Whether you’ve had a bob or lob that you wished you’d never booked in for OR you just want some serious Mollie-mae hair – We thought we’d put together 8 useful tips to grow your hair faster and longer and what better time to start than being in self isolation. For the amazing key workers still working, we have some advice just for you too!
Start From the Inside Out
Your diet is extremely important when it comes to hair growth. You need to make sure you’re getting enough iron, vitamin B, zinc and protein. For an extra boost add superfood spirulina to your smoothies. It’s a complete protein rich in chlorophyll which helps our hair to grow. Greens like kale are rich in iron and can avoid causing deficiencies like anaemia. We love these Evolution_18Beauty Glow capsules which are rich in vitamin c and e to encourage collagen formation to give your hair, skin and nails a real boost.
De-clog Your Follicles
Dirt, oils and product build up can clog your follicles which can hinder healthy hair growth. Try and give your hair a rest from products where possible, particularly in the root area. Dry shampoo and volumizing powders are the worst culprits as they are generally applied to the roots.
Don’t Neglect Your Scalp
We regularly exfoliate our faces to slough off dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new healthy cells, so why don’t we do that for our scalp too? A detoxifying shampoo like Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash or a scalp scrub once a week will thoroughly cleanse and get rid of excess oil from the follicles, as well as the build-up mentioned above. Kevin Murphy products are created with coloured hair in mind and although it will absorb the dirt from your scalp it won’t comprise your colour.
Get a Caffeine Hit
Caffeine is known to stimulate the hair shaft by stopping the effects of DHT, a chemical known to damage hair follicles. According to the science guys it can speed up hair growth by a whopping 25%! PS. it doesn’t count if you just drink it. Caffeine hair products can be found in most health food shops or pharmacie.
Stimulate Your Scalp
Most people’s favourite part of going to the hair salon is the relaxing scalp massage you get at the backwash. Not only does it feel incredible but it stimulates the blood flow in the tiny vessels that feed the follicles. Gentle pulling the hair and tapping on the scalp are two great methods you can try yourself.
Less is More
The less you do with your hair the more it will grow and the healthier it will be. Daily washing, heat styling and chemical colouring can leave the hair brittle and susceptible to breakage. These split ends can split the hair right up to your scalp leaving you with different lengths and making your overall hair appear shorter and thinner.
Another cause of breakage and damage which can affect hair growth is the standard hairband. Tight elastics, especially when always worn in the same place, will cause wear and tear on the hair and snag and damage strands. The answer is to choose the right type of band and keep it low or loose. We love the Invisibobble which puts way less pressure on your hair because of its shape and design. We love this Invisibobble leopard print scrunchie so you can stay stylish on your hair growing journey.
Trim it Up
Unfortunately it’s a myth that regular trims make your hair grow faster. But when it has been freshly snipped it does look coarser and thicker because of the removal of the damaged, tapered points. Plus by minimising the damage before it goes too far you can avoid wasting good hair growth.
We hope this has inspired you to take better care or your hair and just by making a few lifestyle changes your hair will look healthier, shinier and more full. It definitely takes patience to grow your hair out, but just keep your end goal in mind. Why not put your ‘hair goals’ image as your screen saver so you are constantly reminded what you are working towards.