• 28 Nov - 04 Dec, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's a smart haircare routine. For some women, enviably long hair just happens, but for the rest of us, tweaking certain aspects of our day-to-day beauty routine must be made. Whether that be using a different hair brush, adjusting how often you use your hair dryer, adding a vitamin to the mix, or sleeping on a silk pillowcase (yes, really), there are several easy steps that can be done to achieve long, lustrous locks. Check out these pro tips to guide you in the right direction (longer!).

It all starts at the scalp

Our scalp is the birthplace of our hair. Understanding the basic health that we need to ensure to have a healthy scalp is vital to having healthy hair. Dead skin cells, sebum, sweat, bacteria, odours and pollution all accumulate on the scalp which can cause underlying inflammation and flaking. Addressing flaky scalp conditions such as dandruff, eczema and psoriasis will provide a healthier scalp environment which in turn optimises hair growth and health. A healthy scalp equals healthy hair. Think about the scalp as a flower bed. If you neglect it, dump rubbish on it, never clean it out then you’ll never grow the prettiest and most vibrant, healthy flowers!

Don't rule out hot tools

We've all heard the overheating horror stories, but if we're being realistic, sometimes you just want to use a straightener or a curling iron. Fear not, that's where heat protectant products come in to play. These products coat your strands with mirror-like ingredients that protect your hair from the damage that comes along with styling. But this [heat] damage is irreversible, so proceed with caution.

Hair supplements actually work

Some supplements can be beneficial to give hair a boost, especially if we feel that our diet isn’t hundred per cent, warning that hair loss isn’t always caused by a nutritional issue. A good supplement targeted for hair will contain vitamins and minerals such as iron, B12, vitamin D, biotin etc, which if you happen to be deficient in, can cause hair shedding.

Invest in protecting your hair

That goes beyond just a heat protectant! We’re talking about oils, masks, pillow cases, wraps, and more – all of these strand-coddling products will help your hair grow faster and stronger.

Get frequent trims – yes, really

It may seem counterintuitive, but if you want long hair that's actually healthy, you need to get regular trims. While haircuts don't make your hair grow any faster, they get rid of split ends that break your hair. Eliminating the breakage gives the appearance that your hair is growing faster. After all, a split end that breaks can lead to your hair losing length – not to mention shine, volume, and smoothness.

Distribute your hair's natural oils

Going to bed with unbrushed hair may seem tempting when you're tired, but giving your hair a few quick strokes can be great for its health. Starting at the scalp, use a boar bristle brush to distribute your scalp's oils evenly onto your hair so it stays naturally moisturised. Bonus: This simple step each night helps increase circulation, which helps make your scalp healthier.