If your wedding day hair goals call for long, flowing locks, you might not need to go and buy those extensions just yet. There are plenty of hair care tips and tricks to help you grow healthy hair, and perhaps speed up the process too. Check out our expert ideas for helping your hair grow, shine, and stay healthy before your big day.
If you think about it, in one way or another you're probably damaging your hair. Whether it be from heat, the wrong products, too tight ponytails, too much product, or sun damage, it's hard to keep our hair safe and growing. If you're dreaming of long and flowy hair for your big day, try to use as little product and hot tools as possible. Be mindful of the products (shampoos, conditioners, hairsprays, etc.) you use daily and try to stick to as little ingredients as possible in those that you do use.
Eat the Right Foods
By avoiding salts and sugars and eating the right foods, you can help your hair grow from the inside out. Not surprisingly, similar to how what you eat can affect your skin, what you eat also has a direct result on you hair and scalp, too. Foods rich in the vitamins and nutrients necessary to long healthy hair include bananas, raisins, oils, eggs, almonds, avocados and more.
Treat It With Care
Much like your future marriage, if you want your hair to go, you have to treat it right. With tons of treatment options out there, be careful to choose the right ones to target growth. Keep an eye out for ingredient lists that include rosemary, coconut milk, eggs or fish oil for all-natural approaches to growth. Hot oil treatments also penetrate the hair shaft to strengthen and repair damaged strands. Pair them with a scalp massage and your hair will look, grow AND feel amazing.
Brush It Often
While brushing is essential to tame and detangle, an essential benefit of brushing is distribution of hair oils. In fact, proper brushing can potentially clean your hair better than your favorite shampoo. Additionally, the scalp stimulation that results from brushing can increase circulation and help distribute nutrients and oxygen to essential hair parts, potentially stimulating growth. Just be sure to brush in moderation as excessive brushing can create breakage, thinning, and wreak havoc on curls. Added Tip: Brushes with ball tips help the most to prevent damage.
If you think about it, you spend about 6-8 hours (but during wedding planning, maybe not) a night resting your head and hair on your pillowcase. You might not realize it, but cotton can be rough on your locks. Beauty experts advocate for softer silk, sateen or satin pillowcases for their beauty benefits, not only for your face, but for your hair too. A soft and silky resting spot is essential to prevent breakage, static, damaging knots, and more.
Yes, while it may sound counterintuitive to cut your hair while wanting it to grow, trims are a must. Trimming dead ends not only helps to cut back on breakage and pesky flyaways, but improves the texture of your hair, too. By preventing breakage with healthy ends, you'll have more growth in less time.