How to grow long, healthy hair
If you want to grow long, healthy hair follow the first 10 steps to make sure your hair is healthy, then let the next 20 steps be your daily guide. If you use this as your guide and commit yourself to these rules, tips, and steps - you’ll have gorgeous hair at an amazing length. I know this is really long, but if you really want long hair, you’ll read it. Also, I got this from a website, so it isn’t me who wrote it. I use these tips myself and they really do help.
START OUT BY MAKING SURE YOUR HAIR IS HEALTHY -
1. Because there is no way to permanently repair damaged hair no matter what any hair product box says, if your existing hair is more than a few inches long, not healthy and/or you intend to grow it longer, get a good trim so you are starting out with hair in the best possible condition.
2. Have your hair trimmed regularly by someone you trust implicitly, or trim it yourself using a good pair of hair cutting shears, even if you are anxious for it to grow. This is especially important if you use any hair products that contain harsh chemicals, such as peroxide. When damage occurs, it causes the hair cuticle to lift and the hair shaft to split. This damage will move up the hair shaft and weaken it if you don’t stop it in its tracks, causing breakage and effectively working directly against your goal of healthy hair or growth.
3. Treat your hair delicately. The longer your hair is or you intend it to be, the more important this is. Your hair’s current length, your growth goals and how often you have it cut or trimmed will determine what you can get away with doing. For instance, if your hair is short (no more than a few inches long), you can easily get away with extremes, such as going blonde using the double-process method (a harsh process that involves using peroxide to completely lift a naturally dark hair color before adding a new blond color), or backcombing (teasing) your hair into a trendy spiky ‘do, because you are continually cutting off any potential damage to maintain your short style. On the other hand, if your hair is currently shoulder length or longer, or longer hair is your ultimate goal, it becomes more important to avoid caustic chemicals. In this case if you are determined to change the color of your hair, try highlighting or lowlighting to keep the damage to a minimum, and only touch-up roots, never hair that has already been processed.
4. Be especially gentle with your hair when it is wet, and always use a wide-toothed combon wet hair, never, ever a brush. Wet hair has no elasticity and will snap very easily if it is stretched. We are all familiar with that chill-inducing sound of hair snapping when you rip a tiny knot out of a lock of wet hair. Your goal, should you choose to accept it, is to avoid ever hearing that sound again!
5. Avoid ever putting anything in your hair that will cause damage to remove (like Velcro or rubberbands, for instance).
6. Condition, condition, condition! Use a daily conditioner on your hair every time you wash it no matter what its length, and if your hair is more than a few inches long, deep condition it at least once a month. Not only will this help to smooth your hair and make it look beautiful, deep conditioners return lost moisture to your hair and make the cuticle lay flat, which will result in less damage in the long run. If you have longer hair goals in mind, or if you use hair color or apply a lot of friction to your hair when you style it, using a shampoo that is made specifically to strengthen your hair will also go a long way to keeping it in excellent condition between trims.
7. Never, ever just rip a knot out of your hair. Doing this is sure to result in hair breakage and splitting.
8. Avoid hairstyles that will pull and put stress on your hair and scalp such as a tightly-pulled ponytail, tiny braids or hair extensions. This is especially important for men who tend to always keep their long hair in a ponytail. If you pull your hair tightly, especially if you put stress on the same roots day after day, you can actually cause hair loss!
9. If your hair is shoulder length or longer, try to keep heat away from it whenever possible. Save blow dryers, hot rollers, curling irons and especially flat irons for special occassions. When you are in a position that you must use one of these appliances, be sure to use a product specifically designed to protect your hair from the damage you are inflicting on it. Don’t let hair appliance manufacturers convince you that you can use their heated appliancess safely; remember, if heat wasn’t very damaging to your hair, there would be no need for the hundreds of products available specifically made with the intention of protecting your hair from it!
10. Always try to avoid putting friction on your hair as much as possible. Use a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush, sleep on a satin pillow case, comb it often to avoid knots, and wear a hat or scarf if you are going to be in a windy environment. Friction causes damage to your hair just like it does to the knees of your old jeans, the seat of your favorite leather chair or your heels when you break in a new killer pair of Italian leather pumps.