects on stress hormones, blood pressure, and heart rate."
Make your hair grow faster and thicker by giving yourself a scalp massage. This will increase blood flow to your scalp, bolster your roots, and enable nutrients to reach your hair follicle faster.
Wondering how to do a DIY scalp massage? It's easy. Using a nourishing hair oil such as coconut oil, vitamin E, or jojoba, massage your scalp for 2-3 minutes once or twice a week. You won't see a difference straight away, but keep at it and you certainly will!
The last thing anyone wants to hear when they're trying to grow their hair is to get it trimmed. But according to hairstylists, regular trims are fundamental for the overall health of your hair.
Removing dead ends helps the hair to grow strong and healthy. By leaving split ends as they are, they'll only continue splitting up the hair shaft. Unfortunately, it won't go away until it gets cut.
Avoiding the daily mega heat styling and extending the life of your blowout? First things first, A+ for the effort! Secondly, just because you're not blowdrying, straightening, or curling your hair every day doesn't mean you should skip the conditioner.
According to hair experts, anyone who goes three or more days between blowouts should still hydrate their hair with a nourishing conditioner, mask, or leave-in treatment.
Whether you've got fine hair, thick hair, curly hair, or damaged hair, everyone can benefit from using a hair treatment.
"Treatments are a must," says celebrity stylist Peter Butler. "Work it through midway down to your ends with your hands or a brush. But keep it off the scalp and roots—it can make them too oily—leave it in for 15 minutes, and jump in the shower or even let it soak in overnight."
While there are plenty of home remedies you can try, we'd recommend investing in a high-quality formula infused with high-performance ingredients, like Truly's Rainbows in Mirrors Conditioning Treatment.
For the sake of your hair and its future, always use a wide-toothed comb on damp hair and a brush on dry hair. The problem with using a regular comb or brush on wet hair is that the hair's so much more vulnerable when its wet, making it very easy to damage hair while attempting to detangle it.
Regular and deliberate brushing not only gets rid of tangles, but can affect your hair's thickness. It does this because it helps distribute the natural oils that will help protect it from damage. Brushing every day will also help exfoliate the scalp, boost blood circulation, and remove buildup and dead hair.
Our favorite comb has got to be Truly's Rose Gold Hair Comb. It's perfect for gently removing tangles and evenly distributing products like heat protectant, leave-in conditioner, and other topical treatments.
Supplements won't miraculously deliver longer hair in a few uses, but using the right ones can definitely contribute to new hair growth and ultimately, healthier hair. Most of the ones you'll find contain biotin. As great as biotin is for tackling thinning hair and hair loss, it can leave you feeling queasy.
A highly recommended supplement is Viviscal. It's rich in sulphur-rich amino acids to help you achieve thick, long hair.
We know it can be tough to break up with your hair dryer, curling wand, or flat iron but if you're serious about growing longer, thicker hair, you should consider breaking up asap.
"Keeping hot tool use at a minimum will lessen hair damage," says Cutler salon senior stylist Jenny Balding. "It will make a huge difference."
These hot tools damage your hair by making it dry, brittle, and as a result: dull.
Try letting your hair air-dry, and experiment with heatless hairstyles likes braids and buns so that your hair looks great without compromising its health. If you can't survive without your blowdryer, always remember to use a heat protectant spray.
If you've tried all the tips above for 6-8 weeks and you're still seeing no improvement, speak to a dermatologist for professional guidance. The same goes for if you're experiencing chronic dandruff or you suspect you have a condition such as alopecia. Your derm should be able to prescribe you hair regrowth medication.
In the meantime, lay off the bleach, embrace your natural hair color and texture, start sleeping on a silk pillowcase, and follow the tips above.