Secrets to growing hair longer

Do you know how to grow long hair?  Ever wanted long, gorgeous locks without extensions?  These secrets really work, so try a few, sit back, and watch your hair grow!

1. Wash your hair less.

Previously, my biggest mistake was going along with the misconception that you must wash your hair every day.  Actually, it’s quite the opposite; the more you suds up, the more you’re stripping your hair of essential oils it needs to stay healthy and moisturized.  Only wash your hair 2-3 times per week, and don’t feel weird about it–you’re doing your hair a huge favor!  Remember, less is more.

2. Only trim when needed.

If your hair is healthy, there’s no need to trim every 6 weeks.  Give your hair a chance to grow!  Healthy hair can go months without needing a trim, some hair enthusiasts claim even a year.

Daily brushing helps remove dust, dirt, and loose scales, as well as stimulates the blood supply and distributes sebum (oily matter that lubricates and protects skin) along the hair shaft.  You should brush once in the morning, and once before bed.  But do not use a brush on wet hair–instead, use a wide-toothed comb and start at the ends, working gently towards the roots.

4. What you eat and drink matters.

Better looking hair can start by what you eat and drink.  The cells that support strong hair depend on a balanced diet.  Superfoods for your hair: drink lots of water, eat plenty of lean protein, especially salmon (rich in omega-3 and vitamin D), walnuts (vitamin E), eggs (iron helps carry oxygen to hair follicles), and spinach (iron, beta carotene, and folate).  Honorable mentions: sweet potatoes, blueberries, and greek yogurt.

5. Take a natural supplement.

To help boost fullness and length, try a natural supplement like Biotin, vitamin B, omega-3 or but just remember it’s always best to consult your doctor and research each supplement for yourself.

6. Switch to dry shampoo.

Ever heard of the «No poo method»? Yeah, I thought it was something gross too.  Turns out, it’s a HUGE movement among ladies who want longer, healthier locks.  Basically, it’s a movement away from harmful commercial shampoos that do more harm than good for our hair.

 Try gradually replacing your shampoo by using a dry shampoo or by simply “washing” with baking soda and “conditioning” with apple cider vinegar for as long as possible.

7. Ingredients matter.

Check the ingredients on every product before you apply them to your hair; some are harmful and possibly even carcinogenic.   Main ingredients to avoid: sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and sodium laureth sulfate–this industrial detergent found in engine degreasers and potent garage floor cleaners.  It’s also found in an enormous number of commercial shampoos.

8. Use a coconut oil treatment once a week.

There’s a reason this HowDoesShe post has over 1 million views!  Coconut oil treatments are like heaven to your hair.

9. Do a deep protein condition once a month.

If you struggle with how to grow long hair consider adding deep protein conditioning to your routine.  Protein treatments will add strength and resiliency to your hair, helping it to grow longer.  This should really become part of your monthly hair regimen if you want to get serious about getting long hair.

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 10. Stimulate your scalp.

Never underestimate the power of a scalp massage.  Scalp stimulation promotes hair growth by bringing nutrients to the hair follicles (where hair grows).  You can stimulate your scalp by massaging your scalp every time you wash your hair, every night before bed, or by brushing.  Do it at least once or twice daily.

11. Don’t apply conditioner directly to your scalp.

The jury is still out, but some hair-care professionals and beauty articles recommend NOT applying conditioner directly to the scalp.  Conditioner on the scalp tends to create flyaways and frizz, not to mention causes dandruff and weighs your hair down.

 12. Air dry whenever possible.

Harsh heat is your hair’s worst enemy.  Forget about the blowdryer–let your hair dry naturally as often as you can.  Over time, you’ll be able to see and feel a huge difference. If you do need to use a blow dryer, this one, from Babyliss is a less damaging option.

13. Use Oils.

  • Combine two drops of each of these essential oils and massage them into your scalp 3-5 nights a week: lavender, rosemary, thyme, cedar wood, andjojoba.
  • Massage grape seed oil into your scalp nightly (or every 2-3 nights if it gets too oily)
  • Apply Palm oil to hair 1-2 times per week
  • Hair enthusiasts SWEAR by Moroccan or Argan oil

14.  Try a {strange but true} pantry product rinse.

  • Potato water rinse: use your leftover potato water to rinse your hair and give it a much-needed post of vitamins A and C.  Or juice 3 potatoes, add 1 egg yolk, 1 TB honey, and mix and rinse.
  • Onion water rinse:  seems totally wacky, right?  Yet it seems to work!
  • Egg Hair treatments
  • Apple cider vinegar rinse

15. Use a leave-in conditioner

If you struggle with dry hair or frizz, try a leave-in conditioner that locks in moisture and keeps your hair hydrated all day.

16. Try Shikakai Powder

Shikakai is a shrub-like tree that grows in India and has been used for centuries to cleanse hair and promote growth.  This is another great tool you can use in how to grow long hair.  In its powder form, Shikakai is a natural conditioner and strengthens hair roots and promotes growth with vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, along with essential antioxidants.  Mix it with water and use as a paste on the hair instead of shampoo.

17. Use silk pillowcases…seriously, it makes a difference.

Ever wake up to find strands of hair on your cotton pillow cases?  You’ll never believe what a difference silk pillow covers can make for your hair.

18. Stop bleaching

If you want to get serious about growing your hair longer, stop putting it through harsh chemical processes that will stunt growth, dry it out, and promote breakage.  Try going natural for a while, at least until you achieve the length you want.  The currently popular ombre is also a great option that does less damage to your hair.

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