How To Grow Long Hair As A Man - smartesthairstyles.com - Long hair is an attractive asset for both men and women. If you're interested in growing your hair but don't really know the process, then look no further! Read below the jump for help using specific treatments for your hair, in addition to lifestyle changes that help stimulate hair growth. This will also help if you cut your hair too short and want it to grow longer faster.
- Using treatments on your hair
Treat yourself to a hot oil massage. Hair growth starts at the roots – which means taking care of your scalp and hair roots can stimulate growth. Oil that nourishes hair, warms it and massages it into the scalp helps promote hair growth. Heat some olive, coconut, or argon oil until warm to the touch. Gently rub into your scalp for 5-10 minutes and allow the oil to soak into your hair for another 30 minutes. Rinse the oil out with warm water when you're done.
Try an apple cider vinegar rinse. Apple cider vinegar is one of those do-it-all products; it works wonders for hair, skin and many health ailments. Among its many abilities is the ability to stimulate hair growth. Mix three parts apple cider vinegar with one part water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray your hair with the vinegar mixture after shampooing every time you shower. Wait 1-2 minutes and then rinse it off. You should notice a change in growth rate after several weeks of use.
Use a deep conditioner. Damaged hair doesn't grow as well as healthy hair; Using a deep conditioner to repair your hair follicles will increase hair growth over time. Choose a deep conditioner for your hair type (available at most drug stores and hair salons) and follow the directions on the package. Normally the conditioner is left in the hair for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it out with cold water.
Make an egg white and aloe mask. Egg whites and aloe vera have been used in hair for centuries. They moisturize the hair, give it a healthier look and also help stimulate hair growth. Mix an egg white with fresh aloe vera (or 100% bottled aloe vera) and coat your hair and scalp in the mixture. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with cold water. Allow your hair to air dry when you're done.
Try an onion rinse. Boil a sliced onion in water for 10-15 minutes to form an onion broth. Let this cool and then rub it on your head and scalp. Onion provides nutrients that aid in hair growth while adding shine to strands. Rinse with cold water and let your hair air dry. And don't worry — the onion won't leave your hair smelly as long as you rinse it all out.
- Make lifestyle changes
Know when to brush your hair. Brushing your hair promotes hair growth as it stimulates the scalp and distributes the natural oils throughout the shaft of each hair strand. However, there are do's and don'ts when it comes to brushing your hair. Try to brush your hair 1-2 times a day (e.g. after waking up and at night). However, be careful about brushing your hair too much as this can pull out hairs that you are trying to grow out. Also, never brush your hair when it's wet, as that's when it's at its most brittle and breaks easily.
Avoid hot tools and chemicals. Although it's usually more of a problem for women than men, using hot tools (like blow dryers and flat irons) and chemicals (like hair dye and relaxers) will damage your hair significantly. Not only will it make your hair appear frizzy and dull, it will also cause your hair to take longer to grow out. If possible, let your hair air dry and avoid styling it with any tools.
Change your shower routine. While it doesn't keep your hair looking its best, the natural oil your scalp produces is essential to improving hair health and accelerating growth rate. Washing your hair every day removes these oils and slows your rate of growth. Wash your hair as little as possible during the week, and wash it at least every other day.
Take hair growth supplements. There are certain vitamins and supplements on the market that promote hair growth. With regular use, you should see an increase in growth every month. Look for biotin, folic acid, vitamin E, and fish oil, all of which promote hair and nail health and growth. You should also make sure you are taking all of your regular vitamins and minerals and take a multivitamin as a supplement if needed.
Use the right shampoo. There are dozens of hair shampoos on the market, each tailored for a different hair type or ultimate style. However, the one consistent ingredient to avoid in shampoos is silicone. Despite being advertised as beneficial, silicone blocks moisture and nutrients and hampers hair growth. Look for hair products (shampoo or otherwise) that use natural ingredients and are silicone-free.
Also, you should only shampoo every 2 to 3 days. This allows the natural oils in your scalp to moisturize and protect your hair, keeping it healthy.
Use the right conditioner. As said, silicone blocks moisture and nutrients, so look for a conditioner with natural ingredients. Another option is to simply use a leave-in conditioner (do not rinse out the leave-in conditioner).
Wash your hair with cold water. Hot showers may be the most comfortable, but the heat of the water opens the hair shaft of each strand of hair, allowing valuable moisture to escape and making your hair more brittle and prone to damage. When washing your hair, use the coldest water you can endure. The cool temperature closes the hair shaft and helps lock in moisture that you would otherwise let out.
Stay healthy. There's a reason people say they "lose hair" when they're stressed; Stress, poor diet and lack of exercise can all lead to hair loss and a slowdown in hair growth. Make the necessary lifestyle changes to encourage good eating and exercise habits, and reduce stress whenever possible.
Stay hydrated. Water is generally important for good health, but drinking plenty of water can help keep your scalp and hair follicles hydrated for increased growth. Drink 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day to keep your body properly hydrated.
Know when to cut your hair.There are usually two major factions when it comes to hair growth: those who encourage regular trimming and those who swear against trimming at all. Although they appear to be opposing views, both are right. The reason for trimming hair is either to remove length or to remove damage. Since you're trying to grow your hair, you shouldn't cut your hair for the first reason. Instead, the hair should be trimmed semi-regularly to snip off damaged ends. This does not promote hair growth, but it does promote hair health; Long hair that is frizzy and brittle does not look good. Therefore, try to trim your hair 1-3 times a year to keep it looking its best.
When your hair is in that awkward mid-length phase, find ways to style it properly until it grows back stronger.
Use satin pillowcases. This may sound strange, but the fabric of most pillowcases (cotton or other low thread count covers) will cause your hair to fall out. This is because the "rough" fabric causes friction with your hair and pulls out strands while you sleep. To avoid this, swap out your regular pillowcases for satin pillowcases that are smooth enough to let your hair slide through without tugging.