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How to Grow Long and Healthy Hair – Healthy Hair Tips Women Can Really Use

Do you want to have long, shiny and healthy hair like this woman featured on the Ulta website? I am going to show you how to grow longHow to Grow Long and Healthy Hair - Healthy Hair Tips Women can and healthy hair. These healthy hair tips women use to get naturally healthy hair. If you’re tired of dry hair, split ends and dull hair read on….

Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is great for your whole body, skin and hair included. Being dehydrated can make your skin look ashy and dry out your hair.  Just like plants, they can’t grow without adequate water, our hair can’t grow if we are dehydrated – making your hair dry and prone to breaking. Drinking your 8-10 glasses of water each day will make your hair healthy and help it grow and get the glowing skin you’ve been wanting.

Eat a Healthy Diet with plenty of fruits and veggies

Heathy food for healthy hairWe are what we eat. You can’t eat of diet of processed foods, junk food and soda and expect healthy shiny hair. Healthy hair comes from the inside out. Eating a diet rich in Essential Fatty Acids is going to help get that shiny hair you have wanted. Foods high in Essential Fatty Acids are avacados, fish, and nuts. Getting enough of B6 and B12 is important for hair health so eat plenty of spinach, potatoes, and citrus fruits. Finally protein is essential to proper hair growth – are you getting enough protein?

Castor Oil for thick healthy hair

Castor oil is an amazing oil with many uses. One is it helps you grow thick and healthy hair. It can even Castor Oil for hairhelp thicken thinning hair or re-grow hair. Once a week apply castor oil to the scalp and rub it in. Let it sit for 15 minutes before washing your hair. Castor oil is a thick oil so I dilute it with grapeseed oil (or you could use any other light oil).  I use a 50/50 solution of grapeseed oil to castor oil. Add a few drops of Argan oil for even more better results. One word of caution, applying too much can make it hard to wash out. Castor oil will stimulate hair growth (make sure to only apply it where you want hair to grow). It can also be used for longer eye lashes.

Wash your hair every other day

We have been conditioned that we need to wash our hair everyday, some people shower twice a day. Our skin has natural oils to keep our skin soft and healthy, our hair does too. Washing your hair everyday dries out your hair and scalp. Aim to wash your hair every other day with a gentle shampoo. Look for a shampoo without sulfates, phthalates, parabens, or petrolatum.  Homemade Dry Shampoo

When switching to washing your hair every other day, people often report their hair gets greasy. Why? Our scalp produces extra oil because it is stripped everyday. It takes about a week for your hair to adjust. In this case I would suggest a dry shampoo. I was alarmed by the ingredients in store-bought dry shampoo. Look at the ingredients!!

Butane, isobutene and propane – those are flammable gasses (there is even a warning on the side of the bottle that it is flammable). Not something I was looking to put on my head and rub into my scalp, more like gasses for my grill.

Use a dry shampoo between washes

I make my own dry shampoo with only two simple ingredients. Cocoa powder and cornstarch. Homemade Dry ShampooCornstarch works to absorb the oils in your hair and the cocoa powder is used to color the dry shampoo so you don’t look like you have white ash all over your hair. I use a ration of about 50/50 cornstarch to cocoa powder and I have medium brown hair. Adjust your radios according to your hair color. You apply it to your roots and rub it into your scalp. It gives me extra volume and freshens my hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar as a Conditioner

Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing for many reasons (I drink it daily to stay healthy). I resisted using it on my hair for a long time, I thought the smell was just too much. After washing your hair, mix 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar a cup of water, then pour it on your hair. Let it sit in your hair for a few minutes and rinse.  I was doubtful at first that it would condition my hair but amazed how easily my brush went through my wet hair without using store-bought conditioner.  It is also great for your scalp to help prevent dandruff (or clear it up) and makes your hair shiny.

Avoid Heat – Curling Irons, Flat Irons, and HairdryersHairdryer

Heat will dry out your hair and give you split ends. It is one of the most damaging things you can do to your hair. Let your hair air dry. Skip the curling iron or flat iron. I let my hair air dry most of the way, then use a hair dryer when it is just damp to dry it fully to give it body and keep make it straight. I have straight hair, so that means I only have to use a hair dryer a handful of times per week since I wash my hair every other day. Another good reason to wash your hair every other day.

What are your favorite tips to keep your locks in tip top shape?

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9 thoughts on “How to Grow Long and Healthy Hair – Healthy Hair Tips Women Can Really Use

  1. Jezza

    Hello Shannon,

    You got some awesome tips here on how to have a healthy hair. I was careless before in using my shampoo my first choice is a very good scent type of shampoo. Reading this makes me aware that some were really made out of chemicals that are not healthy and realizing I have put products before in my head that are not healthy. Thanks for this valuable information. I bet every woman would love this article and find this very helpful.

    Jezza

    1. Shannon Post author

      Jezza
      I was all about the scent of my shampoo before as well (I loved Herbal Essences). Shampoo have done a good job with their marketing… only to mislead customers.

  2. Chris

    I think many people are already dehydrated period.Your right though about what you said about dieting. Everyone should work on drinking plenty of water and putting more limits on eating the junk food plus all the sugary drinks. I say this to let people know that not only can eating too much junk probably slow your hair growth down but you would most likely feel so much better if you just decided to eat a healthier diet. You had some other interesting tips though specifically I’m talking about the caster oil because I always heard it was recommended to use tea tree oil but I’m not sure if there is any difference so I’ll have to test it out.

    Great article!

    Chris

    1. Shannon Post author

      Chris
      It is sad to see what the standard diet today, you are spot on that people would feel much better overall by limiting junk food. I know tea tree oil has a lot of benefits and is added to some of the natural shampoo lines. I have not heard of it for hair growth so I will have to check that out. Thanks for stopping by!
      Shannon

  3. Chioma Nnani

    Hello Shannon 🙂

    Your tips are amazing; been wondering how to grow my hair. Just looking at the ones abut castor oil & washing the hair every other day. I’m African (although my hair is permed/processed/relaxed), meaning that washing my hair every other day is really not an option 🙂

    What to do?

  4. Shannon Post author

    Chioma
    I would recommend using the castor oil and apple cider vinegar when you do wash your hair. You’ll still see some amazing benefits. Remember that drinking lots of water and healthy foods is also important – it comes from the inside out.
    All the best 🙂
    Shannon

  5. Sookie

    Extremely insightful website. Very clean and professional! I actually incorporate ACV myself on a daily basis with my skin regime! I love sites that promote natural living because sites like these will definitely help to wake people up of all these crazy chemicals that may or may not work, when we have such amazing natural resources at our disposal (and its crazy affordable!) thanks for all the info on your site!

    1. Shannon Post author

      Sookie
      So true – natural is often a more frugal and effective option! I love apple cider vinegar too – I drink it every morning with honey to keep my immune system in tip top shape.

  6. shrey

    I need to try the Apple Cider Vinegar as conditioner since I have never done that before.
    I really wanted to grow my hair long but it just stops growing after a particular length, do you have any solution to that.
    It really seems to just stop growing after a fixed length all the time and it does start splitting in the ends as well.

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