Most of us know the hair care basics: wash your hair every few days unless it is very oily, get regular trims and don’t overdo it with damaging hairdryers and other hot tools. Yet, there are many other hair care tips and tricks that your hairdresser may not have shared with you!
Most hairdressers will tell you that your hair grows about a half an inch per month. Did you know that you can actually speed up your hair’s growth to about ¾” by taking vitamins or supplements for your hair?
Hair loves B complex, biotin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, iron, zinc, flax seed oil, black currant seed oil, kelp and silica. Take an amino acids complex as well if you want that extra boost for your hair.
Another secret to growing your hair longer, thicker and faster is to give yourself a scalp massage for five minutes each day. Even better yet, ask your partner to give you a scalp massage! You can do it dry, while shampooing or with oil made for hair.
Massage actually stimulates your scalp’s blood supply. The blood brings nutrients to the follicles and that help the follicles do their work. Another benefit is that a scalp massage is a great stress reliever. Don’t you feel much more relaxed after someone shampoos your hair at the salon?
Remember to use the pads of your fingers, never your nails. Spread your fingers apart and place them firmly on your head. Start at the base of your neck and work your way up to your front hairline. Move in little circles. If you feel tingly that means you are improving your circulation.
Another interesting fact to getting long, healthy and beautiful hair is to wear it up more. You may have been told that too many ponytails can break or damage hair. But when you wear your hair down constantly, you are exposing it to environmental damage and it is more prone to drying out. Try wearing your hair up about half the time and you may see much less breakage and dryness.
Other great tips to long, strong and gorgeous hair are: sleeping on a satin pillowcase to prevent damage, using protein treatments in the shower, switching to a boar bristle brush, switching to wooden combs, staying away from metal in hair elastics and using distilled water to rinse in the shower or bath.
What hair care secrets do you swear by? Which of these will you try?