One common thing I hear, on a very regular basis, is ” my hair doesn’t grow.” Well ladies, chance is, your hair is 99.9% growing, it just may be breaking, which means you aren’t getting any length from your locks…Why is your hair breaking??, a number of reasons..
1. You color it
2. You lighten it (so it realllllly isn’t growing)
3. You get a chemical treatment on your hair ( smoothing treatments, straightening treatments, perms (??!!??)
4. You blow dry, flat iron your hair, or curl your hair with a hot tool on a regular basis
5. Basically, if you do anything to your hair that is damaging it, you are breaking it, therefore it doesn’t look like its growing.
So, how can we keep our healthy in the meantime?!? Because, I don’t know about you, but I will continue to color my hair, blow dry, curl my hair, and continue to problably damage one way or another for the rest of my life..below are some of my professional tips!
1. DEEP CONDITION: I can not stress this enough!! Deep conditioning your hair will keep your hair healthy and strong!!! One at home treatment I love, that’s cheap and effective, COCONUT OIL.!! I lather this stuff on my hair, midshaft to ends, and put my hair up in a plastic cap!! This is my Sunday night ritual! Coconut oil is structured in a way that allows it to actually penetrate your hair cuticle, where as a lot of deep conditioners just lay on top of it, never really getting in there. Coconut oil keeps my hair soft, subtle and shiny, plus, it smells ammmmmazing, just like the Maui babe tanning lotion!!! You can get this good stuff at Trader Joes, or any specialty food store!
Sunday Night Ritual!
Another at home treatment is a more complex homemade hair mask! When I say complex, I just mean it has more than one ingredient, unlike the option above.. One of my favorites includes:
- -1 egg
- 1 cup of milk
- lemon juice, just a squeeze!
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
Whisk this mixture together, and apply to your hair, midshaft to ends!! I would keep this on for about 30 minutes, so your hair can soak up all of the proteins and fatty acids!!!
side note- the reason you should apply these deep conditioners midshaft to ends is because your scalp produces enough oil, if you put a mask directly on the root, your hair will be greasy for a few days!!
2. GET A REGULAR TRIM: The old wives tale is that “getting your hair trimmed makes your hair grow.” Now, this couldn’t be more UNtrue! Getting a regular trim DOES prevent and reduce split ends, and if your hair isn’t broken, it will be thicker on the ends, which allows your hair to ACTUALLY grow longer, and not just break off! Ladies, your should be getting a quarterly trim, don’t go past the 3 month mark!
3. GIVE YOUR HAIR A BREAK: Girls, lay off the straightener, blow dryer, curling iron, and shampoo!! I recommend to my clients to shampoo and condition their hair every other day. Shampooing your hair everyday makes your hair dry, and if your hair is dry, IT WILL BREAK. Hot tools just add to the dryness, so when you do use one, make sure you are using a heat protectant!! One of my personal favorites is Royal BlowOut by Oribe. Not only is it a very light weight, it has UV protectants, and CUTS your blow dry time by 40%. This stuff is amazing
4. EAT HEALTHY: You are what you eat, and if you eat healthy, your hair will be strong! Below are some specific foods and what they contain to enhance your hair growth.
- Salmon- Salmon is packed with Vitamin D and fatty acids that keep your scalp healthy, which allows healthy hair to grow!
- Eggs (with the yolk)- The yolk of the egg contains Biotin (this is a supplement many women take to promote hair growth)
- Almonds- Another biotin packed treat
Follow the tips above, and you will be Goldilocks before you know it!!