Long Locks Cheat Sheet: Tips for Growing Your Hair

169659110932812294_CtE2dre2_c_largeIf you’ve turned on a television, looked on Instagram, seen a movie or opened a magazine lately, you know that long, thick, healthy hair is pretty much mandatory if you want to rock this season’s it ‘do. Catching a glimpse of Nicki Minaj’s long, natural hair under the weave, or drooling over Chili’s perfect coif doesn’t have to involve wishful thinking. If you take proper care of your hair, from the inside to the ends, you may not land a spot on a Pantene commercial but you can maximize your mop’s potential. In the meantime, even the finest hair can go thick with human hair extensions *wink wink.

PRODUCT SCREENING

It doesn’t take much more than a Google search for harmful chemicals to teach even the novice information seeker a thing or two about the toxins that are put in everyday products. According to Livestrong.com, chemicals like parabens, acrylamide, 1,4-dioxane and selenium sulfide could have caused tumors in animal test subjects, and some have been found to be potential carcinogens. Many environmentalists have devoted websites that recommend eco-friendly clothing and beauty projects.

DON’T BLOW TOO HARD

Did you know using too much heat can destroy your hair cuticles and burn your locks just as it would scorch your skin? Although it’s sometimes hard to get around blow-drying, try to avoid doing it on a daily basis. Give those natural oils on your scalp time to recuperate. When you do turn to a dryer, be sure to go ionic.

Instead of blow-drying, let your hair air-dry in a twist out or sit under a hooded dryer. Or for less heat – wrap hair in a towel for 20 minutes, then take it down and detangle with a wide-tooth brush or comb. Shake out your hair and put it back into the towel (don’t hurt yourself). Repeating this process a few times should get your hair almost as dry as a blower. It might not leave your hair looking as sleek, but that’ll just give you an excuse to smooth with some argan oil to further nourish the hair.

DIET DOS FOR YOUR ‘DO

Your hair is only a partial reflection of how you treat your body. Getting the right nutrients can make a long-term difference on its health and appearance. A diet rich in lean proteins like chicken, nuts and seeds gives your hair a shot of what it needs to be strong and healthy. While protein reinforces hair strength, B-complex vitamins and essential fatty acids help it retain its sheen and luster. Whole grains help supply vitamin B, while salmon, soy and pumpkin seeds are a good source of essential fatty acids.

While there is no one single way to ensure your dream hair, subtle changes and tricks of the trade can help give you the best hair your body can grow.

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