If you want a quick change to your hairstyle, you can get bangs, add highlights, or go short. Growing your hair longer takes some time, but is another way to change up your look. If you’re patient and take care of your hair, it will grow about 1/2 inch each month. Here are three things to know about growing out your hair.
First, while it seems counterintuitive, you should still get regular trims every 2-3 months, or closer to 6-8 weeks if you use hot styling tools. You don’t have to have much cut off, just 1/4 inch or so, but the idea is to keep split ends from developing. Regular small trims will help keep hair healthy, and it will look terrific as you’re growing it out.
The second thing to know is that hot styling tools are extremely damaging to your hair, and they shouldn’t be used very often. Blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, and to a lesser extent hot rollers, put additional stress on the hair and contribute to the development of split ends.
You can help counteract damage from hot styling tools by conditioning your hair regularly. After shampooing, apply conditioner and leave it in for 3-5 minutes to add moisture and help nourish the hair. Deep conditioning once every week or two will also help keep hair healthy. Daily scalp massages are thought to help hair grow faster by stimulating hair follicles.
Third, you can actually improve the health of your hair by eating certain foods. Just like any other part of your body, your hair needs essential nutrients like protein, biotin, iron, zinc, B vitamins, and Omega-3 fatty acids to be strong and beautiful. Great sources include eggs, salmon, oysters, spinach, sweet potatoes, blueberries, walnuts, avocados, and lean poultry. For more information about growing out your hair, please contact:
The Salon Professional Academy