If you have often found yourself sitting in front of the computer lusting over pictures of other women with long black hair and wishing that your own hair was that long and glorious, you probably feel pretty frustrated.
Staring at examples of other hair styles can be just as frustrating as counting every inch that your hair grows, especially when your goal is to have long hair – right now!
So, here are a few hair growth tips (or considerations) that you should now:
1) Find a few styles that you can wear right now that protect your ends. Keeping your eye on your hair goal can help you be successful, but it can also be very frustrating, especially if doesn’t seem like your hair is growing.
Waiting is an inevitable part of hair growth, but finding a protective style that you like can potentially make waiting more manageable. You can find an updo, braid style, twists, or even a wig that suits your style and personality. Finding a style that you love can make the waiting process less tedious, and make time fly by even faster.
2) Lose the measuring tape. Ok, not really, think about this. If you’re trying to lose weight, does jumping on the scale several times a day really help you reach your goals? More often than not, it’s more frustrating than helpful. It’s reasonable to check your hair length every few months. It’s likely not going to sprout an extra two inches overnight.
3) Understand average hair growth. For the average person, hair grows about ½ inch a month. That translates to roughly six inches a year, but it varies depending on the person and type of hair. Understanding average growth, and setting realistic expectations, can lessen the frustration when your hair isn’t growing as fast as you think it should. Keep in mind that you can also calculate your personal growth rate.
4) Take care of your hair. This probably is well understood by most people, but healthy hair practices can greatly aid you in reaching your hair goals while experiencing fewer setbacks. Examples include things like reducing heat, balancing moisture and protein, and having patience when styling or detangling are critical to maintaining your hair’s health during the growing process. Note: These aren’t the only critical things, those are just examples.
5) Terminal length. Genetics ultimately determines how long a person’s hair can grow. This applies to not only the hair on our heads, but on our bodies as well. If our hair was never cut or damaged, terminal length is simply the length that it would grow to naturally before stopping.
6) Use caution during manipulation. Learn to keep your hands away from your hair, as much as possible on a daily basis, in order to decrease the risks of breakage or other damage. Constantly having your hands in your hair can cause unnecessary damage, negatively impacting your hair strands and making growth retention even harder to come by.
For more information on hair growth, be sure to check out our series on hair growth:
- Finally An Article On How to Really Grow Long Hair
- Learn How To Grow Hair Fast Using These Tips
- Incorporate More Protective Styling into Your Natural Hair Regimen