I have had sassy china doll bobs and long lustrous locks and everything in between, but I must say I feel my sexiest when my hair is healthy, long, and flowing. It can be quite a challenge to grow hair out after sporting a sleek short look, and if you’re trying to grow your hair out, here are eight ways to naturally grow long, healthy, and sexy hair faster.
1. Towel Dry
Blow drying and hot irons will ruin your hair. So if you are a short haired gal that wants long, luxurious locks, then you must cut out the heat. Always allow your hair to dry naturally, or towel dry it. If you absolutely must dry because you are in a hurry, then choose blow dry your hair on the cold setting. This will keep your hair from drying out and breaking off. Who wants a head full of long frizzy hair at the end of your goal length, anyway?
2. Take Your Vitamins
You can boost your hair growth and even keep it looking shiny and beautiful by taking the right vitamins and eating the right food. Biotin, also known as B7 can help grow hair and nails. It is found in many foods such as fish, nuts, eggs, meats and beans. You can also take it in pill form, which is something I do daily. Krill oil is also known for warding off hair loss and increasing shine. We recommend purchasing Krill Oil online from Onnit here. Greek yogurt contains vitamin B5 and increases the blood flow to your scalp, which will promote hair growth.
When hair gets dry and brittle, it breaks off and works against your hair growth goals. It is important that you keep your hair rich in oils to prevent this. Each time I wash my hair, I use a deep conditioner and leave it on for the entire shower. At night, I run coconut oil or argon oil through it and wrap it in a towel to lock in the moisture. The more you condition, the more lustrous your hair will look.
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4. Skip Washes
Each time you wash your hair, you strip it of its natural oils. These oils help keep hair healthy, shiny and lock in its elasticity. I understand that having oily hair from skipping washes can gross you out, but try to keep washing to at least every other day. When you start to train your head that it will only get so many washes a week, the amount of oil it produces will decrease. For days you don’t wash, think about wearing hats, or cute braids. Go for more sleek looks that would require more oil. That way you won’t be so frustrated.
5. Avoid Coloring
Coloring is the worst thing for your hair growth goals. It strips the hair of its strength and fortitude. Coloring your hair creates little holes in the hair shaft and fills them with color. When that color washes out, your hair becomes dry, brittle, and frizzy looking. If you can avoid coloring, then do. If you can’t, then try to dye your hair with ointments that do not contain ammonia. Henna is another way you can color your hair with out doing as much damage as traditional coloring methods.
It may seem counter-productive to cut your hair when you are trying to grow it out, but trimming your hair about ever three months or so will ensure that the dry, brittle hair that has been living on your head for so long won’t break off. Hair grows anywhere from 3/4” to a ½” a month. Hair care professionals suggest coming in about every 6-12 weeks for a trim. You never need to trim off more than has grown, just trim the tips off. The longer you wait, the more hair you will have to cut off.
7. Cut Your Bangs
Growing hair can be a real challenge for those of you who like a fresh new look every few months. I happen to be one of those people. So instead of chopping all my hair off, I fluctuate from having bangs and sweeping them up, so I don’t. I also change the length of bangs to keep things new and fresh. This will satiate your need to chop.
8. Get Creative
Another way you can avoid chopping your hair off for a new look is to check out Pinterest. Type in things like “medium hairstyles,” “DIY braiding,” and “messy buns.” You will be shocked at how many ways you can style any length of hair while you are waiting for your locks to grow. There are also hair salons called braid bars now. Every time you get the urge to head to the salon for a color or cut, head to the braid bar instead. You will be so glad you did!
Growing your hair out takes lots of patience and creativity. But follow some of these tips today and be ready to show off some of your gorgeous locks by summer.
What are some other ways you’ve found that helps your hair grow faster? Comment below!