My Simple Rules for Growing Healthy, Strong Hair and Avoiding Breakage
By Charlene Blacer
One of the most common hair complaints among women is “Why won’t my hair grow faster?” Long flowing locks are on everyone’s wish list,
but ironically many women have hair habits which encourage dryness, breakage and inhibit hair growth.
I like to compare growing your hair to growing a garden, and just as a thriving garden begins with healthy soil, strong hair begins
with a healthy scalp. A healthy scalp is a clean scalp, free of debris. “Raking” out the debris using a massage brush will gently lift
away dead skin. With the scalp facials I offer in my salon I massage, clean and stimulate the scalp, which in turn stimulates hair
growth from the root. Growth from the root is half of the battle. Watering your garden is also important, and when it comes to the
scalp this means specially formulated hair strengthening products; a great one being a product called Hair Support. These products
are gently enough to use everyday and are certainly recommended for everyday use for at least one month prior to any application of
hair extensions. Hair Support vitamins can be used daily, along with your regular vitamin regimen. In addition to Hair Support brand
supplements, you can also go to your local health food store and inquire about supplements that encourage strong hair and nails, as
they are both built with protein compounds and are a package deal.
The third component to growing a healthy “garden” is plenty of sunlight. Just like sun is essential for maximizing the growth of
healthy flowers, a similar method applies for growing, healthy beautiful hair. I recommend Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for my
clients as a means of achieving this “sunlight” effect. Laser therapy is used in the market today by doctors all over the world to
boost teeth whitening, to correct vision and to improve the look and texture of skin. Many types of Low Level Laser Therapies are
considered to be extremely effective and, consequently, have become integrated into many mainstream medical and aesthetic procedures.
When used twice weekly on the scalp, LLLT machines deliver just the right amount of power to begin to reverse hair loss and create a
healthier scalp environment, while maximizing the hair’s growth and fullness potential.
Another component to healthy hair growth is pampering the hair with proper maintenance, conditioning and avoiding the ravages of
heated styling tools. Too many styling products along with over chemical processing can strip the hair of vital nutrients, fostering
split ends and causing the hair to break (otherwise known as the “chemical haircut”). It is important to make sure that all of the
progress you have made in creating a scalp fertile for hair growth does not go to waste on broken hair. You will lose inches that way.
Some of the most common pitfalls that work against your hair growth goals:
Problems and Their Solutions
Many women with curly or wavy hair tend to fuss too much with the texture, incessantly using flat irons to straighten their hair. Over
time this will dry out the hair, causing split ends, and the hair will not grow due to breakage. A healthier alternative is to leave
your curls alone and opt for light weight hair extensions for severely damaged hair. While you wear your weightless extensions, hair
will have a chance to grow and grow. In the meantime, hair extensions will act as a texture altering camouflage. Another alterative
to constant flat ironing and hot air blow drying is roller setting the hair on large rollers as a means of relaxing the curl and
taming too much body. A third option, which is best suited for hair that is currently virgin (untouched by any chemical treatments),
is a gentle permanent or semi-permanent hair straightener. A qualified licensed hair stylist who is experienced with different types
of hair straightening can determine if your hair is strong enough to withstand this treatment and still remain healthy.