If you've ever been frustrated with your hair, you're not alone. We all want our hair to grow fast and strong so that it looks amazing at any length we choose. The problem is that many of us don't know how to help our hair reach its full potential or what products are best suited for each stage of growth (or lack thereof). Here are five common mistakes people make when trying to encourage their hair to grow faster:
1. Cutting hair too short
A mistake people make when trying to grow their hair is cutting it too short. Even if you're just trimming your bangs, be sure not to go any shorter than a few millimeters below the tip of your eye socket. This is because hair grows in cycles, and when you cut it all off at once, you'll miss out on those crucial first few centimeters that help start a new cycle.
Another common mistake made by those who want longer hair: using blunt scissors instead of sharp ones! Dull blades will snag on strands as they pass through them; this causes breakage at each snagged point rather than cleanly cutting through them all together as intended by nature herself! Be sure only ever use sharpened blades from now onwards.
2. Ignoring split ends
Split ends are a common problem for many people. Split ends can be caused by a variety of factors, including heat and chemical treatments (such as dyeing or straightening). They're more common in people with curly hair because the strands are naturally drier than those of straight-haired individuals, but anyone can develop split ends over time. If you're worried about whether your hair is suffering from this problem, look for these signs:
Your hair feels rough or coarse when running your fingers through it (or even worse, if there's a section that feels like straw!)
You see little "tangles" at the tips of each strand--these tangles occur when two pieces of cuticle slide past each other instead of overlapping smoothly like they should do when healthy
3. Using the wrong shampoo and conditioner
The right shampoo and conditioner is important for healthy hair. Shampoos are designed to cleanse the scalp, but some can also contain chemicals that can dry out your hair if you use too much of them. Conditioners make your locks softer by coating them in oils, but they can weigh down thin or fine hair if you leave them on too long or use the wrong type of conditioner (for example, if a product says "for damaged hair," it's best not to use it if you don't have any damage).
To avoid these mistakes:
Don't overdo it with shampooing--it's best not to wash your head more than twice per week because this can strip natural oils from the scalp leading to dryness and breakage.* Use a small amount of conditioner when washing; apply just enough so that there's visible product after massaging into each section before rinsing thoroughly.
4. Washing your hair too often
Washing your hair too often can strip it of natural oils and make your scalp dry, which in turn leads to hair loss. The best way to avoid this is by washing your hair about 1-2 times a week and using conditioner after each wash.
If you are someone who likes to wash their hair every day, don't worry--it won't make your tresses grow faster! In fact, if you do so regularly (and especially if you use heated styling tools like blow dryers), it could actually lead to breakage as well as early graying/thinning due to damage caused by heat exposure.
If you're struggling with hair loss, it's important to talk with your doctor. There are many different causes of hair loss and some treatments may work better than others. Don't be afraid to ask questions!