If you have curly hair, you might be wondering how you can make it grow faster and thicker. Thicker hair is generally considered to be healthier and less likely to shed prematurely. There are a number of steps that you can take to help your hair thicken and grow faster.
Proper Care And Maintenance
Looking after your hair correctly is the best way to ensure that it grows faster and is thicker. The first step that you should take is to get rid of any shampoo with sulfates. Sulfates will strip the moisture and natural oils from your hair and this will make it dry and brittle. Your hair will not be able to grow right if it does not have natural oils or moisture.
1. Moisturize with oils.
Another step you can take is to pre-shampoo your hair with oils. The recommended oils for this will be olive oil or coconut oil. Both of these oils are completely natural and will help to protect your hair from being stripped when you shampoo. Oiling your hair before shampooing it will also stop any excessive swelling of the follicle which will cause thinning.
2. Condition regularly.
When you wash your hair, you should also consider deep conditioning. Using a moisturizing conditioner each time you wash your hair is important. This is due to the fact that washing your hair strips moisture and you need to replenish them to help your hair grow. If you have curly hair that breaks easily, you should look at having a protein treatment that you apply once a month.
3. Trim your ends.
Another maintenance tip for curly hair is to trim as necessary. There are many people who make the mistake of trimming for the sake of trimming. You should not be doing this and only trim your hair when you have split ends. If you want to retain the length of your hair by trimming, you will be cutting off perfectly good hair and the less damage you cause to your hair the better it is going to grow. Excessive trimming will also slow down hair growth for certain people and you need to consider this.
4. Leave your hair to dry.
When you dry your hair, you need to be careful and consider what you are using. There are a lot of people who assume that microfiber is the best solution as it draws more water into the towel. The problem with these towels is that microfiber will rip out your hair and leave your hair thinner. It is recommended that you air dry your hair or use an old t-shirt instead.
5. Try a cold conditioner.
A tip that many people do not know about is to refrigerate any leave-in conditioner that you are going to be using. The cold conditioner will help to seal the hair follicles after you have washed your hair. This is something that you need to consider if you do not cold water rinse your hair after washing. The cold conditioner will also make your hair shine more.
6. Massage your scalp every now and then.
There are many people who feel that a scalp massage can help to encourage hair growth. Massaging your scalp 2 to 3 times each week can help your hair grow faster. The massage will increase the blood flow to your scalp which will help with the health of your hair as well.
7. Limit hair products.
If you want your hair to grow thicker and faster, then you need to be careful with the brands that you use. Do not use too many different brands because they could work against each other. Your hair will take some time to start responding to the product and if you change it too frequently, you will not be able to determine what works and what does not.
Styling Your Hair
Many people do not realize that how you style your hair can have a major impact on the thickness and speed of growth. You should look at using a protective style for your hair. These styles will generally be fairly simple and not require large amounts of manipulation of the hair to achieve them. They should also hide the ends of your hair which are the oldest parts of your hair.
1. Cut back on heat use.
To increase the thickness and speed of growth, you need to stop heat styling your hair. Air drying your hair is the best thing that you can so heat it up to dry will only damage it. You should limit any heat styling that you want to complete to special occasions.
2. Brush hair the right way.
When your hair is wet and you want to comb or brush it, you should do this from the bottom up. When your hair is wet and has conditioner in it, you should comb it with a large tooth comb. It is important that you work carefully and from the bottom up to limit any breakage.
3. Avoid teasing as much as possible.
When you are styling your hair, you should never tease it. This is something that not only people with curly hair should consider not doing. Teasing your hair will cause damage and it will make it impossible for your hair to grow thicker.
When you tie your hair up, you need to avoid pulling it too tightly. Every time you pull too tight, you cause permanent damage to the follicles and the hairline. When this happens, your hair will start to thin and it could start to grow at a slower rate. The pulling of the tie will also rip out more hairs which thin your hair further.
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