In our fast paced society, we are always looking for ways to cut time, save money, go faster, do more, and do it better. Well, hair care is no different! Billions of dollars are spent every year in search of that “miracle” product that will fill in our thinning hair lines, repair heat damaged hair, smooth the frizzes, and grow the long hair we’ve often dreamed of, without the assistance of weaves. In my search for the “grow-hair-to-my-waist- in-a year” guaranteed results routine, I’ve come across hundreds of tedious regimens, countless you-tube how-to videos, and numerous commercial products that promise to grow my hair 1 inch EVERY month! Well, we all know that what works for one may not work for another. So how do we find what works for us? What are the common elements in all hair care routines? Simple! Any well rounded hair regimen will include cleansing, strengthening, and conditioning. Cleansing the hair is accomplished by a hair specific rotation of clarifying and conditioning shampoos. Clarifying shampoos thoroughly remove product build-up and heavy oils from hair; while conditioning shampoos offer softness, detangling, and moisture. Strengthening the hair is vital to growth as well. The hair is strengthened through regular application of protein based conditioners for 15 minutes or more. However, applying protein too often can also lead to hair breakage; as it does serve the “harden” and fortify the hair. So it is essential to follow all protein treatments with moisturizing conditioners. Conditioning the hair aids in keeping it lubricated and moisturized, helps build elasticity, and gives hair a natural, healthy sheen.
So when you’re struggling to put together an effective regimen to grow your hair or just keep it in optimal health, remember you can keep it simple and still get results by just ensuring that you include each of those three elements. Happy hair growing!