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Make your hair grow faster!

Even your pillowcase can help!

For a lucky few, enviably long hair just happens. For the rest of us, it requires patience, effort and some very deliberate changes in our haircare routine. If you've found yourself getting discouraged because your hair just isn't growing as long or as quickly as you'd like, don't reach for the extensions yet. Check out these pro tips to guide you (and your hair) in the right direction.

Get frequent trims

It may seem counterintuitive, but if you want long hair that's actually healthy, you need to get regular trims. "While haircuts don't make your hair grow any faster, they get rid of split ends that break your hair," explains celebrity hairstylist Michael Dueñas. "Eliminating the breakage gives the appearance that your hair is growing faster." After all, a split end that breaks can lead to your hair losing length — not to mention shine, volume, and smoothness. If you want to know exactly how long you can go between trims, follow this guide.

Eating the right foods

Having long, strong hair doesn't just depend on which products you put on your hair; it also depends on what you put into your body. "To promote hair growth, you need to 'feed' the hair from the inside," explains Dr. Francesco Fusco, an NYC-based dermatologist. "Try increasing your protein intake with foods like fish, beans, nuts, and whole gains." If you're not a meat-lover, you should still aim to maintain a diet high in protein. Dr. Fusco warns that women who don't get enough of it often experience "more shedding." GoodHousekeeping.com's nutritionist Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN adds that foods high in protein as well as vitamins A, C, and E, minerals like zinc and iron, and omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to healthier hair.

Skip the daily shampoo

By now, you've likely heard all the testimonials attributing great hair to going "no 'poo," but do you know why it actually helps your hair? "Shampooing your hair two to three times a week allows your natural oils to penetrate your hair, allowing it to hydrate and repair itself," explains Paves.

Add a vitamin to your A.M. routine

If your diet isn't supplying you with enough nutrition, a supplement could make a world of difference. "Look for a multivitamin that's formulated and labeled 'For Hair, Skin and Nails,'" advises Dr. Fusco. "Those contain important vitamins like biotin and C and B vitamins that support hair health." Bonus: You may get better skin in the process!

Finish your shower with a cool rinse

A super steamy shower isn't just bad for your skin — it's also rough on your hair. "Turn the water temperature down when cleansing," recommends Paves. "And rinse with cool water to help seal the cuticle and strengthen your hair before styling it."

Be careful when you brush wet hair

Hair is especially susceptible to breakage when it's wet, but if you absolutely must get some knots out post-shower, make sure to use a brush that will go easy on your strands. "Using a Tangle Teezer or Wet Brush is key," says Davey Partain, stylist at Kennaland salon in Brooklyn. He also notes that the technique is just as important as the tool. "Start gently brushing from the ends and gradually work your way up. And don't just brush the top layer — brush the hair underneath as well."

Sleep on a silk pillowcase

Getting better hair in your sleep is possible — all you need is to switch up your pillowcase. "Silk is easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage," says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D., a physician from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. The less breakage your hair experiences, the longer your hair will be. (Slip's silk pillowcasescome in a variety of pretty colors.)

 

-goodhousekeeping.com


 

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