~ Once the hair has emerged from the scalp, it is dead and has no ability to renew itself. The average growth rate is 1/2 inch per month. At this rate, by the time the hair reaches your shoulders it is about 2 years old. That’s a long time to be exposed to daily wear and tear. Imagine what a piece of silk would look like after 2 years of constant handling! Treat your hair as gently as possible, as if it were a valuable piece of delicate cloth.
~ Your hair reflects the over-all condition of your body. If you are healthy and well-nourished, your hair will be glorious. You need the right balance of vitamins and minerals. Beta-carotene (found in green and yellow vegetables) is essential. It maintains bone growth and promotes healthy skin and hair.
~ Hair is protein. If your diet is low in protein, the result will be thinner hair and slower growth.
~ Excessive stress slows down the growth rate. Reduce your stress as much as possible and get plenty of rest.
~ Scalp massages increase circulation and stimulates the hair follicles which results in healthier faster growing hair.
~ Use combs only (not brushes) for detangling. Work out the knots by hand instead of ripping them out with a comb or brush. Brushing wet hair will guarantee damage!
~ Avoid "-cones" in hair products (dimethicone, cyclomethicone, etc). These are silicones that coat the hair shaft to make hair smooth and shiny. But it also seals out moisture eventually causing the hair to be dry and brittle.
~ Use a clarifying shampoo about once a month to remove build-up from products, hard water, air polution, etc.
~ Wash your hair as infrequently as you can get away with.
~ Make sure your combs, barrettes, and other accessories don’t have molded plastic seams, they’re sharp and can actually cut your hair. Use a nail file to smooth out the seams if possible.
~ Never do styles too tightly, this will cause breakage and possibly hair loss over time. Wearing your hair in the same style day after day is bad for the same reasons.