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It's all the rage in Hollywood, on the runway and maybe even in your own town -- long, thick sexy hair is definitely in. While a lot of people reach for the hair extensions, wigs and weaves, some would rather rock their real hair. If you want to rely on Mother Nature rather than your stylist, there are a few things you can do to help her out a little and grow healthier, hotter hair.
Massage your melon. When the shampoo girl at the salon gives you a scalp massage, that's not just so you'll tip her well. Scalp massage makes blood rush to your head, stimulating your hair follicles. This makes your hair grow faster. Rub your scalp with your fingertips once a day while you're soaking up steam in the shower. Not only will it improve hair growth, it also feels fantastic.
Keep your mop moisturized. Dry hair is more brittle and more prone to breakage, which makes it seem like it grows slower. Unless you have insanely oily hair, you don't need to shampoo every day. Instead, use a moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo every other day at most. You'll also want to use a conditioner regularly, as well as use a deep conditioner once a week.
Treat your tresses with tender loving care. Don't rip your hairbrush through your hair while it's wet, constantly use hot styling tools or chemically treat your hair too often. While hair can handle a lot, too much wear and tear will end up damaging your tresses, causing the hair to break or fall out. While your hair's wet, use a wide-toothed comb to untangle knots and be gentle when brushing dry hair. Limit hot tool usage to a couple of times a week if possible and use a heat protectant spray before even lifting that blow dryer.
Beauty starts from the inside out, so treat your bod well, and your hair will thank you. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid junk foods that contain lots of fat, sugar and artificial ingredients. If your diet leaves something to be desired -- and let's face it, most of us could eat better -- try taking a supplement. There are lots of supplements out there that contain protein, fish oil, vitamins and minerals that your hair craves. You can find these supplements at beauty stores or even at the drug store.
Take a chill pill. Stress does all kinds of nasty things you your health, and poor health damages your looks. When you waste energy worrying, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. While this hormone does a lot of good for your body, too much can cause you to lose hair. Feeling stressed? Try writing in a journal, meditating or reading a book. Anything you can do to calm yourself down will benefit you.
Ever hear the rumor that cutting your hair makes it grow? Sorry ladies, this is just an old wives tale. Trimming your tips every six to eight weeks does make it healthier though, so don't be afraid to hit the salon.