Growing out a bad haircut, or just love the look of really long hair? These five hair habits will help you grow hair faster and keep it free of split ends.
1. Even long hair needs regular trims
Don’t skip on the salon visits. Even if you’re growing your hair, get the ends snipped every 5 weeks to get rid of split ends. If you don’t, the breakage gets worse and you’ll end up having to get it all chopped off.
A haircut can also give you shape and volume, so you don’t have to blow-dry or use heat styling tools every day. Here are some really pretty heatless hairstyles for long hair.
2. Stimulate your scalp
Every night, use a boar bristle brush to stimulate your scalp oils and distribute it to your hair. This also boosts your circulation, which can keep your scalp super healthy.
You can also give yourself a weekly scalp massage! Watch this video on a DIY scalp massage from beauty vlogger Annie Jeffrey:
3. Get shampoos that nurture the scalp
Just like a tree needs good soil and roots to grow, your hair needs a healthy scalp. Look for hair care products that takes care of your scalp. Signs that your scalp needs a little more TLC: oily or greasy roots, dandruff or itchiness, scaly or rough texture. There are lots of great shampoos that can sort that out. A cheap but effective hair treatment: extra virgin coconut oil. Massage into your scalp and hair once
a week, and wash off with lukewarm water.
4. Make sure you get proteins
Your body needs proteins and amino acids to grow long hair. Aside from meat, you can get it from fish, beans, nuts and whole grains. You can also take hair supplements, but any multivitamin that has vitamin B complex and vitamin C will help.
PopSugar Fitness interviews a nutritionist on the best food to eat for long, healthy hair:
5. Turn down the water heater
Hot showers will weaken your hair and make it more prone to split ends. You can use warm water, but always end your shampoo routine with a cold rinse. This seals off the cuticles and strengthens it before you dry and style it.