It may seem that for some lucky ladies, enviably long, healthy hair is just a fact of life. On average hair tends to grow between 0.5cm and 1.7cm per month. And when you’re trying to get longer locks, the process can take forever. But tweaking certain aspects of your daily haircare routine can help you achieve the thick, shiny locks of your dreams.
From hair-boosting oils to supplements and massage techniques, the internet is full of confusing haircare advice. To help you separate follicular fact from fiction, leading salon and beauty academy founder, Tara Rose Kidd offers up are a few simple steps you can take to boost and maintain hair health.
Want Long, Healthy Hair? It’s All About Regular Maintenance
When you buy a car, you take it back to the garage for regular maintenance checks. You go to the doctor and dentist for regular check-ups. Your haircare routine shouldn’t be any different. I suggest that you have a haircut every six to eight weeks. Regular trims help get rid of split and dead ends, and while this doesn’t actually make your hair grow faster, getting rid of the breakage gives the appearance of healthier hair overall. Not to mention, a salon professional will notice when you’re in need of a little extra TLC. Olaplex treatment is an in-salon favourite that will help strengthen the hair structure and improve its condition.
Diligent Home Care
You may spend lots on salon trips, and even have an extra treatment each time—but, they’re not going to counter weeks of bad home care- and your growth will suffer for it. From brushing to scalp care, how you protect your hair from physical damage outside the salon makes a difference to how much growth you’ll see. I recommend professional products like Schwarzkopf’s Fibre Clinix which can be customised from salon to home use. Whatever the products you use, if you’re struggling with hair growth, select ones without sulphates and parabens and add a water filter such as the H2O Pure Blue to help remove all the toxins and chlorine from your shower water. If you’re using heated styling tools at home, be sure to use a heat protection spray like Authentic Beauty Concept Blow Dry Primer or Schwarzkopf’s OSiS+ Flatliner to help minimise damage.
Your Health Matters
You can have the best products and a perfect routine but still not achieve the long, healthy hair you want. That’s when you need to take inventory of your personal health and lifestyle. Hair responds to our diets, water intake, and our sleep (or lack thereof), and we may find some things need adjusting. Certain illnesses and medications can also have a negative impact, so it’s important to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider. In all cases, take small steps to incorporate a healthier lifestyle and see how your locks respond.
Supplements are readily available, but I recommend Morlife Collagen Pantry line to help you get a daily boost of collagen, vitamins, and minerals. Kelp is a super food that contains many of the essential nutrients such as vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, and E which support healthy hair growth.