The Tedious Business of Watching Hair Grow
- With the proper hair care strategies you too can have long gorgeous hair
- © Andreas Kuehn
At home, in the office, on catwalks and in Hollywood: Long hair is a hit everywhere! Many classical hair styles require long hair. You don’t have to wait for a specific trend - long hair is always in fashion. Old or young, long hair can be a beautiful asset. Unfortunately, it takes years to grow hair to considerable length. Like always, there are now ways to shorten the waiting time and we like to let you in on the secrets of growing beautiful long hair
Modern science has not yet produced any effective means to accelerate hair growth. Hair grows by 1.2 or 1.5 cm (around half an inch or a little more) per month and that is it. Our genes set the conditions for hair growth and it is slow. While you can't change the genetic settings, you can make sure that your hair stays healthy, strong and shiny while it grows at a snail's pace. This pace is not OK with you? The magic of clip-in extensions is going to shorten your wait.
Massages Help Your Hair Grow as Fast as Possible
Scalp massages stimulate the blood circulation and this in turn channels more nutrients to the hair roots. The increased circulation ensures the best starting conditions for every individual hair. Besides, a stimulating scalp massage has many general benefits for our wellbeing. Two massage techniques stimulate hair growth particularly well. One of these techniques involves reaching with all your fingers into your hair and gently pulling on it. You should feel the tension but you should not pull until it hurts. Use this pulling technique for all your hair. Remember, massages should be a pleasant experience! Another very effective way to stimulate hair growth is the tapping massage, which is even more effective if you first dip your massaging fingers into a little alcohol-containing hair tonic or a droplet of ethereal citrus oil (e. g. bergamot, neroli, grapefruit or lemon grass oil). Touch your scalp with your fingertips and start tapping gently but in a relatively fast rhythm.
Special Shampoos for Stronger and Thicker Hair
You can help your hair grow as fast as possible starting with the shampoo. You could for example use a shampoo containing coenzyme Q10. This coenzyme stimulates the generation of keratin in the hair roots. Keratin proteins are the main building blocks of hair. However, with increasing age we tend to produce less keratin. Some shampoos coat the individual hairs with a supporting film, which contains collagen complex and other supporting ingredients. This film protects and supports every hair and makes it look stronger and thicker in an instance.
Once your hair is a little longer you should consider providing the hair ends with plenty of TLC. After all, those hair ends are months or even years old. Moisturizers like Aloe vera, yoghurt, wheat proteins and panthenol are particularly beneficial for the hair ends and don’t weigh the hair down. In case your hair is naturally strong and tends to look dry and straw-like, you should reach for richer care products. Ideal are Shea butter and soy proteins as well as the active ingredients in cranberry and briar (wild rose) extracts.
Long Hair in Minutes: Clip-in Extensions
Nobody likes to wait - and growing long hair certainly takes a while. Clip-in extensions are your fastest and easiest bet if you like your hair to be long tomorrow rather than in two years. You may also like to see how long hair suits your style before signing up for long transition times. Clip-in extensions are also the magic of choice in case you like to dazzle your friends with big hair at a special event. You simply hide the hair slide with the hair piece underneath your covering hair. The trick is simple yet effective. You may decide to go for thicker or longer hair, dependent on your desired look. Using clip-in extensions rather than fusing 'real' hair extensions into your hair has its advantages. Clip-ins cost a lot less, they don't damage the hair and they are removable. Even updos and ponytails work well with clip-in hair pieces. There is only one condition for using clip-in extensions: Your hair should be at least chin-long.