How to grow hair: 14 simple tips that will definitely help
1. Don’t wash your hair every day
With shampoo, we wash off not only dirt, styling products, but also sebum, which moisturizes and protects the skin and hair. Therefore, due to frequent washing, the hair loses its natural shine, becomes weaker and more susceptible to aggressive external factors.
In addition, the hair gets dirty very quickly. After all, it turns out that every day we wash off our protective layer and the skin goes into a stressful state. Because of this, sebum begins to be produced in excess. So we drive ourselves into a vicious circle.
Experts recommend gradually increasing the intervals between treatments. Ideally, you need to wash your hair 2-3 times a week, but in no case every day.
2. Use sulfate-free shampoos
Such a product should not contain SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate). Instead of sulfates, due to which foam is formed, sulfate-free shampoo contains natural ingredients. That is why it cleans more gently than usual and does not wash away sebum so much.
True, such shampoos have a drawback. They don’t foam well. But after a few uses, you’ll get used to it.
Whatever shampoo you choose, remember: you need to apply it only to the roots. For the rest of the length, the amount of product that drains with water will be enough.
3. Avoid hot water
Lower the temperature at least during the rinse. Cool water closes the scales, and therefore the hair is not so frizzy and looks healthy and shiny.
And don’t forget to use conditioner or conditioner. These products also seal the scales. And the balm not only smoothes the hair, but also fills it with useful components: oils, proteins and minerals.
4. Nourish and moisturize your hair with masks
Hair masks should be used regularly, about a couple of times a week. But if the tips are dry and split, then you can conduct an intensive recovery course and use the mask more often.
How to choose a store-bought hair mask
Choose a mask that says “nourish”, “moisturize” or “repair” on the packaging. Don’t rely on products that promise “irresistible shine” and “incredible shine.”
As for the composition, it should contain as many natural ingredients as possible, primarily oils. Moreover, the order of listing on the label is very important. If you see oil, but it is at the very end of the list, then this component is negligible in the mask.
Apply the mask first of all to the ends, and then spread it along the length of the hair, stepping back from the roots about 10 cm. You should not rub the mask into the roots: they do not need such strong moisture.
A mask from a cosmetic store usually needs to be kept on for up to 30 minutes. Therefore, follow the instructions and do not rush to wash it off: let the beneficial components soak into your hair.
How to make homemade hair masks
You can also make a mask yourself. It is better to use recipes tested by mothers and grandmothers. For example, a kefir mask is suitable for smooth hair. You will need 1 cup of slightly warmed low-fat kefir. It must be rubbed into the roots and distributed over the entire length of the hair. To enhance the effect, you can wear a hat. Leave the yogurt on your head for 30-40 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. If desired, you can wash your hair with shampoo.
Another proven method is a honey mask. Mix an egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply the mixture to clean hair and wash off after an hour.
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5. Use hair oils
Hair oil has long been a recognized must-have. This product is applied to damp hair or dry hair after styling. It visibly nourishes the tips, closes the scales, gives the hair density and a healthy appearance.
Just be careful when choosing a multi-component oil. Carefully read the composition and focus on natural ingredients. The fact is that in some products there are no natural oils. Yes, they will make your hair shiny, but not for long. You will not get any deep hydration.
As for the application, the main thing here is not to overdo it. All you need is a couple of drops of oil. It is better to rub the product in the palms of your hands and only then distribute it through your hair.
One-component pharmacy oils also nourish and restore hair well: almond, burdock, grape or apricot kernels, and coconut. The benefits of the latter proven scientifically. In the course of the study, it turned out that the molecules of coconut oil are so small that they can penetrate the hair and improve the appearance of the hair.
True, you will have to tinker with ordinary oil from a pharmacy. Apply the product to damp hair, preferably at the ends, and leave for several hours. To enhance the effect, you can…
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