Growing your hair is a long and frustrating process, mainly because the hair grows at a rate of just half an inch per month and being patient isn't always as easy as we'd like. To minimize growing pains as well as split ends while you wait for some Rapunzel tresses of your very own to happen, we have a few hairstyle hacks to help keep your mane strong and healthy.
1. Cut back on shampoo
As your hair gets longer, you'll probably find it takes more effort to wash and blow-dry it, so make dry shampoo your BFF for those in-between days! Not only is this a great excuse to get up slightly later, it'll also protect your ends from drying out as a result over-shampooing.
2. Be gentle
Whenever you wear your hair in an updo, which will probably be a lot as you work through some of the more difficult lengths, take care when letting it down. If there are hair elastics involved, be really careful when removing them so you don't accidentally break off any strands.
3. Use thermal protectants
Perhaps unsurprisingly, heat styling is one of the biggest causes of damaged hair, so make sure to always use a thermal protectant before you even think about turning on your tool of choice. Also, you should only use the minimum temperature required to get the job done - just because your curling iron can go up to 450°, doesn't mean your hair needs it to.
4. Get trims
While it seems totally counterintuitive, getting regular trims is actually essential to keeping your strands strong and healthy as they grow. A split end can rise up the hair shaft, which means more length will have to be removed in order to stop it. So, it's better to nip it in the bud and get your locks trimmed every 4-6 weeks.
5. Detangle carefully
Rather than pull a brush through your hair, try using a wide-tooth comb to detangle, starting at the bottom and working your way up. This will minimize your chances of accidental breakage, and your hair won't get pulled as much, or at all! Whenever you have some seriously stubborn knots, cover them in conditioner and work them out with your fingers and/or a comb in the shower.