Okay, bad news first: no matter how hard you try, your hair will not grow five inches overnight. Since we’ve cleared that up, there’s some good news too: there are plenty of things you can do to help your hair grow faster and stronger. The most difficult part is having the patience to wait, but if you can do that, you will be rewarded with long, thick, and luscious hair. Healthy, long hair has always been a sign of vitality and youth, and it doesn’t matter how old you are – if your hair is healthy and shiny, you can wear it as long as you’d like.
Every hair stylist will tell you the following: you should ‘trim’ your hair at least three times a year. Of course, there is no universal rule, since it depends on your hair length, the quality of your hair, how fast it grows, and whether you’re maintaining your length or trying to grow it out. The longer your hair is, the more fragile it is because it’s older. For medium and long hair the best time to get a trim is every six to eight weeks if you’re maintaining your length or every eight to ten weeks if you’re growing it out. If you’re dyeing your hair it means that it’s even more fragile, which in turn means that you should trim it every month or two.
Use volumizing products
If you have fine hair, you are probably familiar with an array of hair thickening and volumizing products. On the other hand, even if you have thick, long hair you can benefit from volumizer because long hair is heavy, and this means that roots will inevitably fall flat. After every hair wash apply a small amount of mousse or a serum which will give your hair volume and make it look thicker without making it crunchy. Nioxin products for hair thickening also contain sunscreen which will protect your scalp while giving you denser and thicker-looking hair after every wash.
Take care of your scalp
No matter what commercials tell you: those dry hairs will never be healthy again regardless of the amount of expensive products you apply. If you want to keep your hair healthy for a long time, you should take care of your scalp. This means massaging the scalp at least a minute or two when you’re washing your hair or afterwards. There are some products for hair and scalp that contain serums and essential oils which will revitalize the gentle skin on your head. Massages also stimulate circulation and oils and serums will nourish the scalp and the roots of your hair, thus making your hair grow stronger and healthier.
Be careful with washed hair
Your hair is most vulnerable when it’s freshly washed because at that point it’s weaker and more susceptible to breakage. If you need to brush your hair after washing it, wait until it’s completely or almost dry. Also, always begin brushing at the ends and slowly work your way up, and use a large toothed comb because it will not break your hair as much as a brush would. Another mistake many make is rough-drying their wet hair with a towel. Instead, gently press the water out and use an ordinary cotton tee to dry it – this will make your hair retain some of the moisture and make it healthier and bouncier.
It’s important to remember that even those lucky ones who have been blessed with bouncy, voluminous curls and a thick head of hair at certain point in life have to try harder in order to make it look good. By being responsible and dedicated to keeping your hair healthy for a long time, you will be rewarded with good hair no matter how old you are.
About the author:
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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