We’ve all experienced a haircut gone wrong. You go into the salon, ask for a trim, and you leave with half your hair gone and your confidence shattered. (Not really, but it feels that way.) Hair is an accessory, which is why we take it so personally when it’s cut too short.
Thankfully, there are small changes you can make in your day to day to help your hair grow faster — here are 11 tips to fix that bad haircut ASAP:
Use Good Products
By “good products” I mean products that are specifically designed for your hair. Don’t just use the cheapest shampoo or the conditioner Kylie Jenner advertises. In order to see results, your products have to be beneficial to your hair.
Ask your stylist if you need suggestions but a little research and experimentation should help you find the best of the best!
Massage Your Scalp
You’re going to want to enhance the blood flow in your scalp in order to help it grow faster. A great way to do this is by massaging your scalp.
Massage shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, or even essential oils into your hair. This won’t just enhance blood flow, it’ll also hydrate your hair!
Don’t Play With Your Hair
Do you have a habit of playing with your hair? It’s probably a good idea to break that habit ASAP. Besides the constant pulling and twirling, your hands are dirty and your hair doesn’t need additional bacteria and grime.
Do your best to keep your hands off your hair!
Watch What You Eat
Products are great and all, but you have to pay attention to what you’re consuming internally. There are certain vitamins and minerals that’ll help your hair grow nice and long.
Vitamin D, of course. But eating protein and omega-3 fatty acids are essential too.
Don’t Use A Lot Of Heat
Heat is not good for your hair! Plain and simple. If you want your hair to grow, and quickly, you’re going to want to reduce the amount of heat you’re using. I know you might feel like you need to straighten your curly hair before you leave the house but you don’t.
Let your natural hair flow so your hair can get to your desired length.
Rinse With Cold Water
Personally, I HATE washing my hair with cold water. Why? Because it’s cold and I like warmth. Unfortunately, cold water is the best temperature for your hair because it prevents moisture loss, which is key to helping your hair grow. If you can’t deal with the temperature for however long it takes you to wash your hair, quickly rinse your hair with cold water for a couple seconds in the end — that’ll also do the trick!
Watch Your Sun Exposure
Styling products aren’t the only way to weaken your hair from heat. The sun can be just as damaging. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy to protect your hair against the sun. Which is why hats and leave-in conditioner with SPF exist.
Take advantage of these two options when you leave your house on a sunny day.
Be Cautious Of When You Brush Your Hair
A lot of people make the mistake of brushing their hair right after they get out of the shower. Don’t do that! Brushing your hair when it’s wet causes the hair fibers to stretch, which makes your hair weak and causes breakage. Allow your hair time to dry before you brush it and use a wide-toothed comb to detangle. This will really make sure you’re keeping your hair healthy.
Never, EVER Forget To Condition
You should always condition your hair after you shampoo! You might not realize this, but, conditioner is your best friend (probably more so than shampoo.) Conditioner replaces the proteins in your hair and seals the cuticle so your hair is able to repairs itself.
It also keeps your hair from being damaged. If you’re constantly skipping the conditioner, you’re doing your hair a real disservice.
Don’t Skip The Trim
I know you might want to avoid scissors, but your hair can’t grow if it’s unhealthy. Split ends can cause serious problems for your hair, so keep ’em trimmed! With that said, don’t go overboard. If you don’t have the skills to trim your own hair, please don’t try to do it. You might cut too much and then find yourself rushing to the salon.
Make an appointment with your hair lady and when you’re there, make it known that you only want a trim. Nothing more, nothing less.
Replace Your Pillowcase
You know that cotton pillowcase you’ve grown accustomed to? Ditch it and replace it with a silk pillowcase. These pillowcases aren’t just good for your skin, they’re key to helping your hair grow. Silk pillowcases keep your hair tangle-free, which means you won’t experience a lot (if any) breakage and your hair will be healthy enough to grow.