5 Hair Growth Tips for Natural Hair:
- Get frequent trims — yes, really. It may seem counterintuitive, but if you want long hair that's healthy, you need to get regular trims. "While haircuts don't make your hair grow any faster, they get rid of split ends that break your hair. After all, a split end that breaks can lead to your hair losing length — not to mention shine, volume, and smoothness. Not sure how often to trim your hair? Hair naturally begins to split around 3 months. To prevent any permanent damage from these naturally occurring split ends, you should schedule a trim with your stylist every quarter. Scheduling a trim every 3-4 months or 12-16 weeks will help to keep your hair healthy and strong.
- Hair Growth. Hair grows at about ½ inch a month, making the possible yearly growth to be at 6 inches. However, factors such as hair damage and the regular trim can slash this digit significantly.
- Spread the wealth that is your hair's natural oil. Going to bed with un-brushed hair may seem tempting when you're tired but giving your hair a few quick strokes can be great for its health. Starting at the scalp, use a boar bristle brush or your hands to distribute your scalp's oils evenly onto your hair so it stays naturally moisturized. This simple step each night helps increase circulation, which helps make your scalp healthier.
- Keep your scalp healthy. Think of your hair like a tree: If the soil and roots aren't taken care of, the tree can't grow tall and solid. Hair growth starts with a healthy scalp. If you're not sure how healthy your hair is test it. At the crown of your head, hold up a section of your hair. Healthy hair should be the same thickness root to end, but if your ends are thinner, it's time to rethink your hair care regimen.
- Start from the inside by eating the right foods. Having long, strong hair doesn't just depend on which products you put on your hair, it also depends on what you put into your body. "To promote hair growth, you need to 'feed' the hair from the inside," explains Dr. Francesco Fusco, dermatologist and CLEAR Scalp & Hair expert. "Try increasing your protein intake with foods like fish, beans, nuts, and whole gains." If you're not a meat-lover, be sure to maintain a diet high in protein — Dr. Fusco warns that women who don't get enough of it often experience "more shedding."
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