There’s just something about long hair that is so enchanting. Perhaps we’ve been entranced by childhood stories of mermaids with winding braids down their backs, or we heard “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair” one too many times as a child. Either way, we love how long hair gives a girl a carefree, bohemian vibe. There are tons of girls, young ladies, and women who yearn for long, luxurious locks. However, it can be a little more than difficult, trying to achieve these results.
It can feel like your hair is growing at a snail’s pace – and, really, your hair only grows about half an inch per month. So, that being said, we understand if you want to try to speed things up a bit. Not sure how to do that? There are some tricks and techniques that will help build strong, shiny, and faster-growing tresses.
For Rapunzel-worthy hair, follow these tips and tricks:
- Give yourself a dry scalp massage.
The key to healthy hair growth is a healthy scalp. This just makes sense! So, treat yourself to an at-home dry scalp massage. This gets the blood flowing to your scalp, which enables nutrients to reach the hair follicle more quickly.
- Also give a wet hair massage.
Massages shouldn’t end there! While you wash your hair, be sure to invigorate your scalp again by massaging as you shampoo. Start at the base of your neck and move around the hairline. Oh, and be sure to use your fingertips and not your nails. Using your fingernails will lead to scratches.
- Condition, condition, condition!
If your hair is wet, always condition. Over time, from too much heat, styling, and coloring, your strands grow thinner at the bottom. Not only does conditioner nourish damaged tresses with lipids, proteins, and other nutrients for healthier, shinier locks, but it also seals the cuticle, which fights frizz.
A lot of people skip conditioner, which is one of the worst things you can do. If you’re trying to grow a long mane, skipping conditioner is counterproductive. So, if you are washing your hair, make sure to spend time conditioning (leaving it on longer than you did the shampoo.)
- Lay off the washing.
While you should never skip a condition, shampooing is another story. You should skip it as much as possible. Shampoo is designed to remove dirt, oil, and buildup from your hair and scalp. However, it also strips the hair of natural oils that your strands need to remain soft and healthy.
- Rinse with cold.
Rinsing your hair with cold water after you shower is an essential extra step that makes a huge difference. The cold water lays down the outer layer of your hair, which prevents moisture loss, breakage, and damage, making it smoother, shinier, and healthier.
If you want your hair to grow, grow, grow, it needs to be healthy. There’s no point to growing six inches of damaged tresses. Plus, the cold water trick helps ladies with naturally coarse or frizzy hair, as the cold water helps smooth the cuticle.
- Apply a hair mask.
The hair that reaches your shoulders or lower is several years old. This means you need to show these strands extra attention to keep them strong and growing. Just regular conditioner won’t cut it when you want long hair.
Once a week, apply either a mask or oil treatment to give ends much needed moisture. There are tons of DIY masks and oils, or there are tons of great masks on the market if DIY isn’t your style.
- Get regular trims.
While a lot of women trying to grow their hair long and strong do their best to avoid salons, scissors are your best friend. While trimming off split ends doesn’t necessarily cause your hair to grow faster, it does keep splits from moving up the hair shaft. When split ends get that bad, a lot more length will have to be taken off.
Luckily for you, a trim isn’t drastic, and it only takes about an eighth of an inch off every 10 to 12 weeks, which is worth it for luscious locks.
- Use products that promote hair growth.
There are many products on the market today that can help grow hair. Sound too good to be true? Think about how long we have been hearing about products to treat hair loss, like Rogaine, and all that talk about growing eyelashes. They are hair, right? The point is, technology today has created several options for helping to grow hair. It is best to get a recommendation for your stylist, since these products are almost like prescriptions for your hair.
- Take vitamins
If you really want to get things moving, try supplements with antioxidants and vitamin B blends, biotin, and Viviscal to promote healthy, faster hair growth.
- Don’t wrap in a bath towel.
Chances are most of you hop out of the shower and wrap your wet hair into a large bath towel to dry. Seems innocent enough, right? Wrong. It causes tons of breakage, as your hair gets caught in all the tiny woven threads of the terry. Instead, invest in a thin or microfiber hair towel. They are designed specifically to wrap around hair.
- Ditch cotton pillowcases.
Do you comb out knots before bed only to wake up with a tangled mess of hair? Your cotton pillowcase may be to blame. Woven cotton fabrics cause friction against your locks, so switching to a fabric such as satin might help those strands grow. Not to mention, the luxurious fabric does feel chicer than cotton.
- Switch up your pony.
If you often wear a ponytail, be sure to switch up the placement. This is an easy trick that helps keep your strands strong. When you always place your pony in the same spot, that hair is more susceptible to breakage and damage.
- Use heat sparingly.
We all know, by now, that heat tools cause major damage to your hair. If you want your mane to grow faster, you’ll have to lay off the blow dryer, curling iron, and flat iron. Experiment with your natural texture, and rock braids or chic buns. Just ditching heat several times a week can make all the difference.
- Have patience!
While you can do all of these tips, you have to remember: You can’t make your hair grow overnight. Practicing patience will help you stay calm and eventually reach your desired length.
- OR Try Hair Extensions!
If you just can’t wait for Mother Nature, consider hair extensions! Technology has made extensions so much better than the old gum-stuck-in-you-hair feel that used to be the only option available. Even though extensions have to be installed (and removed) by a professional stylist, the investment and maintenance may be worth it for instantaneous results.