We all know that genetics, hormonal changes, stress, over styling, and bad nutrition are some of the factors that can lead to hair damage and hair loss. What is not that obvious is where the solution to get thicker, stronger, shinier, and longer hair comes from. Learn what you should do and what you should definitely stop doing to get longer and healthier strands.
Start With Your Skin
More than knowing where healthy hair comes from (hello, scalp!), if you want strong long hair you should start looking into how well you are treating its roots. Remember, your scalp is an extension of your skin, thus, it needs a good scrub every now and then to get rid of dead skin cells, just like any other part of your body. Exfoliating your scalp also helps stimulating the local blood flow and removing product buildup. In other words, it prepares the “soil” for stronger new strands to grow. Doing it once a month is good enough if you have dry or normal hair. If you deal with oily roots, go for it every two weeks.
Watch How You Wash It
If you are you used to drown all the length of your hair in shampoo, stop it. This may be the reason behind your thin weak locks. Let’s start with how much product you are using: A quarter-size amount does the job, no matter if you have short, medium, or long hair. That’s because you don’t need to wash your hair as much as you need to wash your head. Too much product can strip away essential oils and lipids that prevent breakage and dryness. When in the shower, gently massage the roots with your fingertips. Rinse and, before applying the conditioner, squeeze the strands to make sure the product can soak up all the moisturizing ingredients coming next. And remember: Conditioner belongs on the drier areas of your hair, that is, from the mid-length to the ends. Last, but not least, take a deep breath and do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower—come on, just for a few seconds. You will notice the difference: Cold water lays down the outer layer of hair more smoothly, which helps preventing moisture loss and even heat damage.
Find Your Allies
Many swear by coconut oil, others live by the rules of protein treatments. It doesn’t matter which one is your particular “hair savior,” but finding the right formula for you among leave-in conditioners, overnight masks, heat protectants, and moisturizing creams is essential to great hair. These products enhance the shine, improve texture, and prevent frayed ends. We recommend applying an oil or mask treatment once a week.
Do Not Wrap Your Hair In A Towel
Putting your hair in a bath towel (as soft as they can be) causes a lot of breakage. Even more if you wrap it too tight. That’s because your fragile strands get caught in all those towel fibers, which makes them even more prone to break. And of course, never ever rub water out with a towel! Instead, squeeze the moisture out with paper towels—their softer texture is way less aggressive than rougher-textured cloth towels. Plus, it helps preventing frizz.
The Brush Hour
If you give your brushing routine some special attention, results may come even quicker—but let’s keep it real, nothing will make your hair grow overnight. Use a wide-tooth comb to brush through tangles, starting at your ends (think: that way you avoid piling up snags). It is also important to comb through conditioners and other moisturizing products in the shower to evenly coat the strands.