By Daisy Jing
Do you know that there’s a secret on how you could get really long hair that fast? And it’s not just long hair, but rather beautiful long hair. For most of us girls, we really love having our wearing our hair very long.
Do you know that washing your hair everyday may deprive it of the nutrients it needs? Shampoos that have sulfates may cause you to lose a lot of hair at an early age and it was scientifically proven that a sulfate can strip away your hair of natural oils and natural things.
Sulfates from the shampoo you use act as detergents also known as surfactants which are amphiphilic (a compound consisting of molecules having a polar-water soluble group attached to a water-insoluble hydrocarbon chain). Our scalp creates oil in order to replenish and condition it. This oil’s use is to protect the hair.
As girls, we normally have this expectation of our hair to be really clean, fluffy and very lengthy, so we wash it every day. Excessive washing may not also be good for us, especially if the shampoo that we’re using contains ingredients that are harmful.
There are a lot of sulfate-free shampoos that you can use to wash your hair with. Here are some to name: Trader Joe’s, Abi Organics, Target, L’oreal and a lot more. Other sulfate-free shampoos you can try out are: Ouai Smooth Shampoo ($28), Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo ($11), Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo ($6) , Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo ($24) , Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo ($30) , Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Sulfate-Free Shampoo ($13), etc.Go for shampoo with natural ingredients to avoid getting your hair stripped off of its nutrients.
Washing your hair for maybe three times a week is already enough.
Aside from the sulfate-free shampoo, you may also go for dry shampoo. One of the recommended brands is the Batiste dry shampoo as it adds a lot of volume to your hair.
Aside from shampoo, you may also apply conditioner or oil on your hair. Perhaps a ratio of two conditioner bottles to one shampoo bottle would do. Apply conditioner or oil four times as much on your hair.
Apply at least just a pea drop amount of conditioner or oil on your palms and rub those on both sides of your hair.Find some conditioner that is scalp friendly and apply it right below your ears then all the way down to your hair, helping it nourish the hair as well as avoid breakage, split ends and hair damage.
Coconut oil would also be a great recommendation to put on your hair. You can rub it in between your palms which you can just put on the ends of your hair. One of the benefits of coconut oil is that it helps replenish your hair and coats with moisture, preventing your hair from becoming dry and break or split.
There are a lot of oils that you can use such as moroccan oil, coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is one of the recommended oil as there’s scent in it. Applying it on the ends of your hair after washing adds moisturization to your hair.
Protein plays a key role in your hair so keeping a protein in your diet is important. Foods rich in protein include different kinds of meat such as chicken, tofu beans, peanut butter and other things that have protein in it.
Our hair has a lot of protein compounds in it and this is the reason why some hair treatments have carotene as one of its components as it helps restore and rebuild the protein complexes.
Keeping protein as part of your diet makes your hair a lot better than it is, or you may also go for iron supplements which you can call biotin prenatal vitamins. Those supplements help grow your hair longer and more beautiful.
Foods that are rich in Biotin (or what you call Vitamin B7) include liver and other meats, egg yolk, yeast, nuts and seeds, salmon, dairy, avocados, sweet potato and cauliflower.
Keeping a healthy diet is really beneficial and it plays a vital role in your hair growth. Included in the healthy foods you should eat are green leafy vegetables, lots of fruits. Skip out the fatty and processed foods as they do not contribute to good or quality hair and skin for you.
Lastly, watch out for those split ends! Take a small nail scissor, twist your hair and pull up any strands where you see those split ends coming up. Snip those split ends off.
Adding to these 3 secrets are some tips on how you can achieve that beautiful long hair goal:
1) Getting frequent trims
Having regular hair trims are what you need to get beautiful long hair. It may seem to take longer to get your hair long but they help avoid split ends and breakage.
2) Don’t Go For Blonde Hair
Sometimes we girls cannot help but be in awe of blondie people and imitate their hair. Blonde hair is not what we need but beautiful long healthy hair. Consistent hair dyeing or bleaching can cause damage to your hair cuticle.
3) Avoid Heat Styling Tools
We use these tools to style our hair, especially during special occasions such as weddings but excessive usage of styling irons or curlers can damage our oh so beautiful hair, causing breakage and frizz. Should you wish to style your hair, decrease the temperature of your styling iron or curler and always use heat protectant.
4) Finish your shower with a cool rinse
A super steamy shower can both be bad and rough on our crowning glory. When taking a shower, make sure that its temperature is decreased when you’re cleansing and finish it off with a cool rinse as it helps seal your hair cuticle and strengthen it.
5) Careful With The Hair
Don’t you know that our hair is susceptible to damage and breakage especially when it’s wet? When you want to untangle your hair, go for a brush that will take good care of your locks. Brushes such as Tangle Teezer or Wet Brush is recommended by Davey Partain, a stylist at Kennaland Salon. One of the ways you can take good care of your hair when it’s wet is by gently brushing it from the ends going up to your scalp, including the bottom layer.
6) Start Using Minoxidil
Minoxidil is an active ingredient that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as it helps stop hair loss and promote hair regrowth.
7) Sleeping On Silk Pillowcases
Switch up those pillowcases to a silky ones to help you get better sleep and better hair. Want to know why? Silk is a material which is good for avoiding tangles and hair breakage, according to Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D. The less hair breakage, the longer your hair.
8) Pay Close Attention To Your Skin
Assuming that a product works best for your hair because it is shiny is just as easy, but is it really working the way it should? Ask yourselves this question to find out if the product you’re using works: “Does it make my skin feel dry, stripped, heavy, waxy, sticky or greasy?” If the answer to this is yes, then the product is not really working well on your hair. Treat your hair the way you are treating your skin.
With all these tips, which do you think works the best for you in taking care of your hair and letting it grow more beautifully?