Posted on November 19 2015
We've all been there- standing in front of a mirror staring at our hair, tugging at the ends and willing it, daring it to grow. If you've been there you will understand the frustration that goes hand in hand with hair that refuses to grow.
Whether you're regretting that long-bob aka lob or you're looking to have long luscious hair for the upcoming wedding season, growing your hair is tricky. While there isn't any magic potion you can have at night and wake up with long luscious hair in the morning, there are ways to work your way through to have healthy, long tresses. Contrary to popular belief, getting regular trims will not make your hair grow faster (though it will definitely make them look healthier).
In order to address hair growth, you need to look into whether you have an underlying issue: you might not be getting the right nutrients, your hair may be weak and therefore breaking at a certain point, or maybe your stress levels are so high it’s interrupting your hair growth. Read our tips below to find out how you can grow your hair quicker & healthier:
Healthy scalp= healthy hair: Think of your scalp as the soil that grows your luscious hair. In order for your hair to grow healthy it is essential that your scalp is nourished and healthy too. A healthy scalp will grow hair that is strong and more resistant to breakage. Show your scalp a little TLC with regular scalp and hair oil massages, deep conditioning and gentle cleansing.
Defence against breakage: Heat styling, chemicals, environmental factors all cause your hair to break more easily than they naturally would. To give your hair a fair chance of growth, cut back on daily styling and when you do- make sure you use a heat protector serum. Use shampoos and conditioners that contain natural products, brush hair gently and use a moisturising, reparative hair mask for appropriate nourishment.
Load up the nutrients: Sometimes our body goes low on certain nutrients that are essential for hair growth and stocking up on them may be worth your while. Your dermatologist will be able to help you out with this one with the results of a simple blood test. If you're scared of needles, remember your hair needs protein to grow- so munch on those greens, eggs and fish.
Kick stress out: Stressing increases cortisol levels in your body which then lead to hair shedding. To ease out on stress practice meditation, regular exercise, eat healthy and regulate your sleep cycle.
Be Patient: Remember your hair cannot and will not grow overnight. Hair typically grows about a quarter of an inch or maximum half a inch a month- and that's only if it is super healthy. Stick to the above tips and work your way through steadily to maintain your hair lengths. In short, practice patience.