Long Hair Exposed: The Truth About Why Your Hair Won’t Grow
Your hair grows a measly half an inch every month. So even without the onslaught of other growth-stagnating factors, it’s no walk in the park to cultivating long locks. Thankfully, whether you’re recovering from bangs that didn’t work out the way you’d hoped or pining for endless tresses before your wedding day, James Galvin, Top London Hairdresser has some tricks up his sleeve to enable you to edge closer to the quick-fire strands you crave.
The Main Culprit: Split Ends
Split ends are the nemesis of long hair. This pesky by-product of damaged tresses is what you can unwillingly thank for seeing next to no progress after desperately abstaining from haircuts for several months, as they cause your strands to break off.
“If you don’t give your hair the proper care when growing it out, the ends become weak, thin and split, and more prone to breakage”, James explains. “Unfortunately this means at some point, you will need a lot cut off to thicken them up.”
There are several preventative measures that you can take, which are detailed below.
How To Prevent Split Ends
Condition your strands“The key is to keep hair strong and moisturized via advance in-salon and at-home care to reduce the need for aggressive trimming.” James advises us. This will prolong the time it takes for split ends to rear their ugly heads and appear because your hair will be stronger. This particularly applies to curly and afro hair because it tends to be more fragile and break easily.
Flawless hair tip: If you suffer from brittle locks, it is important to frequently use an intensely nourishing treatment on your hair in order to sidestep split ends, such as Mizani 25 Miracle Milk. Formulated especially for fragile hair, this leave-in conditioner provides an astounding 25 benefits for your tresses, including to help detangle without breakage, moisturize and protect it against heat damage. We asked James if there was a treatment he loves “try in-salon Kérastase treatment Fusio-Dose” he quickly responds “have this done every 8 weeks when you are having your hair cut.” One step closer to flawlessly long locks.
Protect as well as colour
Frequent colouring means that your hair is regularly subjected to oxidation. This causes disulphide bonds in the strand to break apart, which make up the protein that protects our hair from stress – keratin. It is therefore essential to use a protective additive in your hair colouring treatment, in order to maintain the strength of your tresses in the face of the discoloration process.
Flawless hair tip: using a protective product such as Smartbond by L’Oréal Professionnel during the colouring process will make sure that the health of your strands is not compromised on your journey to the shade you want, thanks to its protective additive.
No more roughhousing
Weight for weight, human hair may be as strong as aluminum, but it’s not resilient enough to swallow the daily aggressions that many of us expose our strands to. Excessive brushing – notably when wet – can invoke split ends, as it disrupts the wellbeing of the epidermis. Indeed, wet hair can stretch up to 25%, subjecting our tresses to immense strain and catalyzing breakage. The same goes for towel drying, too, so try providing your locks with some respite by allowing them to dry naturally from time to time.
It’s important to do regular in salon treatments and always use the correct shampoo and conditioner for your long hair. I would also recommend using an oil to add moisture in the ends of the hair as they tend to be the most dehydrated
James Galvin's Top Products For Long Hair
Kérastase Extentioniste range – “use the Bain and Fondant as your daily routine, and the mask as a weekly treatment”
Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil – “the hair at the ends is of course the oldest, so is bound to be drier and damaged. One way of helping the ends is to use this oil to add moisture and nourishment - it’s also a heat protector too”
Kérastase Fusio-Dose Treatment – the in-salon treatment James mentioned earlier, will give you a surge of nourishment at every salon visit.
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