Are you one of those women who turn around to admire another woman walking past with long, lustrous hair tumbling down her back? Or perhaps you made a bad choice at the hairdresser recently, and want to get your hair back to a beautiful, long length as quickly as possible? Whatever your reasons, you may be looking for quick fixes and tips for growing your hair long. However, remember that it can't grow overnight, and growing your hair is about more than just length – the health of your hair matters too. Here are some tips:
Don't shampoo your hair every single time you shower. Shampoo strips natural oils. Dry, brittle hair that is devoid of its natural oils will break more easily and will split up the shaft. This means you'll need a trim more often than you would like.
Coat your hair in a special oil or hair treatment once a week.
Brush your hair very gently. If you brush roughly you will yank it out at the roots and may cause the strands to snap and split. There is a saying that you should 'brush your hair like it is spun gold.' In addition to brushing gently, this also means investing in a good paddle brush with widely spaced bristles. Always brush from the tips up to the roots, working through the knots in a gentle manner and with the assistance of a bit of leave-in conditioner if required. Try to never brush your hair when wet, and if you want to detangle it when it is wet, use a wide-toothed comb and work it gently from the tips to the roots.
Ditch your cotton pillowcase and opt for one made of satin or silk instead. Cotton aides in breakage and also promotes frizz.
Only use shampoos and conditioners that are made for your specific hair type.
Although you needn't shampoo every time you shower, you should condition it whenever it gets wet in the shower – particularly if you have curly or naturally dry hair.
Healthy, strong hair starts from the inside out, and this is why a balanced diet and adequate water intake are both crucial tricks to it growing long and lustrous. Eat a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables of all colours and include ample protein and oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and trout in your diet to give your hair a gorgeous glow.
Massage your shampoo into your scalp with soothing, circular motions each time you wash your hair. Massaging your scalp will help stimulate your follicles and will encourage growth.
Don't ditch the scissors! Many of these points have been regarding the prevention of breakage, and that's because hair that begins to break at the bottom will split up to the top, making it look frizzy and damaged. If it's frizzy and damaged, it will need to be chopped off to look decent again, which is why you want to avoid breakage and damage in the first place! To prevent split ends and breakage travelling up your hair shaft, you should get it trimmed once every 6 weeks.
Most of all, remember to be patient! Use the right haircare products and don't compromise on the attention and love you pay to your hair when you are growing it out.