How to Grow Your Hair Quickly
Growing Hair Quickly and Easily
Let's face it: Hair is power. In fact, when you have a head of shiny beautiful hair it doesn't really matter whether or not you are wearing any makeup, or if you just threw on a pair of sweatpants. There is something very powerful about long healthy hair.
Look at Sampson! His hair gave him great physical strength. It made him so strong that it drove Delilah crazy with jealousy. Once it was gone, so too was his strength (and Delilah!) Consider Fabio!
Do you think for one minute that he would have been on anyone's radar had it not been for that luxurious mane sitting atop his head? What about you? Are you happy with the condition of your hair? Is it healthy? Is it too thin? Do you have trouble growing it out? Does it fall out excessively?
You Want Beautiful Hair
Everyone wants beautiful hair, and there are very few people who already have the type of hair they've always wanted. For the rest of us, there are countless ways to achieve the type and quality of hair that we have always dreamed of growing.
Obviously you will not wake up tomorrow with a head full of Crystal Gayle-length hair, but if you follow the tips outlined in this article, you will be well on your way to having the kind of hair you have always wanted, but could never manage to grow.
Tips on Washing, Conditioning, Drying
This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but we are so used to doing things the way we have always done them that sometimes we do not even realize we are doing them incorrectly.
Washing, conditioning and drying the hair must be done in a certain way in order to achieve maximum results and minimize the chances of breakage. Before you wash, try to rid your hair of as many knots as possible as this will reduce the occurrence of breakage.
There is more to washing your hair than just throwing on a blob of some shampoo and rinsing it out. First, what type of shampoo are you using? If you are looking to grow long beautiful hair, stay away from shampoos that contain the words sodium lauryl sulfate.
This ingredient, common in most shampoos, is poison for your hair. Did you know that sodium lauryl sulfate is used in such products as laundry detergent and dish soap? Sodium lauryl sulfate strips your hair of moisture, sucks the color out of color-treated hair and promotes breakage.
This chemical belongs on your floors, not in your hair. Nearly all shampoos contain this ingredient, so what are you supposed to use? Actually many sulfate-free shampoos are affordable and will bathe your hair in the healthy ingredients necessary for growing long hair. Unless your hair is very dirty and/or oily, focus more on cleansing the scalp than on your actual hair.
Conditioning your hair is important as it provides extra moisture and it also detangles any remaining knots. When purchasing your conditioner, be sure to look for those formulas that most closely describe your hair type, as this will help to give you optimal results.
As long as you are vigilant in conditioning your tresses after each shampoo, you should deep condition your hair no more than twice a month. There are many types of deep conditioners on the market today that cater to nearly every hair type, but in order to get the most bang for your buck, make your own.
This way you get to choose only those ingredients you know to be good for your hair, while completely omitting the harsh chemicals. Deep conditioners are easy to make and they cost pennies per application. One of the most popular deep conditioner formulas has to be the avocado and mayonnaise combination.
In order to make this particular deep conditioner, you will need half a ripe avocado and one small jar of mayonnaise. Peel skin off of avocado and remove pit. Combine avocado flesh with mayonnaise. Let your hands do the mixing. Make sure the two ingredients are completely combined (the mixture should be completely green). Smooth this mixture onto your hair taking it to the very ends.
Cover your head with a shower cap and let it sit for 20 minutes. Wash hair and then rinse with lukewarm water. The combination of fats and oils in this deep conditioning formula are so powerful that you will notice instant results.
After you wash and condition your hair, do not ring out the excess water. Wet hair is more susceptible to breakage. Instead, squeeze the water out of the hair. Begin a few inches from the scalp and squeeze out remaining water until you have reached the end of your hair.
Blow drying creates damage to hair in terms of split ends and breakage. If you absolutely must blow dry your hair, do so in small increments of time, alternating between warm and cool air. Don't spend a lot of time blowing, instead, let hair air dry. To help maintain style, add a dab of alcohol-free styling gel to your hair before you allow it to air dry.
When choosing styling products, be as selective as you are with your shampoo and conditioner. Look for products that are alcohol-free as alcohol tends to dry out tresses, leaving them more susceptible to breakage. There are many natural, alcohol- free products out there today that are inexpensive and easy to use.
While they will not be as inexpensive as the ones containing harsh chemicals, it is a relatively small price to pay when growing out your hair. Keeping your goal of long, beautiful, healthy hair always before you will help you to make wise decisions in terms of how you now make selections of products you may, until now, have considered insignificant.
Heated Styling Appliances
This is a tough one. No, you should not use any type of heated styling appliances on your hair because the intensity of the heat will rob your hair of much needed moisture and will also cause extensive breakage. The reality of the situation, however, is that very few of us can wash our hair and go.
So, unless you have wavy or curly hair that can air dry (and look great!) this tip presents quite a quandary. What to do? Minimize your exposure to heating appliances. When you get your hair cut, let it air dry rather than having it blown out.
Not only will this save your hair, but it will save you money! If you are not going any place special, throw in a little gel, finger-style, and let your hair air dry. Save the blow outs and the flat-iron sessions for when you absolutely need them.
You will notice an immediate difference in the texture of your hair by skipping even a few meetings with the blow dryer. There are many brands of heat protector sprays that are designed to protect your hair from the effects of the intense heat that is used. Adding such a product to your styling regime will go a long way in staving off heat-related damage.
The chemicals contained in most hair dyes are so harsh and damaging to your hair, and are best not used at all. Products containing ammonia or peroxide are poison to delicate strands of hair. But if you absolutely must color your locks, choose such coloring agents as hennas or temporary hair colors that wash out in a few washings.
This is a hard one for most women because gray hair is obviously very aging, especially when you are only in your 20s or 30s. But in order to keep your hair damage-free, it is important to keep damaging chemicals out. It may require more upkeep and frequent applications, but temporary hair color looks just as nice as those products containing peroxide or ammonia.
Find a Good Stylist
Finding a good stylist not only means finding one that will give you a professional haircut, but one who knows the industry inside and out. In other words, he or she should be able to tell you the best ways to promote hair growth, what products to use, how to keep your hair healthy, et cetera.
If all you're hearing from your stylist is the promotion of dangerous and expensive hair processes (think coloring, permanents and relaxers) then it is time to find someone else to tend to your tresses.
A master stylist, and someone who really cares about what he or she is doing, will help you to achieve your goals. Hawking harmful chemical treatments is not in your best interest when trying to grow your hair long.
Visit Stylist Every 6 Weeks
This tip seems almost like an oxymoron: You want long hair, but we're saying that in order to get long hair you must cut your hair! The truth is hair not only looks healthier, but it also tends to grow faster, when the split and dead ends have been trimmed off.
A grown-out hairdo tends to make hair look old and lifeless, so put some shape back into those locks, and you will be amazed at how long your hair has grown by the time your next haircut appointment comes around.
Always Opt for Quality Products
From the type of brush you use, to the cleanser, conditioner and styling products-- as they all work together synergistically to give you full-bodied, gorgeous hair.
Between stress, the sun, environment and the harsh chemical products we use in our hair, it’s a wonder that we are all not bald as a billiard ball! Hair needs moisture in order for it to be healthy and to grow. You don't need to buy every item under the sun just because you saw it on QVC and so-and-so said that it worked.
Natural products are gentle products that will love your hair and promote its growth. • Your hair produces natural oils essential to hair growth. Refrain from everyday washing as this process can strip your hair of these oils rendering dry, lifeless, tresses.
Treat yourself to a vigorous scalp massage when washing your hair as this stimulates circulation and blood flow to your scalp. Better circulation means faster hair growth.
A Tender Touch
Did you know that at least 150 hairs end up on the bathroom floor each day? And that number does not even include the ones we yank out while brushing our hair. So add the number of hairs caught up in the bristles of your brush to the ones on the floor and you're talking at least 200 hairs a day!
Treat your hair gently when brushing, combing and washing, and you will soon notice that you are losing less and less of it each day. There are many other ways to minimize hair loss, including:
Most of us use heating appliances of some sort each day. Try to lessen the amount of time spent using these styling tools. Instead, let hair air dry as much as possible. Hold your style with a bit of alcohol-free styling gel or mousse. Don't yank at your hair when brushing or combing.
Try gently finger-combing your tresses before putting a brush to it in order to minimize breakage and hair loss. Use a good conditioner after washing to minimize the amount of combing you will have to do after your shower. Avoid using hair extensions or putting your hair up in tight hairstyles.
Extensions and Bands
Hair extensions cause so much damage to your natural hair because of the way in which they are applied, and, depending on the length of the extension, the weight of it will result in so much tugging on your natural hair that you will run the risk of losing it. Extensions are not worth the monetary investment if it means losing your natural hair.
Do not use rubber bands when putting your hair up in a ponytail. Rubber bands are office supplies and have no place in a person's hair. Choose hair accessories that come with a protective coating so that your hair does not get stuck and yanked out.
You Are What You Eat
Not only is nutrition key to our physical health, but it also plays a vital role in the overall health and condition of our hair. If you do not get enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs, your hair will start showing signs of malnutrition.
In addition to the foods you eat each day, consider adding a vitamin supplement to your daily regime, as most of us do not eat a balanced diet each day. What else can you do?
Clinical studies reveal that iron deficiency may result in hair loss. Heavy menstrual periods usually put women at a higher risk of developing a potential problem with iron deficient blood.
Working With Vitamins and Supplements
Do not take an iron supplement without first discussing the matter with your doctor or healthcare physician as too much iron can cause other health problems. Instead, try eating foods that contain higher levels of iron.
A balanced diet is supposed to give you all the vitamins and minerals your body needs each day, but how many of us eat the foods we are supposed to eat to get that balanced nutrition every day. If you are not, which includes the majority of us, getting a balanced diet each day, consider taking a supplement or two to make up for the areas in which you are lacking.
Certain vitamins and minerals may help you to grow a head full of long beautiful hair. The following is a list of supplements that claim to promote hair growth:
- Vitamin B Complex
- Vitamin B-6
- Vitamin C (with bioflavinoids)
- Vitamin E
- Beta Carotene
- Flaxseed oil
Check with your doctor or healthcare professional before starting any new vitamin, mineral or herb as they may interfere with medication you are presently taking. Also, your physician will best know how many milligrams of a certain vitamin you may need and which ones to avoid all together.
Stress is a leading cause of hair loss. Although this type of hair loss is not permanent, it can add to the emotional load you may already carry. Times are stressful. We wear it on our faces, we carry it on our shoulders, and the effects can be devastating. While it is impossible to live a completely stress-free life, there are a number of ways in which you can de-stress your life.
Avoid people and things that make you stress out. I know, easier said than done, but we all have certain stressors in our lives that are easily removed.
Too much caffeine can make a person anxious and irritable, which can lead to stress. Therefore, lowering your caffeine intake may be another good place to begin de-stressing.
Treat yourself to a massage. Massage therapy is not only a good way to relax, but it is also a good way to stimulate circulation, improve blood flow, and eliminate the body of toxins stored in the lymph system.
If your stress level is interfering with your quality of life, consider speaking to a professional who can help you sort through the stress-causing issues in your life.
Regular Doctor Checkups
Instead of wearing our hearts on our sleeves (which most of us are also guilty of), we tend to wear our health on our sleeves. In other words, what goes on in our bodies often manifests itself (good, bad or indifferent) in our hair, on our faces, and in our overall health.
If your hair has become brittle, dry, is falling out in patches, or has a general lack of luster, you may be suffering from thyroid issues. Hypo and hyperthyroidism are both hormonal issues and is likely the culprit when it comes to thinning and unhealthy hair.
Tend to your health. Most health issues that have a direct impact on the hair can be treated and the hair loss stopped--even reversed.
Keep On Top of Checkups
Schedule and keep appointments for annual physicals. If you are a woman over the age of 40, be sure to schedule yearly mammograms and Pap smears. Not only can these diagnostic tests potentially save your life or the life of someone you love, but they will assist you in maintaining good overall health, essential for optimal hair growth.
Watch Your Weight
Most people, especially women, are overly concerned about their weight. We are repeatedly indoctrinated that thin is beautiful, and so we jump on board the latest craze in terms of weight loss to lose excess pounds fast. The only things that end up happening are we wind up gaining the weight right back, and we may also begin to notice physical and textural changes in our hair.
Women who lose major amounts of weight at one time put themselves at a higher risk of losing hair. Keep all things in moderation. Nowhere does it say that you have to lose 100 pounds in a week. Weight loss done in this manner opens a person up to countless other health problems. Sensible weight loss means shedding one to three pounds per week.
Take Care of Your Body
Treating yourself holistically in terms of feeding the body, mind and spirit will go much further, and provide better results than just treating yourself piece meal.
When we take care of our bodies by eating right, getting enough water, getting enough rest, exercising, and limiting our stressors, we will notice that not only will our hair benefit, but we may also notice a difference in our skin, our energy level and our psyche. All around wellness goes a long way, and its benefits often trickle down into other areas of our lives.