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Hair health and hair growth tips

At Canberra Hair Extensions, we believe healthy hair is beautiful hair.

We provide hair extension services for a quicker path to thicker, longer hair. But we also do everything we can to care for your hair, including providing information and recommendations to assist your hair health journey so that one day you may not need hair extensions! Below is a list of tips and tricks to help get you started on your path to healthy, luscious hair.

Healthy hair starts from within. Diet, medications, stress and overall health play a huge role when it comes to the condition of your hair.. Your hair, unlike your skin, is not an essential organ. And your body is clever. If there’s anything in your system that requires additional nutrients, your body will send it there – and not to your hair. If your hair health has changed, it’s worth taking a visit to your doctor. Recent changes in medication could be the culprit, but a hormonal imbalance, a deficiency or an underlying health condition can also change the health of your hair. 

If you have a deficiency in anything, improving levels of that one thing will provide the most benefit to your hair health. 

Once the above has been ruled out, a balanced diet and lifestyle will go a long way to improving the condition of your hair. Excess alcohol consumption will dry your hair from within and smoking will also have a damaging effect. Eliminating or reducing these in your lifestyle will have an overall positive effect, especially on your hair! 

Even with a balanced diet it can be difficult to get all of the essential nutrients in your diet. This is where a supplement can come in handy, to fill in any gaps and ensure there’s a surplus of goodness in your system. Our favourite hair growth supplement is called Mane Event by Apotecari. We stock it at CHE and EHE: it’s Australian made and owned, and full of everything your hair needs to be its best. 

Excessive and prolonged periods of stress can wreak havoc on your hair, causing hair loss and lacklustre locks. It’s hard when you’re experiencing stress to find the time to unwind, but de-stressing your life will make a huge difference to your hair and overall wellness.

Invest in a salon professional shampoo and conditioner that has been prescribed for your hair needs. There are a few reasons why prescribed products are more effective. The healthier your scalp, the better your hair will grow. The hair environment is everything. Also, if you have a conditioner that nourishes your hair properly, you can minimise the amount of length you need cut off as you’re growing it. We love the Naturaltech range, stocked at CHE, for the perfect scalp care that can be prescribed personally for you. We stock a wide range of products from many different brands so that we can provide you with the best options specifically for your hair.

Wash your hair regularly but not too often as you don’t want to strip too many of the natural oils. Washing too often stimulate your sebaceous gland and increases oil production. An ideal number of washes is 2 or 3 per week.

Your sebaceous gland is a microscopic exocrine gland in the skin that opens into a hair follicle to secrete an oily or waxy matter, called sebum, lubricating your hair and skin.

If your hair is naturally dry, you can likely get away with washing it once a week. With dry hair, washing is more about getting softness and moisture back into the hair rather than that clean feeling. Either way, up to a week is okay, anything beyond that may be problematic as dead cells, oil residue and environmental debris build up on the scalp which can cause problems for oily or dry hair.

Try letting your hair dry naturally and always use a leave-in heat protector when using thermal tools. Our favourite heat protector is Wow Dreamcoat, available at both Canberra Hair Extensions and Eden Hair Energy. More than just a heat protector, it’s a heat-activated treatment that repels against frizz and humidity and increases the longevity of your styling.

Be gentle when brushing and drying your hair. The hairbrush you choose is very important. The right brush will gently detangle and smooth while massaging the scalp. The wrong brush can break your hair. We recommend Ugly Swan Scream-Free Brush.

Trim your hair regularly. As hair becomes damaged, the ends split, causing breakage further up the hair shaft (and thus requiring more hair to be cut off). We often see clients whose hair is splitting faster than it’s growing, creating the ‘my hair never grows’ syndrome. Regular trims – taking off less than how much your hair has grown between visits – will actually strengthen hair and feel as though it’s growing faster.

Treat your hair. Use a plex or peptide treatment weekly or come in and see us for a more specialised and deeper treatment. It’s not only great for your hair but an indulgent pamper session as well. De-stressing is good for your hair!

Moisture treatments are just as important as plex treatments.  Plex treatments work on the inside of your hair to keep it strong while moisture treatments keep it soft and add elasticity. We recommend using a moisture treatment once a week or alternate washes to your plex or peptide treatment.

Talk to your stylist about future-proof hair colouring so that you can go longer in between colour services to minimise the damaging effects of colour.

Ultimately, the best resource you can have when growing your gorgeous locks is a stylist who is as invested in your hair as you are. Why not book a complimentary consultation with the team at Canberra Hair Extensions today to get your long hair journey started?

The 3 phases of hair growth

Every hair on your head is always in one of three growth phases. All of your hair is never in the same cycle – if it was, you’d lose all your hair at once every so often – and it would all grow back at once! Instead, every hair is at a different phase. That’s why there are times where you lose a lot of hair when washing or brushing, and less hair at other times. 

It’s also the reason you might find pesky fly-away or ‘baby hairs’ in your hair. These are most likely not breakage but new hairs growing. Hair grows on average 1-1.5 cm a month, or 12-18 cm a year.

The Anagen phase is the period of growth. The cells in the hair bulb divide rapidly creating new hair growth. Hair actively grows from the roots for an average of 2-7 years before hair follicles become dormant. In this time, hair can grow anywhere between 18-30 inches. The length of this phase is dependent on your maximum hair length, which varies due to genetics, age and health.

The second phase of your hair growth cycle is Catagen. This period is short, lasting only 2-3 weeks. In this transitional phase, hair stops growing, detaches itself from the blood supply and is then named a ‘club hair’ which prepares to shed.

Finally, hair enters its third and final stage called the Telogen phase. This phase begins with a resting period, where club hairs rest in the root while new hair begins to grow beneath. This phase lasts for around three months.

COVID-19 and Lockdown Update

Due to the recent news of the lockdown extension in the ACT, we have received a number of emails from our valued guest checking, cancelling and hoping to reorganise appointments.

Here is everything you need to know about how we are managing our bookings during lockdown:

In the meantime we are now offering click and collect and can also post any of our retail ranges out to you. We are able to send any of the wonderful ranges we stock in salon including ColourWow root touch up powder (to help you get through those Teams meetings), Kevin Murphy, Davines, Pure, Clever Curl and more.

Click and collect is available during business hours Monday – Friday, however must be pre-arranged. Postage is at a flat rate of $9.00 and free for orders over $100. Receive a FREE KEVIN MURPHY mini with any purchase. To arrange click and collect or postage order simply email us at with what you would like and your best contact number.

Thank you again for your patience, we really appreciate your support of this small business during these incredibly challenging times and will do everything we can to look after you when we return.

Hope you and your family are safe and well during this lockdown,

Much love, team Eden and Canberra Hair Extensions.