There are number of things that you can do to give your hair the best prerequisite to grow. However, keep in mind that hair usually only grows about a quarter of an inch to half an inch a month – so first of all be patient and realistic in your expectations.
Healthy hair is the most important prerequisite for growing long hair, meaning, taking care of the hair that you already have from the inside and the outside should be your first priority. This means getting regular trims to make sure that split ends do not work their way up the hair strand, making them thin, fragile and prone to breakage. How often you need a trim depends on your hair type, and it is a good idea to consult your hairdresser for guidance.
Taking care of your hair includes conscious decisions about the products you use for your hair and how you style it. How often you should wash your hair is another question where it might be a good idea to consult your hairdresser, but keep in mind that excessive washing can dry out your hair and scalp as well as make your scalp produce excess oil. Too few washes are not good either as excess oil and product residue collect on the scalp. Talk to your hairdresser about the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type to ensure the best care for your growing locks.
As for styling, heat styling and tight hairstyles are the big sinners. Heat styling will dry out your hair and in worst case burn your hair, leading to more fragile hair and more breakage, which makes it hard to grow long hair. Tight hairstyles and poor brushing techniques can cause what is know as Traction Alopecia, or cosmetic hair loss, which is a kind of hair loss caused by breakage due to strain. Both heat styling and tight hairstyles can cause excessive hair loss, if the hair is already fragile or dry from, for example, bleaching or colouring.
One thing is taking care of your hair from the outside, but it is just as important to take care of your hair from the inside, which means your hair needs certain nutrients to grow. While a healthy, varied diet with enough protein is a good starting point, a primary therapy to support your hair and help normalise the Hair Growth Cycle to maintain healthy hair growth is vital. A disruption of the Hair Growth Cycle is characterised by a shortened Anagen (growth) phase and a prolonged Telogen (resting) phase.
Nourkrin® Woman for Hair Growth* is rich in specific proteoglycans and is a clinically tested product formulated to help maintain a normal Hair Growth Cycle, which helps support normal healthy hair growth. Users are advised to follow a course of Nourkrin® over a minimum period of 6 months to ensure maximum support for their hair.
*Nourkrin® Woman contains proprietary Marilex® and equisetum arvense which helps to promote hair growth and strengthening.