Thursday, April 5, 2012

What you need to know about growing long healthy hair.

To avoid loosing length to regular trims that are necessary for damaged, full of split ends hair and have long healthy hair, follow these tips. WARNING: once you damaged your hair, it stays damaged, you can only work to grow healthy hair and trim off the damage.
Information gathered from these hair growing tips: Keeping Split Ends At Bay: Secrets of Gently Handling Your Hair by Teacherbear
  • use a wide tooth seamless comb (made of horn, or plastic – sand off the seams)
  • finger comb
  • comb your hair starting at the ends and working your way up a couple of inches at a time
  • take knots apart gently with your hands
  • wear different hairdos every day
  • use non-damaging hair toys (sticks, combs, satin scrunchies, ribbons, flexi8, ficcare, etc)
  • wear your hair in buns and braids
  • avoid sulfates in shampoo, even avoid shampoos if possible (try sulfate-free shampoo, or alternative no shampoo washes – conditioner only, water only, clay, indian herbs, etc)
  • condition your length often
  • detangle your hair before washing
  • gently detangle your hair using your fingers while conditioner is on your hair
  • use a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt to dry hair (wrap hair in this, keep it up for 10 minutes to 1 hour, then let your hair hang until it dries)
  • wash your hair as seldom as possible (only when it needs it, which will be less often if you stay away from harsh sulfate shampoo that strips your natural oils making your scalp rebel)
  • use a leave-in conditioner if your hair is frizzy, dull, or hard to detangle (oil is a good natural alternative, most popular oils: coconut, olive, avocado, jojoba, - Oiling Tutorial)
  • use heatless styling (hair wrapping, rag rolling, magnetic rollers, plopping, bun curls and braid waves examples: heat free styling)
  • trim split ends if you see them (the damage will travel up the strand and entangle neighboring strands)
  • use a hair scissor that is only used to cut hair and it is sharp (Sally’s and CVS has them for $10)
  • cut splits perpendicularly to the hair (like the letter T where the top line is the scissor and the upright part is the hair strand)
  • dust your hair if your ends are split (cut off less than ½ an inch from the ends, Self-trim tutorial)
  • search and destroy trims (take one inch of your hair at a time and look through it for splits, check your ends for individual split ends - S&D tutorial)
  • cover your hair heavily in coconut oil for at least one hour before washing it to prevent protein loss and hygral fatigue (photo of that)
  • clarify your hair periodically (with a shampoo that says clarifying, or baking soda and vinegar rinse)
  • chelate your hair if you have hard water, swim in pools, or expose your hair to mineral deposits (Apple cider vinegar – one tea spoon to on cup of water, club soda rinse, chelating shampoo)
  • deep condition your hair regularly (either with SMT, or pre-wash oiling -hot or not, or a regular deep conditioning treatment)
  • use color fix if you’re trying to get rid of a hair color
  • use natural ways to color hair (body art quality henna, indigo, cassia, honey lightening, cinnamon lightening - minimize chemical dye damagehoney lighteningcinnamon)
  • use natural styling products (style your hair without damaging it)
  • use a protein treatment if your hair strands are very stretchy and do not bounce back to original length when stretched
  • clarify your hair and do a deep conditioning treatment after if your hair is dry
  • Whats wrong with my hair?  (build-upprotein overloadmoisture overload)
Do Not
  • use brushes (except for boar bristle brush - BBB are to be used on already detangled hair to move natural oils down the length, THIS is the brush that you're suppose to use for 100 strokes a day)
  • plastic combs with seams
  • rip through hair knots
  • wear the same hair-do every day (this will help avoid repeated mechanical damage)
  • wear damaging hair accessories (elastics with metal grips, hair clips with seams, etc)
  • wear your hair down often (only on special occasions – once a month, every few months, when it’s drying; this will help avoid tangling, and mechanical damage from seat belts, purse straps, coat collars, chairs, etc)
  • pile your hair on top of your head while washing (this will help avoid tangling)
  • shampoo your length often (only once in a long while – 2 weeks, a month, etc)
  • scrub your hair with a towel (this will help avoid tangling and breakage)
  • use heat on your hair (blow drying, straightening, curling)
  • wash your hair every day
  • detangle, brush, comb your hair while it wet (that’s when your hair is most vulnerable)
  • backcomb (ever)
  • use chemical dyes, bleach, perms, Brazilian straightening, chemical straightening, relax hair
  • use regular styling products (hair spray, gels, mousse, etc)
  • use products with silicone in them unless you need to (they lock moisture out of your hair until you clarify them out) To Cone or Not to Cone
  • cut your hair with anything except a hair scissor
  • razor cut your hair (ever)

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