5 Tips for Growing Long, Healthy Hair

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Long hair is beautiful, feminine, and versatile, but obtaining waist-length flowing locks without hair extensions takes a lot of patience and proper hair care. Here are a few tips to help you grow out your hair to your desired length.

Use Protective Styles

Don't wear your hair loose everyday; this exposes the strands to wear and tear that will cause breakage. Use protective and stylish hairdos like braids and twisted buns throughout the week and overnight to avoid breakage, drying and thinning. Braids will also help you avoid tangling, preventing further breakage

Avoid Brushing Daily

Hair doesn't need to be brushed daily. Brushing too frequently can cause thinning and weaken individual hair strands by stretching them. Alternate between sleek hairdos and stylishly messy updos so you can give your hair a break. A good conditioner will strengthen hair and help you avoid tangles so that daily brushing is not a necessity

Practice Proper Brushing Technique

When you do brush, be gentle. Don't tear out your hair fighting tangles. Remember to start at the ends and slowly work your way up in short, gentle strokes

Trim Regularly

It might seem counter-intuitive, but regular trimming is a crucial part of growing out long, healthy hair. Removing split ends early on helps preserve individual strands from fraying further up. Make regular visits to a stylist you trust; if you trim your own hair, invest in a pair of professional-grade shears to avoid causing more split ends.

Moisturize

A solid moisturizing regimen is key to growing out long hair. The further your hair is from your scalp, the older it is. This is why your ends are always prone to breaking, even if your roots are strong and healthy. A leave-in conditioner or regular coconut oil mask will help keep your length in tact.

Be Patient

A time may come when you see a picture of your favorite Hollywood actress sporting a fresh new pixie cut or asymmetrical bob, tempting you to chop off your own hair. Growing out long hair is a marathon, not a sprint. Stick to your goal and do not give in. If you're feeling bored and uninspired with your long hair, try some new updos, braids, or textures. This will make your look feel fresh and reinvigorate your resolve to grow it a few more inches.

Autor: Miriam Meyers
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