Grow It Fast, Grow It Strong: How to Get Long Hair

Hair, of any color, grows a mean of ½ an inch monthly. Slow hair growth may be a result of a poor diet or stress.

Scalp infections are also possible, while retarded hair growth may also be a side-effect of some medication, for which

you should consult your physician. If your hair is being affected by a medical condition like thyroid or treatments

like chemotherapy, do seek medical advice.
The following tips will help you attain stronger, healthier hair. A healthy lifestyle also helps grow it out at a

faster pace. With a little patience and dedication, you’ll get the long beautiful hair you’ve always dreamed of!

Trimming is the key.

It is crucial to cut off damaged, dehydrated and split ends.
Damaged hair can limit the terminal length of your hair, preventing it from growing further.
Prevent damage to your hair. Not only would damage retard growth, worn-out ends, if not trimmed, would move up the

shaft of your hair. To ensure that hair is healthy when it grows longer, you must start off with healthy hair. Growing

damaged hair to a great length would prove futile as the condition would only get worse.

Trimming is cutting off ¼ to ½ inch of hair, not more than that. A trim may be required every six weeks. However,

the healthier your hair, the longer you can go without trimming.

Managing your hair-care

Use moisturizing products, including shampoos and conditioners for dry and damaged hair. Many mainstream brands of

hair products can be beneficial for a range of hair types.
Avoid over-manipulation. Brushing your hair to a count of 100 strokes daily is unnecessary and may weaken it.
Using protective styling is imperative. These keep the oldest and driest parts of your hair, the ends, out of

sight. Keep the ends of your hair from rubbing against clothing, pillowcases and car seats. A silk or satin hair cover

or pillowcase for the nighttime is preferable to cotton. Protective hairstyles lock in the moisture and prevent

dryness that leads to damage.
Wear gentle styles. Extremely tight ponies or braids should not be worn for prolonged periods of time. Rubber bands

and metal barrettes are not hair-safe accessories. Also try to choose hairstyles according to your hairline.
Be very careful with wet hair. Don’t brush it or rub it vigorously with a towel. In addition, avoid using fine-

tooth combs.
Avoid heat. Don’t rely on flat irons or curling irons too often, especially with high heat. Wraps, wet sets, and

twists are gentle styling methods that can be made steering clear from heat.
The best hair styling tools are those that go with the flow of your natural hair texture and don’t pull on it too

much. Minimize the hair you lose to such accessories.
Conditioning is significantly beneficial for your hair. Apart from your shampoo and conditioner, utilize leave-in

conditioners as well. Deep conditioning is recommended at least once a month. For maximum hair retention, your hair

should be well-moisturized.
Familiarize yourself with the ingredients of hair products to start learning which ones are most suitable for you.

For example, some people find that their hair is sensitive to silicons and derivatives (with the suffix -cone) and

must avoid smoothing or anti-frizz shampoos that include it.

Chemical abuse commonly leads to damage. Relaxing hair can often cause breakage. Professionals don’t usually care for

the health of your hair. When aiming for long hair, you can’t relax it too often but don’t delay when a touch-up is

required as hair often breaks where the previously relaxed hair meets the new growth. Find a competent stylist that

can care for your hair. You should also avoid applying too many chemicals. Sticking to your natural texture is another

great way to go. Rediscover your hair texture; Cut off all chemically processed hair and stop straightening. The hair

you grow out should be completely natural then, whereas trimming permed hair periodically to get back to your roots

can result in breakage. Avoid such damage by returning to your natural texture altogether and starting from there.

There are various natural remedies for hair growth problems as well.

Try a weekly massage of the scalp with warm lavender oil at night to keep hair growing well. Wash this off in the

morning with a mild shampoo.
You can also apply onion juice to your scalp for hair health.
Conditioning hair with henna (mehendi) adds strength to hair. Take a cup of henna powder and one egg yolk along

with enough coconut milk to keep the consistency pasty. Apply this to your hair and leave for four hours before

washing it off.

Have a balanced diet.

You can’t go wrong with fresh fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy ones. Also drink plenty of water.
Ensure you have an adequate daily protein intake. Proteins are made of amino acids that the body can use as building

blocks to form new proteins. Keratin, the main constituent of hair, is a protein. In order to grow longer hair, your

body needs a plentiful supply of amino acids from proteins in your food.
Fish, lean meat, eggs, milk, beans, almonds, and soy products are great sources of protein!
Nutritionists also advise people facing problems regarding hair growth to consume two tablespoons of lecithin.
Make sure your body has enough iron. Mineral deficiencies can result in poor hair health and even cause hair fall.

Iron is indispensable for oxygen transport in the body and ensures hair follicles can utilize protein sources to grow

strong hair. Meat, poultry and eggs are wonderful for this purpose. Vegetarian sources of iron include lentils, beans

and tofu.
Your hair also requires zinc for growth and repair of damage. Lean meat, oysters and crab, peanut butter, pumpkin

seeds, chickpeas and poultry will supply zinc to your body. If you have a deficiency of iron or zinc, you can take

supplements if recommenced by a doctor, or simply eat the above-mentioned foods, as well as fortified grain products

like cereal, bread and pasta.
Keep in mind that fats are also useful; don’t follow a diet that completely neglects fat. Consume unsaturated fats and

fatty acids like Omega 3. Fats help assimilate vitamins, such as A, D, E and K, which are beneficial for hair growth.

Some fats are essential for healthy hair, but limit your intake to a healthy level.
In addition, vitamin C is necessary for invigorated hair. It is essential for utilizing the iron in your food and also

for forming collagen, which is a fiber needed to form new hair cells. To avoid hair that is fragile, dry and dull,

enjoy plenty of citrus fruits, strawberries, pineapples and guavas. Broccoli, kale and peppers are also good sources

of vitamin C.
Deficiencies of B vitamins result in hair loss and thinning. If approved by your physician, vitamin B supplements may

help speed up your hair growth. Otherwise, naturally, you can obtain vitamin B in seafood, spinach, whole grains like

oatmeal, bananas, lean meats, lean dairy, soybean products, lentils, peas, beets, broccoli, potatoes (with the peel)

and artichokes.

Physical and emotional well-being

To speed up hair growth, it is important to exercise well and maintain healthy sleep cycles. Extended fatigue and

sleep deprivation can lead to ‘survival mode,’ leaving hair malnourished. Good general health promotes the growth of

healthy hair. Intense physical and emotional stress can slow hair growth and even completely bring it to a halt.
Reduce the strain on your body. Removing physical stress like physical trauma, overuse of certain drugs,

hyperactivity can recover a healthy growing pace for your hair.
Learn how to effectively manage emotional stressors. A positive attitude can do wonders for your hair.
Patience is everything when it comes to growing long hair!

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