I have always wanted long, beautiful healthy hair, but it never seemed possible, mainly because for years I dyed my hair way too often at home, used chemical straighteners to get rid of my naturally curly hair and abused the straightener numerous times a day.
From December 2015 I started a new healthy hair journey and so here are 12 tips on increasing hair growth and promoting healthier hair that I found worked for me.
1. Quit the heat
Using heat on your hair puts a lot of stress on your hair and can really impact your curl pattern (speaking from experience!). I haven’t used any heat on my hair since December 2015 and I wouldn’t go back. I’m not saying that you can never use heat ever again, but if you find that you use heat on your hair often, slowly reduce the frequency and use a lower temperature. Heat will make your hair dry and increases the chances of breakage – breakage = no visible growth.
2. Don’t colour your hair
Colour damage is real. I was in the salon when my hair literally fell out in front of my eyes from abusing hair dye – don’t do it. If you need to dye your hair, try to do it as little as possible. For maximum hair growth, colour-free hair is your best bet, but I totally understand that it isn’t always realistic if you currently have a hair colour that isn’t close to your natural colour, more so if you’re wanting to maintain the colour, so if that is the case for you, deep condition regularly and only dye it when absolutely necessary. Your hair will definitely thank you.
3. Wash your hair less often
Curly hair is naturally drier than straight hair – the curly hair follicle is a spiral and so the natural oil our scalp produces cannot make its way down the whole hair shaft. This means that the middle/ends of our hair shaft tend to be significantly dryer. Shampoo can be very drying on the hair as it strips all of the natural oils and residue from our hair and scalp. As curly hair is naturally dryer towards the mid-lengths and ends, shampooing too frequently can increase dryness due to the shampoo stripping the hair of any oil. If your hair is dry, it will be more prone to breakage. Breakage = no visible growth.
4. Deep condition
Deep conditioning your hair once a week will help restore your curls with the moisture they long for. It penetrates moisture directly into the hair shaft, which can also help to reduce split ends and breakage. EXTRA: It also can help prevent heat damage and so if you like to use heat on your hair, deep conditioning will be your best friend!
5. Use oils
Using oil on your hair and scalp can really help to increase hair growth – my personal favourites have to be coconut oil and castor oil. Coconut oil works as a great overnight at home deep conditioning treatment and also stimulates hair growth as it gets deep into the follicles and helps to promote a healthy scalp. Castor oil is well-known for making hair thicker and drastically increasing hair growth. Massaging an oil into your scalp for a few minutes prior to washing your hair promotes circulation to your hair follicles and stimulates the blood flow in your scalp, which can improve hair growth.
6. Protective style
It is important to protect the ends of your curly hair due to how dry they can be and so If we can protect them, they won’t break off as frequently and this will ensure we are maintaining any growth. Protective styles can vary from braids to buns but I personally opt for a bun most days of the week, especially in the colder times of the year. Cold weather can dry out your curls, making your hair more brittle and as we established earlier, dry hair can increase breakage. Breakage = no visible growth.
7. Use sulphate free shampoo
If your hair is curly, coarse, damaged and/or prone to frizz, sulphate-free is the way to be. Sulphate strips moisture from the hair follicle and so if you already have hair that is pretty dry, you can kinda see that this will not end well. Dry hair will be more prone to breaking off and so simply eliminating sulphate from your hairs diet can significantly improve the overall hydration of your hair.
Exercising increases the blood flow to your scalp, meaning that this will provide more nutrients and oxygen to your scalp, which stimulates hair growth. Exercise also reduces stress – stress impacts our hairs growth due to a hormone our bodies release called cortisone, which leads to shedding of our hair. So less stress = less shedding = more hair on our heads!
9. Drink more water
Water helps to increase hydration in your hair from the inside, out. Hair that is hydrated isn’t as dry and as I have mentioned many times on this blog post, dry hair is more prone to breaking! Drinking water will make your hair stronger and stronger hair will grow faster, not to mention all of the other additional health benefits of drinking water, such as flushing out the toxins in your body and giving you a clearer complexion.
10. Use water
Grab a spray bottle and fill it with cold water – when your curls need reviving, spritz your hair lightly and it will not only help to re-define your curls, but it will also help to add moisture back into your hair. Moisturised hair is happy hair!
11. Don’t brush your hair
Brushing your hair is the easiest way to rip your hair out and cause premature hair loss. If you need to detangle your curls, use a wide tooth comb or simply use your fingers. I tend to smother my hair in conditioner prior to detangling as I find that it helps to glide through the hair, much easier than if I were to comb my dry hair.
12. Use silk/satin pillow cases
This is definitely one of the best decisions I have made, regarding my hair-care. Silk helps you to maintain the moisture in your hair, unlike cotton that will absorb almost every drop of moisture you have in that head of hair! I purchased mine from a website called Lilysilk and it really has improved not only my moisture retention, but also the overall appearance of my hair in the morning!
So there we are, my top 12 tips to growing curly hair faster. Please note that these are based on my personal experience and research that I have done over these last few years.
Thank you for reading, leave a comment with your fave tips on maximizing hair growth!