How to grow very long hair
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.