We’ve seen the look in magazines, on television, and on countless websites. Having down-to-there hair is a look that many women like to and love to rock. I don’t know if it is the flicking, twirling, wind-blowing through it or flipping it around action that we see so often that makes having long hair so appealing to females. It’s just that unfortunately; the truth is some of us need a little help to achieve this desired length of tresses.
So what do we do, we break out our pack of extensions and hope to God a strong wind doesn’t blow or that handsome guy we know doesn’t cop a feel and tug. I think many of us have come to the conclusion that if we are going to resemble Rapunzel then it’s going to be our own hair stealing the spotlight. However, growing long hair can be quite a challenge and takes dedication and persistence.
Quite frankly, there are not any shortcuts when it comes to growing out your hair. On average hair only grows between 6-8 inches per year and that’s if everything about us is healthy. So to be successful in this, you have to be very diligent in taking good care of yourself inside and out. Recently, I chatted up some of my celebrity hairstylist friends and asked them to share some tips on growing long hair. Here are a few of the things they told me would be beneficial:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Get plenty of rest
- Take vitamins, minerals, and herbs ( include B-6, biotin, Inositol, Beta-Carotene and folic acid)
- Eat a healthy diet
- Exercise regularly (stimulates blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles)
- Weekly scalp massage
- Hot oil treatments (protects hair’s shaft)
- Regular Trims
- Minimize your use of hot tools, chemicals, and harsh hair products
- Avoid consuming junk food, caffeine, sugar, nicotine, and alcohol
Ladies I’m not going to kid you, but even if you take great care of yourself and your hair your hair growth is also determined by genetics; therefore, it may grow way slower or faster than others. Just something to keep in mind as you continue on your hair journey so that you do not get discouraged. These tips are not too demanding and if we are really truthful with ourselves we know they are things that we probably should be doing anyway. So then, it is possible to achieve long hair, it just takes effort and a healthy lifestyle.