We’ve all been there. You know, that point at which you look in the mirror and it occurs to you that you just should not have had that cut. It is a horrible feeling to know there is nothing you can do but sit and wait those painful weeks or even months for a few new millimeters of hair to grow. The good news is there are steps you can take to help your hair sprout some new growth. Follow these tips and you are sure to see progress a little sooner.
One of the first and easiest things you can do is find a super moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. If you can keep your hair moist, you can keep your hair from suffering breakage or splitting. Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine System shampoo and conditioner both have avocado oil in them that helps to improve texture, moisture, as well as softens hair. Another shampoo that would help prevent breakage would be Redken’s All Soft Shampoo with Avocado Oil. The main ingredient here is avocado oil. There are a few other ingredients to look out for in a good moisturizing shampoo or conditioner such as keratin, silicone, olive oil, or wheat proteins (as in Aveeno’s new nourish+ moisture shampoo). This is especially important if you are addicted to your heat tools.
The next thing you can do is find yourself a scalp massage brush. I picked up a Studio 35 Beauty Deluxe Scalp Massage Shampoo Brush for $1.50 at Walgreens this afternoon. Not only does using it feel amazing but utilizing a tool like this one will bring circulation to the root and help your hair to sprout past the epidermis. If you don’t want to spend a few bucks, just use your hands (better yet, use the hands of your loved one). Simply use your fingertips to make circular motions throughout your scalp. Keep it up for at few minutes (or longer if you can get your partner to keep rubbing your scalp).
Finally, feed your insides. Sounds strange, I know but taking folic acid can aid in hair growth. Folic acid is needed for cell reproduction and division which helps you build the keratin that your body needs to grow hair. You may also benefit from taking a supplement that includes biotin and zinc as well as the folic acid. In short, take your vitamins! Vitamins are necessary for healthy hair growth.
There is no easy way to make your hair grow unless you are a character in Play-Doh’s Mop Top Hair Shop but following these painless steps will certainly help you get that long luscious hair that you’re hoping for much sooner.
Reference: Cosmopolitan Magazine February 2010.