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Tips For Growing Long Hair

By Sindhuja Shekhawat

Long hair has been synonymous with beauty since forever. Many cultures consider it as an authen-tic mark of beauty. Even ancient Indian texts describe beauty ideals pertaining to the length of hair.

It can be agreed upon that however difficult it is to achieve and maintain long hair, it adds a mys-terious charm to the overall aesthetic of a person's being. We all have tried and we all have failed many a times to achieve this enchanting trait of beauty that led to fairy tales being written upon it.

While no one here requires a prince to climb up our long tresses, oh no, that would be a hassle on so many levels. But, a decent length of hair that is healthy, lustrous, shiny and voluminous will cer-tainly be a dream come true, don't you agree?

Sadly, there are no fairies at our disposal to magically grow our hair with the swish of a wand. However, there are remedies and tips that can work like magic if followed correctly and regularly that too right at the comfort of your own home. So, read on, incorporate them into your life and watch your wish come true!


1. Oil Your Hair

Warm oil massage can do wonders for the scalp and hair. Cold-pressed oils contain many nutrients and antioxidants that are beneficial for the hair. They promote growth and prevent free radical damage. Use different oils in a rotation. Select a set that suits you best. For example, you can use coconut oil for a month and then switch to olive oil and then later move on to castor oil. This helps the hair get the different nutrients that these oils have to offer.


2. Indulge In Steam Baths

Take a steam bath once a week or two. It opens up your pores and lets products like hair masks and hair oils absorb better. It opens up the hair cuticle. It is best to take a steam after oiling your hair.


3. Know Your Hair

Everyone's hair is different. It grows differently and needs a particular kind of care. Dry hair needs more oiling and less shampooing. Oily hair needs more brushing and less oiling. Coarse hair re-quires more hydration and anti-frizz treatments. To grow hair long, you need to keep your hair healthy, so that the breakage and hair fall is minimized.


4. Consult A Trichologist

Meeting with an expert is always a good idea. The expert can spot underlying problems that un-fold in various undesirable ways for the health of the hair and scalp. Based on your need, they can advise you the right kind of ingredients to look for in the products that you use. If you are in need of some medication or treatment in case of a chronic problem, this can be looked after as well.


5. Add Vitamin E To Your Shampoo

Adding vitamin E to your shampoo has two-fold benefits. One, it gets absorbed quickly, so while you shampoo, the opened pores get essential nutrition from vitamin E, which stimulates the hair follicles and encourages hair growth. The other benefit is that it neutralizes the harmful effect of the detergent in the shampoo. Even a mild shampoo has some amount of detergent. Completely soap-free shampoo does not work for every hair type. So, adding vitamin E is an effective solution, if you want to grow long hair.


6. Minimize Heat Styling

Heat-styling is very damaging to the internal structures of the hair. It alters it, and the damaged hair never completely goes back to its natural healthy internal makeup. Therefore, in order to grow hair long, it is important to minimize the use of styling tools. It is important to stress the hair as little as possible, so that it maintains its structure longer. When you do need to style your hair, start by applying a heat protectant.


7. Prevent Sun Damage

Protect your hair from the sun. Apply a heat protectant when you need to step out in the sun. Preferably, wear a hat as well when going out. Excessive exposure to the sun can do irreparable damage to your hair and scalp. The only way out is prevention. Invest in a good heat protectant. Use aloe vera gel after shampooing as a serum.


8. Hair Mask For Long Hair

Mix amla, aritha and sikhakai powder in equal quantities, depending on the length of your hair. Mix it with yogurt, castor oil and a splash of lemon juice. Apply this thick paste to your hair once a week. Part your hair in sections and layer it onto each section generously from root to tip. Apply this on the scalp as well. Leave it on for an hour and rinse with plain water or a mild shampoo.


9. Herbal Rinse For Hair

Steep herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage and neem leaves in hot water. Use this infusion as a last rinse after you shampoo and condition your hair. This method facilitates quick absorption of these herbs, which are packed with goodness. They prevent a large number of scalp conditions like dan-druff, itchiness and psoriasis and many others.


10. Protect Your Hair From Chlorine

Summer is the time to lounge by the pool and more so, in it. It is relaxing but comes with a price. The chlorine in the pool water can wreak havoc in your tresses. It strips the hair of its natural oil and makes the hair prone to breakage. Frizz and dryness are other perils of this chemical. What you can do to prevent or at least minimize the damage is oil your hair well. This way, the chlorine will be stripping the oil that you have applied, thus sparing your own natural oils and pH for the most part. Wet your hair before going in the pool and shampoo right after it.

These tips will bring about a significant change to the health of your hair. You will notice an im-provement in the hair growth if you stick to them long enough. Growing hair requires patience, so be patient, follow the tips and you will be flaunting your gorgeous lengthy tresses soon enough!

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Story first published: Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 9:00 [IST]
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