Of all the hair concerns woman have, hair growth is usually one of them. Normally hair grows half an inch a month. Age, medications and overall health can affect this rate of hair growth. Below are five things you need to know about hair growth.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking a sufficient amount of water will support hair growth and moisturize your hair. Water helps to regulate the circulatory system, which then feeds the hair follicles. This causes hair growth. If your roots are deficient in moisture, your hair will eventually become brittle. This halts hair growth.
Use the right shampoo
A lot of shampoos on the market can be harsh due to their ingredients. This is definitely bad news for African American hair. Kinky,coily hair types need to be extra careful about which shampoo they use. Seek out shampoos that contain organic oils. The oils will combat dryness and leave your hair feeling healthy and soft. Jojoba oil and argan are organic oils which promote hair growth.
Pay attention to hair ends
Visit a hair professional to clean up hair ends every three to four months. This will rid hair of any split ends and encourage hair growth. When hair ends are in tip-top shape, hair will grow properly without damage. Only a 1/2 inch, at most, needs to be trimmed.
Air dry when possible
After shampooing your hair, the best way to dry it is by blotting it gently with an old tee shirt. Avoid using the blow dryer as the excess heat can weaken your hair. If you must use your blow dryer, use the coolest setting. A silk scarf can also be wrapped around the hair and left to dry overnight.
Take fish oil supplements
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are very beneficial to hair growth. These supplements are especially good at combating dryness and dullness. Hair will become more radiant, softer, and stronger. Fish oil can also help prevent dandruff.
In conclusion, hair growth will undoubtedly be boosted if these tips are followed consistently.
For some women,a trip to the hair salon is a luxury expense. Something they only do for special occasions. For others, it’s a very necessary expense.
As a hairstylist, I could pick any random woman off the street, and tell you which category she falls into. When someone’s hair is being professionally cared for on the regular IT SHOWS!
Even if said woman has it in a ponytail for a few days. The ends look fresh and clean. Hair is shinier and softer… These are just a few of the benefits…
You will spend less money on hair products. If your stylist sells products inside her salon,she may try to get you to buy a few maintenance products for in between touch ups. But you should not be spending major bucks on hair curlers,shampoo,or chemicals. If you are going to the salon every two weeks,it’s already supplied there for you.
You will have less damage. Often times when I see damage,it is on people who are advid “do-it-your-selfers”. They take risks to save money but often end up paying more to correct (or cover up) the damage they have done. Your stylist should be trimming,deep conditioning,etc. on a periodic basis during your visits.
Your hairstylist has better product knowledge. Hairstylist are taught in beauty school how to choose good products for the type of hair they will be servicing. It Isn’t just about the price. A 40$ bottle of shampoo will do nothing for someone whose hair is falling out in the sink. Your stylist will always know what to do and use when she sees your hair at your appointments. Which means your hair should ALWAYS look healthy!
Longer hair. If longer hair is your goal,good products,maintenance,and the regular, professional touch of a professional, will help!
Your hair will never be boring! Most hairstylist are creative by nature. Wanna try curls one week? Straight the next? Crochet after that? Your stylist should have you covered! You won’t have to worry about going back to your struggling ponytail after a hairstyle wears out. If you are on books regularly,that ponytail should be a thing of the past.
Summer is coming to a close,and many women are starting to come out of their braids. Braids are a nice,cool,and convenient style for summer. If you’ve been wearing them from late April to late August though,you are bound to have thinning. Wearing them for three weeks at a time,taking them out,and shampooing. Only to get them put back in within a few days is not a long enough break.
Thin edges are a common and embarrassing issue. This problem can be caused by tight hairstyles,weaves,or braids. It can also be genetics. Sometimes the hair will grow back. Sometimes it won’t. If you have had smooth bald areas around your hairline for years,the hair bulb is probably destroyed. Therefore no matter what you use to regrow hair,it ain’t coming back. Speak with a dermatologist and a hair transplant surgeon for your options on how to get your hairline to fill back out.
For those of you who have experienced only temporary thinning ,there is hope! Here are three products to try:
Anyone who has worn a protective style past two weeks,can see the build up of dirt. Sometimes that build up can cause new growth to mat up at the root. This matting can cause excessive shedding and hair loss. The whole purpose of protective styling is to GROW hair. Not take it out. Some may leave a protective style in past three weeks! Whew! That is a lot of dirt and oily build up! Not to mention the smell!
First, gently remove extensions,protective style. Unravel gently or rake through hair with your fingers. You may also use a wide tooth comb to separate and unravel hair. Next use a clarifying shampoo to strip out all the dirt,product,and oil that your hair has accumulated.
After this,you can also spritz the hair all over with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Massage through. Rinse. Then apply a deep conditioner and also to sit on your hair for at least twenty minutes. Rinse,style as desired.
Crochet styles are the most popular form of protective style right now.
You can keep them in for up to 6 weeks. A protective style gives you the chance to try a different look,while also giving your real hair a break.
Giving the hair a break from heat,products and chemicals will help to aid in hair growth as well.
Taking the crochet style out however, is just as important. If you have not worn the style very long,you may want to reuse the hair. In this case,you may want to section off your style and unravel it at the base of the cornrow or braid. If you’ve had the style in for awhile, it’s probably sour and dirty,simply cut it out. Cut the hair as close to the braid or cornrow as you can. Then pull it out .
Hair loss can be devastating. It can affect both men and woman alike. Genetics play a big part in hair loss. It also may come from how you maintenance your hair and scalp. Stress is known to exacerbate hair thinning as well.
There are however, some ways to fight hair loss… Check out these four hair loss prevention products!
Switch out your shampoo for one that’s targeted to help treat thinning
2. Supplements are another route to explore.
3. Use a stimulating scalp mask regularly to help cleanse and tone your scalp. “Hair grows its best from a healthy scalp that is free from flakes, excessive yeasts, and bacteria.
4. Minoxidil (Rogaine®) and Finasteride (Propecia®) are two popular hair loss remedies that have been proven to be effective at reducing hair loss and, in some cases, even growing new hair.
If there is one thing that I know,as a hairstylist of 16 years and counting. A lot of women (black and white) HATE to get their hair cut lol ! Even the ones who specifically ask for a short style?! Keeping your hair cut is the best way to keep it healthy and growing. A short style that looks clean and even. Looks better than long, “see through” strands. But you’d be surprised how many woman wanna hold on to those long straggly,thin,weak pieces of hair lol ! A cut will aid in keeping the ends from splitting and looking frayed, thereby giving the appearance of healthier and longer hair. When ends split and are severely damaged, they can cause breakage and that breakage travels up the hair shaft. It can be easy to skip hair cuts when the only goal is long hair, but this is when you should be staying on top of it. Many people make the classic mistake of skipping trims because they are growing their hair long. I am not saying get a cut EVERY TIME you go to your stylist. Every 6-10 weeks is good. Hair takes a beating from heat and styling. For example, I see a lot of heat damage from blow outs and flat irons on natural hair. Those straight pieces that are at the ends of your natural,coily strands,need to be SNIPPED. It does not look cute. And no conditioners or hot oil will fix it.