I have been trying to grow my hair out for a year now. My problem is that it got to about shoulder length (from a boyish pixie cut) and won't seem to grow anymore what would you recommend to add more length? Products? Techniques?
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I recommend staying away from anything damaging for the hair as much as possible. We all know hot tools and hair dye are bad for the hair, I'd also include brushing or tying it while it's wet. Switching your regular pillow case with a silk one, and your regular towel you use for your hair, with a microfiber one will help too. Water though makes hair’s inner core swollen and stretchy. When swollen and stretched it easy to damage the outer cuticle layer.
If you leave hair wet, the stretch in the hair itself can mess up cuticles, leaving them bent and raised. If you rub hair dry, you can damage the cuticles through friction. And if you blast it with too much heat this can damage them too. When cuticles are damaged the hair becomes frizzy.
What hair needs is a way to get dry quickly without stretch, rub or heat. Which is exactly what wrapping your hair in a micro fiber towel to remove water would do. As for silk pillow cases, they contain fibers that are much more gentle on the hair. When it comes to preventing damage, it also means preventing split ends. Cutting your hair is the most effective way to get rid of split ends but I know a trick of cutting without taking away from the length: twist your hair or wrap it around your finger and trim anything sticks out. Homemade treatments are very important for better hair. For example, make your own hot oil treatment with every oil that's nourishing for the hair ( almond, tea tree, coconut, olive, rose, raisin, jojoba, sesame, etc..). I think you can find all these oils at Whole Foods market. You can add egg with these oils or a solid ingredient like avocado or banana. For best results make your self a homemade hair treatment at least twice a week. Healthy hair is the foundation to hair growth.
If you want an even faster hair growth, include high biotin foods to your diet:
Use the invert method for hair growth. For this method, you will need to tilt your head down and massage with an essential oil for a few minutes. Rosemary oil, is one of the best oils for hair growth, I would use it to grow my hair.
For more homemade treatments, this article provides things that are specifically meant for hair growth. Always check the Indian hair recipes. Indians know a little something about beauty secrets, lol
When you buy a shampoo or conditioner, always go for the one special for dry & damaged hair, like Phytokeratin Extreme shampoo and conditioner.2