Grow Your Hair Long and Strong

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Mar 15, 2007
Grow Your Hair Long and Strong

Start With A Clean Slate
Ditch the damaged parts of your hair at the very beginning of your growing cycle. If your heart is set on with the right locks.
Visit your hairdresser and explain that your mission is longer, stronger tresses. Request that your stylist give your hair a proper growth launch by trimming off all damaged and split ends.
Discuss proper handling of any other damaged hair with your hairdresser. Although cutting may not be necessary, starting with a good conditioning program may be essential to reverse long term damage leftover from environmental, chemical or other ravages.
It is very important that you find a supportive stylist that will help you as you travel on your long hair journey. If your regular hairdresser is not supportive of your goals, there are many excellent long hair experts that you can locate to assist you. To find a list of long hair consultants check out your local Yellow Pages or through word of mouth.
Grow With Grace
Once your hair is ready to grow, make sure you keep it trimmed every 8-10 weeks. Regular trims keep your hair looking and feeling healthy. It will also give you hair a great transitional shape as it grows through the many different stages. Don't fool yourself into thinking that you don't need regular trims. You do.
Some long hair specialists will be willing to "dust" your ends which means that they will remove as little as possible from your ends focusing only on split ends. If your hair is in great shape, dusting will trim the minimal amount of hair preserving as much of your hard earned-growth as possible.
Many people prefer to trim their own ends. This is perfectly acceptable as long as high quality, professional scissors are used. Dull or scissors that are not designed for cutting hair can rip or tear delicate ends.
Eat Right & Take Your Vitamins
The right vitamins and minerals play a major role in keeping your hair healthy. Any nutritional deficiencies can lead to thinning hair or even total baldness. It is a well-known fact that an under active thyroid can result in frizzy or brittle hair while an overactive thyroid turn hair greasy and limp.
The bottom line to this thread is that your hair ultimately reflects the overall condition of your body. If your body is healthy and well- nourished, your hair will be your shining glory.
If you are having any health problems or suffering from any nutritional deficiencies, your hair may stop growing or show damage.
If your body is in good health, you can maximize your genetic growth cycle through taking the proper blend of amino acids and B-vitamins.
It is also important to include B-6, biotin, inositol and folic acid in the supplemental program. It has been found that certain minerals including magnesium, sulfur, silica and zinc are also very important toward maintaining healthy hair.
Beta-carotene is also important to hair growth. This is because beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A as the body needs it, helps maintain normal growth and bone development, protective sheathing around nerve fibers, as well as promoting healthy skin, hair and nails. Beta-carotene is found in green and yellow vegetables and fruits.
Protein Is Important
Since hair is protein, a diet that is too low in protein may cause a thinning in hair or a retardation in the growth cycle. The converse is true, if you eat a protein-rich diet it will often result in improved hair growth.
Some nutritional experts suggest the dietary utilization of calves liver, brewer's yeast, wheat germ and a daily dose of two tablespoons of granulated lecithin to maximize hair growth, strength and beauty.
Other good food sources for protein include fish, eggs, beans and yogurt. Soy protein has also been found to be helpful in stimulating hair growth. One study of the results of soy on the hair found that it not only strengthened the hair but caused it to grow. A great source of soy is tofu.
Always consult your doctor before you undertake any new type of vitamin or mineral program to make sure it does not interfere with any medical treatment you may currently be on.
However, if you are under severe stress it is helpful to reduce the stress as much as possible. Consider meditation or relaxation as a way to cut back on any major stress in your life. Your hair will love you for it.
Another secret hair helper is rest and sleep. It has been discovered that to grow faster, hair needs an adequate amount of sleep (7-9 hours are suggested).