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Nov 6, 2017 / by Donna Young / In Hair Care / Leave a comment

Hair growth tips

There is nothing more frustrating than waiting for your hair to grow. Some styles need that extra length to look perfect but it can’t be achieved overnight. For the past 13 years I have tried and tested many products and myths to create my 5 top tips to make your hair grow.

Look at the reasons your hair doesn’t grow and tackle them.

You cannot fix your hair, if it’s snapping and breaking it will never grow. Concentrate on the condition and get the right mix of protein and moisturising products. Protein, or keratin as it’s often called is essential,  it doesn’t give you the silky, smooth to the touch hair, but it will repair the inside of your hair making it less likely to snap. You might not always notice the benefits of protein products straight away, but it will be working its magic. Moisturising products get to work on the cuticle, the outer layer of the hair, if this in good condition, it will lay flat and give your hair amazing shine and softness. A combination of these product types are great for healthy hair therefore promoting hair growth. Regular treatments once or twice a week are a great way of combining these two essentials. Professional products, although often more expensive, are ideal as they are concentrated so more of the goodness can get to work on your hair, rather than shop brought brands which are often diluted down.

Don’t wash your hair!

This is my golden rule for anyone trying to grow their hair. Hair only really needs washing 1-2 times a week, although it might look greasy use dry shampoo or opt for a French plait or a ponytail to get you through the difficult days. Hair is fragile when wet, the trauma of washing and drying causes your hair to break. Imagine if you had a cotton tshirt you wore everyday, therefore washed every day, tumble dryed and then ironed it, by the end of the month I’m sure that that t-shirt wouldn’t be looking too great?

Protect your hair from heat.

A heat protection spray when wet and again when dry creates a barrier between your hair and the heated appliance. If you touched your skin with a pair of straightens your skin would be damaged and your body would repair it. Once your hair leaves your hair folicle it is already dead, the body cannot repair it so we need to do the best job to protect it we can.

Oil your hair 1-2 times a day.

Smooth some Argan or Moroccan oil through the very ends of your hair daily. This smoothies the cuticle and keeps it in amazing condition. I have heard a lot of clients say they oil just before straightening, this is big NO, oil and heat together burn, causing the hair immense damage! Oil after straighting, once the oil has been fully absorbed its fine to straighten over, the next day for example, but not directly after.

Regular hair cuts will remove any split, damaged parts of your hair.

As previously mentioned our hair is dead therefore can not repair itself. If split ends aren’t removed they will travel up your hair shaft, meaning eventually you will have to have your hair cut off. Eight to ten weeks is the ideal timeframe to get a cut if you are growing your hair, providing you’re taking good care of it and not going over board on the colour and heat.

For any further advice on products please talk to your hair stylist, they will be happy to advise you on what would work best for your hair.