Dreaming of long locks in the midst of a sea of cropped bobs? We’ve got all the best tips for growing long, strong, healthy hair.
Why is it that some women can grow a mane past their waist, and others struggle to get it past their shoulders? A lot of it has to do with our genetics, some of us are born with strong, healthy and fast growing hair (probably thanks to an Italian relative somewhere along the line) while others have fine and delicate hair, causing it to break easily. Fear not my fine haired friends! All is not lost. We have provided you with a guide to lead you down the road to longer more luscious hair.
Cut the dead weight
How many of you have heard this, and how many of you actually do it? It’s time to pay attention because this is our golden rule for hair growth. You need to trim your dead ends every 6-8 weeks; this may seem counterproductive, but trust us, it’s not. If you leave it too long between visits to the salon, it is likely your will have to sacrifice more hair than you would if you had trimmed regularly. Split ends will travel up the hair follicle, causing it to break and look frizzy and unkempt. So if its’ been a while, pick up the phone now, apologise to your hairdresser for disregarding their wisdom, beg for forgiveness and book his or her next available appointment.
Go easy on the shampoo
This one is particularly important during the winter time when your hair and skin is dryer. What you need to do is adjust your washing routine, reduce it to 2-3 times a week and use dry shampoo in between. We need those natural oils to keep our hair strong, so stripping them away with shampoo is only going to make your hair dry and brittle. Alternatively, swap to a hydrating shampoo such as the Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet Nourishing Shampoo for dry locks in need of a moisture boost.
Put down the cheap hair brush
This is not something many people think about… most of us use a brush to untangle our hair and that’s it. A good hairbrush will not only detangle your hair and distribute it’s natural oils, but will stimulating blood flow on the scalp to promote hair growth. The Shu Uemura Paddle Brush works a treat due to its strong but gentle bristles; it will stimulate your scalp while gently detangling.
Massage, massage, massage!
Any excuse for a massage, right? We mentioned the hairbrush for scalp stimulation, but when you’re shampooing in the shower, take a few minutes to give your head a little massage. It helps clear the dead skin from your scalp which can obstruct nutrients and prevent hair growth. If you want a really thorough job done, come into the salon and book a Kerastase Ritual or Shu Uemura Ceremony – both include a divine massage that is not only great for your scalp, but for your overall wellbeing.
Protect your hair from the elements
This is more of a problem in summer, but you need to make sure you are protecting your hair from the sun, salt, chlorine and other harsh chemicals all year round. In the sun, wear a hat or a funky scarf to wrap your hair in. You can also use Kérastase Soleil Mircro-Voile Protecteur, which is a sun protection spray that acts as a hat for your hair, protecting from UV damage. We know they’re not ultra glamorous, but when possible wear a swimming cap in the ocean or pool – salt and chlorine will damage your hair, making it break easily, which means it wont get longer! If you can’t see yourself sporting a swim cap in public, then make sure you use the Micro Voile Protecteur spray before, and a conditioning treatment on your hair directly after swimming. We recommend the Kérastase Soileil EV Defense Active Masque.
Protect your hair during heat styling
We can’t emphasise this one enough! If you’re using heat styling tools such as flat irons, curling wands or hair dryers, a heat protectant is a must. Heat styling can rob your hair of moisture, causing brittleness and breakage. Grab a tube of Kerastase Nectar Thermique or make sure your styling products include heat protection. For more on this topic, check out our How to Prevent Heat Damage blog.
Nourish your insides
If you want long healthy hair, you need to be healthy from the inside out. The most important vitamins and minerals for hair growth are protein, which makes your hair strong and prevents hair loss. Iron, which helps feed the hair follicle and root, low iron can cause your hair to shed. Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron, it also aids in the production of collagen and strengthens the capillaries that supply minerals to the hair shaft. Omega-3 fatty acids provide oils that hydrate your scalp and hair, they are also found in cells that line your scalp. Vitamin A is needed in the production of sebum, to keep your hair’s natural oils flowing.
So, go on – get growing!