Most people on a hair growth journey are curious about tips for growing long hair. If you read my last length check post, you saw that I am right at Hip Length. I rarely wear my hair down but when I do, the first question people ask me is, “How did you get your hair to grow?” I have a few tips that I would say have helped me along my journey and today I am sharing five core tips with you. Please be ready for my plant analogies. 🙂
Tips For Growing Long Hair:
- Moisture and Protein – Both are important in the overall health of your hair. If your hair does not have a proper balance of both, it will break and length will not be retained. Think of moisture and protein as you would watering a plant. I have mentioned before that I am protein sensitive; therefore, I do not need or am able to handle the same amount of protein as others. Through trial and error, I found the correct balance for Cherrelle. I know if I do not moisturize her as needed I will experience excessive breakage. In others, that may be attributed to a need for protein.
- Healthy Diet– I know you’ve seen this listed on my hair regimen and most of my monthly hair goals. Having a healthy diet is key to healthy hair. It is nourishing your hair from the inside out. I noticed when my diet and water intake are not right, my hair is extremely dry and dull no matter how much product I use to give it a boost.
- Trim Ends – It is a myth that trimming your ends will cause your hair to grow. In truth, trimming your ends will allow you to retain the hair that you are growing. If you remove any split ends, this will limit breakage by preventing splits from moving up the hair shaft. Trimming split and damage end when needed will reduce the need for a full cut later. When I trim, I only take off 1/8” to ¼” because I focus on maintaining healthy ends. This is the reason I never need a major cut during length checks.
- Clean scalp – A clean will allow the hair to grow freely. It is important to keep your scalp clean and remove any dandruff or product buildup. Imagine this is like covering your prize plant with a plastic bag. It would be impossible for your plant to continue to grow and thrive with a bag smothering it. I have issues with dandruff and my remedy may sound crazy but it does work, Miconazole nitrate. Yes, it’s the active ingredient in Monistat. We will chat about that later. I have also used other oils that are great for fighting dandruff, including tea tree oil.
- Protective Styles – While protective styling does not promote actual growth, it does allow you to retain growth. A protective style is any style that does not leave your ends exposed. These styles will protect your ends from exposure to the elements and rubbing clothes or other items that will cause breakage. I love to wear wigs and have my hair up in a bun. I have also been known to wear crown braids and two pinned-up plaits.
I hope my tips for growing long hair will help you along your journey and I will share other tips in future posts. Be sure to subscribe to this site to receive the latest healthy hair and hair growth tips from Just Tiki.
Do you have any tips to add? What have you done to promote growth and healthy hair on your journey?