Have you been rocking a pixie cut since Miley Cyrus debuted hers? Or perhaps went for a “lob” (long-bob) last fall? Maybe you already have long hair, but want to see just how long it can go! No matter what, you’re ready to see your hair long, flowy and healthy. Extensions are expensive, especially if you get quality ones. The only magic to “miracle hair supplements” may be the ability to clear out your wallet. Not to mention all the chemical products that come out that try to say they are what is best for your hair. How can you be sure, if you don’t even know what half of the ingredient label means? So, here are eight natural long hair tips and secrets every girl should know!
DOWN TO THE SCIENCE
Your hair is made up of a protein called keratin, meaning you need proteins in your diet. Red meats are the best source for ferritin, which promotes hair protein production. Vegetarian? You can also get healthy hair with iron-rich foods, such as leafy greens, soybeans, nuts, chickpeas, lentils and cereals. You cannot expect your hair to grow long and healthy, if you’re not making sure it composed of its essential building blocks!
SPEAKING OF PROTEIN…
If you think your hair could use even more protein than what your diet allows, step out of your comfort zone and try an egg mask! Eggs are packed full of protein, as well as vitamins A, D, and E. Some things to throw into your egg mask to get the most out of it, would be castor and olive oils. Castor oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, helping revitalize your hair, while getting rid of any product buildup that can potentially be holding your hair back from growing as long as it can. Olive oil is also rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, while also acting as an anti-inflammatory, moisturizing your scalp and hair, getting rid of any irritation and dandruff.
For the mask, use two large eggs, crack them into a bowl before adding one tablespoon of castor oil and two tablespoons of olive oil. Whisk until totally blended before using a hair dying brush to thoroughly work through your hair, making sure to massage into the scalp and leave for 30 minutes before washing out. Not enough to saturate your entire head? Make some more!
Alright, this is one of those long hair tips that you might be a little skeptical of. How can cutting your hair help it grow longer? While it won’t directly cause your hair to get longer, it’ll keep your hair healthy by ensuring your ends do not split. Split ends are the result of heat and styling damage, and it can lead to hair breakage. The last thing you want when trying to grow your hair out, is that. Make sure to pop into your local salon every four to six weeks.
THE POWER OF COCONUTS
The power of food doesn’t stop with eggs and oils! If egg mask isn’t exactly appealing to you, we understand. Instead, bathe your hair in iron, fatty acids and potassium by using coconut milk. Canned coconut milk will do. Just heat a cup of your coconut milk until it is nice and warm, but not too hot. Then, massage it into your hair, from root to end. Allow it to sit for an hour before washing your hair out. Your hair will be properly nourished and smell oh-so-great! You can also add coconut oil to this mask, especially if you want to have more shiny and silky feel to your hair. Just melt these two ingredients in equal proportions, we mean coconut milk and coconut oil, wait for it to cool down a little and then gently massage into your hair, wait for one hour, then rinse; this hair mask can do miracles in restoring the health and vitality of your locks.
ANOTHER USE FOR YOUR SUNBURN RELIEF GO-TO
Thought aloe vera was just for treating painful sunburns? Guess again! Aloe vera promotes hair growth by stimulating blood flow to the area to which it is applied. Here is one of great and useful long hair tips: after shampooing your hair, use a 100% aloe vera gel to condition your hair. Let it set for a couple of minutes before rinsing out, and then follow up with vinegar rinse, which will boost hair shine. Vinegar rinse is a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water in equal proportions, or 1:2, depending on your preference. Do this routinely, a few times a week, and you will see the results in no time! Not only will it stimulate hair growth, but it’ll make your hair soft and shiny.
USE WHAT YOU’VE GOT
While your mom might have wrangled you into the tub every night as a kid to cleanse you of a day’s worth of Cheeto dust, colored marker and dirt, it’s imperative you do not shampoo your hair every day! It’ll strip your hair of its natural oils—oils that your hair needs to stay hydrated and healthy. Try shampooing only on an “as needed” basis. Reach for that bottle of shampoo only when your hair has too much oil build-up, and only shampoo the areas that need it. We recommend to shampoo only front part of the hair, while leaving the back hair untouched, like this your hair will look fresh, but you can stretch the time between shampooing.
To keep your hair from getting too oily at the roots too quickly, be sure to brush your hair before bed, from root to end. This will help distribute your natural oils to your strands, while preventing that unwanted build-up. Another one of good long hair tips that can help to avoid daily shampooing is to use dry shampoo or, if you love natural hair products, you can use finely milled rice flower as your dry shampoo (this rice flower is not the same as usual wheat flower, it is much more fine, and it can often be found in Asian supermarkets), it works wonders by refreshing the look of your hair.
There’s almost nothing worse than a cold shower… but it can be good for your hair to do a quick, but thorough, rinse just before getting out. Warm water just doesn’t make hair lay down the same way that cold water does. A cold water rinse will keep your hair from getting as frizzy, will protect against heat damage, and will give your hair a more noticeable shine. How does it make your hair shinier? As stated before, it helps your hair follicles lay in the same direction. When hair lays in the same direction, it allows more light to reflect from it—a.k.a., shinier hair! So it’ll prevent your hair from damage, which promotes healthy hair growth.
PUT DOWN THE STYLING TOOLS
If you want long, healthy hair… it’s time to rock your natural locks! Put down the flat irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair ties. As much as you can, just leave your hair be. Heat and hair ties will cause damage and breakage, which will not only show, but also prevent your hair from growing as quickly!
We hope that you found these long hair tips helpful and give them a try to get longer, healthier hair in a natural way.