When you frequently cleanse and treat your scalp with healthy ingredients, you will produce healthy, beautiful, shiny, strong hair. “It’s important to clean the scalp of all impurities so that you’ll have an ideal environment for hair growth,” says Lucinda Ellery, a world-renowned hair loss and extensions expert and founder of Lucinda Ellery Consultancy New York. Be sure to use a mild, sulfate-free hair wash that won’t strip hair of its natural oils.

 

Stimulate hair growth by massaging the scalp. When your scalp is being massaged, the increased blood flow oxygenates the area, which in turn stimulates follicles to increase hair growth and speed. Scalp massages can be even more beneficial by adding essential oils to help moisturize the scalp and nourish hair.

 

Be gentle to your hair. Rough handling will cause hair stress and damage. “For longer hair, it is wise to keep it up at night in a bun when you sleep. It’ll prevent unnecessary tangles and tugging in the morning,” says Ellery. And if you do get snarls, be sure to divide your hair into sections and use a seamless, wide-toothed comb that won’t snag on your hair or pull out your strands. Work you way up from the bottom and apply a little leave-in conditioner to ease the process. This step is especially important when your hair is wet and it’s at its most fragile state. (Get more tips on how to detangle hair here)

 

We love how flat ironing makes our hair lie straight and feel silky smooth, but frequent heat styling breaks down your hair’s protein bonds causing irreparable damage. Blowdrying can also cause tress stress. “Be careful not to over-dry your hair and always use a nozzle. Remember to keep the nozzle moving, moving, moving. If you leave it in one spot for too long, the heat can easily cause harm,” advises Chaz Dean, founder of WEN. So, turn down the heat and use a heat protectant before any heat styling to minimize damage.

 

Your hair is the fastest growing tissue in your body. On average, it grows about half an inch per month or about 6 inches a year. If your hair doesn’t seem like it’s growing, length retention may be a factor. Hair damage may be causing hair to break off, negating any apparent hair growth. And though there are no magic potions or lotions that will instantly make your hair grow faster overnight, there are hair treatments and good practices, such as a healthy diet, exercise and minimizing stress that will promote and stimulate healthy growth. So, take great care of your hair and treat it right.