“I wish my hair would grow!” If there’s one thing every true Mane Addict has said at some point in their life it’s this. What you may not realize though, ‘hair growth’ means different things to different people. It can mean growth in length (duh) but it can also mean increased volume, increased thickness, or just achieving healthier hair in general. So to help you out, we’re dissecting things a bit and offering you more targeted solutions so you can achieve the ‘growth’ you actually want.
Using the right hairbrush at the right time can keep you from damaging you hair unnecessarily and pulling out the hair you do have. If you’re trying to grow out your hair, think about switching to an all-purpose wide tooth comb. Pro-tip: Wet hair is the most prone to hairbrush damage, so be extra gentle. Brush with a leave-in conditioner if your hair is super tangled.
Switch your ponytail placement. If you always wear your hair tied up, your hair-tie can start to cause damage to a specific spot in your strands. If you switch things up, the damage won’t be as acute and you’re hair will remain stronger as it gets longer.
Drink more water. Proper hydration promotes healthy hair growth!
Don’t fall for a ‘grass is greener’ situation. If you’re having a ton of difficulty growing your hair out, work harder to embrace the length you do have (like this ) or see our below on how to fake it.
Your scalp is your best friend here. If you let products, dirt and oil build up on your scalp, new hair won’t be able to grow properly in certain spots. Try a scalp scrub or chelating shampoo and massage gently.
For anyone suffering from fine, flat hair, a good finishing spray is truly a gift from the gods. This one from Oribe is amazing, after a few sprays, you have instant, manageable volume that lasts all day.
Truly thicker hair is a tricky thing to achieve, which is why we suggest starting from the inside out. Invest in a hair supplement, and vow to increase your intake of protein. (Eggs, beans, green veggies)
Be careful with temperature. If you’re suffering from thin, unhealthy strands you may want to take a break from heat-styling for a while until you hair can re-hydrate. If you can’t quit cold-turkey, use a thermal protector and opt for ionic tools, as they will shorten styling time.
OVERALL HAIR HEALTH
Trim Damaged ends. Not only do they look unhealthy, they break off and make your hair shorter! Just don’t overdo it.
Don’t wrap wet hair in a towel. Wet hair is fragile, so twist it up into a towel after stepping out of the shower can break strands. Instead, gently pat it dry with a towel. See here.
Invest in Oils + Leave In treatments.
FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT
At the end of the day, hair growth of any kind takes time. Don’t feel like waiting? Have an event coming up? Try extensions. We won’t judge.