Long, healthy hair never goes out of style. That’s true, it’s a very feminine thing to grow your hair long. There’s something incredibly attractive about long hair, even if you’re not all decked out but have your flowing long locks embracing the wind, it creates this romantic allure.
Surprisingly though, as a child, my mom always kept my hair shoulder length or shorter. As I took ownership of my own hair once I became a teenager, I began growing my hair. Yet I always fell trap to not growing it past my mid-back.
Tips to Grow Your Hair
If you take proper care of your hair, you can surely surmount this issue. Many people that can’t grow their hair past a certain length. It could be because they’ve coloured it too many times, have really thin hair, or whenever they try to grow it longer, it either breaks off or just won’t grow.
Here are hair growth tips that will surely work.
Nothing is more comforting than hot water on your skin, especially on a cold day. To grow your hair, you’re going to have to get used to rinsing it with cold water. Cold water closes the hair’s cuticle and stimulates blood circulation, which leads to faster hair growth. It seals in the moisture from your conditioner, making your hair shiny and healthy.
It’s not as brutal as you think, just finish off your warm shower with a cold water rinse.
Baking Soda Shampoo
Baking soda can be used to improve your hair quality and clean it thoroughly from any conditioner or shampoo remains, giving it a healthy shine just after a few treatments. Use it in lieu of your regular shampoo.
Baking soda shampoo will be your next DIY project. Don’t expose your hair to harmful chemicals and while it may be difficult to wash your hair without the foam, you’ll get used to it.
- Mix 1 part baking soda with 3 parts of water in a small squeeze bottle.
- Adjust the dosage based on your hair length:
- shoulder length hair, mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 3 times that amount of water.
- Apply the shampoo on wet or dry hair, starting at the roots and working your way down to the ends.
- Leave it on for 1-3 minutes and rinse.
- Use warm water to rinse it all off your hair before moving onto cold water.
- Then, rinse your hair with ACV:
- Mix 1 part of ACV with 4 parts of water.
- Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil if you can’t stand the smell.
- Tilt the head back and close your eyes, to avoid the getting some of the vinegar mixture into your eyes.
- Apply the ACV rinse on your entire hair length and that’s it.
You’ll love the final results.
There are certain oils and essential oils that work great for hair growth and strengthening.
Rosemary oil, horsetail plant oil, cedar wood oil and lavender oil are all very beneficial for your hair. They provide it with the what it needs to grow, stimulating the follicles and increasing circulation of the scalp.
Some oilsIt stimulate hair faster and thicker growth. Here are a couple to try.
Coconut oil is a super food and 1 of the best fast hair growth secrets. It’s packed with vitamins and essential omega-3 fatty acids that nourish the scalp, the ends and removes sebum build-up that comes from hair follicles.
Olive oil also moisturizes and hydrates damaged hair while honey cleanses and removes dirt, and acts as an anti-fungal. Eggs contain proteins which are necessary for hair growth. They penetrate the hair shaft, strengthening each strand.
Before showering, lather your hair with coconut oil hair mask and let it sit with a shower cap on for 30 minutes to an hour.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 egg
- Beat the egg well.
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Mix together.
- Apply it to hair, starting from roots to ends.
- Massage mask into hair gently in slow circular motions to get the blood flowing and encourage growth.
- Leave mask on for at least 30 minutes, but the longer the better.
Olive oil masks strengthen hair follicles and shafts, preventing hairs from breaking off quickly. Something many of us struggle with as hair grows. The fatty acids of olive oil make an ideal conditioner for hair. Replace your conditioner with olive oil to bring moisture back to the hair. Its richness in vitamins A, E, and antioxidants protects the keratin in hair and seals in moisture.
Flax seeds are packed with contain nutrients such as proteins, calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron and omega 3 fatty acids that you need to grow your hair.
- 2 tsp of flax seeds
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tsp of olive oil
- 4 drops of lemongrass essential oil
- In a saucepan, add 1 cup of water and boil it.
- Add 2 teaspoons of flax seeds in it once it boils.
- Boil for 5 minutes on medium and strain the juice out of the flax seeds.
- Add 2 tsp of olive oil and 4 drops of lemongrass essential oil in the flax seeds juice.
- Mix well.
- Apply to your hair and scalp and leave it for 1 hour
- Rinse it off with any mild/herbal shampoo or preferably the baking soda shampoo.
Oil masks can also act as protein masks.
Using eggs is helpful because they are amazing at strengthening and nourishing your hair thanks to lecithin and protein they contain.Use the methods above or try these ones.
Apply the mask to dry, untangled hair and let it sit for 30 minutes.
This yogourt mask method was passed onto to me in a Facebook group.
The First Mix
- Mix equal parts of olive oil and castor oil.
- Massage onto the scalp and hair.
- Wrap a hot towel over it.
- Flip your hair upside down for 2 minutes to boost blood circulation and to stimulate hair growth.
The Second Mix
- Once a week exfoliate your scalp with a mixture of coconut oil and sugar.
The Third Mix
- Twice a week apply this hair mask:
- Blend 2 onions
- Mix some yogurt and coconut oil into it.
- Apply it onto the scalp.
- Remove after 30 minutes and wash it off with a mild shampoo and conditioner.
Aloe vera is chockfull of amino acids and proteolytic enzymes that improve scalp health. It helps hair shed less so it stays thick and voluminous, while nourishing your hair follicles with protein, vitamins and minerals. Aloe vera also has a high moisture content, ensuring your hair stays conditioned and hydrated.
Make aloe vera hair mask by slicing a leaf, scooping out the gel, and smoothing it in a food processor.
If you think it’s counterintuitive to cut your hair while you’re trying to grow it out, think again. Guilty as charged right here. I’m the first to admit to it. Regular trims once every 3 months will get rid of split, damaged or broken ends, speeding up the hair growth process rather than slowing it down.
Avoid Daily Washes
Washing your hair everyday can strip away excess moisture from your scalp, leaving it dry and flaky. Twice a week is a good rule of thumb. I know this is easier for people with dry hair to get away with than those with oiler hair. Here are some tips to help you prolong a hair wash.
Food For Hair
Similar to your body, some foods are good for hair growth, not just muscle growth. Salmon, by no surprise, is one of the best foods for your hair. It contains vitamin D, protein and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which keep your scalp healthy and promote hair growth.
Sweet potatoes encourage hair growth thanks to to the beta carotene they contain, which is the precursor to vitamin A. Yellow peppers, eggs, almonds and avocados are also all great to help your hair grow.
To ensure circulation and keep the blood flowing to your hair roots, give it a massage. Apply gentle pressure with your fingers in a circular motion to your scalp to stimulate the hair follicles.
You can even give yourself a head massage using the oils mentioned above.
Pure Gold Collagen
Pure Gold Collagen is a sweet, yet non-caloric, drink that’s designed for women to promote youthful skin and fight the visible signs of ageing. Yet, much to my surprise it also promotes healthy looking hair and nails.
It’s formulated with a unique blend of active ingredients that includes:
- hydrolyzed collagen
- hyaluronic acid
- borage oil
- vitamins and minerals
I’ve personally tried it and found dramatic results in my hair and nail:
- Missing baby hairs from ages ago started to regrow.
- My nails have started to chip less, despite being relatively hard and sturdy.
To get your hair growing again, try Priorin. It’s a supplement that supplies the hair with millet extract, the amino acid L-cystine and calcium pantothenate. In combination, it has been clinically shown to promote hair growth and hair re-growth. It also contains the nutrient biotin, which helps to maintain healthy hair.
It takes some time to take effect. Take 2 capsules daily with food for 3-6 months. Don’t worry, it won’t make hair on other parts of your body increase, as those are controlled by different growth factor.
The Gist of it
To grow your hair, similar to weight loss, it’s a process and requires several little changes to make a difference. You can almost call it hair fitness or hair diet plan. Switching up the chemicals to more natural-based products and introducing oil masks, trimming the hair regularly and massaging it, will eventually help your hair grow.
What tips do you have for hair growth?
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jodie filogomo says
I definitely need to put a bunch of these into practice. I’m good about not washing it everyday but I really don’t use many masks or treatments like I should. And it’s so dry where I live that I need to.
The Wardrobe Stylist says
I know how you feel. Curly hair too tends to be dryer than straight hair so these masks are ultra important for hydration.
Amy Johnson says
Such great tips! I’ve been working on growing my hair longer, I will have to eat more salmon and sweet potatoes!
The Wardrobe Stylist says
It’s definitely tough because sometimes it breaks and gets in the way of growing it. But keeping it healthy os the first step.
These tips will definitely come in handy for me, since I want to finally grow my hair long. Thanks!
The Wardrobe Stylist says
I’m glad you found them useful 🙂
Amy Ann Arnold says
I hadn’t heard of several of these. Thanks for sharing!
Straight A Style
The Wardrobe Stylist says
Yeah some are quite surprising 🙂
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The Wardrobe Stylist says
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