We see long locks in your future.
Here's the cold hard truth: There is no miracle method or product out there that will stimulate hair growth overnight. The reality is pretty simple: When your hair is healthy, it will grow on its own. As for the pace of growth, there are some things you can do to speed things along-so long as your hair is not damaged, of course-and we're laying them out for you below. If long, luscious locks are what you're after, listen up!
Pay Attention to Your Nutrition
Proteins are the building blocks of hair, so it shouldn't come as a shock that enjoying a diet rich with foods that are naturally rich in vitamins, protein, and healthy fats can be beneficial for your hair's health.
Top tip: Don't forget to stay hydrated! Proper hydration is not only beneficial for your body, but can also make a big impact on your hair and skin. In short: Drink the recommended amount of H20 per day and keep dehydration at bay.
Get a Scalp Treatment
Hair growth starts at your scalp, so of course giving the area extra TLC can be helpful in your quest for long locks. The first step is ensuring that your scalp is free of buildup and debris, which can clog follicles and stunt growth. That's where scalp treatments (ahem exfoliation!) come in, and there are plenty to choose from. Another top tip? Give your scalp a massage to promote circulation. Better yet, massage in a scalp-specific formula at the same time, like L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil Serum de Force . It's a deeply nourishing scalp serum that helps fortify hair from the roots at the onset of growth.
Rid Yourself of Poor Habits
It's no secret that poor hair care habits can come in the way of you and a long, gorgeous mane. Here are a few that can stunt your hair-growth progress.
1. Tight Hairstyles: They may look pretty, but hairstyles that pull on your hair too tightly-think: sleek ponytails or braids-can cause hair breakage. Wear your hair down or in a loose updo instead.
2. Heated Styling Tools: Blow-drying your hair daily and applying direct heat can cause more harm than good. If you can, allow your hair to air dry post-shower. If you absolutely must use styling tools, be sure to apply a heat protectant first, use a diffuser, and set the temperature down to the lowest option.
Trim Your Ends Regularly
We know, we know. Trimming your ends (and thus making your hair shorter) sounds counterproductive when you're trying to grow your hair long, but it's actually one of the oldest tricks in the book for promoting a longer, healthier mane. If your ends are dead, dry and brittle, it could actually force you to chop off more hair down the line in order to get rid of them, especially if splits travel far up the shaft. While you're trying to grow out your hair, be sure to pop into the salon every six to eight weeks for a trim. Remember: Growth happens at the roots of your hair, not at the ends.
When in doubt, talk to your hairdresser about additional tips and tricks that may work for your hair. He or she may recommend specific products or a routine to follow. Whatever you do, make sure to set realistic expectations. Your hair won't grow down to the floor overnight, so be patient and don't lose momentum!