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Haircare 102: Tips for Growing out your hair. Part 2

Here are a few more inside tips for taking care of and growing out your hair:

8.  Use the correct kind of elastics & clips to tie your hair back.  This is another common issue I see with some of my clients who have long hair and/or are growing out their hair.  Inevitably  during the grow out process you will get to the awkward stage.  The stage where you would rather shave your head than deal with the mop that currently refuses to do ANYTHING.  That’s because it’s too long for the previous style you had and it’s too short for the next phase.  Most clients end up pulling it back just to get it out of their face and many times use the wrong kind of elastics and/or twist the hair into a messy bun.   What happens is the elastics and/or bun place a great amount of tension and stress on the hair and it causes breakage.   My advice is to not pull your hair back really tight and don’t do that messy bun thing.  Always use clips with smooth edges and elastics with smooth fabric.  You can also use a little bit of hairspray to hold it in place.  I like Moroccan oil hairspray because it’s light, won’t dry the hair out and it smells awesome.

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9. Always use a COMB to brush out wet or tangled hair.   Never ever use a brush to comb out wet or tangled hair.  Doing so causes major breakage!!  The hair is extremely fragile when it’s wet.  I tell my clients to first brush out their dry hair before they get into the shower and while in the shower to comb the conditioner through before rinsing it out.  If you do that then you shouldn’t have any tangles to comb out.  Lastly be sure that while shampooing that you massage the scalp with the pads of your fingers but don’t swirl the hair into a ball of knots in the process.  And you should also avoid using very hot water because it is extremely drying and will also fade color treated hair.  Shampoo hair with either warm or cool water to be safe. You may use a brush to style wet hair After it has been combed out. 

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10.  Use a satin or silk pillowcase.  Using a cotton pillowcase causes  friction, leading to breakage in some types of hair.  If you use a silk or satin pillowcase the hair will slide around under your head without any friction.  I recommend you change the pillowcase 2x a week though so your skin doesn’t breakout.  The oils from your scalp and any hair products you use sit on top of that kind of fabric so be sure to change the pillowcase more frequently.

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11.  Hairdresser hopping during the grow out process.   There are certain ways to cut the hair so that it grows into a style quicker and your stylist has already started their technique on you.  I can tell you that all stylists have vastly different cutting techniques and if you have another stylist trim it for you that more than likely they are going to unintentionally undue all the work your regular stylist has started and set you back a couple months.  This is something I’ve seen a hundred times over the years.  My advice is stick with one stylist during the grow out process and/or during any corrective hair service like color.

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12. Take a multivitamin.  If you have followed the aforementioned tips and your hair seems to not be growing go see your doctor.   Most people benefit from taking a multivitamin and it will certainly help your hair, skin & nails. But be sure to check with your doctor first to make sure it is safe to do so and to check if there isn’t a medical condition that may be causing your hair issue.  Vitamin deficiencies and thyroid disease for example can really do a number on your hair.  It can make it dry & brittle and also cause it to thin out dramatically.  Be safe and go see your doctor.

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13. Are your glasses causing breakage? If you tend to wear your sunglasses on top of your head you should make sure that the screws/hinges on the sides of the glasses are hidden or smooth otherwise you will experience breakage near your temple area. If that is already a problem then perhaps a new pair of glasses are in order or try not wearing them on top of your head anymore.

This concludes my advice for growing out your hair.  I wish you luck on your way to getting it long and healthy.   Please feel free to post any questions and I will be happy to answer.   Thanks so much for reading my blog.   If you like my advice please share this link with your friends.

Tara

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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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