Can You Grow Long Hair Faster with Hair Extensions?
If you’re dreaming of growing long, beautiful hair, you might be surprised to learn that extensions help hair grow.
That’s right, a properly performed hair extension procedure helps to protect your natural hair from damage, which, in turn, ensures that you get the hair length you have always wanted.
Sounds like magic? Well, it’s more than real! However, to achieve these results, it’s not enough just to grow your hair. You will also need to:
- find a hair extension specialist who knows all the nuances of such a procedure
- perform reapplication procedures regularly
- use the right hair care products
If you've tried everything but still haven’t achieved the perfect look for your hair, why not try something new now? Read on to find out how extensions help hair grow and prepare to be amazed!
Main Reasons Why You Can’t Grow Your Natural Hair Long and Healthy
Most girls dream of long hair but very few can actually afford to have it. For those of us who are not lucky enough to have been born with naturally long hair, it may take months or even years to add a couple of extra inches.
As with many things in life, the key here is patience - do not expect quick results. Statistically speaking, most people's hair grows about half an inch a month, which gives us as little as six inches a year. If that’s what you get, then you’re more or less fine.
However, if you notice that your hair does not grow as fast you’d like it to (which happens quite often), then it’s a sign that something’s wrong.
Here are some of the main reasons why you can’t grow your natural hair long and healthy:
1. You have damaged your hair with excessive chemical treatments
Regular coloring, lightening or perming can negatively affect the condition of your hair, making it more brittle and dull.
Here’s why it happens: with healthy hair, cuticles look smooth and lie flat makes the strands look healthy and shiny. With hair that’s been damaged by excessive chemical treatment, cuticles also suffer turning your hair into “straws”: it can easily fall out, become difficult to comb, and result in split ends.
Hence, you should always treat your hair with utmost care and never subject it to aggressive chemical substances and/or procedures.
2. You straighten (or curl) your hair while it’s still wet
You might have noticed the fact that every hairdresser always pre-dries your hair before brushing, combing, or otherwise styling it. The reason why hairdressers act this way is that wet hair is more susceptible to damage.
If you style your hair without pre-drying, you risk simply burning or seriously damaging it.
3. You wash your hair too often
What a girl wouldn’t do to make her hair look beautiful and shiny? However, if you wash your hair every day, it might yield quite the opposite results and certainly not contribute to the healthy look of your hair.
Our scalp produces natural oils that nourish our hair, preventing it from becoming too brittle and weak. Washing your hair too often may also lead to those oils being washed away, which negatively affects your hair growth.
4. You might be using your brush the wrong way
Regular friction, which inevitably occurs the moment your curls come into contact with a brush, can (and most likely will) make your hair more brittle. Moderation is the key: brush your hair no more than 2-3 times a day.
Believe it or not but there’s also such thing as brushing your hair the wrong way and it can also cause damage. Do not untangle the strands from top to bottom. Go from tips to roots instead. This is the safest method to protect your hair from unnecessary damage. In fact, we have a whole article dedicated to this topic - read it here.
5. You damaged your hair during blowdrying
Hot air from a blow dryer, as well as regular use of a curling iron or curlers, can seriously worsen the condition of your hair and stall any healthy growth. To avoid this, try to use medium-to-low temperature settings on your blowdryer/curling iron - yes, it may take longer to dry and style your hair this way but that’s the price you pay for long, healthy hair.
If the damage has already been done, stop using a blowdryer for a while and avoid heat-styling. Give your hair a little break and it will return to its normal condition.
6. You are not gentle enough with your hair
What does it mean? For example, excessive towel-drying, supertight ponytails, or using cotton scrunchies that can pull out hair and even make it drier.
The solution is rather simple - just be easy on your hair. Treat it with proper care and replace those cotton scrunchies with mulberry silk scrunchies. You’ll notice the difference immediately! There are so many things that make mulberry silk scrunchies great that we even have a whole article on them.
Do extensions help your hair grow?
You must have heard people talking about their “experience” with hair extensions and how they ruined their natural hair. Although some of these stories might be true (and we’ll talk about that later), hair extensions can help grow your hair, and here’s how:
- Thanks to the extended strands, an additional barrier is formed that protects your natural hair from unnecessary damage.
- Hair extensions act as great styling on their own. They look gorgeous right out of the box, which means you don't need additional styling and/or treatment. All you have to do is find a hair extensions professional who’s skilled enough to achieve your hair goals.
- Hair extensions might really help when you’re growing hair back after a pixie or bob haircut. You can hide the growing length and avoid frequent visits to the hairdresser.
How to Make Your Hair Grow with Extensions? Real-Life Case
One of our customers from Toronto who specializes in hot fusions helps their clients to restore hair length and strength using hair extensions.
This can be achieved with the help of micro keratin bonds. They are very lightweight and do not pull at your natural hair.
If you decide to try this method, you should use only good-quality materials, which is why we recommend virgin Slavic or Russian hair.
With their soft texture, optimal density, and a wide choice of shades, both of these types of hair extensions are guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding clients.
Slavic virgin hair is the thinnest and softest hair on the beauty market while Russian hair is slightly denser. Both types are quite lightweight, which makes them easy to wear and also protects your natural hair from falling out.
Unlike silicone-treated Asian hair that quickly becomes dry after washing, Slavic or Russian hair is always easy to brush and style.
Another recommendation we can give here is to attach hair extensions sparsely and evenly to avoid additional strain on your natural hair and give it more air.
Finally, never underestimate the importance of properly selected shampoo. Be sure to consult with your hairstylist on what type of shampoo is the best for your hair type. Also, keep in mind that hair extensions require proper care as well - besides shampoo, this might include using different oils, masks, conditioners, and other hair care products.
How Much Did My Hair Grow After 1 Month of Extensions?
“How long does hair grow in a month?” - isn’t that what you want to know? The answer is not that simple as it all ultimately depends on the particular individual. On average, a person’s hair grows about ½ inch a month.
Sure, you can stimulate the growth process by taking vitamins - but only after you consult with your physician. If you notice unusual hair loss, you should also consider paying a visit to the doctor as it might indicate a hormone problem.
For more information on cases when you shouldn’t use hair extensions, please read an article on our blog.
Best Extensions for Growing Out Hair
If you’re ready to use hair extensions to achieve the perfect length for your hair, we recommend choosing either fusions or tape-ins.
With a carefully selected amount of material and a correctly performed procedure, hair extensions will delicately pull your natural hair down stimulating its growth.
Everything is possible when you have the right hair extensions, and we at I Love Slavic Hair know this like no one else.
If you have any questions regarding the best extensions for growing out hair, please leave them in the comments under this article. We’ll be happy to answer!
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