For an enviable few, long mermaid hair just happens. For everyone else, it requires patience, effort and some very deliberate changes to your haircare routine.
If you’ve been getting discouraged because your bob isn’t growing into a lob as quickly as you’d like, or you just want your tresses to transform into extra-long, luscious locks, check out these tips and tricks to guide you (and your hair) in the right direction!
- Eat the right foods
Longer, stronger, better looking hair can start by what you eat and drink. As with most things health and beauty, what you put into your body plays a massive role in not only the condition of your hair, but the rate of its growth. Feed the hair from the inside to promote hair growth by eating sufficient levels of vitamins, minerals and protein. Superfoods for your hair include salmon (rich in omega-3 and vitamin D), almonds (vitamin E), eggs (iron helps carry oxygen to hair follicles), and kale (iron, beta carotene, and folate).
- Don’t clog up your follicles
Avoid overloading the root area with an excess of hairstyling products, which can pile up along the scalp and clog hair follicles. As the golden rule states ‘everything in moderation’. Dry shampoos and volumizing powders deposits substances to coat the follicle that can build up, hindering healthy hair growth over time. Regular cleansing is important to keep out scalps fresh and able to breathe, so where possible, try limit that extra day or two.
If it’s mermaid hair you seek then you need to get your regular scalp-scrubbing game on. Exfoliating your scalp on a weekly basis before shampooing will help to detoxify and cleanse while rebalancing pH levels. Use a purifying exfoliator like Kérastase’s revitalising Soin Gommage-Rénovateur that stimulates microcirculation of the scalp to deeply cleanse and remove product build-up and excess sebum from follicles.
- Massage your scalp
Gently massaging your scalp each night for just 5-10 minutes can increase the blood circulation in your head and stimulate the activity of your hair follicles while you sleep. Pair this nightly ritual with the Kérastase Serum Extentioniste, which focuses on energising and reinforcing roots, while improving scalp health. This simple step causes your follicles to become more active, which in turn makes your scalp healthier and helps grow your hair longer.
- Protect those lengths
Many of us aren’t kind to our manes. From highlights to lowlights, chemical perms to chemical straightening, blow drying, braiding, bleaching, and over-handling can leave it brittle, appearing to shorten the length from the bottom-up when it breaks. At times like this we need a secret weapon; Olaplex! Olaplex is a bond multiplier that works to repair hair damage caused by over processing and is available in standalone treatments. It also acts as insurance for the hair in chemical services such as colour and bleaching, so you can have the look of your dreams without compromising your locks.
- Make scissors your friend
While cutting your hair regularly won’t make it grow more quickly, when tips are kept healthy it prevents split ends from working their way up your stands to manage damage before it starts. If you get consistent trims, your hair will actually be longer over time. Add in a personalised Kérastase Fusio Dose and you have the recipe for long haired success.
- Home care at the heart
All this work is for naught if you’re using less than salon quality care. Supermarket products are often full of thick silicones that coat/suffocate the hair and require harsh sulphates to remove. This over time makes the hair heavier, more prone to colour damage, and creates an unideal environment for hair growth. Next International’s recommendation is the Kérastase Extentioniste range. Specifically formulated to create and stimulate faster hair growth, while protecting and sealing hair ends. It is the perfect partner in crime for any long hair junkie.
So there you go! A mega-mane is easy when you know how. Next International is all about promoting long, healthy hair and can work with you to achieve the perfect cut and style to suit your individual face shape, skin tone and lifestyle.
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