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Top 5 Tips to make your hair grow

I don't know what hair stylists' nightmares are like, but I'd be willing to bet that a phone call from me comes pretty close.

My kids aren't generally too happy about it, either. Apparently.

Confession: my haircut made my child cry by Robyn Welling @RobynHTV

A while back I decided suddenly (which is how I make all my poorly thought out decisions) that my hair was intolerable and needed to be cut.

I don't know about you, but once I've decided I need a haircut, there's precious little brain space for other thoughts until the hair cut happens. I obsess. My fingers constantly run through it, examining the brittle ends, tugging at the layers. Has this part always been uneven? Why's it hanging off my scalp like a pile of wet leaves?

The result? A hair-butchering. Check out the full (funny) tale In The Powder Room with Confession: my haircut made my child cry. Please, please tell me I'm not the only one who's gotten a regrettable cut (even if it wasn't necessarily you doing the bulk of the regretting).

If you have had a bad cut, you know that your new-found obsession with making your hair grow is a million times stronger than your obsession with getting it cut ever was. Here are the five top tips I've culled from all the overwhelming info available on the Internet (a.k.a. the place where I can hang out without anyone seeing my terrible haircut) by Googling things like "what have I done to my hair and how can I get it back the way it was (asking for a friend)".

top 5 tips to make your hair grow by Robyn Welling @RobynHTV

1. Watch your diet.
Certain foods you eat encourage hair growth more than others. Some hair-healthy bites are:
  • Salmon (if salmon isn't your thing, what you're really looking for are Omega-3 fatty acids, which are also found in foods like trout, avocado, and pumpkin seeds)
  • Walnuts
  • Oysters (or other zinc-rich foods, like beef)
  • Sweet Potatoes (other foods loaded with beta carotene are carrots, cantaloupe and mangoes)
  • Eggs (or get your iron from meats like chicken or pork)
  • Spinach
  • Lentils
  • Greek Yogurt, skim milk or cottage cheese
  • Blueberries
  • Poultry
  • Plenty of water
2. Avoid damage.
No matter how fast your hair grows, if it's snapping off at the ends and falling out it's not going to actually get longer any time soon. So, as much as you possibly can while still remaining gorgeous, avoid harsh products, blow drying, perms, rubber bands that break your hair, and chemicals. If, like me, you can't live without the ponytail option, opt for ouchless elastics that won't pull or get caught in your hair.

3. Don't believe lies.
We've all been told that you have to cut your hair to make it grow, but think about it - how can that possibly be true? It isn't. Technically. Your hair grows from the root, and your follicles don't have any idea what's going on way down at the tips, so they aren't going to grow hair faster based on anything you do to the ends. That said, trimming off split ends and damage will improve the overall look of your hair and could help prevent further breakage, which will help you keep more of the hair you do grow. And your hair will still get longer, provided you don't trim it faster than it grows!

Likewise, you don't need to brush your hair 10,000 strokes a day, unless you like thin hair and hairy brushes. Use a comb or paddle brush, and do it when your hair is dry.

4. Focus on overall health.
Stress, lack of sleep, and poor health can all slow or stop hair growth, as your body spends more resources on keeping you alive and sane than on growing luscious (but physically unnecessary) hair. So RELAX, ALREADY! Do some yoga, try deep breathing, go for a walk - whatever makes you less stabby.

There are also medical conditions, scalp infections (eww), medications and hormonal wackiness that can negatively affect hair growth, so see a real doctor (hint: I am not a real doctor) if you think any of those might be going on.

5. Try something crazy.
Okay, not really crazy... let's just say "unproven." When all else fails and desperation strikes, here are some home remedies I've heard of (but never personally tried, so I ain't promising anything):
  • Mix aloe vera and honey. Rub it on your scalp, wait 20 minutes and wash it off.
  • Blend a tomato with a tablespoon of olive oil. Heat it up and rub the warm glop on your head. Leave it there for as long as you can stand having tomato glop on your head, then wash it off.
  • Wash your hair with rosemary water or rosemary shampoo (available, I'm assuming, wherever crazy last-ditch effort hair products are sold).
  • Pop 2 big potatoes in your juicer (I say that as if I own a juicer - hahaha), add a little honey and egg yolk. Apply to your hair, focusing on the roots, and wash out after an hour. Your hair may or may not qualify as a dinner side dish afterwards.
  • Castor oil - it isn't just a laxative anymore! Massage it onto your scalp and leave it on overnight, once or twice a week for a few weeks.
  • Hot oil massage - just pick your favorite oil and rub it into your scalp. Mmmm. If you're going to try this, I recommend talking your husband into doing it for you.
  • I am not even going to tell you about the ones that contain onion and garlic. Because even if they help your hair grow, I'm betting the smell will make you wish it was growing out of someone else's head.

Sources: Oprah, who we all know never lies, and WebMD, which DOES lie, but only about whether or not you're going to die in the next 10 minutes - it never lies about hair, Beauty & Tips Magazine, My Health Tips, and 8,000 other sites that all said versions of the same thing.

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Unknown said...

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