How to Grow Out Your Hair

Tips on Hair Growth

Amelia Westfall, Staff Reporter

Don’t use sulfates or silicone

Sulfates are too harsh and silicone creates a barrier around the hair follicles that make it impossible to moisture to penetrate through. These two chemicals damage the hair and are found in most shampoos and conditioners. When shopping for hair care to avoid ingredients such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, Sodium myreth sulfate Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, along with other sulfates, and Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Methicone, Amodimethicone, Dimethiconol, Cyclomethicone/Cyclopentasiloxane, along with other silicones.

Don’t wash your hair every day

Washing your hair every day strips away its natural oils making it overproduce oils thus being counteractive. The more you go without washing your hair, the less prone to oil it will be. Try only washing your hair twice a week and putting your hair up when you shower.

Use coconut oil

Coconut oil is a holy grail in a lot of self-care routines. Coconut oil has a lot of vitamins that are beneficial to repairing hair. The key to hair growth is having healthy hair. You can try this out by putting around a tablespoon or so (depending on the length of your hair is currently) and combing through your hair until it is saturated. After 20-30 minutes jump in the shower and shampoo the oil out. It is ideal to do this routine once a week.

Brush your hair with a wide tooth comb

One way hair can become damaged is by over brushing. Most hair types do not call for excessive brushing many times a day. A wide tooth comb helps to decrease damage and also helps detangle hair. Try aiming to brush your hair twice a day to keep from hurting it. When brushing your hair, use gentle strokes starting from the bottom and moving up.

Don’t wrap your hair in a towel

Wrapping your hair in a towel, especially when wet, can greatly damage your hair. This is because youŕe putting too much weight on it and your also creating too much friction. When you step out of the shower, gently wring out your hair with your hands and let it hair dry.