5 Rules for Taking Care of Your Roots

Over the years I've grown my hair long, cut my hair short, had a full fringe, had a side fringe, coloured it blonde, coloured it red, coloured it purple...the list goes on! Now at the age of twenty seven, I've decided that all I really want is nice, long hair that's in a good condition. Before I had my son, Arthur, my hair always grew super fast but it's funny, since then, it's never been quite the same. I don't know if it's related to the postpartum hair loss I experienced or just because I'm a little older now but it's definitely not as fast-growing as it used to be.

I don't tend to use a lot of products on my hair these days but I know that in order to keep growing it longer, I need to take the necessary steps to keep it in a good condition. Something I recommend is actually having regular trims. Cutting your hair may sound counterproductive but it actually helps to keep the hair healthy and help it grow. Below you'll find some more tips on how to keep your hair (in particular the roots) healthy and encourage good hair growth.

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When it comes to hair care, your roots and your scalp are the most important things. A lot of people take steps to look after their scalp but they neglect the roots. If you aren’t taking good care of your roots you’ll never get strong, healthy hair. Root care is especially important if you want to grow your hair long. If you’re struggling to get your hair looking healthy and you think you’ve tried everything, it might be because you aren’t paying enough attention to your roots. Follow these simple root care tips and you’ll see a big difference in no time.

Keep Your Scalp Clean

We’ve already talked about the scalp but it’s worth mentioning again. The first step to healthy roots is a healthy, clean scalp. If you aren’t keeping it clean enough, you’ll get a build up of bacteria and dead skin cells which will affect your roots and in some cases, could stop your hair from growing properly. The best products to use on your scalp are sulphate free shampoos but you can use some natural remedies as well. It might sound a bit strange but a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and warm water is a great scalp cleanser, when used regularly. Now that you’ve got your scalp under control, it’s time to start taking more steps to keep your roots healthy.

Use The Right Products

Your hair is very delicate, especially around the roots, so you need to be careful what you’re putting on there. Sulphate free shampoos are good but you need to be careful with other styling products like mousses. If you’ve got fine hair (like me) you’re probably in a constant battle with your hair trying to get some volume into it. If you use root lifter for fine hair you’ll get more volume in your hair and take care of your roots at the same time. Keratin shampoo is another great product which helps to repair damaged roots and keep the hair healthy. Overall, you should try to avoid using too many products that might strip the natural oils from your hair and dry it out. Only use products when necessary and try to use ones with as many natural ingredients as possible.

Oil Massage

Increased blood flow to your scalp brings more nutrients to the surface and encourages healthy roots. You can help this along by giving yourself a hot oil massage using coconut oil. Warm it gently and massage it into the roots and the scalp. The coconut oil itself is also good for hair health so this is a great treatment.

Manage Your Diet

People don’t often think about diet when they’re trying to make their roots healthier but what you eat can have a big impact. You need a balanced diet with a good amount of protein because that encourages hair growth. Vitamins and nutrients are equally as important so make sure you’re eating a good diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as lots of healthy protein sources. Milk, fish, eggs and green vegetables are particularly good for your roots so get plenty in your meals wherever you can.

Moisture is important as well and if you’re dehydrated, your scalp and roots will start to dry out. That’s why it’s important to try and drink 7 or 8 glasses of water a day (it's easier said than done) and perhaps more when the weather is hot. Even though upping your water intake may require a little effort; adding that moisture to the cells in your scalp and roots will make them more efficient and improve hair growth.

Be Careful With Brushing

You can’t avoid brushing your hair completely because you need to get rid of knots and tangles but if you go overboard, you could be doing some serious damage to your roots. Every time you brush your hair, you’re pulling at the roots so you want to avoid it as much as possible. Over brushing can lead to increased hair loss and reduced growth because you’ve weakened the roots. Brushing it while it’s wet is good because the comb glides through a lot easier and you don’t need to tug it so hard but you should still take extra care and don’t rush it.

Scratching your head is something that you do without even realising it but you should be more aware of it. If you’re constantly scratching at your scalp it'll have the same effect as over brushing, so just be mindful of it.

Taking good care of your roots is the most important thing if you want long healthy hair. Once you get your roots in good condition, everything else will follow naturally!

Megan x
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