ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to grow very long hair

Updated on June 4, 2011

Growing very long hair is difficult for most people. There is somewhat of a genetic determination as to how long your hair will grow, but with enough hard work and persistence, the dream of very long hair is not entirely impossible. It takes a lot of patience and practice, but it hard work always pays off. It is important that you follow all the instructions as listed below, and stay open-minded. Also, do not get frustrated if you do not see fast results, it is more difficult to grow hair past a certain length. It is also important that you get your hair cut regularly for maintaining the health of your hair.

1. Start with healthy hair!

This is the most important advice that I can give you. If your hair is bad to begin with, cut it off and start all over again. You (and your locks) will thank me in the end. Your hair will not grow if it is already quite damaged and even if it grows to a decent length, the hair will not look luscious and beautiful as it would have looked had healthy hair had been grown out. It is also important that you do your best to stay away from hair dyes and most hair chemical and heat-treatment processes. No matter how "natural" a brand may claim to be, any kind of process on your hair does induce some sort of damage. (An occasional treatment is okay, but if you really are serious, it is better to have virgin hair until you reach your desired hair length.

2. Trim your hair regularly

Another important part of getting gorgeous long hair is getting in trimmed regularly. Be sure to go to a salon and get it done for best results. Most people believe that trimming their own hair is simple, and that a trim is not worth paying for, but this cannot be further from the truth. Salon stylists have special scissors that are made for trimming hair. (Regular scissors actually damage your hair and may even allow split ends to occur.) Hair stylists usually are pretty good at spotting split ends and cutting them off, so let the professionals handle the job.

3. Get a nutrient-rich diet

This is one thing that most of us tend to ignore, but perhaps one of the most important aspects that you need to have for gorgeous, healthy hair. Make sure to get your vitamins and minerals as it is known that they are essential for beautiful hair (and beautiful skin too!) The best way to do so is to eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. Getting your omega 3 fatty acids are fantastic to add a coat of shine to your beautiful hair too - so be sure to eat some fish too.

4. No harsh chemicals

This goes back to what I originally said about staying away from harsh treatments. In addition to minimizing (if not completely cutting out) dying and other treatments, it is better to stay with some great shampoos and conditioners that are not packed with artificial substances. I am a huge shampoo of organic and natural hair products. Aubrey Organics is a great one - in order to read a review about this brand, click on this link.

5. Do not stress your hair

Hair stress is one of the biggest causes of split ends. Tight braids and buns are absolutely terrible and may even cause traction alopecia (which is baldness around the areas of stress.) Tight hair elastics also cause your hair to be pulled tightly. Use cloth scrunchies instead. Opt for loose buns and loose braids as this will keep your hair in place, but still will not cause a great deal of unnecessary pulling on your scalp. When combing your hair, do it gently – especially when dealing with wet hair. Do not roughly break the tangles and knots in your hair. Remember, happy hair is great hair!

6. Learn the proper hair washing techniques

People are still not quite aware of the proper hair washing techniques. When shampooing your hair, only apply the shampoo to your scalp. This is where oil build-up occurs, and anywhere else on your hair does not need any stripping of natural oils. When applying conditioner, however, the reverse should be done. Apply the conditioner to the middle and the ends of the hair shaft as these areas tend to the driest. After the conditioner is applied, gently comb through or run your fingers through your hair to ensure that all the tangles are not there.

7. Deep condition your hair once a week

A deep conditioning treatment a week goes a long way. This is an important step in preventing split hairs from occurring and keeps your hair hydrated and beautiful too! There are some great natural conditioning treatments that you can do too. After shampooing and conditioning, leave your deep conditioning treatment on for at least an half an hour for great results.

8. Use natural oils

Using natural oils such as amla oil and coconut oil also works wonderfully. To read more about amla oil and coconut oil, check out the following links.

9. Biotin supplements

Many who have tried biotin supplements swear by them. Many dermatologists will prescribe biotin for those experiencing slow hair growth. It is a type of Vitamin B, and it is shown to accelerate hair growth, skin health and nail growth. Some have experienced some break outs while on biotin, whereas others say that the breakouts can be controlled with constant intake of water.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      am agree with these tips


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)