Along with wiggly eyebrows and fidget spinners, 2017 has given us the trend of extremely long hair. From Rihanna to Nicki Minaj and Kim K, stylish women have been sporting 30+ inches of sleek hair to make their statement. It’s a style that has been attractive for centuries as it shows off the good health of the wearer and exudes luxury due to its impracticality (the same reason why long nails are so appealing!)
If you want to know how to grow your hair long and keep it healthy, here are 7 crucial tips:
Brush, Brush, Brush! Your hair produces the best oil to keep it healthy and shiny, but if your hair is long, the oil may never reach the ends. Brush hair often to redistribute the oils.
Don’t colour your hair. I know the urge to bleach your hair is strong, but that will just cause incessant breakage and you’ll never have long hair like that.
Get your hair trimmed every few months. Your hair will grow faster as your ends won’t be splitting from damage.
Skip the straightener. Heat styling tools damage hair and cause split ends - all hindering you from achieving your longest hair yet.
Wash infrequently. Washing your hair everyday can lead to extremely dry and brittle hair, aka hair that will never grow. Keep washing to 2-3 times a week.
Invest in a heavy duty hydrating leave-in conditioner or mist, and don't worry about washing out your regular conditioner too thoroughly. You can also lock in the moisture by rinsing in cold water for 30 seconds at the end of your shower.
A healthy diet high in the amino acid cucurbitacin will help with hair growth - think snacks like pumpkin seeds or melon, and have a good balance of protein, iron, and Vitamin C as well.