10 Tips for Growing Your Hair
1. Remember that it can't grow overnight.
Unless your scalp unleashes new strands like a Chia Pet, gaining new length is going to take time. "Hair typically only grows about a quarter of an inch — to a half an inch max — a month," says celebrity hair stylist Mark Townsend. The bottom line: Practice patience. Of course with the Use of Ebony Snow’s Hair Care Enhancement product these maximum hair growth peaks can be achieved. With the use of our products customers have been able to see an average growth of an inch per month, Picture that! In one year your hair has the potential to grow 12 inches. Now here’s key! Along with that growth comes dead hair as well.
2. Ironically, scissors are your friend.
Although getting regular trims to snip splits won't make your hair actually grow faster, it will keep tips looking healthy and prevent splits from working their way up strands, requiring you to chop hair off more often. "If you wait so long that splits are causing your hair to break off high up on the strand, your hair will actually be shorter than if you get consistent trims," it is suggested to take around just an eighth of an inch off every 10 to 12 weeks to prevent extreme split ends before they start.
3. Massage Scalp daily, especially prior to washing. Massaging the scalp can do many things, it helps to create a good environment for hair growth. The treatment promotes circulation to the hair follicles. ... “Scalp massages aid in the removal of dead skin cells from the scalp — and a flaky scalp is known to worsen hair loss in certain individuals.
4. Use conditioner every time you shampoo.
If your hair is wet, that means you have to condition it. Over time, from coloring and heat styling, strands start to get thinner at the bottom. Conditioner helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft, "as well as seal the cuticle to help prevent more damage from happening so that you can get your hair to grow longer and look healthier.
5. And don't shampoo every time you shower.
"It's shocking to me how many women skip conditioner when showering, which is the worst thing you can do for your hair"-Townsend — especially when you're trying to grow it long — and it's actually shampoo that you should be skipping as much as possible. Here's why: The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product buildup, but it can also take essential natural oils that keep strands soft and healthy along with it. When you really do need shampoo, be gentler on your hair by only lathering up at your scalp and then simply letting the suds slide down strands, hitting the rest of the hair as the water rinses it away. This is also the instructions on how to use the scrub. Cleansers are not meant to be directly applied to the hair!
6. Apply an oil or mask treatment weekly.
Hair that touches your shoulders or beyond can be several years old and most likely needs more TLC than normal conditioner. It is suggested to use moisture-based masks and oils weekly. Ebony Snow’s Growth & Renewal Serum is great for the job. Use the oil as a daily treatment for the scalp for healing and growth but its also good to use it as a hot oil treatment.
Step 1- Because oils can leave a residue on hair, apply it to damp hair
Step 2- Leave it on for 10 minutes – 2 hours
Step 3- In the Afro Hair community it is commonly advised to reduce or eliminate heat, as that may be true, adding heat to a hot oil treatment are extremely beneficial and healthy to the hair. It helps seal in moisture in the cuticles while also making the hair insanely soft. The abundance of oil or conditioner base in the hair with added heat makes a risk-free heat experience. Heat damage Is acquired by direct heat mostly on dry hair or frying the hair with high heat and excess product.
Step 4- Shampoo and condition like normal. These oils are able to fill strands up with fatty acids and then, when rinsed out, using regular shampoo helps seal them inside the hair.
7. Brush your hair like it's spun from gold.
Constant brushing can cause physical harm to your hair. "When you detangle wet hair, be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up — we often instinctively go from the scalp down, but that just brings small tangles into one large knot and can cause you to lose a lot of hair,"
8. Never, ever wrap your hair in a massive towel again.
What could be so bad about putting hair in your super-soft bath towel? A lot, It causes so much breakage. Your hair gets caught in all the woven fibers Opt for Micro Fiber hair towels, or a good Ol’ large T shirt hanging in your drawer.
9. If you have bleached (or dry, super-fragile) hair, skip putting it up with a hair tie at all.
One ponytail — one! — can give you what stylists refer to as a "chemical cut." This is where your hair literally breaks off at the point of tension where the elastic ends up being wrapped around your hair to hold it into place. Instead, if you're looking to work out and want your hair off your neck, gently twist your hair into a bun and clip it with a tiny claw clip, bobby pin, or larger pin.
10. Do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower, or for most girls with curls, as often as you can.
This really does help to grow hair and keep long hair healthy for longer. Cold water lays down the outer layer of hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags and heat damage — you only need to do it for a few seconds, but this one extra step over time can make a huge difference.