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Long Hair: A How-To Guide To Growing Luxurious Locks!

becca by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

They say that a woman’s hair is her glory. Unfortunately, if you’re like me and have fine, fragile hair, glory can be a little thin on the ground.

That’s why I’m always about finding strategies to maximize what I’ve got, ranging from adopting short hair to religiously following this guide to different hair myths.

After all, not all of us are naturally born with the capacity to grow abundant, shiny waves, but there are plenty of ways to even the odds.

Like so many health and lifestyle practices, growing out your hair is one part natural ability and two parts creating the right environment for your mane to flourish.

Who knows? Maybe your hair has always been fine or brittle, but it’s just because you’re missing this key vitamin and that step in your morning routine.

Read on to learn a few of our favorite tips and tricks for luscious locks, and figure out which one might be the secret ingredient you’ve been looking for!

Tip #1: Snip Your Strands

Tip #1: Snip Your Strands
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There’s a long-standing rumor that trimming your hair regularly makes your hair grow faster.

Strictly speaking, trimming the ends of your hair doesn’t have any effect on the hair follicles and the root, as noted by the Huffington Post.

Still, trimming your hair regularly does lead to fuller, healthier hair, because it eliminates split ends, which can travel up the hair and cause breakage, frizziness, and thinner-looking hair.

Tip #2: Skip The Shampoo

Tip #2: Skip The Shampoo
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Everyone loves the look and feel of squeaky-clean hair, but it’s not always a great idea to go wild with the shampoo.

Nobody wants oily hair, but scrubbing it clean all the time can strip away many of the necessary, healthy oils that maintain your hair health.

Over-washed hair becomes brittle and dry, and is more likely to snap off at the root, so limit your shampooing as much as possible and simply condition instead.

Tip #3: Take Your Vitamins

Tip #3: Take Your Vitamins
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We all know that a balanced diet is one of the most effective ways to stay healthy, and that includes hair health!

Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and micronutrients to encourage the growth of luxurious hair.

Meanwhile, you can also supplement a healthy diet with fish oil, which moisturizes the skin and hair, multivitamins for whole-body health, and biotin, the so-called beauty vitamin that encourages the growth of more hair, according to WebMD.

Tip #4: Switch To Silk

Tip #4: Switch To Silk
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If you want to keep your hair longer and healthier in the long run, switch your old cotton pillowcase for an upgraded version in silk.

While you’re sleeping, hair can catch and snag on the rough fibers in the cotton, pulling at the roots and causing breakage, especially if the hair is color-treated or otherwise damaged.

Meanwhile, the ultra-smooth fibers of a silk pillowcase will simply slip along your strands, helping you to avoid ratted or broken hair after a night of tossing and turning.

Tip #5: Ax The Towel Wrap

Tip #5: Ax The Towel Wrap
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There’s something glamorous about wrapping your hair up in a towel when you step out of the shower.

Still, this is a case of glamour not necessarily being good for you, because the wrap puts a lot of strain on your hair.

The weight of the towel can tug at your roots and cause the strands to lift out; instead, consider patting your hair dry with an old T-shirt and letting the air do the rest.

Tip #6: Brush — But Not Too Much

Tip #6: Brush — But Not Too Much
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Brushing through your hair used to be the ultimate prescription for hair growth, with moms and grandmas worldwide instructing girls to brush their hair 100 times a day.

Now, we know that over-brushing can cause quite a bit of damage by breaking hair.

Still, a quick brush is a wonderful way to care for your hair. Not only does it keep your hair smooth and untangled, the bristles can stimulate blood flow in the scalp to help encourage the follicles to grow more.

Tip #7: Chill Your Locks

Tip #7: Chill Your Locks
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Most of us prefer a warm shower, for the obvious reason that it’s much more comfortable to stay cozy.

Still, you might want to consider sacrificing your warmth toward the end of the shower to give your hair a boost.

After your hair is conditioned, turn the dial from warm to cold for your final rinse. It will help seal the cuticle and keep your hair shiny and smooth.

Tip #8: Pamper Your Roots

Tip #8: Pamper Your Roots
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Every now and then, supplement your everyday hair care routine with a bit of extra pampering.

Whether you go to the hairdresser for in-depth treatments, or do masques and deep conditioning at home, you hair will thank you for it.

Giving your hair a bit of extra moisture and TLC every now and then will boost hair growth and produce a healthier, fuller crop of hair.

What tips do you follow for healthy hair? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to SHARE with friends!