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How To Grow Long Hair - What You Need To Know

Updated on September 16, 2009

If you're looking to grow long hair you may be wondering why it's so difficult. There a few things you should know about growing long Hair. It may be that your hair is growing slower than it normally does do to any number of reasons. Look at those possible reasons, the anatomy of hair, and tricks to help it grow at a normal pace. Armed with this information you can pursue your long hair goals with confidence.

You may be looking for information on how to grow long hair because your normal rate of hair growth seems to have slowed. Hair growth may slow journey number of reasons or imbalances. It's a reflection of your overall health oftentimes. So you may want to ask yourself, do you feel as healthy as you could be? Are you under unusual amounts of stress these days? Have you been eating well and getting enough sleep? If any of these things are out of the normal balance it may very well affect how quickly your hair grows and how healthy it is overall.

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flickr photo by madaise

There are 4 main parts to the anatomy of hair. They are the following:

  1. follicle -- this is the canal
  2. papilla -- this is the organ that feeds growth
  3. sebaceous gland -- the oil glands or the hair
  4. the hair itself

All of these different aspects of the hair must be healthy for optimal hair growth. For example, if those sebaceous glands become clogged, hair growth will be compromised. Using products that prevent this buildup but at the same time don't damage the hair shaft itself will help ensure optimal hair growth.

Again, healthy hair is the reflection of a healthy body. As we all know proper diet, healthy food and adequate exercise are all part of a healthy lifestyle. Believe it or not, this translates directly to good hair growth. Strong, healthy blood flow carries nutrients to the scalp, facilitating hair growth. For more local blood flow, you can try scalp massage. It only takes about 15 minutes and can be done while watching television or chatting on the phone. Many people find it to be very relaxing, thereby reducing stress and adding one more healthy benefit that can lead to better hair growth.

When it comes to food, a higher protein diet seems to help many people in their hair growth efforts. With all the foods that you eat, try to make the most healthy choices you can. You may also want to consider supplementing with certain vitamins. Two of the most common recommendations when it comes to helping hair growth are biotin and omega-3 fatty acids. There are an abundance of these supplements available to choose from.

Now that you understand some of the basic components involved in healthy hair growth can start to establish a plan. You know the different parts involved in hair growth, and the importance of keeping them all healthy. You also realize now, that this is part of an overall healthy body. A healthier body means healthier longer hair, faster. By eating the right foods, exercising to reduce stress and increase blood flow, plus localizing blood flow to the scalp through scalp massage, and adding vitamin supplements that contribute to healthy hair growth you'll be well on your way to answering your own question of how to grow long hair.


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      Egypt 3 years ago

      Fell out of bed feeling down. This has brnehtgied my day!

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      Growing out short hairstyles fast is a goal of many who may have wanted to have a cute pixie haircut but now want to have shoulder length hair again, it will take time and with the right hot oil treatment, conditioner it will be easier to grow out hair that is healthy.

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      Teresa 7 years ago

      I love this page!!!! I just got my hair cut and it's way to short. I am dying for it to grow out faster. I am so sad that i even got it cut. Hopefull with all of these wonderful tips it will grow quicker. This page is such a blessing to me and I am grateful that it's on here:::):)):

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      sravanthi.g 8 years ago

      how to reduce hair fall

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      jazzuboo 8 years ago from Queensland, Australia

      hmmm, no long hair for me I'm afraid. I enjoyed it in my younger year, but now I sport a shiny top :-)