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If genetics has bestowed upon you baby fine hair that grows at a snail's pace, you'll probably never grow super thick ropes of bodacious locks. But there's still plenty you can do to grow thicker, longer hair, even if it isn't quite Rapunzel-caliber. Taking care of your tresses and making sure your body's full of all the right hair-boosting nutrients can totally make a difference.
Trim your ends regularly. Cutting your hair to make it grow longer may seem crazy to you, but snipping your ends every six weeks will actually help your tresses grow longer and stronger. The reason? Regular trims banish damaged ends that lead to hair breakage. If your hair's dead split ends keep breaking off, then your mane doesn't get the chance to grow longer. That's why you've gotta snip those suckers off every once in a while.
Use a a thickening shampoo and conditioner to plump up your locks. For optimum hair bulk, try formulas that contain oat protein and panthenol, aka vitamin B5. Apply conditioner to your hair after every shampoo. Stylist Thom Priano tells "Good Housekeeping" that omitting conditioner causes more hair friction, which can lead to damage and breakage.
Ditch your cheap plastic combs and brush your hair with a natural boar bristle brush instead. These brushes are the go-to instruments for most pro stylists because they naturally redistribute hair oil and reduce breakage.
Don't overwork your locks. Avoid heat from dryers and styling tools, and don't wear tight ponytails. All that heat and pulling will weaken your precious follicles. If you want long, thick hair you've gotta make sure it's strong.
Eat your way to thicker; longer hair. Dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner tells WebMD that eating a healthy diet will give your hair the vitamins and nutrients it needs to succeed. Chow down on salmon and flaxseeds for essential omega-3 fatty acids, and load up on plenty of dark green veggies to give your hair doses of vitamin C, vitamin A, iron and calcium. Want more healthy hair foods? Try beans, nuts, eggs, whole grains, carrots, oysters and low-fat dairy. To give your locks protein, eat chicken or beef at least twice a week.
Pamper your locks once a week with a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment to keep your tresses super soft and healthy.
See a doctor if your hair keeps getting thinner or won't grow. A professional can tell you if a medical condition such as a thyroid disorder or vitamin deficiency is the source of your hair woes.