Hair growth doesn't happen overnight, but there are good-for-hair habits that can help move along the process. Curious to know what they are? You've come to the right place. We're sharing expert tips on how to encourage healthy hair growth below! Not surprisingly, it starts with giving your strands the extra TLC they deserve.
1. Get Regular Trims
It may seem counterintuitive to cut your lengths while you're trying to grow them out, but it's worth doing so to help eliminate damage that can stunt your progress. "Hair splits and breaks faster than it grows," L'Oreal Professionnel artist Jason Backe says. "Make sure you're trimming your ends regularly." There's no golden rule for how often you should trim your ends, but Backe suggests about every six weeks.
2. Use Professional Products
The products you use on your hair can make all the difference in its appearance, texture, and overall health. Since most professional-quality products are more concentrated than their counterparts, it's worth the investment, especially when it comes to haircolor. What's more, your hairdresser works with professional products day in and day out and can answer any and all questions you may have.
3. Incorporate a Bond Builder
It's no secret that coloring your hair can do a number on your mane. "Traditional oxidants and lightening products need to open up the cuticle and break down bonds for the natural pigment to be removed from the hair," Backe says. "The process can rough up the cuticle, leaving it dry and dull." To protect your hair during your next color service, use Smartbond, a two-step bond strengthening salon service. Your hairdresser can add Smartbond to the haircolor or lightener being used in order to protect and strengthen strands during your color service. Plus, L'Oréal Professionnel salons offer a professional-quality Smartbond conditioner that can be taken home to continue to protect the hair after the service.
4. Avoid Over-Processing Your Strands
If you change up your haircolor as often as you change socks, your hair will surely pay the price. Resist the urge to switch up your haircolor every week as this can make your hair look dull, rough, and over-processed-not to mention inhibit healthy hair growth. No thank you!
5. Protect Against Heat
Subjecting your hair to too much heat can cause damage, whether you're laying out in the sun, washing your hair with scalding hot water, or using a styling tool. Allow your hair to take a break where possible. For instance, instead of blow-drying your hair every single day, allow it to air-dry and embrace your natural texture. If you must apply direct heat, always use a heat protectant product first to help minimize the risk of damage. When you shower, opt for cool-to-lukewarm water, and always protect your hair when outdoors for prolonged periods of time by covering up with a hat.
6. Heed the Advice of a Professional
Here's a friendly reminder that-when it comes to what's good and right for your mane-the pros know best. Don't be afraid to seek the advice of your hairdresser. It's better to ask questions and consult a professional than to keep yourself in the dark, especially when you're trying to grow out your hair and make it healthier and stronger. "Your goal hair color may not be one that can encourage healthy hair," Backe says. "Listen to a professional and take his/her advice into account when you make your ultimate decision."
As a last point, we urge you to be realistic with your goals. Your hair isn't going to grow inches and inches in a day. Set realistic expectations and don't expect to see results right away. Like the saying goes, all good things take time. Be patient!