A bad haircut can lead to months of bad hair days. Many women experience regret after cutting their hair shorter than they intended. Unfortunately, you cannot turn back the clock and cancel that disastrous hair appointment. It may seem like it takes forever for your hair to grow out from a cut you hate. Although natural hair growth takes time, you can encourage quick hair growth by reducing damage to your short strands and improving your overall health.
Pamper Your Locks
Although gentle hair care won’t make your hair emerge from your scalp faster, it will protect your strands from splitting and breaking. Cleanse your hair with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Use warm water, rather than hot, to rinse these products from your hair. Dry your hair gently with a soft, absorbent towel. Avoid wringing, stretching and twisting your damp hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to remove any snarls or tangles. Allow enough time for your wet hair to dry naturally.
Feed Your Hair
Your hair requires adequate amounts of nutrients to grow properly. Nutritional deficiencies, as well as illnesses, can disturb your hair’s natural growth cycle. Encourage your hair to grow as fast as possible by eating a well-balanced diet. Include antioxidant foods, such as blueberries, tomatoes, cherries and peppers. Use healthy oils for cooking, such as vegetable oil and olive oil. Reduce the amount of trans-fatty acids in your diets. These acids exist in some crackers, donuts, margarine, cakes and cookies.
Heat appliances and chemical processes can damage your hair, making it take longer to achieve your desired style. Minimize or eliminate the use of curling irons or straightening irons. Avoid damaging your hair with harsh chemicals, such as hair strippers, bleaches, perms and straighteners. Styles that twist and pull your hair can also damage the strands. Experiment with loose, flowing styles that eliminate the need for tight bands or barrettes.
Hair requires regular trims, even when you want to grow it out from a bad cut. Trimming can remove dry ends that tend to split and fray. With proper care, your hair may require less-frequent trims, allowing you to go longer between cuts. Ask your stylist to trim only the tips of your hair. Make sure she understands you are trying to grow your hair out and want her to cut only what is necessary.
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