Naturally textured hair is a beautiful thing! But many have more length than with the health of their hair. What they don’t realize is that once you focus more on maintaining its health, length will come. Here are some healthy hair habits you should practice, which will ultimately help you reach any hair length goals you might have.
1. Feed Your Hair
This can’t be stressed enough: healthy hair starts from within.You should include healthy fruits and veggies in your diet and drink lots of water.
2. Take Your Vitamins
A daily supplement will work along with your diet to fill in whatever nutrients you might be lacking and promote healthy hair growth.
3. Be Careful with Heat
As the saying goes, too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Too much heat too often can lead to damage, and eventually your hair won’t revert back to its natural state. Also, too much or improper use of heat can lead to dry, brittle hair, breakage, and split ends. Be careful to the technique and how many times you use. Here are a few tips:
- Use heat tools that have clear settings (not just “on/off”), and use the low or medium settings at most.
- Prepare your hair for heat styling at the cleansing and conditioning stage to make sure it is well hydrated.
- Always use a heat protectant! This will serve as a barrier between your hair tool and your hair to prevent damage.
4. Cleanse hair Regularly
Yes, healthy hair starts from within, but it also needs a clean, healthy environment from which to grow. A dirty scalp full of buildup can clog pores and follicles and essentially slow down healthy growth.
How often you wash your hair is totally up to you, depending on your daily routine (maybe you work out daily), how much product you use, and so on. The cleansing power of your Shampoo which gets rid of any build-up on the hair and scalp, but keeps your hair’s natural oils intact.
5. Use Fingertips When Cleansing
Depending on how your scalp feels come wash day, a good scratch might feel really good. But using your fingernails could cause unnecessary damage to the scalp. The pads of your fingers, along with a little pressure, is all you need for a thorough cleanse.
6. Use Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Shampoos containing sulfates, strip the hair of its natural moisture. Instead, reach for a moisturizing shampoo which gently cleanse while moisturizing the hair.
7. Deep Condition
Our hair needs help in the moisture department because of the shape of our hair. So, as the final step in your wash routine, follow up with a good deep conditioner to moisture into the hair.
8. Moisturize & Seal
Continuing the process, applying product to your hair while it’s still damp is the most effective way to retain moisture. Use leave in conditioner or organic hair oil to seal in moisture, to keep your hair healthy, soft, and manageable.
9. Get Regular Trims
Some may find this effect the growth, but trimming your hair gets rid of broken and split ends that could lead to more damage. Nipping damage in the bud with a trim about once every season (or as needed) will keep the hair at its healthiest.
10. Wear Protective Styles
Tucking your hair away in styles that require little to no manipulation for a few days or a few months will help you retain length.
11. Protect the Hair at Night
Keep hair moisturized and less prone to breakage by wrapping it up with a satin or silk scarf or bonnet at night. If you prefer to leave your hair free, a satin pillowcase will do.
12. Massage Your Scalp
A soothing scalp massage every few nights will help stimulate the hair follicles and help with blood flow to the scalp to encourage healthy growth..
13. Don’t Stress
This is easier said than done, but the best thing you can do for your hair is to simply relax. Whether it’s worrying about your hair length or anything else, stress will often show up in our skin as well as our hair. So try to reduce your stress as much as possible.
Once again, the health of your hair is more important than how long it is. Focus on its health and before you even realize it, the length will come!