The science behind growing long and strong hair (part 1)

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I am 100% sure that you are tired of reading long articles about all types of sophisticated egg, beer or avocado masks and treatments that will magically thicken, repair your hair, mend your split ends or make it grow inches overnight.

I will make this clear from the beginning, there is no such thing as repairing it, as it is dead tissue. What you can do, though, is help it grow healthily and prevent breakage.

The most important things you should do for healthy hair:

• Wash your hair with lukewarm water

Have you ever wondered what the ideal water temperature for washing your hair is? I bet you haven’t.
Yes, washing it with hot water feels comfortable and like a good method to wash-up. While it may feel like it cleans well, it actually does too good of a job cleaning.

As you may have observed from washing the dishes, the hotter the water is, the easier it strips the grease away. What I’m saying is, hot water strips your scalp of its natural oils.

Exactly as it is when it comes to your skin, dehydrating your hair excessively makes it produce more and more oil.

Moreover, cold water improves circulation, which implicitly helps with hair growth. That does not mean that ice-cold is okay, though. Find a middle point, go with what feels good to you.

• Wash your hair with a sulfate, silicone-free shampoo

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Trideceth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Alcohol, Polyethylene Glycols (PEG) etc… These are the most common ingredients found in shampoos.

While they do a heaven of a job when it comes to lathering and cleaning, they cause irritation. Similarly to hot water, they leave the hair lacking its natural oils. These two combined will make your hair a greasy mess in hours!

What could you do, then? Well, not all shampoos contain silicones, sulfates, alcohols, perfumes, etc. But if the ones that are more gentle and not full of chemicals are too expensive for you, baby or kids’ shampoos are exactly what you are looking for!

• Lock in that hydration!

Mostly if you can’t say goodbye to your hot water and sulfates, but also if you take good care of keeping your natural oils on, moisturising is key to having luscious hair!

What I have observed to work for everyone’s hair, besides coconut, argan, castor oil, is baby oil. The best way to apply it is on wet hair. Take care not to overapply though, that will make it unbearably greasy.

• Massage your scalp regularly

Giving your scalp regular massages will promote hair growth and thickening as massages improve blood circulation.

What I am 100% sure will work is massaging your scalp when waiting for your conditioner to act, or before washing your hair, with an oil.

• Use heat protection

We’ve all heard not to use heat. But that’s impossible! Whether you regularly straighten or dry your hair, or even if you sometimes curl it, you can tell it’s impossible not to use heat.

What you can do, though, is use heat protectants. They are everywhere, on every beauty or health-related website. Make sure not to use an oil though. It is common sense that the way oil reacts to heat is by generating frying.

Hair is, whether we like it or not, one of the things that define our appearance, if not us as well.
Shave it, curl it, straighten it, braid it, you choose it. I bet you look fabulous anyway;)

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