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How to grow your hair naturally : Hair Dos and Don’ts

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How to grow your hair naturally is the probably a question that every girl asked herself at once?

There are a lot of products around there, promising fast growth, long and healthy hair.

But is it worth it? Does it work? Is it healthy? 

In this article, you will learn how to grow your hair naturally and the biggest DOs or DONTs when it comes to hair care.

 

DOs

These are steps, products, and treatments you should do to improve and grow your hair naturally. You probably heard many of them before, but these are the main things when it comes to hair growth.

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1.Trims

Yes trims! You probably heard and read this a million times. Every hairdresser ever will tell you this is an essential step for healthy and long hair. Although it logically doesn’t make sense, that is the best way to prevent split ends. If your ends are weak, it will just make your whole hair more fragile and easier to break. You should trim your hair every two to three months. It is recommended to do it at a hairdresser but if you decide to do it at home, be careful. The last thing you want is another haircut to fix mistakes from home trimming.

 

How to grow your hair naturally - Tips

Tip: You’ve probably seen everywhere a trend where hairdressers cut hair with hair clippers. DON’T allow them that! Clippers break your hair even more, so stick to good old scissors.

 

2.Oils

I think there is no need to mention how good are oils for your hair and scalp. They are moisturizing dry scalp and hair, adding shine and protecting hair from future damage. 

There are many different oils that will help you grow your hair naturally, and you can use any of your choices. Just make sure they are natural and 100% real. Most popular are:

How to grow your hair naturally - StarCoconut oil – this oil is good for your hair, body, and you can use it for cooking. It is not liquid, and it looks like white mass, so you can heat it a little bit for easier applying.

How to grow your hair naturally - StarArgan oil – also known as Moroccan oil, is commonly used for damaged hair.

How to grow your hair naturally - StarCastor oil – known for hair growth, a lot of people use it for eyebrows and lashes.

How to grow your hair naturally - StarOlive oil – this Mediterian oil is excellent for salads but will also help your scalp and hair. 

 

How to grow your hair naturally - TipsTip: Put oil on your hair at least 2 hours before washing it. It would be good if you massage it into the scalp and then put hair in a shower cap since it will create a warm and moist environment for your hair, which will help oils dig deeper into the scalp. 

 

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3.Massage

Unfortunately, not the spa one. But this one can also be pleasing as a body massage. Here we are talking about the scalp massage and its importance to grow your hair naturally.

In the step before, we were talking about oils and how oils can moisturize and feed your hair and scalp. You can use any of the oils mentioned above for scalp massage, but most people use coconut or castor oil. 

You will, of course, do this before washing your hair. Use your fingers to apply gentle pressure to your head and scalp, move in circles. This will stimulate your blood vessels under the head skin and encourage hair growth.

 

4.The Inversion method

The inversion method is something I heard a few years ago while I was obsessed with hair growth. It promises you will grow a few inches monthly. In my case, I think it worked, but I wasn’t so consistent with it, and usually, I just remembered to do it when I already washed my hair.

WARNING! You shouldn’t do the Inversion method if you are pregnant or have:

StarHigh blood pressure 

StarBack pain

StarDizziness or vertigo

StarEar infection.

 

Also, if you start feeling dizzy, stop it immediately. 

 

So how do you do it? 

Start with taking your oil of choice (olive, argan, castor, coconut..). Massage it into your scalp gently and then hang your head upside down. You can sit on the chair and put your head between your knees or lay on the bed and leave your head hanging. Whatever position you are feeling okay, it is just important your head is down because it increases blood flow to your scalp. 

Stay in that position for 4-5 minutes, and then gently start raising your head to avoid dizziness or feeling bad. After that, wash your hair. It is recommended to be done one week in a month, but since I am not someone who is washing hair every day, I did it once a week. 

 

5.Avoid chemicals in shampoo and conditioner.

Avoiding chemicals in shampoo and conditioner is very important! You should avoid chemicals in all face and body products as much as you can. And don’t trust if they say it is all-natural, but turn the back of the packaging and read the ingredients. Some of the harmful ingredients for your hair are Silicones, Parabens, Polyethylene Glycols (PEG), Formaldehyde, and Synthetic Fragrances.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is that little guy that makes our shampoo to create foam, and we all think foam is good. Not actually! Brands put it in shampoo generously, but it does more harm than good. All of the substances above are building up on your scalp and inside your body! So, in the long run, you are making your body full of toxins. So while you read this, take your shampoo and look for any of these substances, and you will be surprised. They are everywhere.

 

TipsTip: If you decide to start using shampoos and conditioners without the substances mentioned above, it will be hard at the beginning. Your hair will not foam at the beginning, there is a strong possibility it will look greasy, and maybe you will even get dandruff.

 

6.Food/water

We all know that food and water are our fuels, and whatever you put inside yourself will also show on the outside. So be kind to yourself, firstly for your health and wellbeing, but also good looks. A good diet and a lot of water will make your hair, nails, and skin healthier and better looking. It is recommended to eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, and good fats such as Omega3, which can be found in a variety of fish. When it comes to the water, you can never have it too much, but it is recommended to drink at least 60oz per day.

 

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7.Supplements / folic acid

We all live fast and rush from place to place, so sometimes we can’t eat healthily and properly. That’s where supplements jump in. Although there are many hair supplements these days, I am not a big fan of it since you can buy multivitamins and different supplements to help your whole body. 

I forgot to mention when it comes to intake of natural food is food with a high percentage of folic acid such as broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts, kale, liver…

If you are not a big fan of this food, you can substitute it with folic acid pills. It will make your hair shine and grow faster, but don’t take more than 800 micrograms daily unless your doctor prescribes you a higher amount. 

 

8.Keratin

I am not sure if this belongs to how to grow your hair naturally article, but it is something that changed my life. Keratin hair treatment is a treatment that fills in your hair with additional keratin you’ve lost with frequent ironing, curling, changing colors. Here are experts’ opinions divided since it has chemicals, but it also nourishes hair. 

This part here will be my personal experience and opinion.  Since I am crazy about hair, obviously, I was always blow-drying and ironing my hair to make it smooth and straight. Since I have done keratin, I don’t need my flat iron anymore because I just dry it, and it is perfect. In the long run, this gives me more benefits than damage because I am not exposing my hair to unnecessary heat.

You can do it in hair salons or at home (but you will need someone to help you). I am doing it at home with my friend because it is a lot cheaper and also I have a feeling that in salons they rush everything and you that get better results at home.

I am planning in the future to write a detailed article about keratin at home.

 

DONTs

Here is a big NO if you want to grow your hair long and healthy. We all do some of these but try to avoid them as much as you can.How to grow your hair naturally - Arrow

 

1.H E A T

Heat is the number one enemy in the process of having healthy hair. We all use it somehow, if it’s cold outside, of course, we will dry hair with a blow dryer, but try at least when the weather is hot and sunny to give your hair some break from all of that heat. 

When it comes to hair styling products such as flat iron, curling wands, and all high-temperature devices that will make your hair look pretty but burn it – try to avoid them as much as you can.

This is very hard, especially if you have a lot of work, and it requires you to look like a normal human being.

If you can’t end with it, try to use blow-dry brushes or products that don’t use so much heat.

And of course, the golden rule – always use heat protection.  

 

TipsTip: Try out some no heat curling methods. You can find them all around Youtube and Pinterest. You will have some lovely curls and also avoid heat – which is a win-win situation.

 

2.Putting your hair in buns all the time

Putting your hair in buns is something I didn’t think about until my hairdresser told me. I asked her why my hair’s right side is shorter, and I always cut it the same length. If you already need to put your hair in tight buns, she said to me, try to roll it every time in different directions. Because if you roll it always on one side, that side becomes more fragile and it breaks. Now I am avoiding buns as much as I can, I am wearing low ponytails or using clips to move the hair away from my face. 

 

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3.Bleaching

If you ever wanted to have lighter hair, you’ve heard of bleach. There is no need to talk about how much bleach damages your hair, but if you want some sort of highlights or change color to lighter, there is no other solution (as I know). Let’s be honest I am a complete sucker for nice shades of blonde hair, so of course, I do bleach my hair. I don’t recommend doing it on your own, especially if you have never done it before. I have some tricks and tips on avoiding bleaching as much as you can, but we will talk about that later.

 

TipTip: If your hair is already damaged, try doing some kind of darker roots, so you don’t need to bleach and dye it that often or if you are brave enough, change your hair color to darker until it recovers.

 

4.Hot water

Hot shower on a cold day – nothing better! But hot water doesn’t benefit your hair or skin. It will make your hair dry and frizzy. It will remove natural oils from your scalp, which can lead to dandruff and itchy scalp. Ideally, if you can wash it with cold water, but next time, try at least to lower the water temperature.

 

TipTip: When I have time, I wash my hair separately from my body, so I just lean over my bathtub and wash it. That way, I can use colder water, and I am not freezing. 

 

Have in mind that no one is the same, and some people’s hair is growing like crazy, while you are maybe struggling for every inch. This is a long process, and there is no magic wand ( hair extensions are closest to it), but if you want to see results be consistent and patient.

You can also take pictures of your hair to track the growth during the time. 

If you know any tips on how to grow your hair naturally, feel free to share it in the comments section. Good luck! 

One Response

  1. Great article! Lots of useful information for us who want healthy hair. I just let my hair out of the bun I always wear 🙂

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