HAIR LONG HAIR JOURNEY

31 Tips for healthy & long hair | Part 1

Are you trying to grow your hair, but it’s just not growing? Or do you want to boost your hair growth? Great! The blog-series “31 tips for healthy & long hair” will be all about how to grow your hair fast and strong. A lot of these tips help prevent breakage and split ends, others will boost your hair growth and some will repair damaged hair! Discover great tips like apple cider vinegar for extra shine and indian hair oil for fast hair growth

How do I know, that these tips work wonders? Because I use them every single day. Having beautiful, healthy and long hair was always my dream. Unfortunately, two years ago i totally ruined my hair. My hair was totally damaged, frizzy and extremely brittle. I started researching and discovered a lot of amazing tips and tricks for healthy hair, that helped me repair and strengthen it. And finally: It started to grow again!

I haven’t yet reached my hair goals, but my hair already improved dramatically by practicing good habits and letting go of all of these damaging rituals, that totally ruined my hair in the first place. I hope these tips and tricks help you too and you find them useful. Enjoy the first part of my 31 tips for healthy & long hair! ♡

How can i get healthy and long hair fast?

Unfortunately there is no miracle out there, that makes your hair super long over night. Hair grows at a certain pace (about 1-3 cm per month), which can only slightly be changed. This speed depends on many factors: some are genetic (e.g. hair structure, hair growth, etc.), others are determined by circumstances, ie factors of outside and environmental influences (eg sunlight, good nutrition, etc.). Obviously you can’t change genetic factors, but everything else is up to you! That’s why good nutrition and plenty of sunlight might enhance your hair growth over time!

But not only the pace of hair growth is crucial for growing long, healthy hair. Even more important is the quality of your hair. If your hair structure is dry, bleached or has a lot of split ends, it will be very hard to let it grow. For every 1 cm growth at the roots, 2 cm will break at the ends… A devil’s circle. That is why it is very important to keep your hair in good shape and healthy for as long as possible. This might actually be the most important boost for your hair growth.

1. Use a good brush

Less hair loss with Tangle Teezer

Using a good, gentle brush is one of the most important tips to prevent hair loss. Almost everyone brushes their hair at least once a day. Unfortunately, most brushes are not very gentle to your hair. They can cause hair loss and irritate your scalp. Therefore make sure to buy a gentle hair brush for your hair. Good hairbrushes have a clean finish and no sharp edges. They can be made out of wood or plastic. Whatever works for you. I find that some wood brushes might be not flexible enough for me. That’s why i prefer flexible plastic brushes at the moment. A great example of a gentle, cool and hair loving brush is the Tangle Teezer. It is easy to handle, easy to clean and very very gentle. The bristles are made out of flexible plastic, that move very easy. I am not 100% sure why it works so good, but it actually really helps preventing breakage.

2. Brush correctly

aloha-koko-tips-long-hair-best-brush-tangle-teezer

Unfortunately even the best brush in the world can harm your hair, if you brush to roughly. Therefore, try to handle your hair with love and special care. ♡ Don’t brush to hard or pull to strong. Instead: Baby your hair! It really needs soft treatment and a lot of love. Also try to comb the lengths first. After that work your way up to your scalp. That way you avoid breakage. Make this part of your routine and a healthy habit. Brush consciously and you will see results pretty fast. Look at your brush afterwards and check if there are a lot of hairs in it. If not, great! That’s the way to go.

3. Avoid Heat Styling

Aloha Koko: 31 tips for long and healthy hair - Stop using straightener

Now, we all have to be strong: Yes, heat-styling is kind of a no-go, if you want to grow your hair. Heat damages your hair, like nothing else does. Especially when you straighten it on a daily basis. A useful tip is to actually hide your straightener and your curling iron somewhere you don’t find them anymore. 🙂 When I first started my long hair journey I gave myself a “heat ban”. This may sound harsh, but it worked perfectly fine for me! For one year I wasn’t using any heat tools at all. After that year I saw amazing results! In hindsight, I am sure: Excessive coloring and straightening was the main cause for my split ends and frizzy lengths. Of course, you don’t have to be that strict, to see great results! Even decreasing the amount of heat you use in your hair by a little, can help A LOT with growing your hair.

TIP: There are plenty great videos on “Styling without Heat” on youtube. From perfect curls to wild & voluminous – with a little bit of practice, everything is possible heat free!

4. Use a good heat protection

Art Naturals Heat Protection Spray
Art Naturals Heat Protection Spray

If you really, really want to use heat tools from time to time, of course you can! Again: You don’t have to totally ban heat tools, just use them with caution. Also very important when using heat tools: Great protection! Heat can do great damage on your hair, that’s why good heat protection is very important! Don’t use heat without a good heat protection product. You can use natural oils for natural heat protection or use a product with silicone. It’s totally up to you and what you prefer. Right now I use heat every now and then. Sometimes I just really want the sleek look. (For curls and waves I have great heat less alternatives). Whenever I do, I use the Art Naturals Heat Protection.

5. Use natural oils

"<yoastmark

My absolute favorite tip for those who want more hair growth: Use natural organic oils in your hair! My favorites: coconut oil & the Khadi Amla hair oil. Whether as a mask before washing, or as a leave in after washing – hair oils have helped me very much with repairing my damaged hair. Natural oils don’t contain any harsh chemicals or other bad ingredients. They protect your hair from harmful environmental influences and add great shine. Read more about natural oils for the hair here!

6. Hair friendly styles

Tips for long hair: Invisibobble

Hair gentle hair styles are a great way to protect your hair and look great at the same time! The most gentle hairstyles are buns and braids. When you braid your hair, it won’t get tangled up during the day or night. Especially during nighttime your hair could really benefit from braids. If you leave your hair open at night, it could bend and break, when you roll around. A good hair style can protect a lot. Particularly gentle: braids of all kinds, soft ribbons, scrunchies, spiral hair ties (eg Invisibobble) and soft materials, such as silk and satin. Not so great for the hair are: thin hair ties with metal, hairpins of all kinds and Bobby pins.

7. Brush your hair only, when it’s dry 

When your hair is wet, it can easily break. Allow it to dry, before you brush. I can notice significantly more hair loss, breakage and split ends, when I brush my hair in wet condition. Give it a try! Maybe it helps you too. If you brush wet, always use a very soft and flexible brush like a tangle teezer or wet brush.

8. Natural, organic beauty products

"31Some of my favorite brands at the moment from left to right: Weleda (eg Weleda Hair Oat Conditioner Shampoo), Khadi (eg Khadi Amla Hair Oil and Khadi Amla Shampoo), Art Naturals (eg Art Naturals Argan Oil Shampoo and Art Naturals Heat Protection Spray) and Shea Moisture (e.g., Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo). Also I like the german brand Lavera.

If you want to do your hair a BIG BIG favor, try natural organic beauty products. A lot of conventional products contain nasty ingredients, that could eventually cause brittle, damaged hair and breakage. Natural, organic, clean shampoo and conditioner with few, but high-quality ingredients, nurture gently and effective. I enjoy knowing what ingredients are in my shampoo. Also, my hair loved natural cosmetics right from the beginning. Of course every one is different, so you might have different experiences, but i really saw a big change! But to be honest, the chances are high, that your hair might need to get used to silicone free products at first. Especially when you were using products with silicone over a long period of time, natural cosmetics will have a hard time nourishing and caring for your hair (because it is actually coated in plastic). But if you invest some energy and time, you can get great effects with natural cosmetics. My hair loss has completely disappeared and my hair became significantly thicker, voluminous and more beautiful! =)

9. Use a gentle shampoo

Shampoo cleans your scalp and hair from excess grease and oil. Unfortunately, many (especially conventional) shampoos are not perfectly gentle to the scalp or hair. From sulfate (aggressive surfactants) to carnivorous paraben to silicone – in shampoos are plenty of substances you would rather not leave on your skin and your hair. Switching to a mild shampoo can help to keep your hair healthier and therefore to grow it quicker. Natural cosmetics are, in my experience, milder than conventional cosmetics. Nevertheless you should take a look at the ingredients of your shampoo, even if it says “natural” on the bottle. A hot topic in the shampoo world: aggressive sulfates (SLS, SLeS, ALS). The rule: the less aggressive surfactants, the better and the later sulfate appear in the ingredient list, the lower the amount. To find a mild shampoo can be a tricky undertaking. It may take you a while to find the perfect one for you. But stay focused and you will find it! Look on amazon for sulfate free shampoo but always remember to check the bottle and do the research, before buying.

More about sulfate in shampoo here.

10. Rinse with cold water

A small but fine tip: Rinse your hair with cold water after washing it. A cold rinse closes the hair structure and adds shine and gloss. This method doesn’t increase your hair growth. But it definitely makes the journey more enjoyable. 🙂

Check out the next 10 Tips here:

31 Tips for healthy & long hair | Part 2