OK. So you went for that blunt bob you had always been dreaming about and now you can't wait to grow the style out. Or maybe you already have longer hair but you want to take it to the next level. While hair growth is typically based on genetics, on average hair grows a quarter to half an inch per month. There are, however, ways to stimulate hair growth to get those long luscious locks you have been lusting after. Here are a few expert tips for healthier, longer hair.
1. Maintain the mane
While this seems counterproductive, getting regular trims is actually extremely important when growing your hair out. Trimming off split ends actually helps keep your hair stronger by preventing your hair from breaking further up the strand. The more often you snip off the ends, the healthier your hair will be in the long run. Getting a routine trim every 10-12 weeks is recommended.
2. Brush with care
Hair is actually delicate despite the abuse we put our hair through from chemicals and heat. It is important when brushing your hair to be careful not to damage the tresses further. Brushing your hair starting from the ends to the roots it the best way to rid your hair of tangles without compromising its health. I would suggest a paddle brush by Paul Mitchell, it's a great option for most textures.
3. Don't put just anything on there
When it comes to healthy locks, it’s very important to pay close attention to the products you are using on your hair. Often, many shampoos and conditioners contain harmful chemicals that actually dry out hair causing breakage. Using products that hydrate the hair is a healthy solution to keeping your hair at its best. We recommend using SOTAH Conditioning Shampoo to bring the hydration back to your hair. Follow it with SOTAH Moisture Boost Conditioner to sustain healthy hair with natural shine.
4. Rinse with cold water
This may seem like a chilly fix, but it is worth the goosebumps. After showering, run your hair under cold water, even if it’s only for a few seconds; it closes the cuticle and can help with frizz. Plus, it makes you feel revitalized.
5. Healthy diet, happy hair
The saying "you are what you eat" couldn't be more true when it comes to your hair. Just like the rest of your body, your hair needs vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. Maintaining a balanced diet will help your hair reach new lengths. Since your hair is primarily composed of protein, having a protein rich diet is essential. Eggs, meat, cheese, and lentils are excellent sources of protein. Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in salmon, help your hair become shinier and thicker. Avocado contains good fat which your hair needs for healthy growth. You can even make a mask with avocado for your hair if you are feeling very adventurous. And don't forget your greens! Leafy greens like spinach and kale are packed full of vitamins that your hair will love.
Which one of these have you tried?
Janet Zeitoun, Founder of SOTAH