Go sulfate free. Overwashing can dry out your hair, so the less you shampoo, the more hydrated it will be and the longer it will grow without breaking. When you do shampoo, consider a sulfate-free formula; they often contain less harsh detergents, or none at all, and therefore help preserve your hair’s natural oils. We like L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo.While lathering, remember that “shampoo is meant to remove product buildup and oil from the scalp, not the hair fiber,” says Paradi Mirmirani, faculty member of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Between washes, try Oribe Hair Care Dry Texturizing Spray to absorb oil at your roots and keep locks looking clean.Stimulate your scalp. When you massage your scalp with shampoos containing peppermint or eucalyptus oil, you’ll feel a tingling sensation. This helps increase circulation and blood flow to your follicles, boosting growth. Try Malin + Goetz Peppermint Hair Shampoo.
Prior to washing, massage your scalp for 30 seconds,” says New York and London trichologist Philip Kingsley. In one year, your hair can grow an extra inch, he says. Another option is a botanical leave-in treatment like Leonor Greyl Complexe Energisant, which claims to stimulate hair growth when applied to clean roots two to three times per week.Condition, condition, condition. When your hair is well hydrated, it is less likely to dry out and split, so use a conditioner even on the days when you skip shampoo.
Your hair should be treated gently, like a delicate fabric, but it also needs to be regularly nourished, says hairstylist Oribe of the Oribe Salon in Miami Beach. Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch recommends applying a deep-conditioning product at least once a week. We suggest Kérastase Nutritive Masque Nutri-Thermique.