Growing out your hair can feel like a painful, never-ending process. While your hair is the fastest-growing tissue in your body, with an average growth of about a half-inch per month, it can feel like watching paint dry or water boil. If you’re wondering how to help the process along, you’re not alone.
Longer hair starts with taking steps to repair and avoid further damage to make your hair healthier and give it its best shot. If you follow these tips, you’re more likely to start seeing progress on your journey to growing out your hair.
1. Schedule routine trims with your stylist about every 4-6 weeks to get rid of split ends. Splits mean your hair will continue to break, and any growth you achieve from the roots will break off the ends.
2. Apply a repair treatment on a regular basis to reinforce weak ends and protect from further splits and breakage. Kevin Murphy’s Leave In Repair is a great option for shiny, glossy, weightless hair with the added bonus of heat protection. As the name implies, you just wash, condition, and leave to allow the treatment to get to work repairing and restoring damage where it is needed most.
3. Sleep with a silk bonnet or on a silk pillowcase to protect from any friction and stress on the hair. Silk is easier on hair than other materials and helps avoid tearing and breakage.
4. Only wash your hair once or twice a week. This gives time for the natural oils in your hair to penetrate the scalp and hydrate and repair strands.
5. Use fewer hot tools to avoid heat damage. To change up your style without using heat, opt for protective styles like braids or use accessories like claw clips.