Whether it is because of a bad haircut or you just want your hair down to you waist, growing your hair is a lengthy process, but well worth it when you have your hair at your dream length. I've been growing my hair out for close to two years and over those two years, I have met so many girls who want to grow their hair out, but don't know where to begin. I have met girls who begun, but just didn't know what else to do. This post is aimed towards those beginners, but I am hoping there will be something in here that even someone who has been growing their hair for years doesn't know!
A Little Hair Growth Science:
Hair is made up of approximately 88% protein (but, also omega-3 fatty acids and other vitamins) and grows about an ideal of 1/2 inch a month. Until it reaches 10-12 inches, it then slows to half the speed and continues for 3 years until it reaches its last phases, where it stops for 3 months (while replacement hairs are growing), before falling out.
Our hair is nourished by the blood flowing to the scalp, delivering the nutrients that it needs to keep it strong and healthy.
Rule #1: Treat Your Hair Well!
Our hair is fragile and needs a lot of TLC to stay strong and healthy. Consider a weekly hair mask, deep conditioning treatments and other "hair health" treatments.
How To Do a Simple Wet Damage Mask:
Rinse your hair with warm-hot water for a few minutes to open up the hair particles. After leaving the shower, comb out your hair and mix together one egg and one tsp of olive oil. Apply the mixed product to your hair and comb through. I left mine for an hour before rinsing out.
Rule #2: Treat Yourself Well!
Many of us forget that we need to give ourselves some TLC as well, by both making sure we relax after a stressful day (stress can stunt hair growth) and by making sure that we live a healthy lifestyle, since our body needs to be as healthy as it can be for our hair to grow at its maximum and for our hair to be as healthy as it can be.
Eating right is one of the best things you can do: get lots for nuts and eggs for protein, drink lots of water to keep your hair hydrated from the inside out, raisins have lots of iron and flax seed oil has a lot of Omega-3.
Reminder! Our bodies will put our hair last when it comes to the nutrients it needs, which means if you are not getting enough protein for a healthy body. You body will take the protein that should be for your hair and place it elsewhere!
Rule #3: Be Kind To Your Wet Hair.
Wet hair can be damaged very easily if we are not careful, so when your hair is wet remember to treat it with extra care.
A few simple tips to handle wet hair:
- Never use a brush on wet hair, it will be much more likely to cause damage - opt for a wide toothed comb.
- Don't rub wet hair with a towel, blot the hair dry instead.
- Be careful not to rub your hair while washing, instead try combing the shampoo in with your fingers for a gentler effect that will get your hair as clean as rubbing!
Rule #4: Get Your Blood Flowing
Getting the blood flowing to our scalp is one of the best things we can do to encourage it to grow faster and luckily there are a lot of things we can do to help this!
The first and easiest is to simply toss our heads around a little (think head banging to your favorite song) for a couple of minutes at a time.
Second, give yourself a scalp massage. Something I always recommend because you come out of it feeling a million times more relaxed.
Third, eating spicy foods is said to help get blood flowing.
And last, working out is a great way to get your blood flowing all over your body. Hair growth is another reason to add working out to our "To-Do" lists.
Rule #5: Give It Time
Sadly growing your hair will always take time, and we need to keep this in mind while we are growing it out. There are many things we can do to help it grow faster, but we cannot expect it to grow overnight. We must be willing to wait for our ideal hair length.