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How to Naturally Grow Long and Healthy Hair

Updated on November 24, 2012
Naturally long, healthy, and shiny black hair you, too, can have by practicing the tips. Practice is the key.
Naturally long, healthy, and shiny black hair you, too, can have by practicing the tips. Practice is the key. | Source

It is out of the question that most women in this world dream of having a long, healthy, and shiny hair. Well, this makes good sense actually since a woman’s hair is oftentimes one of the things that catch a man’s eyes, after a woman’s face. Unfortunately, not every woman is blessed with a long, healthy, and shiny hair. As a matter of fact, plenty of them often wonder how they can grow such an ideal hair model. Well, there are actually things they can try that can help them grow the hair model they have been dreaming of all along and, better yet, they can do it naturally.

Consume Healthy Diets and Live a Healthy Life

One of the important things when it comes to naturally growing a long, healthy, and shiny hair is to consume healthy diets. That said, it is recommended that women planning to get their ideal hair model do not consume things like fast food so often anymore. They should consume more vegetables and fresh fruits instead. In addition to that, instead of consuming such drinks as cola, they should simply consume regular drink water. If possible, it is recommended to drink the reverse osmosis water that has been becoming more common in plenty of households recently.

Besides consuming healthy diets, in order for hair to grow, the body needs exercise as well. Therefore, it will be best if women desiring to grow long hair try to carry out exercises as their routine. In fact, they should also keep on doing routine exercises even after they have succeeded to grow the kind of hair they desire.

Trim Your Hair Periodically

Now, this may sound contrary to popular belief in terms of growing a long hair. However, it is important for you to make sure you do trim your hair periodically. This way, you can get rid of your split ends, if any. Believe me, split ends are the last thing you want for the sake of your hair. They are very effective in damaging your hair as they go a long way up your hair shaft.

Speaking of split ends, it will be a good thing if you can manage to cut them evenly. However, if you don’t really think there’re split ends on your hair, you may cut the end of your hair simply when you feel like keeping the length even.

However, when you are about to trim your hair, there are things you need to take into account. You can’t do it just like that. If you decide to let the professionals in the field to do it for you, you need to choose carefully. Problem is, not every hair professional or stylist knows exactly just how much they should trim your hair. Ideally, your hair shouldn’t be trimmed beyond 0.5 inches long. In fact, the ideal range is between 0.25 to 0.5 inches long. So, if your hair is trimmed beyond that, you might only be able to keep on dreaming of having a long hair. Of course you wouldn’t want that, would you?

Additionally, in case you happen to be using chemicals on your hair, your trimming periods may vary according to the chemicals you’re using. In some cases, you may need to trim your hair as often as every six weeks or, in other cases, you may wait for every six months before you trim your hair again. That depends, really.

Comb but Don’t Rip Your Hair

In order to grow a long, healthy, and shiny hair, it is recommended that you comb your hair gently by means of a wide-tooth comb. You can start from the bottom then go all the way to the top of your hair. However, you only need to do this a few times and you’ll be good to go. Don’t excessively comb your hair otherwise you’ll break it instead of growing it.

Yet, if you don’t really feel like using a comb in this case, you may as well go for a brush. Nevertheless, you need to make sure that the brush doesn’t come with hard bristles and that it is neither a metal nor a short one.

Protect Your Hair While Styling It

A lot of women out there misunderstand this. They care about their hair styling that much that they forget to protect it. For those with long hair, they’re often so proud of their hair and they simply keep it loose most of the time. Honestly, this is not recommended at all. Instead, the women whose hair is long should apply a hair style that can protect the hair (let’s call it a ‘protective styling’).

With a protective styling, the ends of the hair – that are the driest and oldest parts of the hair – aren’t likely to rub against things such as car seats, pillows, and clothing. This way, it is possible to retain the length of the hair.

Another advantage of applying a protective styling is that the hair moisture can be maintained more easily and hence dryness isn’t likely to occur. For your information, dryness is a good indication of hair breakage.

Speaking of protective styling, you should apply it even at night as well. Rather than a cotton pillow, it is better if you can get a satin or silk pillow.

Keep Away From Chlorine or Salt Water

When you want to naturally grow a shiny, long, and healthy hair, always remember that chlorine and salt water are your foes. They cause damage to your hair. Yet, what if you’re a swimming person and fond of going to the swimming pool? Well, in this case, you had better find a swim cap that is long enough to cover your hair and clean your hair thoroughly right after you have finished swimming.

Expose Your Hair to Minimum or No Heat At All

It is true that it is becoming quite a trend today to apply a hair styling that takes advantage of heat. Using curling or flat iron is one of many examples. However, it is recommended that you apply a gentle hair styling instead, such as twists, wet sets, and wraps.

The Help of Chemicals

So far, we’ve been talking about things you can do to naturally grow a long, healthy, and shiny hair. However, without any chemicals at all, you may find it a bit hard to achieve. That said, relying on the help of a few chemicals should be fine. However, there are things to consider.

First, when we talk about chemicals, it means shampoo and/or conditioners. In this case, you need to choose carefully which shampoo or conditioner to use as not all of them will suit your hair type. However, in order to find out which one suits you the best, you’ll have to try. If, after trying a particular choice, you find that you don’t really like the results, you should try another choice. Do this until you find one with a result you really like.

Also, keep in mind that at least once a month, you need to make use of leave-in conditioners. This way, you’ll have a better moisturized hair which is less vulnerable to dryness. As a result, you’ll retain your hair better. Yet, if you’re not sure what leave-in conditioners are, they’re conditioners you use after you have finished your shower. This kind of conditioners is to be left on the hair temporarily hence the name ‘leave-in conditioners’. You wash the leave-in conditioners the next time you wash your hair. Unlike the regular conditioners, leave-in conditioners don’t rely on oils but, more commonly, glycerin instead.

Take Care of Your Brand New Long, Healthy, and Shiny Hair

After you have successfully managed to grow a long, healthy, and shiny hair, what you have to do now is to take care of it. Fortunately, there are tips to take care of long, healthy, and shiny hair that you can try for yourself so you don’t have to worry about losing your beautiful hair. Good luck and have a naturally beautiful hair! J


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