The first step to help your hair grow longer and stronger is protection. Getting hair dried and ready for the day using heat tools, including blow dryers, curling irons, etc., has the potential to cause damage and breakage, making hair appear shorter and more brittle.
Damage caused to your hair cuticle by heat and chemicals is very difficult to reverse and slows down hair growth.
If you need to style your hair with heat tools be sure to use a heat protectant to prevent damage to your hair. Aveda Brilliant Damage Control helps protect your hair from the hazards of combing and heat styling, spray it on towel-dried hair to ease detangling and prevent heat damage.
During the bridal consultation, one of the biggest changes in their hair care routine I recommend to my brides is to reduce the number of times they shampoo their hair. This is a big step to grow your hair longer and thicker.
Shampoo is a detergent that strips your hair from its natural oils, the more you wash it the more your scalp overcompensates sebum production to keep itself nourished. When you reduce the number of times you shampoo your hair, your scalp learns to naturally balance the sebum production and to hydrate and repair itself, naturally creating stronger and thicker hair strands.
Also, the minerals in our tap water could be too harsh for your hair to be exposed to them daily.
There are many ways to keep your scalp fresh between washes. For a waterless option, use dry shampoo to refresh and absorb any excess oil, I love the Amika Phantom Hydrating Dry Foam Shampoo. If you feel you need to cleanse your scalp from sweat and product build-up I love the Aveda Be Curly Co-wash, which helps to move the sebum and distribute it through your hair while removing dirt and debris. To refresh texture, scent and tame flyaways my fave is AIIR Amethyst Hair + Energy refresher, which helps refresh your hair with a boost of energy while taming frizz and dryness.
Your best ally to grow your hair longer and thicker is your scalp. Treat your scalp with a daily Massage and a little Boost with Haielle Complete Recovery Complex, an intensive treatment that supports hair follicle regeneration. Apply it on the roots and massage gently with the same movements you use to shampoo your hair. This improves blood circulation and, therefore, hair growth.
For more nourishment, use natural oils like argan and coconut oils to moisturize the hair shaft, prevent split ends and breakage, and add shine. Rub a dime-sized amount of Haielle Active Botanical Concentrate oil into your palm and gently massage into hair before bed for a natural overnight moisturizing hair mask.
Once a week use a natural hair masque to improve your hair quality and boost collagen production. I love Haielle Hydrate Masque. Apply it from your roots down to damp hair. Leave it for ten minutes and then wash with Haielle Hydrate Shampoo. After washing, rinse it with cold water to improve blood flow. Follow this routine every time you wash your hair and it will help grow your hair longer and thicker.
When you wash your hair, water temperature is key! Start with warm water to open the cuticle, helping the product to work better. After shampoo and conditioning, rinse with cool water to close the hair cuticle. It will strengthen your hair and will add shine making your hair look smoother. Using cold water also helps seal in the moisture from your daily conditioner, which can help strengthen and add length to your hair.
Changing the water temperature is very helpful to improve blood flow and stimulate hair growth.
To help your hair grow longer and stronger is important to prevent breakage. Your hair is the most vulnerable when wet. Brushing and tieing when wet. can contribute to broken strands and thinner locks. Be gentle with your hair when wet, and use only a wide-tooth comb or a brush specially designed to glide through wet hair.
Be especially gentle as well when drying it. Use a soft microfiber towel or my fave Goody Quick Style Brush that has a microfiber towel built-in the brush to help dry it.
The best nourishment for your hair is its natural oils (sebum). Brushing your hair frequently will keep it balanced and well distributed.
Start at the scalp using a boar bristle brush. This simple step each night stimulates your scalp which helps increase circulation encouraging hair growth by increasing collagen production.
Waking up after your beauty sleep with frizzy hair is not ideal. To avoid this, braid your hair before you go to sleep It will help to keep the good texture and will avoid frizz and breakage.
Another great tip is to sleep on a silk pillowcase. It is smoother, softer than cotton, and protects your skin and hair avoiding frizz, tangling, and breakage. As a result, it helps your hair grow longer, thicker, and stronger.
Strong, healthy hair is a reflection of our health and how we nourish our bodies on the inside. Avoid fast, processed, and sugar-loaded foods. Instead, include healthy fats and nutrient-dense foods.
Anything that alters the physiological state of the body can affect the hair follicle and hair growth. Illness, medication, and lack of necessary vitamins and minerals can also affect hair and hair growth.
Another key nutrient for hair growth and health is Collagen, the body’s most abundant protein that helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments, and tendons. Thanks to collagen, we’re better able to move, bend, and stretch. Collagen is also behind helping hair shine, skin glow and nails stay strong.
The top 10 foods that nutritionists suggest affect healthy hair.
Long healthy and thick hair for your wedding is very easy to achieve. While genetics play a role in color and texture, there are some things you can still do to stimulate hair growth and to promote stronger, more vibrant hair. Here are tips, show your hair some love. I have seen amazing results with them on my clients, let me know what you think and if they work for you.
Having the right products is a great help in your process to grow your hair stronger and longer. I linked my recommendations thought out the article and concentrated them on this list. Some of the links are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.