I talk to many women about hair. One of the things I hear from them is that they want to have longer or stronger hair, or maybe even both. However, there are so many factors that play into how fast our hair actually grows or how healthy your hair can be. While I cannot make any promises about your hair experience, I can share with you information about what we know some of the best practices for having longer and stronger hair. In today’s article, I am going to discuss 5 tips for achieving longer, healthy hair.
#1 Stay Healthy
One way that can help your hair grow faster (or thicker) is to make sure that you’re eating well, staying hydrated, and getting enough circulation. When you don’t eat well or maintain your health, your hair, skin, and nails tend to show it first.
#2 Wash your hair less
Shampooing daily brings more harm to your hair than good. When you wash your hair every day, you hinder your hair from getting all the nutrients and natural oils it needs to be healthy. This can lead to breakage, brittle strands, very little shine, and overall, it will dry out your scalp.
#3 Apply an oil rinse
Coconut, olive, and avocado oils are all excellent natural hair treatments and have been shown to improve hair growth. Because these oils are good at penetrating the hair shaft, they will also make your hair naturally shiny and frizz free. You can also try using the PureFix Hair Elixir which is a 6-in-1 hair and scalp treatment. Its all-natural ingredients work together to support longer, stronger hair and to promote hair growth. When using the oil, shampoo your hair as usual and then work in oil from ends to roots. Then, rinse and condition your hair as usual. After doing this, your hair will feel moisturized, but thankfully, not greasy.
#4 Protect your hair
When you’re trying to achieving longer, stronger healthy hair, you have to watch how much heat you apply to your hair. Stop “blow frying” your hair. Use cooler settings on your tools, or better yet, give them up completely. Learn how to work with your hair, not against it. Also, to help protect your hair, it is a good idea to watch the chemicals. Put simply, leave the harsh chemicals behind. Your hair has a better chance at looking thick, healthy, and shiny if you completely forgo the chemicals.
#5 Trim your hair
In achieving longer, healthy hair stay on top of your trims! Trimming your hair doesn’t actually make your hair grow faster, however it can help you preserve the length you have. Split ends are exactly what it sounds like– where your hair follicle begins to spilt from the bottom of the shaft and weakens the entire follicle. As a result you will experience less breakage overall and fewer “flyaways.” It will also improve the overall look of your style and give more body and bounce to your hair when curled.
Here’s a video to explain split ends:
The Key Takeaways
Just in case you did not have time to read the above information, no worries. I understand that life can be busy. That is why I have included the takeaways for you to read below at a quick glance.
- Stay healthy
- Wash your hair less
- Apply an oil rinse
- Protect your hair
- Trim your hair
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2018 and has been updated.