How to Grow Back Hair After Years of Pulling

Get a hair brush with wide set bristles for less pulling.

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Pulling your hair into tight updos or yanking it with a brush forces your hair into a losing game of tug-of-war. Pulling leads to breakage, usually in the form of tiny hairs poking up around your scalp, which hurts your hair's chances of growing long and healthy. As long as you commit to healthy hair care, your hair can regain its former beauty---regardless of how damaged it's become.


Get a haircut to eliminate split ends. It's a good idea to pick a low-maintenance hairstyle that you love and won't mind wearing down most of the time. If you're not in love with your haircut, you might be tempted to pull it back into a ponytail every day -- which is a huge no-no if you're trying to keep hair from breaking again.


Get the best hairbrush you can afford, and make sure it's the right kind for your hair. If your hair's curly, you may suffice with a pick or no brush at all (just use your fingers to detangle in the shower, then air-dry). For straight or fine hair, pick a brush with soft, spaced-apart bristles. Detangle carefully, starting at the tips.


Rub essential oils into hair nightly if you have bald patches. According to dermatologists at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, cedarwood, lavender, thyme and rosemary oils can trigger new hair growth in people suffering from alopecia (chronic hair loss).


Nix the use of chemical dyes and harsh hair products. Chemicals eat away at hair strands, making your locks extra-sensitive and likely to break. Harsh shampoos (like the kind used for treating dandruff) may do the same, so choose a sensitive shampoo and condition regularly to trap in moisture.


Get creative with hair styling. Since heat styling, braiding and twisting contributes to breakage, use headbands, scarves or gentle hair clips to accent your 'do, or comb through your hair with gel for a safe, easy style.


If your hair shows no signs of growth after months, see your doctor. You may have a medical condition that inhibits hair growth, or your hair may be reacting to a medication. A poor diet or malnutrition can also cause hair breakage and slow hair growth.

Things You'll Need


1.Soft-bristled hairbrush

3.Essential oils



2.Gentle shampoo and conditioner


6.Gentle hair clips


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