www.4haircare.com.au When you’re enthusiastic about hair care and dedicated to a healthy hair journey it can be difficult to be objective about your hair. It’s easy to talk about things that keep the hair healthy like gentle handling, good conditioners, laser treatments and low manipulation, but if those were the only things that mattered, everyone’s hair would be doing great. In reality, despite meticulous efforts to grow a long, thick head of hair, many women still struggle to maintain length and reach their other hair goals. To get past a length hurdle or stop persistent breakage you have to realize one important thing: Damage is unavoidable. If your hair isn’t making progress that means it’s being damaged faster than it can recover. Many women already steer clear of heat and chemical treatments, but mechanical damage is still an issue and it can be difficult to recognize.
What’s my own secret to grow hair long? How do I get it to grow so long?
I wish I had an answer for everyone, but the truth is that there is no magical solution. Because while there’s no one top-secret magic pill you can take, there are Pandora box solutions you can do to help speed the process along.
Weaknesses in your hair care routine will catch up with you as your hair gets longer. No matter what your hair type, the longer your hair gets, the more demanding it will be. Shoulder length hair is already about 2 years old so any weaknesses in your hair care routine will begin to show, just like bad eating habits start to catch up with you as you get older. If you hit a plateau in your healthy hair journey– if you want it to look halfway decent – so here are my tips for doing so!
- get at least ½ inch cut off by a professional,
- stop hash brushing and blow dry your hair, and
- apply a reconstructing treatment every week or two:
Minimize damage by combing and brushing less. Every time you move or touch your hair, the cuticle layers of each strand rub up against each other and cause tiny abrasions, similar to light scratches. Those little abrasions may not affect how your hair looks or feels but they’re always there. If you rub and pull your hair and then follow up with a comb or a brush, you’ve inflicted a lot of stress on your hair at one time. Yes, there are some women who can comb and brush their hair all day without a problem, but those women usually have thick strands and very few (if any) kinks or coils. Finer strands break more easily than thicker strands.
OK, so there are all sort of crazy rules you have to follow about brushing and combing your hair in order to grow it long and perfect. LIKE: Do not even THINK about brushing it when it’s wet. You can only brush it when it’s dry, and preferably before every shampoo, so you distribute the oils over every strand to protect them from shampoo and don’t have to detangle much post-shower -hair is most vulnerable to breakage when it’s dripping and you’re roughing it up with a towel.
Keep the heat styling to a minimum. I know this is going to be a hard one for some of you who like to have perfect hair everyday. When you’re out of the shower, comb out wet hair and tangles with a wide-toothed comb. And that’s it. You’re not allowed to blow-dry your hair too often ! Or flat iron it, or curl it! Seriously! If you’re serious about growing your hair long like a fanatic, at least. That’s the biggest lesson you’ll learn from reading the Long Hair Community message boards posting about crimping your hair in one of those forums would be like waltzing drunk into an A.A. meeting. No one would be feeling you. So if you’re seriously trying to grow your hair long, curb your hair tool enthusiasm at least a little bit and, again, patience is key. I only blow-dry my hair about once a week – after keratin treatment to bond keratin to hair! Usually, once over the weekend is good enough for me. Because not only is it damaging to your hair, the longer it is, the more of a pain in the ass it is to blow out. Learn how to work with the natural texture of your hair. My hair is naturally wavy, so I generally blow-dry and apply styling product I’m currently obsessing over. If you need more polish, you can wrap it into a bun. And you’d be surprised at how much men prefer a natural look; The other plus side of this is that when you actually do spend the time to do your hair, it makes it that much more exciting. Think of it like applying false eyelashes – if you did it everyday, would it still have the same effect? Kim Kardashian, for example – she looks exactly the same no matter what she’s doing, whether she’s going to a red carpet event or going to the gym. Where’s the fun in that?