I've been there, too! Hair does grow, but I also want to speed up the process. On average, the strand grows half an inch per month IF it's in its prime healthy state. Factors like diet, hormones, and stress affect the hair's growth rate.
Short and sweet answer: Your hair must be healthy so it could grow half an inch every month.
To get you started on Team Strong and Long, here are some hair care habits you should follow:
How To Grow Long, Healthy Hair Faster
1. Start with the scalp.
Your hair grows from your scalp so it's important to keep its point of origin healthy. Keep the scalp free from buildup and dirt, plus nourish with a growth serum.
My trio of choice: This salt scrub, scalp massager brush, and hair thickening serum. I exfoliate my scalp once a week, and I use the massager every time I shampoo my hair. I apply the serum to the scalp after I wash my locks.
Cleansing Scalp Scrub with Apple Cider Vinegar 200ml, P1100, SEPHORA COLLECTION, Sephora.ph
Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush, P100, Shopee
Serioxyl Anti- Hair Loss and Anti-Hair Thinning Denser Hair Serum 90mL, P2999, L'OREAL, Shopee
2. Don't brush your hair when it is dripping wet.
I've got bleached hair, so my strands are fragile as my ego after failing on an important task. (TMI, but it had to be said.) I squeeze out excess water using a microfiber towel until my hair becomes damp. Then, I just finger-comb, use a wide-toothed comb, or a special hairbrush made for wet hair.
Go Green Treatment and Shine with Watermelon Oil, P999, WETBRUSH, Shopee
3. If you must use hot tools, apply a heat protectant.
I cannot let go of my hairdryer and straightener so I compromised and always applied a heat protectant before styling my hair. I go for a formula that also hydrates my strands. I noticed that my locks aren't that brittle anymore!
Genesis Anti Hair-Fall Fortifying Blow-dry Fluid 150ml, P1900, KERASTASE, Lazada
4. Boost your hair's health with supplements.
What you take in your body physically manifests on your hair, skin, and nails. I make sure I always have fruits and veggies every meal and enough protein intake. Supplements with vitamins A, B, C, D, and E help boost my hair's health and overall wellness.
Vegan Gummy Hair Vitamins with Biotin, Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Folic Acid, Vitamin A, P1800, SUGARBEARHAIR, Lazada
5. Consult a doctor if you're dealing with extreme hair loss.
If you find random bald spots on your head, it's time to see a doctor. Only then the root cause of hair loss could be determined. She can properly prescribe the right products that will help restore your hair's health.
* This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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