Have you been trying unsuccessfully to meet your hair growth goals? You’re not alone. Many have yet to find the key to the long Rapunzel tresses they’ve been dreaming of. But we’ll bet you haven’t tried everything - there are tons of hair secrets out there that can help you unlock inches and inches of hair growth. And in this article, we’ll reveal 5 of the best!
Keep Your Natural Hair Color
Your hair grows best without chemical exposure from bleach and hair dyes, which can cause irritation and hair damage. So, if you want super long hair, the time to fall in love with your natural hair color is now. If you’re going to color your hair, anyway, choose a color that’s within a shade or two of your natural hair shade. That way, you won’t have to use super strong chemicals to achieve your new hair hue.
Experimentation is Crucial
Your hair is your hair, and no one else’s hair care routine will work perfectly for you. That’s why you should spend some time experimenting with different hair products, moisturizing techniques, and wash schedules to find out which results in healthy hair growth for you.
Length Retention is King
No matter how fast your hair grows, if it is breaking off faster than it is growing, you’ll never see the growth you want. Length retention refers to how well you’re able to keep your existing hair healthy and on your head. Split ends, rough detangling, dryness, and heat styling all reduce your length retention and make it that much harder to reach your hair growth goals.
Not All Conditioners are Created Equal
One of the best things you can do for your hair is to get to know every type of conditioner and when to use it. If you use a rinse-out conditioner as a deep conditioner or deep condition your hair every day, you're unlikely to see favorable growth results. Here’s what you need to know about conditioners:
- Leave-in conditioners are best for keeping your hair moisturized throughout the week - daily use is totally fine.
- Rinse-out conditioners should be used right after shampooing to combat the drying effects of shampoos.
- Deep conditioners give deep hydration and should be used periodically to revive dry or damaged hair.
No Repetitive Styling
If the hair around your edges or the nape of your neck won’t grow, your hair styling habits could be to blame. Wearing your hair in high ponytails, low buns, or sleek hairstyles on a regular basis can take a serious toll on certain parts of your hair. What’s more, your favorite headband or hair clip can cause issues if you wear it in the same spot every day. So, we encourage you to switch up your styles every so often to stave off breakage from repetitive styling and maximize your hair’s length.
These hair secrets could be the answer to your hair growth problems. We encourage you to give them a try to see if they work for you. Good luck with your hair!
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.