Tips To Get Your Hair Longer

GIVE YOUR HAIR A REST.  Laying off the dye/bleach/straighter/hairdryer is the most obvious suggestion in the book. But have you ever actually tried only using heat on your hair for super special occasions, and dying your hair 50% less than you think you need to? If you want to grow your hair (not to mention have the kind of hair that takes less than five minutes in the morning), you need to give it a rest and appreciate it in it’s natural state.

TIE IT UP.  Braid it, low-pony or relaxed bun. The best way to actually give your hair a rest and encourage growth is to tie it up. That way it’s less exposed to the elements, products and just general wear and tear.

USE A PADDLE BRUSH. The wider the brush, the less tension you’re likely to inflict on specific part of your scalp or hair. The spread out bristles are best for avoiding unnecessary hair damage, especially when COMBING OUT your hair.

TAKE SUPPLEMENTS.  There are so many hair supplements out there, so do some research to figure out what works for your hair type. For me – now this is going to sound a little crazy crazy – a stylist years ago suggested taking pregnancy vitamins to stimulate hair growth, and for me; it’s the only thing that works. No, you won’t get pregnant, yes, your hair will grow long and luscious.

MOISTURIZER ISN’T JUST FOR YOUR FACE.  You’d never forget to moisturizer your face right? Well the same goes for your locks. Whether a moisturizing cream or a hair oil is more your jam, remember to apply frequently for deliciously hydrated locks.

Homemade Formula’s for Over Processed Hair

Mayonnaise  Has long been used to help dry, brittle and damaged hair. On top of hairstyling tools causing damage, many products—like shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, gel—also contain alcohol which makes dry hair even worse. Surprisingly, it’s the cholesterol in the mayo that helps to soften your hair and reverse damage. Pour a cupful of mayo into a bowl and allow it to sit until it reaches room temperature. Add a few drops of vanilla to the mayo so it smells a little better. Add to the bowl three egg yolks and half a cup of olive oil. Throw 2 bath towels in the dryer to get them hot. Shampoo and condition the hair to get any product build up out! Apply the mixture throughout your entire hair, focusing on the ends. Wrap your head in plastic wrap to seal the mayo mix into your hair. Wrap one hot bath towel around your head for 10 minutes. Switch to the second hot bath towel for another 10 minutes. Rinse the mixture thoroughly out of your hair—if you’re going out, shampoo your hair thoroughly; if not, just rinse the mixture out without shampooing.

Apple Cider Rinse When products and hair chemicals settle on your scalp’s surface, two things happen: they reduce the shine and the mess up your hair’s pH. Hair is just slightly acidic, but most hair products are very alkaline. When product build-up happens, the hair will appear dull, lackluster and damaged. Cleanse your hair and restore its natural pH with an apple cider rinse. Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one cup of warm water. Shampoo your hair as normal. While rinsing the shampoo out of your hair, pour the vinegar through your hair as well. Leave the vinegar in your hair for several minutes before rinsing out.

For All Hair Types  The [raw] egg is really the best of all worlds. The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils. For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair, Cox says. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair. If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (to prevent egg from “cooking”) and shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolks-only treatments can be applied once a month; whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.

For Dull Hair Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. Lactic acid gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes.  Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.

For Itchy Scalp To fight flakes—brought on by poor diet, stress and climate, among other factors—try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. “The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your head. Mix 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp water, and massage into damp scalp. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every other week.