Styles change and sometimes we feel the need to go from shot hair to long hair but how do we do that quickly? Check out these tips for growing long hair.
The Mom Cut
Okay, let me go back a few years…okay almost 8 years. When Jude was born I decided to go for it…yes that – the MOM CUT! Sure it has fit me well for the last almost 8 years but I am ready for a change. I want the option of curls, ponytails and braids again which means I have a goal of growing my hair long again. We have a Beach trip planned in the fall (YAY more on that later) and I want messy beach hair! I have not cut length off my hair for over a year so I have made some progress with this goal but I am stepping up my game now! I started doing some research for some natural ways to grow your hair long. I am hoping these really help my hair not only grow but strengthen before hitting the beach in October!
6 Tips For Growing Long Hair
Seriously, drink a lot of it. We all know how important water is to our health but it is also really important for our hair health as well. Drinking water is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain, skin and muscles and yes your hair! Water promotes hair growth and will help fight other hair and scalp challenges. Mild dehydration can take away energy from the hair roots and result into hair loss and less growth. So, keep filling up those water bottles and enjoy your water every day!
I struggle with this tip. I blow dry my hair every morning but the best idea is to let your hair air dry and also stay way from styles that need heat to create. Blow dryers, flat irons, curling wands and curling irons will cause damage to your hair. They break the strands of hair that you are hoping to grow out. To avoid this damage, simply air dry your hair and stay away from those styling options.
Trims Are Best
Yes, trimming your hair every 4-6 weeks even when you are hoping for long hair is important. Not because trimming it will help the hair grow faster but because a simple trim keeps the ends of your hair strands healthier. Once the ends of your hair start to split you see the damage and it can affect how you brush your hair which then leads to more damage in the end. When you walk into the salon make sure you tell that stylist what your end goal is.
When I was pregnant I was so good about taking my prenatal vitamins but I have to be honest, when I am not pregnant I am terrible at remembering to take vitamins. But, when I was pregnant I noticed that my hair was thicker and stronger and really did grow faster. So did my nails! Amazing! So, time to add those vitamins back into the daily routine. There are a number of Women’s Vitamins that you can purchase that will contain the necessary vitamins that you will need for your hair growth. I decided to go back to the same Prenatal Vitamin that I took when pregnant. It did not hurt my stomach and it worked well for me. This is a personal choice, obviously.
Condition and Protect
Stay away from harmful hair products that contain dyes, bleach and sulfates. Finding a great conditioner that not only conditions but protects your hair is important. There are some great DIY remedies to check out as well that include oils to help with conditioning and growth. Just like staying hydrated from the inside out by drinking water, applying conditioner to your hair will help moisturize and keep your hair from breaking.
How many of us are in a hurry in the morning? Brushing and styling your hair quickly usually means breaking your hair while you brush. Ouch!! Be careful to not pull out your hair when you are brushing. Finding the right brush is your first step but then also changing the way you brush your hair might change the hair loss as well. Some tips suggest not brushing wet hair, use detangler, brush in small sections, brush less through out the day, and simply take your time when brushing.
I have switched things up by adding these tips for growing long hair to my daily routine. I am hoping that by fall when we are on the beach enjoying our family vacation I am able to show off the return of my LONG hair!! Goodbye Mom Cut!!
What are your tips for long and healthy hair?
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I cut my hair last year, but now I am trying to grow it back out again. I find that drinking lots of water definitely helps. My hair stylist recommended trims every 6 weeks, so I am doing that, as well.
I actually love your short hair. 🙂 I do like your tips for growing long hair though. We often don’t think about how we can nourish our body from the inside to help with hair growth and make our skin glow too! My stylist suggests only washing your hair every 3 days too!
Ali Rost says
Oh my gosh yes, growing out my hair always seems to take the longest time. My stylist gave me a few tips when I was going through it. She said to do a cold rinse at the end of every shower (for just a few seconds) to prevent moisture loss and heat damage. She also recommended a mask at least once a week to help with dryness. Bty: I think you’ll look as beautiful with long hair as you do with a sorter cut! x