Growing your hair and maintaining it so you can maximize the length for donating is going to be a long and arduous process. One of the main things that determine how long and fast your hair grows is genetics. You can observe the growth over time to determine what steps you can take to grow it out. For instance, my hair grows very quickly and has a fine quality. However, I HAVE A LOT OF HAIR and I do not like it. I loathe my long hair because it very fussy and tickles the back of my arm. So I have been making an attempt at increasing the growth rate of my hair through hair care and vitamins. Here are a few things I do that you can keep in mind if you are also trying to maximize your hair growth potential.
- Keep a balanced diet and drinking a lot of water is also key because a happy body equals happy and strong hair!
- Vitamins B, Biotin (such as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H) and B3 and C are shown to be essential for hair growth (mainly keeping hair healthy) which in turns leads to hair growth.
- Avoid styling products as much as you can because it can damage your hair. If you do plan on using styling products, use a heat protectant to minimize the damage.
- Avoid brushing your hair immediately after showering; hair follicles are loosened from the heat/steam and can be torn out as you brush.
- Trimming the ends of your hair every now and then (8 weeks) is also good for getting rid of any split ends that may give you “uneven” ends.
- Washing your hair everyday seems good but it can wash away natural oils in your hair that are essential for growth. Washing your hair every few days might sound gross but it will give your hair the chance to absorb the oils.
- Use leave in conditioners and oils to maintain your hair’s shine and health
- Try to avoid tying your hair into tight ponytails or buns because it can lead to breakage!