I need to repair and grow my hair out....
Ok so I have really dry hair that is curly/wavy. I always used to have long hair but about two years ago i decided to cut it to a bob cut and its been growing out so slow ever since. On top of that I had the keratin treatment done last year and it fried my hair! Every time I get my hair done I have to cut more than I want because of the breakage. I want to know if there is any hair mask that can repair my hair as well as any tips to help grow it out. Thanks!
Bumble & Bumble Deeep Masque restores softness and elasticity to distressed hair, especially hair that's been over-styled, chemically treated and/or seriously parched hair. You can read all about it here: http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P280550
There's no scientifically proven way to make your hair grow faster. But, there is a lot of research on what causes hair loss. And the less hair you lose, the more hair you have growing to your length of choice. While some of the causes of hair loss can't be helped, there are several things you can do to encourage your hair to grow to its full potential.
Keep your hair in excellent condition.
1) Use a quality brush to keep your hair brushed, such as a boar brush. Tilt your head forward and brush with your head upside down to bring the oils to the ends of your hair and stimulate the scalp.
2) Keep your hair well moisturized. You don't need to use commercial product but you do need to know what can condition your hair properly if you resort to natural items.
3) Don't wash your hair every day. Allow the hair oils to condition your hair rather than constantly washing the oils out.
4) Massage your hair while washing it. This will help stimulate new growth.
Be kind to your hair. Your hair falls out of its own accord (approximately 70 to 150 hairs daily), but you may be pulling it out faster as a result of the things you do to it. The gentler you are with your hair, the less chance it has to fall out excessively. Some things to keep in mind include:
1) Don't put your hair into tight ponytails or cornrows. Use butterfly clips and loose braids instead.
2) Brush your hair carefully. If you have wavy or curly hair, there are probably times when you encounter resistance as you're brushing. Right before brushing, use your fingers to gently comb through your hair. And when you brush, start at the ends, and hold the strand you're brushing with your other hand so that if you pull on the hair with a brush, you're not pulling on the root (pull from the grip of your hand instead).
3) Brush your hair before you shower in the morning. Throughout the night your hair can knot up a lot. Brushing your hair before you shower reduces tangling when washing it in the shower. When using conditioner, try sifting your fingers through your hair. This reduces extensive combing after your shower and helps to distribute the conditioner evenly.
4) Minimize how much you style your hair. Any kind of styling that involves pulling your hair at the root (blow drying straight, straight iron, curling iron, rollers) will contribute to hair loss. Heat styling also can encourage hair to break. If you really need to dry your hair fast, use a blow dryer for 5 minutes only.
5) Avoid or minimize harsh treatments like dyes, tints, bleaches, straighteners and perms. These weaken your hair and increase the likelihood of breakage and loss.
6) Minimize or stop using heating items on your hair, unless you’ve used a heat protecting styling product.
Maintain good food nutrition or boost it by taking a daily multivitamin. Your body needs several building blocks in order to produce a healthy head of hair, and you can easily meet your body's requirement by eating a balanced, nutritious diet, or by taking a multivitamin consistently if you are not eating well due to illness, etc. Keep in mind, however, that it can take several months to notice the results, so don't get discouraged.
1) Research suggests that iron deficiency makes hair loss worse. Women with heavy periods are at a higher risk of iron deficiency. However, unless you have an iron deficiency diagnosed by a doctor, you shouldn't take iron supplements. They can upset your stomach and cause severe constipation and iron overload can be dangerous. Taking a multivitamin and eating iron-rich foods (tofu, lentils, beans, oysters, spinach, prunes, raisins, lean beef) is more than enough.
2) If you're a vegetarian, eat foods rich in Vitamin C whenever you eat iron-rich veggies. Vitamin C will help your body absorb the kind of iron that is found in vegetables.
3) Avoid purchasing unnecessary supplements such as biotin. Despite the many claims that biotin promotes hair growth, no studies have shown this to be the case. However, hair loss is a sign of severe biotin deficiency; in these cases, the hair loss will be accompanied by a scaly rash around the nose and mouth. Few people suffer this condition.
Avoid dramatic weight loss. As you shed pounds, you also shed hair. The dramatic changes that your body undergoes when it loses weight quickly (the change in nutrients, the stress involved) can cause your hair to thin. Diets low in protein and iron (for example, very low-fat diets) and also those high in protein but low in fruits and vegetables (for example, Atkins) that result in dramatic weight loss can also trigger significant hair loss. Instead, keep a balanced diet, and focus on gradual calorie reduction (one or two pounds a week).
1) Each hair on your head grows for 2-5 years, slows down for about six weeks, and rests for 3 to 5 months before falling out so a new hair can grow in its place. Normally, 15% of your hair is at the resting phase, but a sudden change in nutrition can cause some hair follicles in the growing phase to switch into the resting phase prematurely, possibly raising the percentage to more than 30%.
Relax—stress is a common cause of reversible hair loss. When you experience physical or emotional turmoil, it can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 4 months for the results to show up in your hair. It is important to relieve your stress.
Address any pressing health issues. Hair is a strong indicator of overall health. Many nutritional deficiencies can cause hair growth to slow, and can cause hair to thin. Hormonal problems such as hypothyroidism and PCOS can also cause thinning. If your hair has gotten seriously thinner, or stops growing for more than a few months, discuss it with your doctor as soon as possible.
I got these tips from my very much-used and well-worn beauty book and it has not let me down over the years, so I hope this helps you.
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I'll give you my opinion on this, since I do have naturally curly hair and, I believe that it might be helpful for you.
1. Stay away from Sulfates. Curly hair is naturally dry and therefore, using sulfates is only going to make it worse. Sulfates on curly hair strips hair of moisture and natural oils, leaving it dry and lifeless. This of sulfate shampoos as using dish washer detergents. Would you use that on your hair? I would hope not. Use either low-poos or no poos.
2. Silicones are a no no. This can be argued with but I would just stay away from silicones. What silicones do is to smooth out the hair shaft and close the pores. This may sound like a good thing however, it prevents water from entering the hair and providing moisture by producing a coating. This coating can only be taken off by harsh shampoos. There are some silicones that are water soluable, these include PEG-modified dimethicone and Dimethicone copolyol.
3. Condition, condition, condition! Curly hair loves moisture and therefore, conditioning is important. You should condition your hair every day and either leave in most of the product as a leave in or wash it out and buy a leave in conditioner. The choice is yours. Another conditioner choice you could use is honey. Honey helps to moisturize the hair. Oh and don't forget to deep condition at least once a week.
4. Baking soda for your hair? Baking soda does do miracles. I use this for product buildup I might recieve, since it helps to take care of that problem. Take a teaspoon of baking soda and mix it into a cup full of water water and bam, you got an amazing yet gentle cleanser for curly hair. I do this once every week.
5. Don't brush your hair. Big no no. Brushing your hair will only damange it more. It will cause your hair to knot, break, or become very brittle. I recommend conditioning your hair them using a wide toothed comb to pull the conditioner even more. Want something that is cheaper than a comb? Use your fingers to brush your hair, but only when you are in the shower and have conditioner in it otherwise, you are asking for a frizz bomb.
6. Put away the flat iron and the blowdryer, you are not going to need it. Why damage your hair even more with heat? Put away that flat iron and blowdryer. Let your hair airdry. However, in the winter, if you need to blowdry your hair, use a defuser on low heat.
7. Read up on your hair type. There is a book out that is a bible to women and men with curly hair. It is called Curly Girl and I highly recommend it. Not only does it tell you how to care for your curls, but it also gives you recipes for homemade products! This is a must!
8. Product Recommendations. These products are not on Sephora, but I do highly recommend them. JessiCurl, Curl Junkie, and Kinky Curly.
I hope I am of some help to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Have a good day!
I too have been trying to grow my hair out since I cut it to a bob. I think its been almost three years of trying to grow it out. I highly recommend the Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. I would definitely give it a try. It's the only thing that truly helped my hair. It helps with damage and moisture. My hairstylist also has commented on how my hair is now that I have been using it. I finally have hair below my shoulders again! I hope this helps!