Even if you've been kinder to your hair during quarantine, deliberately cutting back on heat styling during the work week, you may still be dealing with strands that grow too slowly or seemingly not at all. There are a few easy-to-follow remedies for maximizing your growth potential.
Our Hair experts at our Crouch End Hair Salon spill their top hair-growth tips. You can implement just one or put them all into practice, and you'll be reaping the benefits of extra inches before you know it.
It may sound intuitive, but healthy hair starts all the way up at the root, which means that your scalp is an integral part of the equation. Kerastase Specify Stimuliste Spray is an energising anti-hair loss spray to stimulate hair production while improving hair density and substance. Talk to one of our Kerastase experts at Avalon for more advice.
On the flip side, down-the-back princess hair also requires a standing salon appointment with a hairstylist skilled in the art of dusting dead ends. "Make sure that you’re in the hands of a stylist who understands barely-trimming," says Debbie Newman, owner of Avalon Crouch End Hair Salon. She tells us that a stylist who trims for growth will be able to cut into the hair in a way that maintains — and promotes — extra length, and doesn't just lop off a few inches.
Those who are frustrated by their slow grow-out process are often forgetting the TLC. Masking, deep conditioning, and being super gentle with the hair are all equally important. "I recommend using a hydrating hair mask weekly to maintain hair strength and prevent split ends," says Debbie, who recommends Olaplex. "I also would make sure you're using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner that won't dry your hair out." This is especially important if you're using hot tools or getting highlights because both make your hair prone to breakage, which is the opposite of what you want.
You may not be able to make your hair grow faster than it's genetically capable of growing, but you can help maximize its potential by eating a healthy, nutrient-rich diet. If you lack in certain minerals, vitamins, and proteins, your hair will start growing slower. To make hair grow at its optimum level, you need a lot of protein and iron. Red meat, oily fish, and eggs are fantastic for hair, as they all have the sulfur-rich amino acids your body uses to make new hair cells. Hair-growth vitamins are often pricey and can be hit or miss — so start by focusing simply on putting good nutrients into your body, and enjoy the fringe benefit of longer, shinier, all-around healthier hair.
Written by Debbie Newman, Avalon Hair Salon North London