First off, I just recently had 4 inches trimmed from hair to guarantee less split ends. I will admit I hadn't had a trim for about a year prior to this.
You can see here that my shortest layer is blow my shoulders, and about mid back. You can also how unhealthy the ends look. They look very thin, especially for the longest layer. The shape of hair has morphed into a "V" and that is always a warning sign for me to get a trim.
After the cut, I still retained the length and style. Yes boring, but I'm not much of risk taker when it comes to my hair. You can see my shortest length is just below the shoulders and now the shape has been evenly snipped. It is a bit wavy but this from the morning after because it was a busy weekend.
Tips for Growing Strong Hair:
- Always get regular trims! Regularly hair cuts are so important because long hair is old, and that means your hair is in a more fragile state. Regular trims prevent breakage and split ends. Longer hair should be trimmed every 8-10 weeks, and shorter hair about every 6 weeks.
- Change your shampoos occasionally. Hair can build a tolerance when using the same shapmoo/conditioner.
- Use a wide tooth comb on wet hair. Remember to be very gentle when doing so because hair is very weak when it's wet.
- Remember to shower with warm water only, because hot water can dry and irritate your scalp.
- Brittle hair needs to be nourished from within. Use a delicate moisturizing shampoo which will wash without too much rubbing.
- Massaging your scalp regularly can stimulate oil production, which will help reduce the dryness of your hair. Especially when shampooing because it breaks up the oils on your scalp.
- Before using heat on your hair, make sure you always use some sort of heat protectant.
- When you blowdrying, keep the blow dryer at least 6 inches away from your head, constantly moving it so you don't overheat your hair.
- When possible, give your hair a rest. Go natural and leave off the styling products.
- Zinc can help prevent hair loss by building hair protein. Good sources of zinc include meat and seafood.
- Vitamin E can make your hair shine. Good sources of vitamin E include: brown rice, nuts, wheat germ, and leafy green vegetables.
- Eat enough protein (fish, meat, milk, cheese) for stronger and healthier hair.
- Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Water helps keep your hair silky and shiny.
These tips are obviously no secret, but they are often overlooked and forgotten. This is just a simple reminder to get you on the right path for a better mane.
As you can see, lifestyle plays a major factor for building strong hair. Taking care of yourself overall will promote healthy hair growth and make you feel much better about yourself.
If you have any special tips not mentioned above feel free to share them with me. I'm always reading about ways to maintain beautiful strong locks.