Growing out your tresses into long flowing locks may seem like an arduous task, but it’s not such a big deal if you know how to do it and have a bit of patience.
Whether you’re after gorgeous hair for the summer, you want your fringe the same length as the rest of your hair, or you just need to grow out an unfortunate haircut, we’ve got some great tips for you.
Growing healthy hair from the inside out
Genetics does come into play when it comes to hair thickness, however, your hair can benefit from certain vitamins and minerals in the foods that you eat. Omega-3 fatty acids found in foods such as salmon and flaxseed help support scalp health. Zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding, so up your intake of this by eating nuts. Dark green veges contain Vitamins A and C which help produce sebum in your hair follicles to give your locks added shine, and lean protein such as chicken, low-fat dairy and fish help prevent brittle hair.
The gist of it is, make sure you eat a well balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veges, wholegrain foods, fish and other lean protein sources.
To snip or not to snip?
Getting a haircut may seem like a silly idea when you’re trying to grow your hair long, but making sure you get a regular trim can prevent split ends from getting worse and makes your hair look healthier. If you stop visiting the salon altogether, you’ll likely end up with a hairstyle that has no shape and gets frustrating to style.
Depending on how healthy your hair usually is, if you’re just trying to maintain healthy hair or grow out a fringe/layers, getting your hair trimmed around half an inch every month should keep it in check. If you’re trying to grow your hair longer, get the half inch taken off around every 3-4 months.
Getting some hair help from the right products
When it comes to hair care, there are products on the market that will help strengthen your hair and prevent it from becoming damaged. This is especially the case if you’re a fan of heat styling but commit the crime of failing to use a heat protection product – very important to fix this if you want to grow your hair and keep it looking healthy! Damaged hair doesn’t grow, it breaks.
Here are some of our fave hair care products to help you grow out your locks:
- Grown Shampoo Damask Rose, Black Pepper & Sage (RRP $26.95; 300mL / RRP $36.95; 500mL)
Grown Conditioner Damask Rose, Chamomile & Lavender Stem (RRP $26.95; 300mL / RRP $37.95; 500mL)
Perfect for everyday use, these gentle, nutrient rich products will leave your hair clean, shiny, strong and supple.
- Pantene Pro-V Intensive Damage Repair Oil (RRP $9.99)
A leave-on hair treatment that fights frizz, and targets split ends and dryness. It also assists in repairing damage by coating each strand with the intense formula, sealing the cuticle to help protect hair from breakage.
- Weleda Rosemary Hair Lotion (RRP $18.50)
Contains herbal extracts and essential oils to promote healthy-looking hair and scalp. Regular use helps the condition of permed, bleached or damaged hair.
- Sebastian Professional Penetraitt Masque (RRP $40)
Guards your hair against stress, repairing and strengthening hair weakened from past chemical treatments and heat damage
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