I’ve been growing my hair out for about a year now and I’ve learned a few things along the way! My hair is now longer and thicker than it’s ever been, even just having a baby last year. Growing your hair is actually very simple, so I wanted to share some of my tips with you all.
1, Use the correct shampoo for your hair type
Many people don’t think about this, but this is pretty important! If you have thin, oily-prone hair and you use a shampoo made for thick/dry hair, you aren’t going to get the results you want. Often times, using the wrong shampoo can result in an excess amount of oils, unhealthy hair, and it just isn’t fun. So research the shampoo that is going to work best for your hair and use that! For people with dry, thick hair I recommend this shampoo. For people with oily prone, thin hair I recommend this or this shampoo.
2. Avoid putting any type of harsh chemicals into your hair
This may be surprising, but 99% of hair care products on the market contain harsh chemicals. You can find carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, environmental toxins, parabens, harsh fragrances and more in the majority of shampoos and hair products. Not only are these types of ingredients bad for your entire body and health, but they won’t do your hair any favors. Our hair is like a plant that needs to be fed, nourished, and protected. Instead of putting harsh ingredients onto our hair, it is much better to use products that contain natural, nourishing ingredients that will not only not hurt our hair, but will strengthen and strengthen it!
Some ingredients to avoid in your hair care products are:
parabens, fragrance, parfum, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, SLS, dyes, and tetrasodium EDTA.
Instead, opt for toxin-free products that are made with essential oils and natural plant-sourced ingredients.
3. Use heat on your hair as little as possible & wash your hair less
I know this is easier said than done, but this will do wonders for you hair! I blow dry my hair once a week, I straighten it twice a month, and I only use my curling wand 1-2 times a week.
If you still need to use heat, there are still some ways to decrease your current usage.
-only wash your hair 1-2 times a week and use dry shampoo in between washes.
-let your hair dry naturally when possible
-put your hair into braids while it dries instead of curling it, for a natural wave
-use a curling wand instead of an iron. It requires less direct contact with the hair and does not require heavy heat on your roots
4. Add essential oils to your shampoo
This one was a TOTAL game changer for me. I saw instant and consistent growth from this method. Cedarwood, Lavender, and Rosemary essential oils are known for stimulating hair growth and promoting thicker and healthier hair. They’re my hair’s secret weapon 🙂
I recommend adding 1 drop of essential oil for every ounce of shampoo. My shampoo contains 8 ounces, so I add 8 drops to each brand new bottle. Since I use this shampoo and it already contains lavender essential oil, I add 4 drops of cedarwood and 4 drops of rosemary and it lasts me for months. Read about where I buy pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils from, in this post.
5. Use a hair mask once a month.
I love using hair masks and I make sure to make one every single month. They are really great for breakage, split ends, dryness, excess oils, and stripping your hair of yucky toxins that are preventing healthy growth!
If you have dry hair: a hair mask will help nourish and moisturize your hair and will boost growth.
If you have oily hair: a hair mask will help get rid of the unhealthy oils and nourish your hair with the good oils, that your hair needs to grow and be healthy.
For my hair mask, I start with dry hair. Then I melt the coconut oil, and mix in the vitamin e oil & essential oils. (Do not heat up your essential oils, as that will decrease their therapeutic properties and make them lose their effectiveness). Then I apply the mixture to my hair starting at my ends, working up to my roots. A little goes a long way! I do not saturate my roots in the mask, but put just enough to cover the surface. Then I pull my hair up into a tight ballerina bun and I let it sit for 15 minutes before washing. For thinner hair, you can do 10 minutes.
Thanks for following along! I hope these tips can help you with getting healthier and thicker hair!
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