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You can't get naturally long locks to grow from a pixie 'do overnight, or even in a few weeks. Long hair takes time and TLC to grow, so you must be patient. The good news is that you can naturally grow your hair long and at the quickest rate possible. Don't expect to transform your hair from short and sassy to a long, luxurious look instantly, but over time your tresses can gain valuable inches.
Nourish your hair from the inside out to get long locks growing. Keep yourself hydrated and eat a well-balanced diet. A diet rich in protein and iron provides the nutrients necessary for hair growth. Avoid extreme or starvation diets; they are not good for your hair or your well-being.
Treat hair gently, especially when your tender tresses are wet. Wet hair is delicate and prone to breakage, so avoid rubbing your hair with a towel after bathing. Squeeze out extra water gently and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle. Never use a brush on wet hair, as the bristles can rip and break follicles. When hair is dry, use a natural boar-bristle brush to style it with the least amount of breakage.
Allow your hair to air dry naturally rather than using heat from a blow dryer. Excessive heat damages hair, and what good is long hair if it is not healthy and luscious? Skip heat-setting styling tools and opt for a natural look while you are growing out your hair.
Avoid chemical treatments, like perms, straighteners and coloring. Chemical treatments cause damage that can lead to breakage. Embrace your natural hair color and texture and you'll be rewarded with healthy, long hair.
Trim your hair frequently. It may seem counter-intuitive to cut your hair to gain length, but damaged ends should be trimmed away every few weeks to keep your locks health and strong.
Avoid styles that put too much stress on your scalp, such as tight braids or ponytails. These styles may not cause damage if you wear them infrequently, but excessive pulling at your scalp can cause scarring that causes hair to stop the growth cycle. Protect your hair growth by wearing loose styles. When you do style your hair, use hair-safe accessories to minimize pulling and breakage.
If you notice that your hair growth is particularly slow, discuss your concerns with a physician. Several medical conditions, including hormonal changes or certain medicines, may slow or change hair growth. A physician can assess your health and assist you with getting back on track to healthy hair growth.