Listen to the Experts: Top Tips From Professional Hairstylists

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Your hair grows about 0.35 to 0.45 millimeters every day. That's about half an inch a month.

There are several factors that determine how fast your hair grows, including your genetics or diet. There are also things you can do to improve the health of your hair. 

Check out this article to learn professional hairstylists' tips for healthy, beautiful hair. 

Don't Brush Hair When Wet

Brushing wet hair can lead to breakage because hair is fragile when it's wet.

If you do need to brush wet hair, use a wide-toothed comb to help detangle hair without unnecessary breakage. 

Another tip is to start at the ends of your hair instead of the roots. You can also use your fingers to detangle any knots instead of forcing your comb through the tangle.  

Take Breaks From the Blow Dryer

The constant use of hot styling tools can damage your hair. If possible, you should limit your use of these tools to about once a week.

At the very least, you can take steps to reduce heat damage from the blow dryer, curling iron, or other heated styling tools. For example, you can let your hair air dry occasionally instead of blow drying it. 

When you use hot styling tools, you can try switching to the medium or low heat setting. You can also reduce the time the tool is in contact with your hair. 

Before using heated styling tools, you can apply a heat styling product to protect your hair.

Protect Your Hair From the Sun

The sun can damage both your skin and hair. You can protect your hair by wearing a hat or scarf over your hair if you're out in the sun.

You can also apply a hair product that has SPF to protect your hair. 

Find a Schedule for Washing Your Hair

Could you be washing your hair too often? When you shampoo your hair too much, it can remove the natural oils on your scalp, which can dry out your hair. These natural oils keep your hair moistured. 

How often do you need to wash your hair will depend on each person.

Generally, individuals with finer hair and an oily scalp will need to wash more often than individuals with curly, thicker hair. It also depends if you workout a lot and produce a lot of sweat. 

On average, you should wash your hair every other day. Are you washing your hair daily, but your hair is looking dry and lifeless? You can try to reduce to a wash every other day. 

Other people may only need to wash their hair once a week. 

Using Shampoo

When you wash your hair, you should apply the shampoo on your scalp instead of the ends of your hair. Also, make sure to use a hair product formulated for your hair type--whether it's color-treated, fine, or curly. 

After you shampoo your hair, rinse to make sure you get all the product out of your hair. 

Using Conditioner

You should condition your hair every time you shampoo it. Conditioner helps put back moisture in your hair and protects your hair. 

Unlike shampoo, you should apply conditioner to the ends of your hair instead of the scalp. You can leave the conditioner in for a few minutes and then make sure to completely rinse it out.

When you rinse your hair, try not to scrub the product out of your hair and instead let the shampoo or conditioner wash out of your hair. 

Don't Rub Wet Hair With a Towel

Rubbing your hair with a heavy, thick towel can damage your hair.

Instead, wrap your hair with a lightweight t-shirt or a Turbie Twist hair towel. A Turbie Twist hair towel is lighter and easier to keep in place than a regular towel.

What's more, by drying your hair with a lightweight towel first, you can cut back on the time needed to blow dry your hair. 

Get a Regular Trim

Regular haircuts can actually promote hair growth. Split ends can impede the growth of your hair because your hair is damaged and easily breaks off. A regular trim can remove any split ends. 

If you regularly color or chemically treat your hair, you may need to get a trim more often. You may also need a haircut more often if you regularly use hot styling tools. 

How do you know it's time to visit the hair salon? If you feel that your hair is dry, lifeless, or prone to breakage, then a haircut can help reduce damage.

Sleep on a Satin or Silk Pillowcase

Another haircare tip from the experts is to sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase. A regular cotton pillowcase is too rough. Cotton pillowcases also absorb more moisture which can dry out your hair.

Switch to a silk or satin pillowcase, which is smoother and can reduce friction when you sleep. 

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Our final pro tip is to take care of your body and eat a well-balanced diet. Studies show a link between losing hair and nutritional deficiencies

For example, iron deficiency is linked with hair loss. Iron deficiency is also one of the most common vitamin deficiencies. 

Hair Tips That Hairstylists Know 

Hairstylists know that to maintain healthy hair, you should take actions to prevent hair damage. This includes actions such as limiting the use of heated styling tools and being more gentle when you wash, brush or style your hair. 

What's more, when you dry your hair, you can use products such as Turbie Twist hair towels. To learn more, check out our collection of Turbie Twist hair towels.