Some of us made the spontaneous decision of getting that short haircut we saw on the red carpet. It looked great on her, so we thought it would look great on us - but it didn’t. Or maybe we took our stylist’s advice and got the cut in order to repair previously damaged hair.
Either way, we’re now left with a short haircut that seems like it will never grow back. Luckily, growing your hair comes down to a science, and it’s an easy science to practice - with the right formula.
Whether you want long locks like you once had, or you’re just trying to grow out your hair for a new look, we’ve put together a list of tips on how to get that long, healthy hair that we all seek.
1. Cut your ends every 2-3 months.
Cutting your hair may seem like the last thing you want to do when growing it out, but if you don’t cut the tips every once in a while, it can actually keep your hair from growing any longer. Do you blow dry, curl or color your hair often? Although these are quite normal things to do to your hair, they also damage and can even cause split ends. If you don’t trim your hair, these split ends will keep moving up your hair strand and will cause your hair to break off. So - get your hair trimmed about once every 10-12 weeks and it’ll keep you on the right track for long, beautiful hair.
2. Be Gentle.
You might not realize it, but you might be damaging your hair by simply brushing, towel drying and putting your hair in a ponytail. In order to maintain healthy locks that will grow long, you need to be more gentle or your hair will fight back. If you’re intense with your hair while brushing, you could pull out multiple strands and even break off dry hair. Putting a heavy, crunchy towel on your head can also rip out hair. And putting your hair in a ponytail can be tough on it and pull it out, too. So be gentle if you want your hair to be healthy and happy.
3. Apply a DIY or professional mask.
At Post hair Company, we have several treatments and products to make your hair healthy and conditioned. But if your next appointment is weeks away, we suggest making an at-home treatment in between visits. We found this coconut and honey DIY mask that is made for repairing and moisturizing damaged hair. It’ll give you that sought after shine, plus coat your hair with healthy nutrition.
Here’s the recipe, courtesy of Real Beauty Spot:
1 tbsp honey
4 tbsp coconut oil
Pour honey and coconut oil in a pan and heat it on a stove top until they get melted. Allow the mixture to be cooled to touch and then apply on the dry hair, split ends and scalp. Massage with your fingers gently and leave your hair for 15-20 mins.
Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
4. Condition more, wash less.
Most of us think that washing our hair makes it healthier, smell better and look better. This might sound obvious, but cleaning your hair can actually decrease its health and dry it out. Our scalp and hair create natural oils that keep the hair healthy. So by washing it multiple times per week, we’re actually taking away those oils. We suggest washing your hair only about 2-3 times per week, and in warm or cold water, as hot water can dry out your hair. Be sure to condition your hair but limit washing it with harsh shampoos.
5. Use a Biotin supplement.
Vitamins and minerals can energize, protect and repair the human body. And there’s a vitamin that is perfectly crafted for hair and nail growth, too. We love Nature Made’s 2500 mg liquid formula of biotin. You take one pill a day, and it can give you that extra boost for hair growth. Plus, your nails will become stronger and grow faster.