- Celeb Hairstylists Reveal If Dyeing Your Hair Damages It Forever & How You Can Take Care Of It
- Does coloring or bleaching your hair damage it forever?
- Can you ever restore your hair to be as healthy as your virgin hair was pre-color? What about pre-bleaching?
- So, how can you restore at least some of your hair's health?
- What is the best post-dye job routine to follow to make sure your hair stays as healthy as possible?
- 10 Tips To Make Your Hair Grow Faster, From Stylists Around the World
- 1. Use A Boar Bristle Brush
- 2. Skip the Shampoo with Every Wash
- 3. Use Conditioner Every Time
- 4. Swap the Cotton Pillowcase
- 5. Skip the Cold Water Rinse
- 6. Switch Up Your Ponytail Game
- 7. Use a Weekly Treatment
- 8. Get a Trim
- 9. Use Supplements and Diet
- 10. Skip the Hot Tools
- Celebrity Hair Colorist Rita Hazan on Changing Your Hair For Summer
- Go to the salon with an open mind
- Think about the kind of hair you have
- Bring reference photos with you
- Enjoy the color as it fades
- Think about your lifestyle
- Know that you can always leave
- What Celeb Hairstylists Want You to Know if You Change Your Color All the Time
- 13 Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster and Longer, According to Experts
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #1: Get frequent trims
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #2: Consider hair-growth vitamins
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #3: Shampoo less
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #4: Rinse with cold water
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #5: Load up on conditioner
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #6: Use DIY deep-conditioners
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #7: Avoid heat tools
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #8: Stay away from bleach
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #9: Brush gently
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #10: Use a silk pillowcase
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #11: Dry your hair with a microfiber towel
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #12: Swap out your hair elastics
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #13: Change up your hairstyle
- Is Healthy Hair Overrated? – How to Improve Hair Texture
Celeb Hairstylists Reveal If Dyeing Your Hair Damages It Forever & How You Can Take Care Of It
As someone who started highlighting her hair in the fifth grade, and has since tried out multiple hair colors, from platinum blonde to the blackest black, I've often wondered if dying your hair damages it forever, or if I'd be able to completely restore my hair's health, even with continuously coloring it. Needless to say, the question is a loaded one, and the answer depends on quite a few different variables.
To break down this question and others surrounding the topic of keeping color-treated hair healthy, I enlisted the help of a few celebrity colorists that you're more than ly familiar with.
Here, George Papanikolas, Jennifer Yepez, Jonathan Colombini, and Kellon Deryck all set the record straight on whether or not coloring your hair damages it forever and provide some tips you should know about maintaining healthy, color-treated hair.
Does coloring or bleaching your hair damage it forever?
In short, the general consensus amongst the celebrity colorists that I consulted with is that, yes, dying and bleaching your hair permanently alters the integrity of your hair. However, if you make sure to get your hair done by an experienced colorist, then the damage should be minimal.
“Once you lighten the hair, the texture is changed forever.
However, how drastic that change is will depend on how well your stylist knows how to care for colored hair,” says Kellon Deryck, a L’Oréal Paris consulting hair colorist & expert who slays the manes of celebs Cardi B and Blac Chyna. “Color damage is a permanent downfall of coloring hair, but it can be avoided by using the proper techniques”
Jonathan Colombini, a L'Oreal Paris celebrity hairstylist & colorist whose stylist chair has seen the s of Kylie and Kendall Jenner, says that the elasticity of your hair is always reduced “to some degree” when you color your hair. And, of course, the color you choose to dye it effects the amount of damage done. “Bleaching your hair is going to damage it faster than coloring, so be sure to always follow with at-home care,” he explains.
On that note, Jennifer Yepez, a Kérastase celebrity hairstylist whose client roster contains the s of Bella Hadid, Winnie Harlow, Hailey Baldwin, and Emily Ratajkowski, also suggests getting your hands on at-home treatment to care for your hair post-color appointment.
“If you go to a colorist that knows what they are doing and takes steps to properly care for your hair, your hair should not be damaged beyond repair,” she says. “If you feel your hair is damaged from color, you can do several treatments. The best at-home treatment is Kérastase Fusio-Dose Homelab.
The kit comes with four treatments that you can do throughout the month.”
Prior to sitting down in the salon chair with your trusted colorist, you should know the general rule of thumb for coloring hair to avoid damage.
According to George Papanikolas, Matrix celebrity stylist to stars Fergie, Jenna Dewan, and Madonna, “the universal rule for keeping hair in optimum condition when going lighter is to stay within two shades of your natural base color when coloring (otherwise it can get brassy) and four shades when highlighting (otherwise it can be harsh on the hair/skin and get damaged).”
Can you ever restore your hair to be as healthy as your virgin hair was pre-color? What about pre-bleaching?
Papanikolas says the only guaranteed way to restore your hair's health back to its pre-colored state is to cut off the previously colored, bleached, or damaged hair and grow it back. “Then, it will be healthy, virgin hair again, even after bleaching,” he says. “The new hair [that is] untouched by chemicals will be virgin.”
The good news, if you want to continue coloring your hair, there are still ways to maintain healthy color-treated hair that is almost as healthy as the pre-treated, virgin hair you once knew.
So, how can you restore at least some of your hair's health?
While you can't technically ever get your hair back to how healthy it was pre-color appointment, unless you grow it out and start fresh, the experts here agree that the two most promising ways to preserve the integrity of color-treated hair moving forward are by seeing a professional stylist and by using quality products at home following your color appointment.
Yepez asserts that seeing a reputable colorist is of the utmost importance, rather than trying to cut corners and do something drastic yourself. “Don’t try and save money and not get what you want or have your hair damaged,” she says. “You will always spend more money trying to fix your hair! Also, be sure you do treatments and have a good shampoo, conditioner, and mask regimen at home.
What is the best post-dye job routine to follow to make sure your hair stays as healthy as possible?
In short, after you color, it's best to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate — and protect your hair against heat.
“Deep conditioning is an absolute must — the longer the conditioner sits, the better,” shares Deryck.
“Don't perform any other color job or apply any perms or relaxers for at least a few weeks to avoid over-processing (aka frying) your hair.
Try to stay away from heat as much as you can, [as] your hair struggles to retain moisture after being colored (especially after it's lightened), so excessive blow drying or flat ironing will only dry the hair out more.”
Deryck also recommends wrapping your hair or sleeping with a silk pillowcase, which helps drastically decrease the chance of breakage.
The takeaway? While you can't technically reverse the damaging effects of coloring or bleaching your hair, you can take very important steps to maintain the integrity of color-treated hair to ensure a shiny, strong, healthy mane.
10 Tips To Make Your Hair Grow Faster, From Stylists Around the World
Your hair is one of your best accessories. With a chic (and healthy) ‘do, you can elevate your look with minimal effort. When the temperature drops, soften your bundled-up, winterized aesthetic with luxe, romantic locks. Lobs and buzzed heads are so 2016.
2017 ushers in length — lustrous locks reminiscent of Romantic beatniks and 1970s bohemia. True, achieving mermaid locks requires some maintenance, especially in winter when hair tends to dry out and require more TLC.
But, maintenance doesn’t necessarily mean more fuss; you can easily work these tips for très chic tresses into your everyday routine. Bottom line: be patient and persistent. Follow the science. And take the following tips from women known internationally for giving good hair.
“My long hair is part of my aesthetic and my identity.
I can’t imagine myself without it,” Noor Fares, London-based jewelry designer, told Vogue. The following tips for long, healthy hair include scientific remedies, plus the secrets of the hair elite.
© Rowan Chestnut/Unsplash
1. Use A Boar Bristle Brush
For centuries, people have been conditioning hair with every stroke, using a boar bristle brush. Because boar hair is similar to human hair, a boar bristle brush is gentle on the scalp and hair follicles.
An added bonus: boar bristles help distribute the scalp’s natural oils throughout the shaft of your hair, all the way down to split ends.
Celeb stylist Ryan Richman tells Refinery 29, “Boar is also the key to getting the soft, brushed-out texture of vintage waves (à la Grace Kelly).”
2. Skip the Shampoo with Every Wash
According to NBC, Europeans and Australians have a “more lax attitude toward shampooing, but in the U.S., the thought of going more than 48 hours without shampoo makes many squirm.” However, skipping your daily shampoo might help your hair grow, according to the aforementioned report.
Shampoo cleanses hair by stripping away natural, necessary oils, so the body’s response is to overproduce oil. “When you over-shampoo your hair, your hair is over-secreting oil in order to survive,” says Lorraine Massey, co-owner of Devachan Salon in New York.
When you balance out your scalp’s oils, you’re left with shiny, healthy hair, which appears longer and more luxurious.
3. Use Conditioner Every Time
Although you might opt to skip shampoo with every wash, you don’t want to ever skip a chance to condition. Sama and Haya Khadra, Los Angeles–based models, DJs, and creative directors tell Vogue, “We’re pretty simple with our hair products. We love the Davines line, [especially] their Love conditioner! Rodin oil, too.”
4. Swap the Cotton Pillowcase
Rather than using a cotton pillowcase, opt for a sateen or silk pillowcase, to nourish your hair while you sleep.
Celebrity stylist and all-around mane addict Jen Atkin tells Cosmopolitan, “Cotton absorbs moisture, while silk retains it, so when you lie on a silk or satin pillowcase, the oils from your strands are maintained rather than soaked up, leaving your hair nourished rather than dry.” Supreme advice as we step into the harsh winter months.
5. Skip the Cold Water Rinse
Anabel Kingsley of the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic, tells Into the Gloss editors that rinsing with cold water to grow hair is a total myth.
In fact, Kingsley adds, “rinsing with cold water can constrict the blood capillaries in your scalp.
As these capillaries carry vital nutrients to the hair follicles, in theory, it may actually be harmful to hair growth.” So, enjoy hot showers sans guilt.
6. Switch Up Your Ponytail Game
If you usually tie your tresses in a topknot or high ponytail, try a low-slung ’60s ponytail (pictured above). Switching up your ponytail game is easy move that can help maintain the integrity of your strands. If you swap the spot you tend to secure your ponytail on the regular, your tresses will continue to grow out strong and damage-free.
7. Use a Weekly Treatment
Bianca Brandolini D’Adda, model and creative consultant based in Paris tells Vogue, “When I’m in Brazil, I also go to an amazing salon in São Paulo for a scalp cleansing called Laces and Hair. It is amazing and stimulates your hair growth.”
8. Get a Trim
“Hair typically only grows about a quarter of an inch — to a half an inch max — a month,” celebrity hair stylist Mark Townsend, who helped Ashley Olsen grow out her asymmetric bob to past her waist told Cosmopolitan.
Laura Bailey, London-based model and British Vogue contributing editor tells Vogue, “I get regular trims by Gary Glossman at the Josh Wood salon in Holland Park, London.
” Just make sure your stylist knows you’re trying to grow your hair, when you request a trim.
9. Use Supplements and Diet
UCLA dermatologist Harold Lancer tells Marie-Claire that taking an “over-the-counter vitamin every day that contains antioxidant blends and vitamin B derivatives” fortify strands. Supplements biotin, found at basically any local pharmacy, encourage healthy hair growth, while some haircare experts recommend taking Viviscal as well to speed things up.
Gilda Ambrosio, Milan-based designer and stylist tells Vogue, diet is also vital to maintaining a healthy mane. “Every girl is familiar with the fact that the more you let it grow, the more it becomes dry.
Luckily, I’m Italian, and I think my diet helps a lot. I’m always having fish three times a week and tons of greens and fresh fruit, and in the morning when I wake up, I take one or two pills of omega-3 oil.
Don’t underestimate a healthy diet.”
10. Skip the Hot Tools
Tools that require heat do damage to your hair, but you already knew that. Protect against hot tools by using products especially formulated for those times when a curling iron is absolutely necessary.
ALTERNA Haircare Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray does the trick. Plus, “If you have color-treated hair, blow dry about 80 percent, then use a flat iron that is wet-to-dry. Use ceramic tools that straighten while moisturizing the hair.
And always splurge on a good hot tool—it’s worth it,” Rihanna‘s stylist, Ursula Stephen tells Today.
Celebrity Hair Colorist Rita Hazan on Changing Your Hair For Summer
I don’t take a lot of risks when it comes to my beauty routine. I to keep my mornings short and easy, and I’m hesitant to buy new products. Even trying a new face wash can feel a big commitment to me, which is why it is unsurprising I never do much with my hair.
Aside from a brief period in high school where I experimented with pink hair (shout out to my BFF Jenn who spent an afternoon playing with Manic Panic dyes with me), my hair has always been the same, somewhat long and brown with no definitive cut nor dimension. I’ve dabbled with highlights twice, but never kept up with it. With summer quickly approaching, however, I decided it was high time to try something new on my now-virgin hair.
Enter: Rita Hazan. I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with Hazan, the celebrity colorist who has worked her magic on women Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez (casual).
I told Hazan I was hoping to try balayage, the hair dye technique that I heard results in a super natural look because of the way dye is painted onto hair.
In the end, I walked away with newly lightened hair and amateur-friendly advice for keeping it that way all season long. Below, the best tips Hazan shared with me.
Go to the salon with an open mind
While I walked in with balayage in mind, Hazan suggests talking with your colorist, so he or she can help decide what technique is best for you, your hair type, and your desired result. “I don't know if you should tell somebody who's really good at their job what technique to use,” she said.
“Balayage is good for certain types of hair texture, and it does not work for other hair textures. I would say just show pictures of what you mean, what you , and let them figure out the best way to execute what you want.” So, what kind of hair is balayage good for? “Curly hair, it’s not great for.
It’s good for hair that’s strong.”
Think about the kind of hair you have
Beyond texture, it's also important to consider whether your hair has any dye in it when you're considering going lighter.
I learned that undyed hair (what I had walking in) is considered “virgin” hair and can be easier to work with in order to get exactly what you want.
Hazan added: “It's also healthy hair that hasn't been fussed with, so the color takes a little bit easier.”
Bring reference photos with you
As she mentioned before, take some time to find photos of exactly what you want and bring them to the salon with you. Hazan says it's helpful to your colorist because “you always get an idea of what they're thinking.” But that doesn't mean it's exactly what you get.
Hazan said sometimes what people show her is not realistic, but “you work it out from there.
” She explained, “I think if somebody has a thought in their mind, it's in their mind, they can't take it out, but at least you know what their expectation is, and you can compromise and come to a middle.”
Enjoy the color as it fades
Hazan explained to me that color in your hair oxidizes and changes from week to week, so she suggests enjoying it during all its different stages. “I think a good color gets better over time.
If you have good color, it should fade or blend into your hair in a really natural and better way than when it even started,” she said. “The first week, it's super bright and light, and then it calms down a little bit, and then it just kind of looks worn in.
a good pair of jeans, the longer you wear them the better they get. [It's] kind of the same thing.”
Think about your lifestyle
To be completely honest, when I first spoke to Hazan, I showed her inspiration photos that featured girls with bright blonde highlights and tons of hair dye, not thinking about the fact that I was walking in with dark brown hair and a lazy habit of avoiding hair salons. Hazan pointed out that it might be jarring for me personally to go so dramatic and that, with my lifestyle, it could be better to start out with something more subtle and then keeping adding more, if I wanted.
This approach is something Hazan seems to do with all her clients.
She says when she's considering hair color for someone , oh, I don't know, BEYONCÉ, she considers the fact that she'll be seen under harsh stage lighting as well as out on the street.
Hazan said, “You have to know your balance of 'how can I make it dramatic enough to read on film and on camera and on stage—but it won't look crazy in real life?' There's a fine line of how to do that.”
She continued, “I went to one of Beyoncé's concerts, and I'm OK, this is how she moves, this is where her hair is going. So the next time I did her hair, I have this all in my mind.
I know how her head shakes, and she bounces her hair back and forth. And if you notice it, her color's always on point because I'm paying attention to that.
While you're probably watching the concert, I'm watching the hair.”
Know that you can always leave
It can be intimidating to sit in a salon chair and give up control (Is this why I never do it? Help!), but Hazan wants you to remember that you should always feel you can leave.
“If somebody doesn't want to answer your questions, get up and run,” she said. “You also want to enjoy yourself, you don't want somebody bossy, you don't want to be afraid to tell your colorist something.
It's supposed to be fun, for god's sake.”
“You're not mean if you walk out,” she continued. She compared it to one of her past summers, where she made it her mission to go on dates. “I started to go to the bar, get a drink and sit down, and if I didn't him in five minutes, I was , OK, I got to go…
You're either vibing or you’re not vibing. It's the same thing. If you're feeling uncomfortable in someone's chair, even if it's in a doctor's office, get up and run the hell there because it's following your gut.
Your gut's telling you, 'Not good.'”
What Celeb Hairstylists Want You to Know if You Change Your Color All the Time
- George Papanikolas is an LA-based celebrity stylist who can also be found behind the chair at Rita Hazan's New York salon. George is responsible for the upkeep of Hailey Baldwin's bright blonde locks. When it comes to changing your hair, George suggests that “not every color change does the same kind of damage to the hair” and consequently, each color change requires a different kind of care. He broke down various color changing scenarios and the appropriate way to care for them.”For darker shades and reds, going from a lighter to a darker or redder color generally is much easier. I usually opt for a semi-permanent hair color Matrix Color Sync, which has no ammonia and is perfect for depositing rich color. Fading is your biggest foe, so using a gentle cleansing system formulated specifically for color treated hair Matrix Biolage ColorLast Shampoo and Conditioner helps reduce fading and keeps the color vibrant.”George explains that going lighter “is harsh on the hair and can require several appointments to get the ideal shade. You can use color or a high lift tint only if the hair is virgin; otherwise, [using] a bleach lightener, Matrix Light Master, is required.” He adds that dark brunettes who want to be blonde should opt for a honey or caramel shade. “Pale, ashy blonde can be very harsh on the hair,” he says.Additionally, using a bond protector Matrix Bond Ultim8 Bond Protecting System while lightening is key. “It’s the newest tool for hair colorists, so they’re able to perform major color changes while preserving the integrity of the client’s hair,” he says.
- Johnny Ramirez, a colorist and co-owner of the Ramirez | Tran Salon in Beverly Hills, is known for his signature hair color transformations.”My approach for clients who to darken their hair color for the season, is to only use a semi-permanent color such as DIA Light by L'Oréal Professionnel. This allows me to create the new darker shade without having to compromise the condition of my clients' hair,” says Johnny. “Also, it makes it much easier for me when they decide to go light again as it washes away over time, making it a much easier and less damaging process.”To maintain healthy hair between color appointments, Johnny suggests using pro-fiber shampoos and conditioners and a weekly hair mask.
- “The biggest tip I could give you is that there are NO rules!” says Justin Anderson, celebrity colorist for the s of Kristin Cavallari, Jennifer Aniston and Miley Cyrus.”My favorite thing to do when transitioning into winter is to take everyone to a platinum silver/white hue when [it's] a lot of peoples' instinct to go darker,” explains Justin. Prior to taking the plunge and making the drastic hair change, Justin suggests that the most important thing is haircare. “A couple of weeks before the drastic change, do masks or treatments to strengthen your hair,” he says.Tracey, Justin recommends the three-step Olaplex system and goes on to explain the importance of moisture and purple shampoo for light hair. “Oils are great, just make sure the oil you are using isn't yellow or orange because the pigment ends up turning blondes brassy,” he cautions. Justin suggests the dpHUE Argan Oil Therapy and the dpHUE Cool Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner to maintain a cool blonde.
- Ryan Pearl's salon chair has seen the s of supermodels Hunter McGrady, Georgia Fowler and Hailey Baldwin. He explains, “If you are known to flip-flop your hair color throughout the seasons, there are ways to do it that are natural and non-damaging. The key for blondes to go brunette or any shade of blonde in between their bright summery hue is to use a semi-permanent color.” While a semi-permanent color may make you nervous (because you want your shade to last), it will help ensure a seamless grow-out phase.In addition to the use of semi-permanent colors, Ryan tells brunettes who want to go blonde to consider always keeping a few highlights around the face to help their hair look natural.
13 Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster and Longer, According to Experts
Literally every time I get my hair cut, I wish I could take it back.
, sure, the celebs on my Insta feed (hiii, Kaia Gerber and Karlie Kloss) have decided that short hair will continue its reign in 2020, but I can't help but want long, Rapunzel-esque hair every time I leave the salon.
That's why I've become kinda-sorta-super obsessed with finding out how to make your hair grow faster (I'm impatient, what can I say?). As I've sadly learned, though, you cannot physically grow butt-length hair overnight—or even over many nights.
“Hair typically only grows a quarter inch—a half an inch max—per month,” says celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend, who helped Ashley Olsen grow out her asymmetrical bob to her waist.
“And still, getting long hair is only possible if it is super healthy and doesn’t have a ton of split ends,” he adds. So, you know, totally easy.
The good news? If you feel your hair isn’t growing fast enough—at least half an inch per month—you can, actually, speed up the process a bit.
Ahead, I broke down everything you should do (get trims!) and shouldn’t do (go platinum!) if you’re trying to grow out your hair—and fast.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #1: Get frequent trims
Ah, the age-old beauty debate.
Even though experts are divided on the concept of trimming your hair to make it grow faster, one thing’s for sure: If you’re after long, healthy-looking hair, frequent trims are a nonnegotiable.
Living with frayed, split ends will eventually cause your hair to break farther up on the strand, which will not only make your hair look way thinner but, you know, also keep it from ever getting longer past a certain point.
“Your hair will actually be shorter un-cut than it would be if you were to get consistent trims,” Townsend says. He suggests asking your stylist to take just an eighth of an inch off your hair every 10 to 12 weeks to prevent split ends before they even start.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #2: Consider hair-growth vitamins
Okay, lemme preface this by saying hair supplements are not a miracle cure and definitely shouldn’t be taken without talking to your doctor. I know, sorry, but hair vitamins aren’t actually regulated by the FDA, meaning they can contain any ingredients they want and claim whatever miracles they want.
If you follow a somewhat balanced diet, your body is typically already loaded with the hair-strengthening ingredients you’ll find in supplements (think: biotin, folic acid, vitamins D, A, C, and E), and doubling (or tripling!) your dose won’t actually make a difference. “Your body only keeps what it needs and then it gets rid of the rest,” trichologist Dominic Burg, chief scientist at Evolis Professional.
That said, if you don’t eat balanced meals or you’re in an intense period of stress or trauma, you might not be getting the proper amount of nutrients you need to grow healthy, long hair.
If that’s the case, “your body will shut down your hair growth first and redirect nutrients and energy to the organs that need it most,” says Burg, which can leave you vitamin deficient.
If you think you might be vitamin deficient, you could be a solid candidate for supplements, but make sure to first check in with your doctor.You’ll want to make sure you’re taking the right amount (and type) of vitamins and that they won’t interact with any medications you’re currently taking. If you’re in the clear, these are some of the internet’s favorites:
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #3: Shampoo less
“It’s shocking to me how many people skip conditioner when showering, which is the worst thing you can do for your hair—especially when you’re trying to grow it long,” says Townsend. (Hear that? Please, load up on the conditioning hair masks to prevent those split ends.) “In reality, it’s actually shampoo that you should be skipping as much as possible.”
Here’s why: The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product buildup, but most shampoos are filled with harsh soaps called sulfates, which strip away natural oils you need for long, healthy hair.
When you do need to cleanse your hair, make sure to choose a sulfate-free shampoo (I swear by Aveeno Pure Renewal Hair Shampoo or Ogx Coconut Milk Shampoo) and only lather up at your scalp, letting the suds slide down the rest of the hair as the water rinses the formula away.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #4: Rinse with cold water
According to Townsend, washing your hair with cold water at the end of your shower can give an added boost of hair-growing power.
“Cold water lays down the outer layer of your hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags, and heat damage,” he says.
“You only need to do it for a few seconds, but this one extra step can make a huge difference over time.” Yeah, cold showers suck, but anything for longer hair, right?
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #5: Load up on conditioner
Let’s just say your conditioner should be your best friend when you’re trying to grow your hair fast. According to Townsend, you should moisturize your hair every single time you get it wet in the shower. Over time, “coloring and heat styling cause strands to get thinner at the bottom,” he says, which can lead to more breakage and shorter lengths.
So to get your ends back to good health, load up on conditioner, which helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft as well as seal the outer cuticle. Basically, it’s your first defense against the damage that threatens your long-hair goals.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #6: Use DIY deep-conditioners
If your hair is shoulder-length or longer, it’s already about two to three years old (weird, right?), which means it ly needs more TLC than a normal conditioner can give.
And that’s where DIY deep-conditioning masks come in. “I make a natural oil treatment and give it to all my clients to use pre-shampoo,” Townsend says. And trust me: It’s very easy to do at home.
Just mix together the following ingredients for his easy hair-oil recipe:
- 1 cup unrefined coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon each almond oil, macadamia nut oil, and jojoba oil
Because oils can leave behind a residue, Townsend recommends applying it to damp hair—rather than soaking-wet hair—and leaving it on for 10 minutes before shampooing and conditioning to remove the oil.
“These oils are able to fill strands with fatty acids, even after they’re rinsed out,” he says, and those fatty acids help strengthen and protect your hair as you grow it out.
Not into DIY? Try one of these pre-made oil treatments instead:
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #7: Avoid heat tools
Pls put the hot tools down for a hot sec, k? Hair straighteners, curling wands, chemical relaxers, or any other treatment or style that causes a lot of damage will not help your long-hair cause.
The healthier your hair is, the longer it will grow, and overuse of these tools is not conducive to long hair.
And if cutting down your heat-tool use isn’t a viable option, make sure you’re using a heat protectant every time you style.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #8: Stay away from bleach
I’ll give it to you straight: When you bleach your hair, it opens up the cuticle of your hair strands, causing significant damage—especially for those with darker hair—every single time.
And hair that’s been color- or chemically treated is more ly to break off or split, which means more trims and less length for you (sensing a theme here? Healthy hair = longer hair).
If you want your hair to grow longer and faster, you might want to reconsider that platinum dye job.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #9: Brush gently
Brushing or combing your hair is essential, obviously, but just keep in mind that aggressive brushing can cause physical damage to your hair that will prevent it from ever looking long.
Basically, if you can hear the sound of the brush crunching through your strands, you’re being too rough.
And be especially careful when your hair is wet and more susceptible to breakage.
“When you detangle wet hair, be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up slowly,” says Townsend. “We often instinctually brush from the scalp down, but that just pushes small tangles into one large knot and can cause you to lose a lot of hair.
” Instead of using whatever janky comb you’ve had since high school, Townsend suggests reaching for a natural boar-bristle brush, which helps gently distribute your scalp’s natural oils down the hair shaft (which means healthier, more moisturized strands).
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #10: Use a silk pillowcase
Guess what? If you wake up with matted hair and tangles, your cotton pillowcase could be the culprit. Townsend recommends switching to a silk or satin pillowcase—it has a softer surface that won’t cause friction with your hair the way that regularly woven cotton does. And, bonus, they look (and feel!) super freaking luxe.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #11: Dry your hair with a microfiber towel
What could be so bad about putting your hair in your super-plush bath towel? A lot, actually. “It causes so much breakage,” Townsend says.
“Your hair gets caught in all the woven fibers, and since most women almost always wrap it too tight around their head, all those tiny, fragile strands around your hairline are pulled taut and prone to breaking.
” Opt for a t-shirt or a super-thin microfiber hair towel instead ( this Aquis microfiber hair towel), which are much safer for wrapping.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #12: Swap out your hair elastics
One ponytail–one!–can give you what stylists refer to as a “chemical cut.
” This might sound a new, edgy cutting technique, but it’s actually what happens when your hair breaks off at the point of tension where the elastic hair tie is wrapped. YUP.
But that doesn’t mean you’re banned from ever wearing your hair up again. Just switch out your hair elastics for claw clips, bobby pins, or larger pins instead.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #13: Change up your hairstyle
PSA: Wearing your ponytail or topknot in the same place on your head every day causes your hair to break over time from the constant tension. Frequently changing your pony or bun placement is an easy move that can help maintain the strength of your strands, which means they’ll continue to grow out strong and damage-free.
Okay, so you definitely can’t grow your hair overnight, but you *can* change up your routine to make sure your hair is as healthy as humanly possible.
Keeping it nice and hydrated, minimizing heat-tool use, and staying away from harsh hair dyes is essential if you’re looking to grow out your hair.
And if you’re really concerned about your hair growth, make sure you talk to your derm or see a trichologist.
Is Healthy Hair Overrated? – How to Improve Hair Texture
Saying you have naturally great hair, no products or colorist appointments needed, is almost as annoying as saying you're a Victoria's Secret model whose favorite food is pizza.
But I'm going there: I have really good hair. It's shiny, it's healthy, it air dries smoothly and elicits compliments from every stylist.
“Virgin hair?!” they exclaim and I turn into the emoji of the girl in pink sassily turning up one hand.
Then I ran into Harry Josh, the man behind Gwyneth and Gisele and the world's best blowdryer. We exchanged hellos and how-are-yous as I climbed into his chair and then, without missing a beat, he said, “you should color your hair—give it some texture.
” Come again? “But I've never and shine and health and—” I protested. “And it doesn't do anything,” said Josh. He was right. It holds a wave for all of five minutes and has fallen lifeless at the roots by the time I get home every day. “Healthy hair is overrated.
If your hair is chemically-treated even a little, it can still be blown into shiny but it can also give bedhead texture and separation and a lived-in look that silky, healthy hair simply cannot,” he says, adding that it's about “the fine balance, not fried hair.
All we're trying to do is alter virgin hair to a point where it can deliver a different texture, dry differently, have more volume and hold multiple looks stronger and better.”
So what to do? According to Josh, you have two options. The first is dye. Rule #1: Leave it to the pros—even if you're not trying to change your natural hair color at all. “The biggest problem with at-home color is it usually goes reddish. If that's not a fear of yours, you're fine, but it's always best to see a colorist.
” Tell them your goal is to keep your shade the same, but create more texture and body and they should change your color “literally half a level, which is miniscule, but that little bit of peroxide in your hair will help give it a lot more life,” says Josh.
Or, do a full head of thin highlights everywhere—Josh calls it “detailing”—then put a rinse over the highlights to bring it close to your natural hue. “Now, instead of solid brown, you'll see a multidimensional effect on your hair under certain lights that didn't exist before even though the base is the same.” The second option is a perm.
I know what you're thinking, but they've come a long way from Cher's '80s perms; now, “a lot of women, especially in Chinatown, who have fine, silky, straight hair perm their hair just to get it blown out because that's the only way they're going to achieve a really full blowout.
” Tell the stylist to use the biggest roller rod they have and give a soft, permanent wave. “Say you don't care if it falls down, you don't care if it's curly, all you want to do is fry it a little bit with texture,” advises Josh.
But 'fry,' even when it's followed by 'little bit,' is a word you don't expect your hairstylist to say in a positive light. “Isn't damage always a bad thing no matter what?” I ask. “Damage is the wrong word,” says Josh.
“What it's actually doing is expanding the cortex of the hair strand. You're piercing the shaft and inserting color, which is expanding the thickness. Processed is a better word because colored or permed doesn't have to equal damaged.
” And no, he says, dashing my hopes, you can't really get the rough, slept-in, model-off-duty texture we're talking about with a cut alone: “The ultimate decider is whether or not the hair is processed.
” In other words: Maybe it's time I consider sacrificing my good hair for perfect hair.