Having long hair is a classic look, and there are so many fun and cute ways to style it. But getting longer hair isn’t always easy. And having long hair that is healthy and manageable can be even trickier. But, no worries! We’ve got some sure-fire strategies for helping your hair grow out longer. Some may not realize this, but there are actually 2 phases to growing longer hair. The first is the actual growing part, and the second is preservation. So, let’s dive-in to the details of each of these phases, so we can set ourselves up for long-hair success!
PHASE 1: HAIR GROWTH
Of course, you can’t get longer hair if your hair isn’t actually growing, or if it’s growing slowly, or if the follicles are making weak hair strands. So, if you’re hair doesn’t seem to be growing very fast, or at all, or if the strands break before they are long, then here are some things that can help your scalp produce better quality hair.
Collagen is a crucial building block for all of the tissues in your body, like skin, nails, teeth, muscles, bones, and yes…your hair too. You can get more collagen by either eating it, or by helping your body to synthesize it. Dietary sources of collagen are bone broth, jello (gelatin), and eggs. In order for your body to make collagen, your body needs protein, zinc, vitamin C, and folate.
- Vitamins & Minerals
There are so many other nutrients your hair needs to grow, like vitamins A, D, and E, biotin, and selenium just to name some. So, taking a hair supplement like HAIRtamin’s Advanced Formula or Gummy Stars, will make it easier to cover all of the hair nutrition bases, and grow your hair faster and longer.
Sadly, we live in a world that can be toxic to us. And accumulated toxins can cause a wide range of symptoms, including hair loss and slow hair growth. So, if your growth is not so great, it’s worth trying a gentle detox just in case you have some lingering toxins that are hindering your hair. There are many detoxing methods out there, but really, the best way to detox your body is to support your liver. Your liver is already the perfect detoxing mechanism. So, all you really have to do is give it what it needs in order to do its job. Liver cleansing herbs like Dandelion root and Milk thistle are great for this. Other herbs that help eliminate toxins are Horsetail, Tulsi, Cilantro, and Rooibos. Sulfur-rich foods like cabbage, garlic, and onions also support the liver.
PHASE 2: HAIR PRESERVATION
Once hair is growing strong out of your follicles, we need to make sure we preserve the hair. This means protecting it from damage and applying treatments that keep the hair strands strong and flexible as they grow out. Here are some tips for sparing your hair as you work towards your length goals!
- Gentle Styling
Be sure to take care when handling and styling your hair. Don’t brush it when it’s wet, and use a wide tooth comb to detangle. Also, try to avoid heat styling and coloring chemicals, both of which will weaken the hair structure, leading to breakage.
- Egg White Mask
Applying egg whites directly to your locks can help repair damage, and keep your strands flexible. It has an added bonus of making your hair shinier too. 😉
There are numerous plants out there that are great for keeping hair healthy. Aloe vera, rosemary, tea tree, lavender, and turmeric just to name a few. Using a product that combines many of these would be a nice boost to your hair’s vitality. We recommend our BIOTIN Shampoo & Conditioner.
- ACV Rinse
Apple cider vinegar can be diluted into water and applied as a rinse to your hair after you shampoo. It helps to smooth out the cuticles, so it’s great as a detangler.
- Oil Treatments
Applying oil to the scalp and hair length will keep your strands moist and soft, but also strong. Warm coconut oil is a good start. You can even add in castor oil and grapeseed oil, both of which help to strengthen hair.