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How to Grow Long Hair

Updated: Jun 7, 2019

Growing your hair requires patience, effort and some changes into your hair care routine. You know how the saying goes 'Rome wasn't built in a day'. Well your hair is a little smaller than Rome, but still, the quote is useful (I think).

The most important thing to do is not to get discouraged if you are struggling to grow your hair. It requires a lot of patience and persistence.

Here are a few tips to help you get the long locks you have been dreaming about;

Resist the urge to colour your hair, at least for a while

Colouring your hair will damage your hair very quickly, especially blonde hair colour. This may stop your hair from growing as it will become dry and can start to break at the ends. If you really need to dye your hair, then make sure to use a good conditioner on your hair afterwards. The fewer colour treatments you put on your hair, the quicker your hair will grow.

Get regular trims

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, why are you telling me to cut my hair which will make it shorter? Hair gets damaged over time and to keep it healthy and prevent it from breaking, it's good to get regular trims. Regular trims being once every 8 weeks. A mistake that some people make is not getting enough trims, resulting in their hair breaking off at the end, preventing growth. This happens when dead ends aren't trimmed regularly. So be brave, and get that trim, your hair will thank you for it.

Eat a nutritious diet

If you don't eat the right foods and intake the correct nutrients, your hair will suffer. For your hair to grow, you need to eat the correct foods. For example, your hair grows around 0.5 inches per month. How fast it grows can depend on a number of factors, including age, health and how well you look after it. If you deprive your body on nutrients, your hair will not be able to grow at the rate you would like it to. Think of a car, if you don't put the correct fuel in it, it's not going to run efficiently is it? Therefore poor nutrition can contribute to poor hair growth.

Foods to eat include;

- Eggs - These contain biotin and protein, both essential for hair growth. Hair follicles are mostly made of protein.

- Berries - Berries have antioxidants and lots of vitamins in them that can promote hair growth. Antioxidants also help to protect your hair follicles from damage.

- Green vegetables - Green vegetables are full of vitamins, iron and folate. Iron helps your blood carry oxygen around the body which is essential for hair growth as it aids in repair.

- Protein - Protein is good for hair growth as your hair follicles are mainly made up of proteins, therefore a lack of protein can prevent hair growth.

Take vitamin or hair tablets

If you are struggling to get your recommended daily allowance of vitamins, you may want to consider taking tablets specifically designed for hair growth. It is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet, but it's not always easy to get the correct amount of nutrients that your body desires. Taking tablets can help your hair get the nutrients it needs in order to grow properly. There are many different kinds, for example, multi vitamin tablets, biotin tablets and tablets specifically designed for hair growth.

Avoid heat styling tools where possible

I know how much you love using your hair straighteners and your favourite curling tongs, but all of this heat usage can damage your hair quickly, which can prevent growth. Avoid using heat tools where possible. You can rock a cute fish braid or up do to prevent usage a few days a week, your hair will thank you for it!

Use a good condition and hair mask

To make sure your hair grows beautiful and sleek, you have to look after your hair. This means using a good conditioner. Conditioner helps replace all the important growth proteins in your hair that may have been lost, and it also helps keep your hair healthy and strong to prevent breakages. Conditioner also helps your hair stay silky smooth too!

Don't wash your hair everyday

Washing your hair everyday can strip your hair of it's natural oils which can cause dry, dull hair. It is better to wash it every other day. Your hair's natural oils will moisture your scalp and hair which helps it become hydrated and look healthier. Washing your hair once every few days is better.

Don't over brush your hair

It is important to brush your hair to keep it silky smooth and prevent any tangling. But over brushing can cause your hair to break quicker. Your hair is very fine and delicate, and over brushing can cause more damage than it's worth. It's OK to brush your hair, just be gentle, and don't brush it when it's wet as it is the most fragile at this point. Your hair must be treated and handled with care to avoid breakages.

Best of luck in your hair growth journey!

Do you have any hair care tips you would like to share? Let me know in the comments.