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Healthy Haircare 101: Tips for growing out your hair, Part 1.

If you have decided to grow out your hair or have already been in the process and are frustrated by the lack of progress then this article is for you. 

Here are some do’s and a few things that are a definite don’t if you expect your hair to get longer:

1.  Not getting regular trims along the way.   This one is important.  If you have split ends and don’t cut them off then they will continue to keep splitting and even though your hair is growing you won’t see any Length because the ends are breaking off little by little.

2.  Not laying off the highlights.  Depending on the condition of your hair it is a good idea to avoid doing any major highlighting during the grow out process.  If your hair is already damaged then absolutely under no circumstances should you get highlights.  If your hair is in good shape then I recommend doing highlights in small gradual steps to avoid drying the hair out during the grow out.

3.  Too much Heat. Put the flat iron down and back away and no one gets hurt!  I can guarantee that if you flat iron your hair regularly then your hair will not get longer and if it does it won’t look healthy and shiny.  The flat iron & curling iron are hot powerful tools that will destroy your hair with repeated use.  Yes I know you can’t possibly go out of the house with your hair looking like that…. Well I am here to tell you that if you want your hair to get longer then you are going to have to.  Sorry.  Does that mean you can never flat iron it?? No of course not.  Just save the iron for days you are going some place special and be sure to use a flat iron spray to protect it from the heat.  Flat irons get as hot as 450°!  Think about it for a minute, what would happen if you put your hand in the oven at 450°???  It would burn right?  What about your hair then?

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4.  Not using professional salon products.  Using the right shampoo and conditioner does make a difference especially with hair that is in rough shape and is growing out.  Drug store brands are loaded with sulfates and fillers that just coat the hair.  You want a shampoo that will gently cleanse the hair (not strip) and a conditioner that strengthens from the inside out, not just coat the hair.

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5.  Sun & chlorine.   With the warmer weather coming so does the summer hair nightmares.  You have to protect your hair from the sun.  That means using a leave in conditioner or styling product that has UV protection.  The sun will dry your hair out and also fade your color.  When sun bathing I recommend wearing a hat or wrapping a towel around your head.  Same advice for using a tanning bed, protect your hair by wrapping a towel around your head.  What about the pool?  Chlorine is no joke, it’s used in pools to kill bacteria.  It can strip your color in a single weekend.  Now imagine for a minute that you just bought an expensive pair of dark wash designer Jeans.  Would you consider rinsing them in the pool?  No of course not!  Why? Because they would get ruined!  That’s my point, if you just invested a lot of money in your hair than why would you dunk your hair in a chlorinated pool??  My advice is go in the pool but don’t dunk your head under water.  I also recommend that you wet your hair with regular water and put it up in a clip BEFORE getting in the pool then rinsing it immediately after you get out.

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6.  Not getting in salon conditioning treatments.   Professional conditioning treatments are different than deep conditioners that you use at home.  These products are not for sale to the public.  They have a very high concentration of proteins that are to be used only by professionals in a salon.  The application and timing depends on the product being used.  In salon conditioning treatments deliver exceptional lasting results that can undue a multitude of problems.   Getting routine conditioning treatments with a trim will ensure that you give your hair what it needs to thrive.

7.  Do it yourself color.   Not a good idea.  There isn’t a lot of people that have successfully repeatedly colored their hair at home and have had it remain healthy.  Boxed color is harsh unfortunately and is made to be used on a wide range of hair types.  Salon color is formulated specifically for YOU, for your hair and preference.  It’s only strong enough to do the job it needs to do and nothing more and is also only applied to the hair that needs color like the roots.  Most home color gets applied incorrectly and is overlapped causing an unsightly banding effect.  With continued poor application the hair eventually gets completely damaged and requires corrective color.  Unfortunately in some cases the hair isn’t strong enough to undergo a corrective service and needs to be cut shorter.

To be continued….

So I hope this information helps.  I know some of it may be a drag and isn’t what you wanted to hear but unfortunately it is the truth.  You can grow your hair out but it takes time and proper care.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and stay tuned for part 2. In the mean time feel free to post a haircare question and I’ll be happy to try and answer it for you.

Thanks for reading!

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