Growing your hair can seem like an unreachable goal but hairdressing guru Danny Pato tells me how to make that goal a reality…
For almost three years now I’ve loved the lob. I should do – it took me about a year to finally build up the courage to cut my long school girl locks. Lately though, I’ve started to miss my longer do. But every time I think of growing my hair again, I end up getting it cut because I can’t stand that unkept ‘growing out’ phase. So I’ve consulted hair guru Danny Pato, creative director at D&M, for some tips (and inspiration!)…
Danny says he realises the struggle to grow your hair is real, but ultimately you just need to commit to your decision. “Have your end style in mind and make a plan with your stylist to get there,” he says.
2. CHANGE AS YOU GO
Trying to style your hair in the same manner you did before it grew longer is never going to work. As it grows and changes you also need to alter your approach to styling it. If you’re unsure how, then talk to your stylist about what will work for you.
3. TRY DUSTING
No, it’s not a cleaning technique. Dusting is like having regular little micro trims. Danny recommends to get them every 8 weeks (although this can vary depending on how fast your hair grows.) While it might seem counterintuitive to cut when you want to grow your hair, Danny says it’s ‘key to growing your hair longer, particularly if you’re susceptible to split ends or breakage’.
4. FIND THE RIGHT TOOLS
If you’re going to brush your hair wet (because let’s face it, most of us do) then Danny recommends using a dedicated tool like a Tangle Teezer or a wide tooth comb which are more gentle on the hair and prevent further breakages over time.
5. DITCH THE HAIR TIE
I know, what are you supposed to do with no hair tie? “But if you’re really serious about growing your hair, you’ll stop using a hair tie altogether as over time it will increase breakages,” says Danny. However, if you must tie up your hair (and I for one, simply must!) then he recommends waiting until your hair is completely dry before doing so, and using an invisibobble which is more gentle on your strands.
6. FIND THE RIGHT PRODUCT
Investing in a product to stimulate hair growth is essential. Danny recommends Davines Naturaltech Energizing Shampoo and leave-on lotion, which will do just that.
7. MASK IT
Applying a hair mask will undeniably help keep your locks strong and hydrated. If you’re a blonde (by choice) try the Davines NouNou Nourishing Repair mask, which will leave your hair soft and silky.
8. DON’T FORGET YOUR DIET
It may seem self explanatory but diet and lifestyle play an important role in growing your locks too. “When people go through stress, their bodies divert blood and resources away from the scalp to keep their vital organs safe – which can slow hair growth and even cause hair loss,” says Danny. He suggests taking some supplements that contain zinc, selenium and magnesium. Try Go Healthy Go Hair Skin Nails Beauty Support Vegecapsules, and eat plenty of walnuts, red fruits, green veges and fish. Don’t forget to make sure you’re getting enough shut-eye!
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