If you spend your days looking at Pinterest photos wondering just how they manage to have hair that long and thick, then you are in luck. It is true that some people are born with a predisposition to having thick and long hair, but that doesn’t mean it’s time for you to give up hope. The secret to growing long and healthy hair isn’t really a secrecy at all, it's all about looking after it and making sure you don’t destroy it. Simple, right?
Avoid Washing Too Often
Water is the lifeblood of everything, but it can also weaken your hair if you get it wet too often. Water causes your hair to swell as this in turn makes your cuticle open up. This makes your hair more susceptible to damage and splitting. Because of this, you want to try and avoid getting your hair wet as much as you can, this will allow your hair to stay strong and to grow.
Turn Down The Heat
Of course, styling your hair with heat is something we all do on a regular basis, and there’s nothing wrong with using hot rollers for thick hair and blow drying a couple of times a week. Just watch how often go do use heat, and when you do use heat, make sure to first spray the hair with heat protection spray to seal the cuticles.
Use A Rinse Once A Week
You may think that washing and conditioning your hair is fine, but you may be forgetting about treating your scalp too. After a while your scalp can become blocked with excess shampoo, dead skin and debris. If you want to unblock the scalp, you can use a rinse once a week and keep your scalp healthy. A simple option would be to take some apple cider vinegar and mix it with water, then simply dump it over your head once you have shampooed and conditioned the hair. This will keep your scalp healthy and allow it to grow longer, thicker hair.
Put Your Hair Up
If you want to protect your hair from becoming damaged during the night, you need to start putting your hair in a protective hairstyle overnight. If you sleep with your hair down, the hair strands become tangled in the fibres of your pillows and this can cause split ends and snapping of your locks. By either putting your hair in a loose braid or in a bun, you will stop this from happening and allow your hair to stay strong and thick.
Oil is the best thing you can do to thicken the hair and promote hair growth. You can either buy an oil treatment from the store or make one yourself at home. All you will need is a mixture of some of the following oils: coconut oil, castor oil, avocado oil, almond oil, olive oil, argan oil, macadamia oil. Mix any of these oils together in a small bottle and use this as a treatment once a week. To promote hair growth, apply the oil to your hair and then tip your head upside down. Massage for five minutes to stimulate blood flow and then leave the oil in for a few hours. This will grow your hair quicker and keep it thick and strong.
Ditch The Towels
One of the tips which will help your hair the most is to ditch the rough towels and instead use an old t shirt to dry your hair. The reason for this is that towels have large fibres which can entangle your hair and damage the ends, whereas t shirts do not. By drying your hair with a t shirt you will reduce frizz and keep your hair strong and shiny.
Let Your Hair Dry In The Air
Instead of getting out of the shower and immediately reaching for the hair dryer, you are much better off letting your hair dry in the air. When your hair is wet it is much more vulnerable to damage, so applying heat can dry out and damage your hair much more than when it is dry. Wait for a few hours and if you want to style your hair, do it when the hair is almost completely dry. This will keep your hair from splitting and becoming brittle.
Use A Wooden Brush
Wooden hair brushes are your new best friend. They absorb oil from your roots and every time you brush it, they redistribute the oil all over your hair. This keeps your hair moisturised and healthy for much longer than a plastic brush.