If you desire the look of long, luscious locks–and don’t want to fake it with extensions–you’re going to need to put in a lot of work. Once your hair starts to grow, it becomes dead. There’s no way to permanently repair any damage to the ends of you hair. Treat your hair well, and it will grow to the length you desire.
Cuts and Trims
Damage to the ends of your hair can travel all the way up to the roots. It’s important to trim your hair regularly so that you can avoid this. If it’s been awhile since your last haircut, you should cut off all the damaged hair. This may be more than you want to cut off, but it will be like giving yourself a fresh start. From now on, you’ll be able to take good care of your hair. Trim your hair about one-half inch every four months, using sharp scissors that you only use for cutting hair. Using dull scissors could actually damage your hair.
Vitamins and Nutrition
By eating healthy and taking vitamins, you will encourage healthy hair growth. If you are constantly trying crash diets, you aren’t getting the nutrition you need, and it will show in your hair. In fact, you can purchase vitamins that are formulated specifically for hair health.
Chemicals in any form–dyes, perms and some shampoos–will damage your hair, making it difficult to grow longer. Avoid perms at all costs. If you must dye your hair, use a natural hair dye, like henna. When buying a shampoo, look for a shampoo that uses natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals. You may have to shop for these in a natural foods or natural beauty store, instead of your local drug store.
Treat Wet Hair
Take care of your wet hair because this is when it’s most susceptible to damage. You shouldn’t rub your towel vigorously over your hair to help it dry, because this can cause split ends. Squeeze your hair dry instead. Use a wide-toothed comb with wet hair, never a brush. Allow your hair to air dry because the heat from a blow dryer will cause damage over time.
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