How to finally grow long hair!
We have so many clients ask us about how to grow long hair – often thinking that it’s not possible – that we decided to write about it and share some tips on how to grow long hair on your own and with the help of your Cedar Ridge Salon stylist.
If you’ve ever wanted to grow long hair and have only dreamed of long, beautiful locks, follow these tips, set an appointment with your Cedar Ridge Salon stylist to discuss your plan and get those locks growing!
Although it seems counter-intuitive, the first thing you need to do is get a trim. Why? Because split ends break. You’ve probably heard the old wives tale, “Cutting your hair makes your hair grow faster”. That’s not necessarily true, but it DOES prevent further breakage which is what can prevent you from being able to grow long hair. Start with a trim and then return to your Cedar Ridge Salon stylist every 10 weeks for a dusting or feathering trim, removing a bare minimum off the ends.
The right diet can help you grow long hair
A proper diet is very important for the health of your hair – and your ability to grow long hair. Be sure to eat plenty of protein (healthy hair requires protein to become – and to stay – strong), leafy greens, nuts, seeds and coconut oil are all beneficial to growing healthy, long locks – and nails. Biotin (also known as Vitamin H) is often recommended as a supplement for healthy hair and nail growth.
On the flip side, ingesting these items in excess can hinder your process to grow long hair: Sugar, caffeine, alcohol and smoking breaks down our collagen which leads to hair breakage. Maybe wanting to grow long hair can be the excuse you needed to quit one or more bad habits?
Washing your hair with well water can be very damaging to your hair. Washing your hair with the proper shampoo can lessen the side effects from damaging minerals found in well water. These pesky minerals can cause brittleness, breakage and even discoloration. You may not even know that your home is using water from a well – especially if you recently moved from a more urban area where well water is more rare.
Aside from using bottled water to wash your hair or washing it at the gym, we recommend certain shampoos and conditioners that are formulated for hard water. There are also weekly at-home treatments available that will strip the damaging minerals from your hair shafts. Cedar Ridge Salon also offers professional salon treatments for the removal of well water minerals.
How often should you wash your hair?
First of all you want to be using a high-quality, sulfate-free, paraben-free shampoo and conditioner. We use and recommend Unite Products and are happy to consult with you to choose which formulation is best. You can wash your hair when it’s dirty or every other day, but be aware that over washing your hair can strip the natural oils that are needed for healthy hair, hindering your plan to grow long hair.
Excessive heat harms your hair!
Do not use excessive heat when drying or styling your hair or when showering. A cool water rinse not only prevents damage but also adds shine to your hair strands by closing the cuticle down.
Comb your hair only when it’s wet and show your Cedar Ridge Salon stylist your hair brush to make sure it’s not another damaging factor.
With the advice of your stylist, perform at-home treatments periodically and professional treatments every 6 weeks or so to keep up the health of your hair. Everyone’s hair has different needs. Some hair needs more moisture, some hair needs more protein and some hair needs a balance of the two.
New treatments offered by Cedar Ridge Salon
A fairly new (and miraculous) treatment is Olaplex. Olaplex actually restructures the sulfur bonds that break in our hair shaft and stops and prevents breakage – helping you to finally grow long hair. The most common statement clients make about Olaplex is that they notice how quickly their hair is growing. Cedar Ridge Salon offers Olaplex treatments and additive to color services.
Always have color done professionally!
In addition to the above commitments to growing your hair long we recommend these products which offer your hair protection and moisture:
• Unite’s 7 Second Detangler is an awesome product that contains UVA and UVB sunscreens.
• Unite’s U Argan Oil is a high-moisturizing protectant that adds shine. It’s the best on the market!
Get started today!
Call your Cedar Ridge Salon stylist today and set an appointment for an initial consultation to start your plan to grow long hair: (530) 272-2557