Growing out your hair can take a lot of patience and work, but it’s not impossible! Depending on your hair type, hair typically grows a quarter of an inch to half an inch per month.
While you can’t make hair grow faster, you can help minimize breakage to help it grow longer and healthier by following a hair routine for healthy hair. The best ways to keep your hair healthy involve preventing damage, split ends, and breakage. Whether you’re growing out a pixie cut or want mermaid-length hair, these are the best tips for healthier-looking hair growth.
How to Keep Your Hair Healthy
1. Get Regular Trims
It’s not true that trims make your hair grow faster, but they do remove split ends. Split ends can creep up the hair shaft and cause breakage, so it’s important to trim them off before they cause permanent damage. Plus, cutting off split ends makes hair look thicker and healthier. Visit your hairstylist for a trim every six to eight weeks to keep the ends of your hair healthy.
2. Invest in a Boar-Bristle Brush
Our scalp naturally produces oils to keep hair moisturized and healthy. Unfortunately, when our hair gets long, oils can have a hard time reaching the ends. This is why you need a boar-bristle brush. Boar-bristle brushes are amazing for distributing the scalp’s oils evenly down the hair strand. Brush hair before bed each night with a boar bristle brush to moisturize hair with its natural oils.
3. Take a Supplement
Eating a diet with plenty of vitamins, protein, and healthy fats will help ensure healthy hair growth. If you’re really serious about growing healthy, strong hair that can reach greater lengths, then take a supplement like Viviscal to provide extra nutritional support. With ingredients like biotin, vitamin C, and iron, Viviscal fills in gaps in your nutrition and promotes existing hair growth from within.*
4. Put Down the Curling Iron!
It’s no secret: heat tools like curling irons, flat irons, and blow-dryers can weaken the hair shaft, causing frizz, split ends, and breakage. Whenever possible, avoid using heat tools to style your hair. If you MUST use heat tools, use the lowest temperature setting possible and ALWAYS use a heat protectant before styling.
5. Update Your Cleansing Routine
If you wash your hair everyday, it’s time to occasionally put down the shampoo. Skip a few days between hair washes to allow natural scalp oils to moisturize and repair hair strands. When you do wash your hair, use a gentle shampoo and restorative conditioner like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner, which are specially formulated to keep hair looking thick and healthy as it grows. Also, remember that you should condition your hair every single time you shampoo it. Conditioner restores and moisturizes hair to help prevent breakage. After conditioning, rinse hair with cold water to smooth the cuticle, thus reducing moisture loss, damage, and frizz.
6. Apply a Weekly Hair Mask
If your hair is shoulder-length or longer, you’ll also want to apply a weekly hair mask for extra TLC. Look for hair masks with keywords on the packaging like “restore” and “repair”, which are designed to prevent split ends and breakage for greater lengths.
7. Don’t Brush Wet Hair
Wet hair is especially prone to breakage. To detangle wet hair, use a wide-toothed comb. Gently comb hair starting at the ends and work your way up the strand, combing down. It may take longer, but the extra minutes spent detangling your hair correctly will eventually lead to longer lengths.
8. Avoid Crash Diets
Trendy cleanses may promise healthy results, but they are unlikely to help your hair. Crash diets can deprive the body of many of the nutrients it may need for healthy hair growth. Frequent, extreme dieting can disrupt hair growth patterns and cause shedding. To support hair growth, eat a balanced, healthy diet with plenty of protein.
9. Change Your Pillowcase
Ditching your cotton pillowcase in favor of a silk or satin upgrade will lead to better hair in the long run. Silk and satin pillowcases have more slip, resulting in less friction on the hair at night. Less friction means fewer tangles and less breakage in the morning. It’s a small, easy change, but it makes a huge difference!
10. Abstain from Bleach
While platinum blonde hair can be a great look, bleach is incredibly damaging for hair strands. If you want to grow out your hair, we suggest coloring hair as little as possible, and sticking to a shade closer to your natural hair color to minimize breakage.
11. Be Patient
Depending on your desired length, growing out your hair can take a long time. Be patient! Stick with this hair routine for healthy hair, and you’ll reach your desired length before you know it.