It is believed that on average hair grows by 1.5-3 cm per month, but this process can be accelerated if you are bored with bangs or want to change the image. I will tell you how I grew long and healthy hair for a year and a half and what I did for that.
From the age of 15 I used to have a bob, because I absolutely hated long hair, but tastes change, and a year and a half ago I wanted a different hairstyle. By the time I was 25, I’d grown it to a length that I’d only had in high school.
From fall 2019 to spring 2021, I was able to grow a long braid almost to the waist
When I wanted to change my hairstyle, I was able to grow my hair long in 1.5 years
Wash your hair with moisturizing shampoos
I recommend washing your hair 2-3 times a week. Washing more often is not a good idea because all the dirt and excess sebum washes away the protective lipid barrier of the scalp. My main rule is to choose moisturizing shampoos and conditioners instead of those that give volume or shine – they can dry out the hair and make it brittle. I like Korean shampoos from Deoproce and La’dor – they are soft, rinse and detangle my hair well, moisturize but don’t weigh it down.
Sometimes to freshen up my style and give volume, I use dry shampoo or powder in the morning. Be sure to wash my hair the same evening – so as not to clog the pores of the skin with product residue and not to interfere with blood flow.
Every week to do a hair mask
Every week I try to make an additional restorative or nourishing hair mask. Sometimes I choose oils that moisturize strands well, or ampoule essences with oil in them – they are convenient to use.
I like the Confume Argan Treatment Hair Ampoule set from Welcos, a Korean brand that specializes in hair care. The ampoules contain 100% natural argan oil, which restores the structure of hair along the entire length, gives smoothness and shine, makes hair more elastic and prevents hair breakage.
Use regular leave-in care and cut the ends
Before I brush my hair, I use a light oil, cream or other leave-in treatment every time to reduce mechanical damage and breakage, to give my hair shine and smoothness. The oil should be crumbled in the palms of your hands and distributed from the middle of the length to the ends, so it can be applied in a thin layer and does not make the strands greasy.
Now my favorite is a multifunctional hair cream, which moisturizes the strands, makes them more elastic, soft and shiny. It contains keratin, which smoothes the structure of hair and gives it a healthy look, as well as extracts of rosemary, chamomile, mint, thyme, jasmine.
Strengthen hair follicles and cleanse the scalp
In addition to daily care, scalp tonics are useful. The Scalp Helper Hair Tonic by La’dor helped me – it strengthens hair follicles and reduces hair loss. The product improves blood circulation, additionally moisturizes and nourishes the scalp. It contains many useful components – extracts of aloe, ginseng, green tea, cypress and grape seed.
Another important step in the care is scrubbing the scalp to cleanse it of keratinized cells, accelerate blood circulation and stimulate hair growth. This procedure can be done 1-2 times a month. I have been using The Body Shop green tea scrub shampoo for this purpose for a long time.
What not to do to grow your hair
Over the past year and a half, I’ve really reconsidered my hair care routine. A lot of things that used to be the norm, I now do not do. For example, I don’t towel dry my hair, I just blot it, which helps to reduce mechanical damage. I also try not to blow dry, straighten, and curl my hair every day, as heat damage can really dry out the hair and make it brittle. Also I have given up too thin rubber bands, which pull the hair too tight and can damage it.