I’m a cosmetologist, and I’m currently growing out my hair. These are my tips for getting some length for the mop on your head! Keep in mind, your hair grows about half an inch a month. So, without factoring in your haircuts throughout the year, that’s around six inches a year. The most growth you’re going to get in a year is about eight inches. You can’t force nature, but you can give it a little push.
Biotin most definitely helps your hair and nails grow. You must be regular about taking it one to two times a day.
**Some people have a reaction to biotin that makes their skin break out. If this happens to you- stop taking it! Your skin will keep breaking out (I know this from personal experience).
Flat irons, curling irons, curlers, etc. These can dry out your hair and cause more breakage. Even if you’re using a thermal protectant, your hair needs a break. It won’t grow healthy if you’re constantly using heat on your hair. Plus you’ll need to get your hair trimmed more often, because you’ll have more dead ends.
This goes for blow dryers as well! Let your hair air dry once or twice a week.
**PONYTAILS- True, the will speed up the process of growth a little bit. But not enough to really make a difference. Having your hair in a ponytail can cause a dent in the hair and make it start breaking off at the spot of the hair tie.
-Eat an egg a day! Your hair is made of protein, so eat your protein! Eggs provide a good type of protein that promotes healthy hair growth. Your hair will be shiny, and grow just a little bit faster.
-EAT YOUR GREENS! greens like spinach, broccoli, and cucumbers help your hair grow healthy. They also help your nails and skin! Cucumber water is a good way to hydrate. Try to eat your veggies raw as well, you’ll get the most out of them that way.
-Use a leave-in conditioner on your ends. It helps provide moisture, and you won’t need to trim as frequently.
-Hair masque in the shower once a week. Same with a leave-in, provides moisture to the ends of your hair. (where you really need it!)
-BLOW DRY on a medium heat. It takes longer, but won’t fry your hair. Once your hair is 95% dry, go over with a cool setting on your dryer. This will seal down the cuticle and set your hair in place.
-Sunshine! We are like flowers, we need the sun to grow. For long periods of sun exposure, try to put a spf of some sort on your hair. ESPECIALLY if you color your hair. Helps prevent further damage, and color change.
-CUT YOUR HAIR. Well, get it trimmed regularly. We all know what happens with split ends. As much as you want your hair to grow, you just have to keep it trimmed. Before you know it your hair will be past your shoulders!
I started with a pixie cut around January 2012, and after a year I’m almost past my shoulders.
Any other tips about hair or nails? Just ask!
Now that I’ve got my hair on a regular schedule of trims its down to the middle of my back. I’ve noticed the most growth when I eat more protein and greens.