Remember that it can’t grow overnight. Hair typically only grows about a quarter of an inch — to a half an inch max — a month.
- Scissors are your friends. Getting regular trims to snip splits won’t make your hair actually grow faster, BUT it will keep tips looking healthy and prevent splits from working their way up strands, requiring you to chop hair off more often. Your hair will actually be shorter than if you get consistent trims, if you wait so long that splits are causing your hair to break off high up on the strand.
- Use conditioner every time you shampoo. Conditioner not only helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft, but also seals the cuticle to help prevent more damage from happening so that you can get your hair to grow longer and look healthier.
- And don’t shampoo every time you shower. Shampoo is designed to wash away dirt and product buildup, but it will take essential natural oils that keep strands soft and healthy along with it. When you really do need shampoo, be gentler on your hair by only lathering up at your scalp and then simply letting the suds slide down strands, hitting the rest of the hair as the water rinses it away.
- Apply oil or mask treatment weekly. Make a natural oil treatment. Leave oils stay in damp hair for 10 minutes. Shampoo and condition like normal. Rinse it out with regular shampoo to help seal them inside hair.
- Consider trying hair-boosting supplements. Your body requires many vital nutrients to create new hair, from ample protein to a slew of essential minerals.
- Brush your hair like it’s spun from gold. When you detangle wet hair, be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up.
- Ditch your cotton pillowcase. It is recommended to switch to sateen fabric because they have a softer surface that won’t cause friction the way that regularly woven cotton does with your hair, so you’ll wake up with fewer tangles.
- Never wrap your hair in a massive towel again. Your hair gets caught in all the woven fibers and since most women almost always wrap it too tight around their face, all those tiny, fragile strands around your face are more prone to break.
- Switch up your pony placement. It’s an easy move that can help maintain the integrity of your strands wherever you tend to secure your ponytail all the time.
- If you have bleached (or dry, super-fragile) hair, skip putting it up with a hair tie at all.
- Do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower. This really does help to grow hair and keep long hair healthy for longer, for cold water lays down the outer layer of hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags and heat damage.