This post was submitted by a HTHG reader and Salon Owner at Studio 11 Salon in Orlando, Florida. It is her guide to growing out your natural hair. Please also see my guide to growing out short hair for more tips on growing.
10 tips for growing your Natural Hair long
Grow Your Hair long naturally this year with these helpful tips! I know I know…Waiting for your hair to grow out can often be a tricky phase to deal with! When we’re in between styles, it’s often hard to get excited about our hair. And whether you’re growing your hair out for long locks or simply growing out a fringe, these few tips should really help keep your hair looking healthy.
1. GROW YOUR HAIR OUT WITH REGULAR TRIMS
This step may seem counter-productive; however, going to your hair salon for regular trims is the best way to keep your hair looking healthy. Split ends are not your friend and if you leave them to grow you’ll end up chopping more hair off in the long run.
2. GET CREATIVE WITH STYLING
Getting creative with styling can help create a range of new looks without actually having to head to the salon. If you’re growing out a fringe, try pinning it or braiding it back when it gets to that awkward in-between stage. Changing your part is another simple yet effective styling tip.
3. USE PROTECTIVE STYLING PRODUCTS
Damaged hair is not a good look for anyone. When growing your hair out, keeps it looking its best by using protective styling products, especially if you blow dry or straighten your hair on a regular basis. Hair needs to be strong to grow long, and using protective products will help you reach your goal.
4. WASH HAIR EVERY TWO TO THREE DAYS
Washing hair every day can strip its natural oils off, making it look tired, dull and dry. When waiting for your hair to grow out, aim to wash your hair every two to three days as this will allow the natural oils to do their work.
5. USE DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENTS
Pamper your hair once a week by using a deep conditioning treatment. This will help strengthen hair and hopefully undo any damage that’s been done during the week. This is a both a preventative and restorative measure to keep your hair follicles at their strongest.
6. GROW YOUR HAIR OUT BY BRUSHING GENTLY
Vigorously brushing your hair can cause breakage – We all know that. That’s why you simply must avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet and opts for a wide toothcomb, instead, to comb through and work out those tangles in a manner than doesn’t scream “hair damage”. Invest in a quality brush as well, to ensure both optimal styling results and stimulate blood circulation around your scalp.
7. STICKS TO STRESS-FREE HAIR STYLES
When waiting for your hair to grow out, stick to easy and fuss-free hairstyles. Elaborate hairstyles can place undue stress on hair strands causing them to break. Avoid tight buns or ponytails and opt for loose braids or low ponytails.
8. GROW YOUR HAIR OUT WITH EXERCISE
Exercise can apparently help with hair growth, which gives us all another great reason to finally start working out. It stimulates cell production, it gets blood pumping around the body and we all know that improved oxygen circulation around the scalp can help with both hair health and hair growth.
9. EAT A HEALTHY DIET
Our diet can have a direct impact not only on our wellbeing but our looks as well. This is very much the case when it comes to hair growth as well. A diet rich in protein and iron will help build your hair’s strength and encourage better growth.
10. BE REALISTIC WHEN GROWING YOUR HAIR OUT
Hair grows at a fairly set rate, so be realistic when setting goals to grow out your hair. The process takes time and patience and determining a time frame for you to reach your goals is a great way for you to plan the process.
If you’re looking to grow your hair out, hopefully these tips will help get you there. And remember -Waiting for your hair to grow out doesn’t have to be a painful process. What are your best tips for growing your hair out?
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