Growing long hair can be a challenge. I experienced this myself for years. Little did I know, I determine the fate of my hair. I wanted long hair so I searched for answers. What I found were pages and pages of information. I broke it down to just six simple steps to long, healthy hair.
1. Water… Yes, water!
2. Conditioning treatment
When it comes to a conditioning treatment, most products lying around the house will work. What that means is that you have options. Don’t limit yourself to the most expensive product on the shelf. Get creative and get the results you want.
Here is a personal favorite recipe of items you can blend for a homemade conditioning treatment.
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
- 1/4 tsp honey
- 1 egg or 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
Use what you have… that’s the fun part.
An egg yolk will work solo if you desire.
3. Shampoo/Condition Less
Trim those ends every 6-8 weeks. Trust me on this one. In order to stop split ends, you must schedule in a routinely trim. Now, the key word here is split ends. Split ends are known for sticking out and making your hair appear frizzy or damaged and causing hair to break off.
Now this ties into drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Your diet plays a huge role in the health of your hair. When you feed your body the nutrients it needs, your body gives back by reflecting in the health of your hair, skin, and nails.
In addition to eating lots of fruits and vegetables, there are 8 recommended foods by Harvard and Yale Medical School-trained nutritionist Jayson Calton, PhD and licensed nutritionist and fitness chef Mira Calton, CN are as listed.
- Yellow Peppers
- Sunflower Seeds
- Sweet Potatoes
You’re not limited to these 8 options, remember you have choices. If none of these foods appeal to you then you can easily pop a daily multivitamin. Biotin is good for hair and nails but beware of the possible side effects (skin breakouts).
- Use a heat protectant.
- Minimal heat exposure.
- How much is too much heat? (Hair is known to burn at 450F)
Moral of the story: Learn from others mistakes and tips.
Treat your hair like silk. Brush it gently, trim it carefully, and wrap it up before bedtime.