Everyone wants healthier, thicker, and stronger hair. How to get grow hair is arguably the question most beauty experts are tired of hearing—because there is no one right answer. From slapping on every mask known to Sephora to popping supplements, most of us are willing to do (or buy!) anything that will help us achieve Sofia Vergara-worthy hair. Don’t waste your time on pills or products that won’t work for you. We spoke with a trichologist and celebrity hairstylists to break down everything you need to know about growing thick and long hair—the right way.
We have great hair news for avocado fanatics. According to Michelle Blaisure, product and technical specialist and certified trichologist for Bosley Professional Strength, a diet full of healthy fats is essential for thick and healthy hair. “While genetics determines hair texture and curl, our diet plays a role in how genes can get expressed,” Blaisure says. “Be sure to get plenty of good-quality protein and good fats like olive oil and Omega 3.” She recommends foods such as salmon, avocados, nuts, vegetables, and fruit to get all the key nutrients needed for growing stronger hair.
Use the Right Shampoo & Conditioner
It’s obvious but bears repeating: Different hair types require specific products that cater to their exact needs. Cutler salon senior stylist Jenny Balding says those with fine hair should look for volume-building shampoo and conditioners, such as the Redken High Rise Volume, to boost the appearance of thickness and add shine. For those with coarse hair, Balding suggests products that tame frizz and moisturize, like Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Conditioner.
Don’t Over Wash
Too much of a good thing can harm your hair. According to Lucy Flora, stylist atFrédéric Fekkai in New York City’s SoHo, the number-one mistake she sees clients make is over-washing. “There is nothing better for shine than the hair’s natural oils,” Flora says. You can help distribute the natural oils by gently brushing your hair regularly (more on that below). Just don’t go more than a few days before a shampoo; you still need to rinse away product buildup to maintain a healthy scalp. Speaking of your scalp…
Start With Your Scalp
When it comes to hair growth, don’t sleep on your scalp. (Well, you know what we mean.) The scalp has a rich microbiome of bacteria and fungus necessary to keep the skin—and hair it grows—healthy, explains Blaisure. When we don’t shampoo enough or use harsh cleanser, it leads to skin problems that negatively affect hair growth. “The skin has immunity functions and is our first line of defense against toxins and environment aggressors. When the scalp is compromised, the scalp cannot defend itself,” she says. “Keeping a healthy balance of moisture and natural oils is important on scalp just as it is on your face.”She blames overuse of hair stylers and harsh cleaning agents, like baking soda, for stripping the hair and disrupting the scalp’s pH balance. She recommends avoiding thickening products that leave behind a heavy residue and make hair look dull, as well as anything with a high pH level.Linda de Zeeuw, master stylist at Rob Peetoom in Brooklyn, suggests massaging your scalp to activate the bloodstream and to avoid washing your hair more than three times a week to keep your scalp healthy. De Zeeuw also warns against overusing dry shampoo—heartbreaking, we know—as it can build a dust layer on your scalp and clog hair follicles, preventing new, healthy hair from growing.
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