If you thought Priyanka Chopra's Indian wedding last week was lavish, then you're in for a wild ride. Anand Piramal and Isha Ambani, the daughter of India's richest man, started their prewedding celebrations and decided to have Beyonce herself kick off the festivities with a performance…casual.
She wore three outfits for the occasion and of course, looked amazing in all of them. The first, which you can see on her Instagram, was a custom red dress with gold embroidery and the second was a gold bodysuit with thigh-high boots to match. The last was another bodysuit bejeweled with over 850 crystals along with pearls and tribal beads. With all the looks, Beyonce sported her signature long locks.
Although Beyonce uses extensions with a lot of her looks, she's shown off her naturally long hair many times as well. One of those times was for Vogue's September issue in which she sported her natural hair throughout all her pictures.
Beyonce no doubt has plenty of resources to ensure her hair grows long and healthy but you don't have to be an iconic singer to get results. So what exactly can you do to ensure you grow and maintain healthy, long hair? We're here to help answer that question.
First and foremost, it's important to consider your hair's make up. Genetics can play a major role in the rate that your hair grows. So its always good to base the timing of your hair goals with that in mind. While some people are pre-disposed to grow hair quickly and others get thicker hair first then length, with the right research and regimen you can help the process along no matter your texture.
You'll look and feel your best by maintaining a healthy diet and your hair is no exception. Your hair is dependent on your nutrition so if you want to ensure that your hair grows as fast as possible and stays healthy, you need to make sure you're eating a balanced diet. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can slow down the hair growth process and can even cause hair loss. Make sure you're getting enough vitamins A,C, D, E, and B complex as well as zinc, iron biotin, protein, and essential fatty acids.
Unless prescribed by a doctor, most products can't actually do much to change the pace of your hair growth. But products can affect the health of your hair which in turn can affect how long you're actually able to get it. The longer your hair is, the more prone the ends are to drying out and becoming thin and brittle. When this happens, you will have a hard time actually maintaining long hair since the ends will constantly break (making your hair look thin and frizzy) and you'll most likely need to trim more than you would if your ends were healthy . If you want to maintain long hair, then using the right products can absolutely help by keeping your hair happy and properly moisturized. The key is finding what products are right for you and your hair. Everyone is different and what works for some, might not work for others. In order to find the right products, you should know what your hair type is. Two important factors that will affect what your hair routine should look like is texture and porosity.
Certain textures, such as straight or wavy will have an easier time distributing the scalp's natural oils down to the ends, whereas kinkier types will usually have a harder time due to all the bends and twists in the hair. It's important to note your hair's texture because the kinkier it is, the more prone it can be to drying out.
Along with texture, your hair's porosity can also determine how likely it might dry out. Hair porosity refers to how easily your hair is able to absorb and maintain water (aka moisture) and other products. Hair with low porosity will have a difficult time absorbing moisture because the cuticles are less likely to open up to let water and products in. On the other hand, hair with high porosity has cuticles that are very open and allows products in easily, but it will have a hard time actually maintaining it within the strand rather than just letting it pass through. Normal porosity lies somewhere in the middle, with a tendency to absorb products and moisture relatively well and also keep it within the strand. Though both high and low porosities can cause frizzy, dry, and brittle hair, the products you need to be using will vary largely depending on what your porosity is. Some products work to close up cuticles, such as highly acidic products or heavy creams and oils. If your hair is highly porous, then these are the products you want to be using but if you experience low porosity, then you'll want to avoid them.
In order to determine your hair's porosity there's actually a very simple test you can run. In a glass of water, drop a clean, dry strand of your hair. If it floats at the top and takes a long time to sink to the bottom, then you have low porosity. If it sinks almost immediately, then the hair has high porosity. And if it floats somewhere in the middle, then you have normal porosity. Note, normal porosity can change if you chemically process or heat style your hair a lot so it's important to use proper hair moisturizing regimens and keep heat styling to little or none to maintain its health.
Using low manipulation styles is good advice for everyone, no matter the porosity or texture that you have. The more tension you add to your hair, the more likely you are to experience breakage. Also the more chemical processing you to do to your hair or the more heat you add, the more the health of your hair can be compromised. If you're looking to increase length, stick to doing protective styles and avoid coloring your hair.
Lastly, cut your hair. No matter what you do, the ends of your hair will always be more prone to damage because they are the oldest part of your hair. If you've been maintaining healthy hair, then a simple trim will help remove dry, split ends before they have time to move further up your hair. But if they've already travelled up far into your hair or your hair is highly damaged, then you might need a larger haircut. No amount of products can heal split ends or extreme hair damage so when you've got them, the only choice is to cut it and make room for new, healthier hair. We know, that's the last thing you want to hear when you're trying to grow out your hair but we promise it'll be worth it in the long run.