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5 Tips to Help you Grow your Hair

One thing I've noticed as I've got older is that the hair on my head doesn't grow half as quickly as it used to (wish I could say the same for the hair on my legs but unfortunately that still grows at record speed...Nice Meg. Nice.) I particularly noticed my lack of hair growth after having my son, when I experienced postpartum hair loss, particularly around the front of my scalp. Thankfully over the last couple of years, my hair has been growing again and although not at the rate it used to, it's doing well and is almost at my 'goal' length.

With this in mind, I thought I'd share a few tips on how I've been growing my hair. I'm the first to admit there's nothing revolutionary about these tips but they have worked for me personally and may encourage you to change up a few things in your routine. Plus they avoid taking supplements, which I've personally not found necessary. Of course everyone is different and if you are having real trouble with your hair or conditions like hair loss, you may want to look into the cost of a hair transplant and seeing a professional. But for those just looking for the basics, read on!

1. Have your hair trimmed regularly

Having your hair cut when you are growing it may seem counterintuitive but regular trims can actually improve the condition of your hair. The more healthy your hair is, the more likely it is to grow quicker - it's as simple as that! I'd advise asking your hairdresser how often you need trims if you are looking to grow your hair but research tells me that 10-12 weeks seems pretty satisfactory.

2. Minimise heat on your hair

Hair straighteners, curling tongues, blow dryers and all those wonderful heated appliances we use to style our hair and get it looking fabulous, can actually damage it too. Heat styling can cause breakage, which deters hair from growing properly. Obviously products like heat protection sprays and serums can go a long way in minimising damage, however I've definitely noticed that my hair is healthier and grows quicker now that I'm using less heat on it.

Giving your hair a break from heat styling should help to improve it's condition. I try and only use heat on mine if it's a special occasion and have become quite comfortable and happy with my natural hair - it's pretty straight anyway!

3. Avoid scraping it up into a ponytail too often

When I was experiencing postpartum hair loss after having Arthur, I did probably the worst possible thing I could do for my hair and that was scrape it up in a ponytail every day. As a new mum, it seemed like a practical thing to do. I didn't have time to wash it as much and just wanted it off my face and out the way but actually having that hair tie in constantly probably did more harm than good and may have stopped my hair from growing back as quickly as it could have. Opting for looser ponytails or using a clip rather than a hair tie is said to be better for your hair.

4. Use gentle and more natural shampoos and conditioners

Washing your hair too often is said to cause damage to it and will therefore prevent fast hair growth. Of course you need to have a clean scalp and roots in order for your hair to grow but what you do not need to do is strip your hair of all of its natural oils. I'm the first to admit that I definitely wash my hair too often as I just can't bare the thought of having greasy hair. I do try and skip a day in between, if I'm not going out but it's something I really struggle with, having fine hair that gets greasy so quickly.

One way I do try and make up for this is by using gentle and more natural shampoos and conditioners. I tend to avoid the big salon brands packed full of chemicals and instead choose haircare products from places like The Body Shop, Lush, Superdrug (own brand) and Kind to Nature, which tend to use more natural ingredients that can also promote hair growth, like Argan oil!

5. Don't overbrush your hair

If you are looking to grow your hair, you need to find the balance between not brushing your hair enough and brushing it too often. Brushing is essential for stimulating the scalp and releasing natural oils that promote healthy hair but overbrushing can cause damage and may lead to an increased loss of hair. I try only to brush my hair in the morning for a few minutes, to remove any knots and tangles. The Tangle Teezer is still my favourite brush, as I feel like it does the job without pulling too much hair out. I've also recently rediscovered the BeFri brush by NanoKeratin System, which is great for gently brushing wet hair. I'm just not sure if this is a product that's still available in the UK, as it was a couple of years ago that I was gifted it.

What are your top tips for growing your hair?

Megan x

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