We all have heard this, but do we really believe that hair growth starts from the inside out? To receive optimum hair growth, you must create a healthy balance inside, and combine that with the right hair care regimen for your hair texture. All hair grows, but when you don’t see the length, this may be an indication that your hair is breaking on the ends. Trims are the only solution to this problem. In my book, 7 Love Languages of Hair. I define how to determine what your hair needs. Let’s start with the basics; your diet.
According to dermatologist Dr. Carolyn Jacob, “It’s important to make sure you don’t lack vital nutrients in your diet that could be leading to hair loss. You should check hour protein levels, iron, iron storage, vitamin D, and a number of other labs to make sure you don’t have deficiencies.”
Protein is the 2nd love language of hair. Dr. Nikki Hill, a dermatologist from Atlanta’s Skin of Culture and Hair Center (SOCAH), states that “Hair is made out of protein, however, balances with moisture to form strength. Protein treatments can help seal and fill in chipped cuticles along the hair shaft, and can help with breakage. Too much protein can cast a concrete film over the hair which reduces the flexibility of the hair.” So, if there is not enough moisture to retain that flexibility, then you have a cast on your hair. Bending a cast only ends with no bending or a clear break. So, too many protein treatments without moisture balance equal breakage. Start with a protein treatment to stop any shedding, and start building up the hair.
You can’t obtain balance in hair without mentioning the 7th love language of hair, Moisturize. Think of your hair like a garden. Moisture would be the water, and protein, the dirt. If there is too much dirt and no water, the plant can’t grow. If there is too much water and not enough dirt, the plant can’t grow either. Protein and moisture have a symbiotic relationship, and keeping the hair balanced between the two is essential. In fact, this is the most important thing that you can do for your hair. Protein, along with feeding the hair with moisturizing products is going to create the balance it needs. Keeping your ends moisturized keeps them from splitting, resulting in seeing length in the hair.
This brings me to the most important moisture of all, water. The term “hard water” is only understood by a handful of people. Hard water is water that has a high mineral content, particularly calcium and magnesium. Although it’s not considered as harmful to your health, hard water can cause serious problems to your hair and skin. After multiple washings, minerals dissolved in the hard water create a scaly film on the hair. This prevents moisture from entering the hair. The result is dry, dull, tangled, strange colored hair. Hard water can also lead to buildup on the scalp, causing a dandruff-like condition to form. In my book, 7 Love Languages of Hair, you’ll obtain in-debt details regarding hard water, and will be able to see if your hair falls into that category.
Choosing an educated hair care provider is the last and most important step in this process. You’ll need a haircare provider to implement the above techniques. A haircare provider that you ultimately trust will help you obtain optimum hair growth. They know what healthy hair feels like, can determine your weak areas, and the products that’s going to give YOUR hair the love it needs. From successfully walking out of being addicted to hair extensions, to damage weak shedding hair, loss of moisture and strength; 7 Love Languages of Hair is going to address YOUR hair story.