Everyone wants longer hair. It makes a woman more beautiful hence the love for it. This has made us to wear wigs to create the illusion of a longer hair. The bible even said a woman’s hair is her glory. The importance of a long hair can therefore not be over ruled. Here are a few tips to grow your hair:
USE A GENTLE SHAMPOO.
Many common shampoos contain harsh sulfates that can strip your hair, causing it to become dry and eventually leading to breakage. So, look for a mild and gentle one to use.
USE PROTEIN TREATMENTS TO REBUILD HAIR STRUCTURE AND STRENGTH.
Your hair is about 88% protein. These proteins are of a hard fibrous type known as keratin. When hair is chemically straightened, these bonds are broken, causing the hair to lose strength. If this protein is not replaced, it will eventually cause the hair to break. Egg treatments are effective protein treatment for black hair and usually stops breakage immediately. A protein treatment should be used every other week (for chemically relaxed or damaged hair). If using an egg treatment, heat should not be applied. The treatment should be applied to the hair and covered with a plastic cap for 60 minutes. If using another type of protein product, it should be applied and covered with a plastic cap for 10-15 minutes. For healthy hair, a protein treatment should be used every other week, alternating with a moisture treatment.
USE WATER AND OIL BASED MOISTURIZERS CORRECTLY.
Your hair may be dry even though you are using a variety of moisture products on it. The reason is that oils and other moisturizing products that contain petrolatum, lanolin, and mineral oil do not moisturize your hair effectively. Instead they seal moisture in or out of your hair. They should only be used to seal the hair and add shine. Water based moisturizers effectively penetrate and moisturize the hair.
USE HAIR VITAMINS TO INCREASE YOUR GROWTH RATE AND LENGTHEN YOUR NATURAL GROWTH PHASE.
Hair grows at an average rate of about 1/2 inch per month. Your hair vitamin should contain nutrients such as Biotin and Folic Acid that make your hair grow faster. Also, they should contain MSM which lengthens your natural anagen, or growth phase. This allows your hair to grow much longer. Your anagen phase, or growth phase, is genetically determined and limits the maximum length that your hair can reach.
PROPERLY NEUTRALIZE AFTER APPLYING CHEMICAL RELAXERS.
Also, when you relax your hair, you need to make sure you properly neutralize. You will first wash all relaxer out with water. Wash with neutralizing shampoo at least three times. Then apply the neutralizing shampoo once more and let sit for 10 minutes. Then wash and proceed with conditioners and styling.
In order to achieve the longest hair possible you need to do the following:
Stop Hair Breakage – by following the hair care techniques in Secrets for Faster Hair Growth, you can minimize your hair breakage and allow you hair to reach it maximum length.
Increase Anagen (Growth) Phase- Using Hair Vitamins with MSM will naturallly lengthen your anagen phase and allow your hair to grow much longer before entering the resting and shedding phases.
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