1. Eat healthy because an unhealthy diet can make a big difference in the nutrients you carry. Avoid caffeine, smoking and etc. and DO eat foods high in proteins by eating plenty of meats like turkey, tuna and salmon, as well as eggs, dairy and nuts. Also taking supplements with B-complex, folic acid, vitamin E and zinc fights deficiencies and helps the hair grow.
2. Avoid any heat on your hair. Blow-drying, using hot water, and using hot tools can cause stress on your hair. I suggest when you are done showering to turn the water as cold as you can stand it and rinse your hair in it. This closes up the hair shaft making it less prone to damage. I know this might not be ideal to do but trust me a few seconds won't hurt and it will be well worth it.
3. Being gentle to the hair when combing/brushing it.
4. Massage the scalp; massaging stimulates the blood circulation to the hair follicles promoting hair growth.
5. Using protein-based products to repair the damage. Although I do recommend using protein-based products using too much of it can be bad, it is like taking too much of a certain supplement. I suggest shampooing with a protein-based shampoo every other day to help not to overdo it. My favorite protein based shampoos are:
S Factor-Health Factor
♥ Cleansing factor: Light/Moderate
♥ Conditions & revitalizes
♥ Strengthens & promotes healthy hair
♥ Promotes shine & moisture
Bead Head- Dumb Blonde
♥ Clease factor: Light
♥ Intensive treatment for hair that is over-processed
♥ Enviromentally/chemically (50% highlighted w/ no low lights)
♥ Helps protect and retain hair color
6. Do oil treatments. I highly recommend using coconut oil, avocados, olive oil and even mayonnaise. They are high in saturated fat that penetrates deep into the hair cuticle. Apply the treatment by massaging it in and leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes depending on how dry the hair is. You can also use a shower cap to help the treatment not to drip. Once it has set shampoo at least twice to get all the oil out of your hair. Apply a leave-in conditioner. My favorite leave-in conditioners are:
S Factor- Papaya Leave-in Conditioner
♥ Conditioning factor: Light/moderate
♥ Provides intense nourishment w/ moisture and vitamins
Bed Head- Ego Boost Leave-in Conditioner
♥ Conditioning factor: Light/moderate
♥ Smoothes and mends split ends
It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product
♥ Repairs dry damaged hair
♥ Adds shine
♥ Smoothes & controls frizz
♥ Seals & protects hair color
♥ Flat iron spray & thermal protector
♥ Stops hair breakage
♥ Creates silkiness
♥ Enhances natural body
♥ Prevents split ends
This is what the mixing of avocado, mayonnaise, and olive oil looks like after being all mixed. I know it looks gross and it has a strong smell but all the proteins in them are good for the hair.
7. Avoid shampooing your hair often maybe doing it every other day or longer. Remember shampoo is very drying to the hair so the less is better. Try an alternative and maybe turn to using a dry-shampoo. It is very easy to use and helps minimize the oils in the hair. My favorite over the counter dry shampoo is:
Tresseme Dry Shampoo
♥ Transforms limp, lifeless locks into healthy, full-bodied hair when you skip a shampoo. The Mineral Clay and Citrus formula removes oil and odor that weighs hair down, so you can have instant salon-quality volume without a drop of water.
8. I know this will sound silly but putting your hair up in braids or buns helps the ends to be protected and is moisturizing for your hair. Keep in mind that a lot of manipulation can cause stress on the hair so take it easy. Here are some styles, which by the way this is my hair; I've changed my hair color many times. I'm a cosmetologist I get bored what can I say.
9. Trimming your hair helps out too. I do believe that if you take good care of your hair there is no need for a trim as often, but if you see split ends in your hair like for example .5 cm split cutting 1 to 2 inches is not helping you keep length. Keep in mind that hair grows about 1 to 2 inches a month. Now if your hair is damaged, going in for a trim every 4 to 6 weeks would be helpful.