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For many women, long hair is a symbol of youthfulness and beauty. However, it’s not the easiest to maintain. Whether you’re dealing with post-partum shedding or dead ends, it can become a struggle to figure out how to improve hair growth. Thankfully, there are a few tried and true methods you can incorporate in order to achieve the length you desire.
1. Essential Oils
Essential oils are so powerful and potent. Knowing this, you’ll want to test a small area before you smear the oils all over your scalp. Essential oils like rosemary oil, peppermint oil, and tea tree oil are incredibly effective in helping to increase blood flow and stimulation.
Whether you choose to use them in a deep conditioning treatment or a nightly scalp massage, know that essential oils will provide a soothing yet stimulating experience for your scalp. A few drops go a long way.
2. Scalp Massages
If you opt to purchase essential oils, combine them with the power of a good scalp massage. Scalp massages are therapeutic for the lymphatic system which encourages blood flow. You do a simple scalp massage each night before bed. Once you let your hair down, use both hands and all ten fingers to gently rub and invigorate your scalp.
If your headband or ponytail holder was too tight, use this opportunity to alleviate the tension in that area. Additionally, do your best to avoid tight hairstyles. This can lead to alopecia and other scalp issues.
Purchasing the proper tools can really help to improve hair growth. If you’re using heated styling tools that will singe your ends, it’s a better idea to purchase styling tools that can still style without intense temperature settings. If you’d like to pay close attention to your scalp area, consider purchasing a laser cap for hair growth.
Do your research to learn more about how often you need to use the cap in order to see results. It’s also wise to find a cap that’s been approved by the FDA.
4. Deep Conditioning Treatments
Your hair is made up of a protein called keratin. In order to make sure your hair remains strong and long, you’ll need to figure out if you need a protein treatment or a moisturizing treatment. In addition to protein treatments that strengthen the bonds, get into the habit of adding moisture to your hair through deep conditioning treatments.
When it’s time to do a deep conditioning treatment, be sure to use a hair masque that meets the needs of your particular strands. Whether you have oily hair or color-treated hair, find a masque that works. Add the hair masque once you’ve thoroughly cleansed your hair and scalp. Once you’ve applied the treatment, cover the strands in a plastic cap.
Then, you’ll want to use a heated device to encourage more moisture and penetration of the product into the strands. Whether you use a heated bonnet, a hair steamer, or a hooded hairdryer, make sure your hair experiences heat during the deep conditioning treatment.
5. Gentle Manipulation
One of the important facts to remember is that your hair is always growing. Just like you don’t have to tell your nails to grow, your hair is the same way. For many women, the problem is typically found in the length retention process. Are you able to retain the length that you have? If not, your hair will constantly break off. It’ll appear as though your hair isn’t growing when you actually need to tend to the older parts of the hair.
This is why gentle manipulation is so important. As your hair grows, it becomes older. The ends of your hair are the oldest parts of your hair. The ends are the parts that are most susceptible to breakage and split ends. This is why you need to be extremely gentle with your ends. Finger detangle your hair instead of ripping it out with a comb or a brush. Yes, this process will take a little longer. However, your hair is more fragile than you realize. If you handle it with care, it’ll stick around.
As you work to create the perfect environment for your hair to grow, know that the process also takes time. However, as you remain committed to the process and consistent in your efforts, you’ll see results in a while. If you need to pivot or try different methods, take note of what works and throw out what doesn’t. After all, it’s your hair care journey. You get to make the rules.