Our hair is the crowning glory of our looks, both literally and figuratively. Long, gorgeous, and healthy tresses are every girl’s dream, but most of us end up hating our dull and lifeless hair. Maintaining long and lustrous hair is not a one day task. It requires a proper and dedicated hair care regimen that is easy to follow.
So if you’re dreaming of long locks like Rapunzel, here are a few tips you must follow.
Tip 1: Oil Your Hair At Least Twice A Week
Proper nutrition is as essential for your hair as it is for any other part of your body. Oiling the roots provides nutrition and strength to help your hair grow long and strong. It also helps rejuvenate dead hair shafts.
Tip 2: Give Yourself A Head Massage Regularly
Massaging is one of the simplest and most soothing hair care tips. It improves blood circulation and stimulates blood flow to the entire body. You can use coconut oil or almond oil to massage your scalp. Applying lavender oil also promotes hair growth.
Tip 3: Skip The Daily Shampoo
Shampooing your hair twice or thrice a week allows the natural oils to penetrate your hair, thereby allowing it to hydrate and repair itself. The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product build-up. But applying it daily can make your hair dry, frizzy, and brittle, and lead to breakage. Shampoos contain sulphates, and the excessive usage of sulphates can cause damage to your hair.
Tip 4: Be Gentle While Washing Your Hair
You must be gentle while shampooing. Just lather up at the scalp and simply let the suds slide down the strands. Your hair becomes soft while it is wet, and rubbing the shampoo harshly on soft hair can lead to breakage.
Tip 5: Use Conditioner Every Time You Shampoo
Conditioning is a key factor to maintain good hair. It locks the moisture in the shaft, prevents dryness, and provides protection from dirt and pollution, and to a certain extent from the sun too. It also helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft and seals the cuticles to prevent further damage.
Tip 6: Finish Off The Shower With A Cold Rinse
A super steamy shower can be rough on your hair and can leave it rough and dry. Rinsing with cold water, on the other hand, helps to seal the cuticles and strengthen your shafts, thus helping your hair grow longer and maintain its health.
Tip 7: Dry Your Hair Gently
Drying your hair roughly using a towel increases the chances of breakage. Choose a gentle towel or an old t-shirt, pat your hair dry using it, and then let it air dry for some time.
Tip 8: Avoid Brushing Your Hair While It’s Wet
Wet hair tends to stretch more and break easily as compared to dry hair. So avoid brushing while your hair is still wet. If you wish to detangle it, use your fingers, and gently work through the tangles.
Tip 9: Use A Wide-Toothed Comb
It is always advised to use a wide-toothed comb for your hair. Once your hair is dry, start combing your hair from the bottom, and then work up gradually. This will prevent unnecessary hair fall. Pulling off the hair constantly and carelessly will lead to physical harm to your hair. Boar bristle brushes are also good for distributing the scalp’s natural oils down the hair.
Tip 10: Trim Your Hair Regularly
Snipping your hair more often helps in faster hair growth and removes split ends. Regular styling and pollution make your hair prone to split ends and damaged cuticles. Trimming the lower portion of your hair every six to eight weeks is always advisable as it ensures that the damage is minimum and your hair is healthy.
Tip 11: Ditch Your Cotton Pillowcase
Ditching cotton pillowcases and opting for satin fabrics will keep your hair healthy and hydrated. Since satin and silk fabrics have a softer surface, they cause less friction as compared to cotton fabrics, and thus, you wake up with fewer or no tangles at all.
Tip 12: Stop Abusing Your Hair With Styling Tools
The biggest culprits behind damaged hair are hot tools. Stop over-styling your hair. Instead, adopt a few natural methods to curl and straighten your hair.
Tip 13: Avoid Tight Ponytails
I admit, ponytails and similar hairdos look awesome, but tight hairstyles cause stress on the roots, and the friction leads to breakage. Try different and loose hairstyles.
Tip 14: Include Vitamin E In Your Hair Care Regimen
Vitamin E is extremely good for hair and has been an essential ingredient in body lotions, shampoos, and conditioners. Use it individually or mix it with coconut oil, and apply it to your scalp.
Tip 15: Choose The Correct Products For Your Hair
Chemically loaded shampoos, conditioners, and styling products can have adverse effects on our hair in the long run. Their build-up and prolonged exposure are bad for your hair and overall health. Use mild shampoos and conditioners.
Tip 16: Try Herbal Remedies And Treatment For Your Hair
Herbal remedies and treatments are very effective in promoting hair growth. We spend a lot on costly products that may or may not give the desired results. You can use ingredients like egg, honey, aloe vera, coconut milk, amla juice, vinegar, etc. for hair care. These ingredients keep your hair healthy, strong, and chemical-free. You can make your own hair rinses at home and apply them regularly.
Tip 17: Maintain A Proper Diet
A proper diet is the key to a healthy body and mind, and your hair is no exception. Here are a few things you can include in your diet for healthy hair.
Protein intake helps to speed up the process of hair growth and makes your locks strong and lustrous. Coconut and dry fruits are very good to enhance hair growth. They also make your hair bouncy and voluminous.
Vitamins play a major role in maintaining the growth of hair and cuticles. Try to consume as many vitamins as you can in the form of fruits, especially citrus fruits.
Our body must be hydrated enough to maintain the water levels as dehydration can lead to dry skin and scalp and lifeless hair. Try to consume as much water and fluids as you can.
Tip 18: Avoid Stress
Last, but not the least, stress can have adverse effects on our body. Stress can lead to hair loss as well as reduce hair growth rate and make hair unhealthy.
A proper seven to eight-hour sleep is important for hair growth and to keep our body healthy and stress-free.
These are the secrets to maintain long and beautiful tresses. Follow the tips mentioned in the article and see the difference. Share your views in the comments box below.
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