How To Grow Long Hair

A Collection of Secrets that work (plus curiosities)

If you knew how to grow long hair as Rapunzel you don’t need to read this article. This article is about natural and low cost hair remedies that are proven to give you results.

Even I like long hair and at the same time struggle to grow it long. Long hair is mainly suited to all ages up to young adults. Basically its because hair has mainly 4 stages which are

  •  Anagen (Growing Phase) which lasts from 2 to 7 years and determines our hair length.
  • Catagen (Transition Phase) which lasts approx. 10 days where the hair follicle shrinks.
  • Telogen (Resting Phase) which lasts around 3 months. The old hair rests while the new begins its growth phase.
  •  Exogen (New Hair Phase) while still part of the resting phase, the old hair is shed and the new continues to grow

In this article on How to Grow Long Hair you will discover:

  • Basic Haircare (Dos and Don'ts)
  • Cost Effective solutions
  • Scientific confirmed products
  • Myths of growing hair longer
  • Weird things to do

1. Basic Haircare: Dos and Don’ts

How to grow long hair depends on various factors including

  • Hair Phases
  • Genetics
  • How much heat you use 
  • No. of times you wash it 
  • How often you style it, color it, chemical treat it
  • Which type of haircare products you use
    - and more….

Hair grows an average of 1.25cm per week, approximately 1/2 inch per month to a maximum of an inch.
If you continually heat style it will be much slower!

See what you need to do for fabulous look.....more hair care tips

2. How to Grow Long Hair with:

The Superfood – Coconut Oil

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As you may know Coconut, is the king of all foods with various health and beauty benefits. But here we will concentrate on its benefits for hair growth. It can be taken both internally and externally.

Lesser known facts about coconut oil and your hair according to coconutoil.com article are:

"When compared to mineral oil and sunflower oil, coconut oil was the least one that caused protein loss for both damaged and healthy hair.

Furthermore coconut oil was used both as a pre-wash or post-wash, but considering its hydrophobic properties the pre-wash achieved the best results. This is because coconut oil repels water, preventing it from entering in the strands, causing the cuticle to rise, making it prone to damage and breakage".

A small amount of the pre-wash treatment penetrates deeper into the hair shaft.

Coconut oil is also able to defrizz hair in humid conditions due to its water-repelling properties! And many rave about this. From my own experience with coconut oil to manage frizz it is nothing to go crazy about – but then I did not use an extra virgin coconut oil either.

According to a Journal of Cosmetic Science study:

"Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft."

Coconut oil is of particular importance for those with more porous hair types like African and chemically treated hair.

The featured article on coconutoil.com includes a couple of videos demonstrating how some people are using coconut oil for hair care.

3. Supplements for hair growth

Dr. Mercola is one renowned doctor in the scientific medical and health industry. Dr. Mercola is a fervent promoter of Krill oil for various health reasons. Krill oil lends some of its beauty constituents to women that is Evening Primrose Oil. Krill Oil is the number ONE in supplements when it comes to antioxidants and fatty acids (gamma linolenic acids) which support skin and hair growth.

The hidden secrets to growing hair longer

Hair Growth Pills

Currently there are no scientific approved hair growth pills. Be aware of the high levels of vitamins and minerals available in hair, skin and nail supplements, as these can be toxic for the liver. Also there is no approval or confirmation that Biotin is able to grow hair!

What causes hair not to grow:

  • Get your health in check! Check out your Thyroid.
  • Unhealthy diet (too much processed foods, sugars, junk food, grains, alcohol). See which foods give you beautiful hair
  • Relax – try to reduce your stress levels and be calmer
  • Aging and frequently chemical/heat styling
  • Help yourself (and your hair) and Nature will do its work!

 Eat, Drink, Love and will grow long hair

4. Myths of hair growth

Trimming your hair frequently makes it grow longer/faster
While it's mandatory to cut off split or dead ends in time, frequently trimming won't your hair grow longer or faster. Your hair grows about half an inch every month, whether you trim it or not! Trimming keeps your hair healthy

Old Wives Wisdom

There seems to be common consensus on the internet that braiding your hair at night will help it to grow longer. But it is recognized that gently twisting, massaging and braiding all help stimulate the hair follicle, causing hair to ‘wake up’ and grow. If nothing it helps reduce friction as compared to loose hair. But then you still have ample space for fibers from the pillowcase. So if you fancy braiding your hair either cover it in a silk scarf or tie it in a loose bun over your head at night.

5. Weird or strange ways to grow your hair

A bizarre way how to grow long hair is something called the Inversion Method (not for the light headed!) Watch it here

6. Drink tea and grow long hair

…..some more solutions that can work for you

In my research on How to Grow Long Hair for this article, I came across this in a popular women forum. A tea from Back to Basics Log Cabin got me curious and contacted them. This is what they replied:

".....it contains specific herbs that contain silica and vitamin b's so this is not only good for hair, but for nails, skin and bones too! Where we live we have a factory that produces a chemical called C8 that affects peoples thyroids, so we have a higher incidence of women in particular losing lots of hair. They have been finding a cup of our tea a day helps to first: prevent further hair loss after approximately the first month and then second: starts the regrowth pattern.

For people that want to grow longer hair before a wedding or would like it to be shinier, I recommend our tea in order to replace vitamins you may be short on in your body. If you have a ready supply, along with a little sunshine, your hair will grow at optimum levels:)"

Anyone interested should find Back to Basics on Facebook.

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