Whether you’re growing out a cropped coif or working your way to Rapunzel-inspired waves, we’ve got 8 tress tricks for your longest, healthiest, prettiest hair.
To go long, start at the top. “A healthy scalp is key to
hair growth,” says hair guru George Gonzalez of George the Salon Chicago. A
60-second scalp massage—especially with shampoo containing peppermint or
eucalyptus oil—will increase scalp circulation and promote growth. “Follow up
with a weekly deep conditioning masque,” says George. “Moisture is the secret
to strong, healthy, hair.”
Skip the shampoo
That said, washing can strip hair of natural oils, drying it
out and leading to breakage. Shampoo only every other day, then experiment with
ways to wash even less (spritz dry shampoo on roots if your mane starts to look
Hold the heat
High temps snap strands, so the less you use heat tools, the
faster your hair will grow. Let your hair air-dry 75 percent before
blow-drying. Or add a smoothing serum to your damp ‘do and sleep on it before a
speedy straightening sesh in the a.m. And when you do hit the heat? “Use a
thermal protecting spray,” says George.
Shape your strands
Flatter your pretty face with a look that’s right for Y-O-U.
Oval faces look great with any length hair (lucky!), while girls with round
faces should opt for locks that hit 4 to 5 inches below the chin. Square shapes
should go for longer, face-framing pieces or a side bang. And heart-shaped
sweeties? Ask for a lob (that’s a long bob).
Try a tress trick
We love this quick tip to make locks look longer: Have your
stylist cut blunt bangs, which instantly create the illusion of length.
Get your vitamins
Just like the rest of your bod, hair health is dependent on
a balanced diet filled with vitamins and nutrients. Think: salmon, walnuts,
carrots, eggs, spinach and blueberries.
If you’re anxious, your hair will take a hit. Relax with a
run, yoga or a pedi and fro-yo date—then sit back and om your way to sleek
Make the cut
Speaking of snipping: How often should you really do it? Get a cut every five or six months, and only take off a quarter inch at a time, says George. Your goal is just to trim off any split ends before they start sneaking up the hair shaft.
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