Health & Beauty

The Best Tips for Luscious Hair Growth

Improve your hair growth and health with some of the best tips for self-care

A dramatic shot of a woman's head, showing her thick, long hair sprawled out on a bed as she holds a rose.

Our hair goes through so much due to various factors, from the weather and environmental elements to color treatment, styling, heat, and so much else. It's no surprise that the average American has at least 96 bad hair days a year (but that feels like a gross underestimation). But other than covering it up with more aggressive styling techniques, inflicting more torture on your follicles, there are some great things you can do while living in Miami, including following these beauty bloggers.

If you're looking for recommendations, tips, and tricks for better hair growth, stronger, more lustrous locks, and generally improving your hair health, here's what you need to know:

Take a leap and get that haircut or trim

While it's debatable to claim that trimming makes your hair grow faster (it doesn't), what it does do is get rid of much of the damage and make your hair look healthier, shinier, fuller, and more beautiful. It's important to get rid of the damaged ends and allow for newer growth if you're trying to get thicker, healthier hair, because without that. It may be scary if you have a lot of damage and can't imagine going shorter, but this leap of faith will be the first step to beautiful hair.

Say goodbye to chemicals for a while

It's also important that you lay off the harsh chemicals for a while. No bleaching, no intense dyeing, no relaxing or texturizing treatments. This may be uncomfortable for you if you're used to treating your hair and styling it using different products like gels and mousses, but it's important to do this in the grander scheme of things.

A woman with gorgeous long hair poses against a white wall.

Start massaging your scalp to stimulate it

Did you ignore your abuela's advice to use more natural products, including oils, to massage your scalp? Now's the time to get to it. You can use argan oil, coconut oil, blends, masques, and even just your bare hands to massage your scalp and stimulate better blood flow, and hence growth. Move your fingers along your scalp in circular motions and promote more stimulation, allowing your hair to grow out healthier.

Use a gentle clarifying shampoo once a week

While you cut down product use and up masque, moisturizer, and hydration treatments, you should be sure to use a clarifying shampoo once a week. These shampoos aren't great for daily use—not that you should wash your hair daily—but work well once a week to get rid of product buildup, sebum, and practically anything that's clogging your follicles and weighing your hair down. Clarifying will help keep your scalp clean and receptive to the treatments and massages you use.

Watch what you eat and nourish your body with

Most importantly, however, you need to improve your nutrition. Focus on the quality of foods you eat, emphasizing nutrient-dense foods that give you more protein, minerals like zinc, and antioxidants. All of these help keep your hair healthy, shiny, and strong. The most important thing is for you to have healthy hair. Many indigenous and cultural practices tend to understand and prioritize that, and that's why there is so much value to knowing about them.

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