Many people dream of having long, strong and flowing hair. However, growing and strengthening your hair won't happen overnight. If your hair is dry or damaged from over-processing or exposure to the sun or salt water, you will have to be patient while your hair grows and recovers. Even though it is a slow process, you can encourage the growth of longer, stronger and healthier hair.Trims
Trim your locks regularly to remove split or damaged ends and promote hair growth. Split ends cannot be repaired and will only continue to split and break off until you remove them. According to Aroona Reejhsinghani in her book "Be Beautiful, Slim and Trim," trimming your hair frequently will help prevent split ends. Aim to trim your hair every six to eight weeks if your hair is very damaged or dry.
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Taking good care of your scalp is key in promoting hair growth. According to Riquette Hofstein in her book "Grow Hair Fast: 7 Steps to a New Head of Hair in 90 Days," you must have a healthful, oil-free scalp in order to promote the growth of strong hair. Massage your scalp daily to increase circulation and stimulate the hair follicles. Cleanse your hair with a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to remove oil and styling product debris, keeping your scalp clean and free of oil buildup.
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Aim to use a deep-conditioning treatment on your hair at least once a week. You can purchase specially formulated deep conditioners in your local drugstore that promote strong, healthful, nourished hair. If you prefer, you can use a natural hair conditioner such as mayonnaise, mashed avocado or olive oil. Apply the treatment of your choice to unwashed hair. Cover your head with a shower cap or plastic wrap and let the treatment sit for 20 minutes to allow the oils to penetrate your hair shafts and scalp. Wash your hair thoroughly to remove any residue.Vitamins
If you have dry or brittle hair, you may not be getting enough essential hair vitamins in your diet. According to Hofstein, protein and vitamins A, C, E and B complex are important nutrients for healthful, strong hair. Eat leafy greens and high-protein foods such as eggs and nuts to increase your intake of these essential hair nutrients.LIVESTRONG.COM: What Vitamins Can Make My Hair Grow
"Be Beautiful, Slim and Trim"; Aroona Reejhsinghani; 2002
"Grow Hair Fast: 7 Steps to a New Head of Hair in 90 Days"; Riquette Hofstein; 2004
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