I don't claim to be an expert on hair, but since my own hair measures about 5 feet in length, I do know a few things about growing hair from personal experience.
I hope that you aren't expecting some miracle solution that will help you grow ten inches of hair in a month. Unfortunately, growing hair takes time and lots of patience. If you hear someone claim that they can do it otherwise, I'd be very cautious before taking their advice. However, there are several things that you can do to obtain healthy hair and speed up the growing process - if you're willing to pay the price.
You may have noticed that women from the same family often have the same hair growth patterns. If you should see a woman that grows hair well, the chances are that the other women in her family grow hair well too. The same is true for women who cannot grow hair well. This is because heredity many times plays a big role in how our hair grows. In fact, my sister has extremely long hair and has written an article with pictures that describes her long hair journey. You can check it out here.
You may be saying, "My family members just aren't hair growers, so I'm stuck, right?" Not necessarily. Many times family traits are inherited because nutritional habits are also passed down. Nutritional deficiencies can be inherited just the same as hair color. The good news is the cycle can be broken, but it takes patience. With proper nutrition, deficiencies can almost always be reversed, but sometimes it takes several months or even years to completely reverse.
If you have very curly hair, you may have a hard time growing it long. Curly hair rarely grows long, however, it's certainly not impossible. Curly hair is beautiful in its own way, whether it's long or short. That is, as long as it stays healthy!
There are several health situations that can keep your hair from looking its best. Thyroid problems, gastrointestinal issues, and even hormone imbalances. If you don't notice at least some improvement in your hair's quality after several months, you may consider an underlying health problem.
Thankfully, modern science has made it possible to get proper nutrition very easily without having to eat several pounds of the foods that contain the nutrients we need. This is through nutritional supplements. Even when taking nutritional supplements, make sure that you're getting ones of a good quality, or they just won't benefit. Make sure the supplement manufacturer has a reputation for good quality.
Even if you don't have a deficiency, proper nutrition and supplements can be used to boost you hair's growth rate. If you're wanting to add foods to your diet that will help hair growth here are a few you may want to try:
Barley: This nutritional grain is good for a number of things, but it's high content of niacin, a B vitamin, is essential for healthy hair.
High protein foods: Without enough protein, hair is forced into the resting phase, and is shed prematurely. Try adding more lean meats, beans or lentils to your diet. Protein is composed of the amino acids necessary to grow new cells - including hair. (Have you ever noticed how beautiful a Hispanic woman's hair is? It's because of the high protein from the beans in their diet).
Avocados, nuts and seeds: These contain high vitamin E, necessary for healthy hair.
Raw oats and bean sprouts: These contain silica, a very important mineral that is a must for growing healthy hair.
Sufficient fat: Many people automatically turn their noses up when fat is mentioned, but certain amounts of fats are necessary for health in general and for healthy hair. The key is finding the right kinds of fats. EFAs (essential fatty acids) found in foods such as fish, and pumpkin, are extremely important for healthy hair. Also, find a good balance from other plant and animal sources.
Here's a list of the supplements that will help you grow great hair:
VITAMINS: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Biotin, Inositol, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12.
MINERALS: Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Iodine, Selenium, Copper, Silica, Zinc, Sulfur, Chromium
HERBS: Sage, Chamomile, Catnip, Burdock Root, Horsetail
Get great vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements at local health food and/or drug stores, mail order catalogs or over the internet such as on eBay.
Long Hair Care from Amazon
Here's Some Hair Tips That I Use:
- Never brush hair when wet. This stretches the hair and makes it brittle.
- Be patient when combing out snarls, use your fingers to break loose tough ones.
- Shampoo the scalp well and the ends lightly. The scalp gets more oil, and the ends dry easily.
- Shampoo less often. 3 or 4 times a week should be sufficient. This will keep from stripping your hair's natural oils.
- Shampoo gently. Spread shampoo gently down the length of hair; don't massage and tangle.
- Don't over-brush. Brushing too often causes breakage. Try using a high quality boar bristle brush; it'll be worth paying a little more for a good one.
- Pin up or braid. Whenever you sleep or do housework, pin up or braid your hair to reduce breakage.
- Use LOTS of conditioner, especially on the ends. Rinse thoroughly with cool water. For extra benefit, let set a minute of two before rinsing.
- Deep condition occasionally by putting a thick layer of conditioner on hair then covering with a thermal shower cap. Blast with a hair dryer a few times, then let set. Rinse with cool water.
Click on the highlighted title below to view Part II of this series of articles, "Tips and Tricks for Growing Long, Strong and Healthy Hair," which covers deep conditioning and other handy tips for growing long, beautiful hair.
chinju. age21. on June 13, 2014:
I want a long hair.please help me.please.l am married.i have a child.age is 3.sory i don't know english.
chinju on June 13, 2014:
I want long hair.please help me.plese.please.
Cassidy on May 25, 2014:
I have mid back semi thick layered brown hair and I was wondering what the best way to dry your hair without damage
Rayne123 on October 11, 2013:
IF I may answer u
I could be wrong however I think pulling your hair by brushing only splits it.
Jillian on October 11, 2013:
So everyone is saying you should only wash your hair like every three days! I am a swimmer so my hair gets wet everyday and has a lot of chlorine. My hair is still very soft and healthy, semi-thick and mid-back length. So what should I do to try and keep the natural oils in my hair??
Rayne123 on September 01, 2013:
Great hub and ideas.
I have also read your sisters hubs and she has an amazing story.
Her hair is beautiful. Like I commented on your sisters hub, today hair just doesn't grow for woman the way it use to (with the few exceptions, your sister being one) we do too much damage today with all the hot techniques out there for our hair.
Colouring and perming does not help either. Back in the bible days the woman had long natural hair due to the environment and of course for the fact they went natural. They had virgin hair.
If you do see a woman with very long hair like your sisters, usually it is hair extensions.
I know coconut oil is good for your hair but for me very expensive. Silica is also good, I now use biotin as it is cheap, however I find it works very slow, too slow. The results wont be out of this world and will start to take effects months and months later, but it helps to some degree.
IM on November 20, 2012:
I've been trying to grow my hair for 2 years now and its still only to my shoulders. It's a very light blonde so is very thin. I've tried basically all the tips you've given but nothing seems to be working. Do you have any more tips that could work?
ALEXIA03 on November 05, 2012:
i have short hair , and i do not like at all ! and i am veryy dissapointed on my hair . i want my hair LONG ! and some of my friends told me to BRUSH my HAIR every minute so that my hair Will be pulled . is that true? What should i DO ? :(
La on April 01, 2012:
Do you use any kind if mouse and stuff?? My hair is to the middle of my back and curly but it looks kinda if tired.(if I know what I mean) just don't know if there is a hair product I could use to make it prettier
Kelta on March 16, 2012:
My hair is wavy, neck-shoulder length and it is thin and not heavy. My hair does not grow a lot, when hair reaches the shoulders then stops growing.It is been like that for years. The ends split. I am 20 years old and I want my hair to be long.What can I do to make my hair thick and heavy? I use the best shampoos and I haven't seen a difference. I wash my hair 2-3 times a week. Every time I see my friend her hair is longer and longer. Also can you tell me what to do to make my wavy hair luscious?
jello :) on March 10, 2012:
hey :) is there any way i could grow out 3 inches over night my hairis shour and the thing this year is long hair need help
may on March 06, 2012:
i m 13 years old and my hair is just down by my hips i really appreciate ur thinking but dove is really good
blessedmommy on March 05, 2012:
horse shampoo...doesn't have a film in it that makes your hair greast. keeps ur hair cleaer for longer
Chrissy on March 05, 2012:
Hey =) thanks for this awesome page, ill try not to ask the same ?s lol, my main one is well i work as a beautian and im trying to grow my hair out and i don't like my natural color but i am trying to lessen how much i color my hair and im only doing the same thing not changing colors....but i know that not great but anyway point is that when i work i have to wash my hair every other day and then on the weekend i let it go 3 days and its sooo oily its flat and yucky, also i flat iron my hair( i cant leav it un flatted but i cant mouse it either..my hair is so annoying i cant seem to do anything for it that is good...but i do try to use the best products and flat iron i can...i know that's all bad but it there anthing i can do to not wash it as much?? my hair is getting longer and would have been a lot longer had i not been trying to cut off some cosmetology damage from 2 yrs ago. so any advice? thanks
blessedmommy on February 29, 2012:
Read the above comments and this should help you grow your hair
Miranda on February 29, 2012:
My hair is wavy and thick, and I recently just chopped it to my chin. I loved for a while and now I want my long hair back. I'm also very impatient and can't wait years for it to come back; so if there's any growth formulas that actually work, can you please tell me? Thx
ishrat on February 29, 2012:
i have many splits in my hair but over all my hair is good looking, silky but not shiny coz of these splits. Please suggest me for these split ends...
kershnee on February 28, 2012:
olive oil or tissue oil. massage into ur scalp and tips of the hair. this should work. Also try using horse shampoo, it is supossed to add strength and shine into ur hair. Takin vitamin with biotin in it will help stimulate hair growth while keeeping it shiny and healthy. Hope this works!!!!
andreaa on February 28, 2012:
ok so im 14 and a year ago i washed my hair EVERYDAY and STRAIGHTENED it EVERYDAY and its SOOOO dry!!! is there anyway i can bring it back to health?? i have so many flyaways too! PLEASE HELP!!
kershnee on February 27, 2012:
Being patient is the key to long hair...I have been using tissue oil in my hair for the past month. I noticed over a centimeter in growth..which is quite good...an my hair is noticeably more shiny and glossy and soft. Always massage ur head in circular motions when washing with shampoo. i do not use conditioner since i use the tissue oil and it does not leave any greasy residue which helps me keep my hair cleaner for longer. Hope this helps you
Kay on February 27, 2012:
I had hair that was shoulder length long and just today I got a bob I cut. I miss my old hair and want to get a bit longer hair. Will this work? If so how long will it take to grow back?
Kershnee on February 22, 2012:
Try using olive oil...it beats any conditioner and is a natural treatment for your hair. Don't sleep in a tight ponytail...massage in two beaten eggs in your hair, let dry and then shampoo off well...always use a wide toothed comb for your hair. Never blow dry hair when its wet, hair is most fragil;e when it's wet. Try to trim hair a 1/2 inch every three months. I use a leave in conditioner in my hair it's absoultely excellent. It's by Wetline Pro and ccalled 'natural green'. It has horse tail extract, aloe vera and other natural ingredients and helps me grow my hair. I would recommend it to anyone. my hair is very healthy now and is at my mid-back. When my hair is oily, i usually put it up in a ponytail or in a jaw grip and looks that way. I wash my hair twice week. My hair growes quite fast using these methods. Also, when shampooing, massage scalp for about 5 minutes this helps with the blood circulation and helps hair grow. Drinking lots of water is extremenly important since your hair also needs that water to grow. I usually drink about 2 litres or more a day. I hope my comments and suggestions work. Good luck guys with growing your hair.
Skye on February 21, 2012:
Hi. I'm a model and I need my hair to be at my waste by september and it's damaged and a little past my shoulders. I was addicted to bleach and I quit bleaching my hair and I take Biotin. I get oil treatments every once in a while. Any advice? I need my hair to grow ASAP! As a model, it's my job to let them damage my hair and use heat, so it's so hard!
Hunnybee on February 21, 2012:
I want to grow my hair faster buts it's taking ages to grow!i am 13 and my hairstyle is a pixie hairstyle and it is doing my head in people make fun of me for it and I don't like it I would like some tips on how to get it to grow it is above my ear at one side and at the other it is at my chin!please give me tips:(
yazmin on February 20, 2012:
cool but what does itt mean like its -- this long were it says past hips......it's not even past my hips yet.I mean,i'm only 13 but cool information but my hair is long I have the seconed longest hair in my family because my aunt has the 1st longest.
gghgkhlh on February 20, 2012:
Thumbs up if you think latinas are the sexiest beings in the world. They such natural beauties. With their long luscious hair they look like angels from heaven. Not to mention they are smart too.
Milla on February 15, 2012:
Hi, I am 16 years old and I recently had a nasty haircut, leaving less than half of my hair just below my shoulders, and the top 3/4 is just past my ears. All I can do is tie it and braid it back, wearing it down it looks ridiculous. My hair is naturally blonde, pin-straight, and thin. I've literally done everything and I want to get out of this! I just got my hair to reach below my shoulders for the first time in my lifetime (my mom liked to keep it real short during my childhood, which I hated.)
I hope that all your tips help me out, I've been trying all kinds of things but my hair is impossibly slow at growing! I always eat healthy and I am taking supplements but nothing is helping speed it up just yet!
Thanks for a few tips I haven't heard about before as well, like shampooing GENTLY.
Is there anything else I should possibly know about?
Happy Hair on February 13, 2012:
I love your hair im 10 but its about 4 inches over my shoulders
Brooke on February 09, 2012:
I've been trying to grow my hair for a year and a half and I don't feel like I've really gotten anywhere. I trim the ends once every month, I use a wide-tooth comb, and I brush my hair probably twice a day max.
Ashlee on January 31, 2012:
My hair is about neck to shoulder length and is filled with layers! I had bangs for the longest time but just recently decided to grow them out. I have layers in my hair that are even shorter than my bangs. The results: messy, untamed, frizzy looking, losing my mind over hair. How do I get through this? Grin and bear it? Any styling tips that wont damage my hair so I can grow it out?
chantelle shephard on January 27, 2012:
hi i have shoulder length hair i have died my hair like all the time and completely messed my hair up preventing groth ect i have now stop dieing my hair and i want to have long hair how can i get this fast !? xxxxxxx
Lori on January 27, 2012:
Hi... great tips!
My hair is like oily twords the top of my head but the rest of my hair is very dry. About 2 years ago I decided to dye my hair blonde (naturally red headed) I had very long, thick, beautiful hair. However, I didn't get my hair dyed professionally and bleached it so many times to try to get the 'bleached' blonde look that it totally killed my hair and I had to get about 6-7 inches chopped off. Now my hair is finally starting to grow again.. but there is getting to be a thin spot in the back of my head (my dermatologist told me its just a calic to not worry about it) But I honestly think it's thinning there, this happened before I dyed it so... I was wondering if the vitamins would help more hair grow in that spot and also if you would recommend me using Biolage hair shampoo and conditioner. Thanks for listening!
J.C. on January 24, 2012:
My hair has always been on the thin side. Thank God I have curls that kind of hide how thin it it, but even with the curls, I still feel my hair is "see through." I've recently resorted to wearing lace front wigs in an effort to have the hair I've always wanted. I've often been very much into health and fitness and eat a proper diet with high protein, however it doesn't seem to do anything for my hair or nails which are just plain aweful. I had my thyroid tested thinking I may have an issue since both my mom and my aunt have irregular thyroids (one hype and one hyper). My doctor confirmed that mine is operating as normal and I am healthy. I recently bought a hair oil "Doo Gro, Mega Thick Growth Oil" which seems to be helping a little bit, or maybe it's my imagination. I also bought a box of Knox gelatin, which I haven't started yet. I am not sure if I should smear it around in my hair or ingest it. I also bought prenatal vitamins which I am afraid to take since I already take a daily multivitamin with fish oil supplements. I instead crushed up the vitamins and put them into my shampoo, which some other hair forum suggested. I am not sure if I am on the right track with all of this... I have never dyed or permed my hair. My hair is pretty much "virgin" hair. I don't use heat styling aids. All I do on a daily basis is spread some leave in conditioner and maybe a bit of curl serum and leave the house. Since I started the wig thing, I don't even really do that. I cover it in a nylon cap and throw the wig on and leave. However, I am worried that the combs in the wig may be damaging my hair... Please help and let me know if I am somewhat on the right track. Also, would you suggest I eat/drink the gelatin or smear it all over my head?
katie on January 23, 2012:
hi my hair short how do i get it really long i read your article and it as some great facts but is ther a easy
Daughters-hair on January 22, 2012:
Hey my 12 year old daughter has short hair and i really want it to grow because she wants the styles you can do with long hair and i've tried everything.can you people please help?
M.H. on January 22, 2012:
My girlfriend is from Puerto Rico and she had very long hair that was knee length. Then one day she went into a salon and chopped it into a chin-length bob. She is hot.
Mark H. on January 22, 2012:
My girlfriend is from Puerto Rico and she had some lovely long hair
Cherbonolover65 on January 22, 2012:
HI blessedmommy i was wondering the tips on your sisters hair because my hair is shoulder length but i want it to be hip length. Any awesome tips?
Jossy on January 18, 2012:
I'm a black,i have pretty long hair of abt 15 and half inches,its black with some beautiful combination of brown hair which is not obvious,its thick and has a very good scalp,a lot of people adore no matter the kind of style i do,i've being growing it since 2007 october til now and its till growing,how can i make it grow longer and faster,thanks
Elizabeth. on January 16, 2012:
Hey girl. I am 1/4th black, and I've been told because of that it's hard to grow hair? I have no idea if that's true or not. ( I hope not! ) Up to 6th grade, I had long, gorgeous, curly hair that I, along with everyone else loved. But the summer before 7th grade, I had it cut to look like Selena Gomez. -___- DUMB, I know, but ever since then, it's not growing as fast as I want it. I've read literally hundreds of tips. I'm just now starting to do them, and take viitimans for it. I was wondering if you have any tips that could help me? Thank you very much ! And I must say, your sisters hair is gorgeouuuus!
laniwiles on January 10, 2012:
46 years old , hair is thinning quickly over the last year, been taking some of the suppliments you recommended. different sights recommend different things.I take vit. b, iodine (should i also put the liquid decolorized form on my thinning areas??? can i over do it???? i take zinc and fish oil suppliments. i read the bottle of horsetail and it says ;men only??? the top of my head and front have really thinned, i had really really thick hair most of my life??? any suggestions other than what you have already posted??? please help!! thank you and God bless you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kara Keener on January 08, 2012:
My hair is between the length of my back and shoulders. I really want my long hair back though. I remember when I was really little, like kindergarten, I had hair that went past my hips, both me and my momma did, then we went to Disney world, and momma wanted to get our hair cut. Luckily she knows how to cut hair, so it wasn't as bad!! But I am gonna take these tips to heart and use them!!! :)
elenni on January 02, 2012:
hello miss blessed mummy.. I'm 16 years old and i'm soooo sad about my hair.. there blonde straight but 2 years ago they were too long.. a bit higher of my hips..at the top were many but down down were not that much.. so my mum said i had to cut them :/i did.. and since now they haven't grow at all!! i cut them again .. now there 5 inches under my sholder but they are very few. i don't know what happened.. also they are very bad damaged and i have many destroyed hair and some of them where cut off because of the treatment i mean nobody cut them they just broke up in the middle.. and the end of my hair are destroyed too.. i use very conditioner and i shower my hair 2 days a week. but still. the ends are destroyed.. :'( i need my long many hair back... also i have iron problems::'( plz help me.. in february is my birthday and my hair sucks.. i have to be pretty then .. now i use braids:(
justine on December 31, 2011:
hey i recently cut my hair off and now its about up to the bottom of my ear, so is there anything else that can make it grow to about shoulder length in about 1year or shorter. thanx =)
Simona on December 29, 2011:
Hi Blessed Mummy!
Long hair is my dream... But the problem is that I have very very Thin and dry hair, so it seems electrical and when I tie it , I don't have that big mass ! Now I have it to my shoulder, but still, I am not satisfied with its appearance!
Gimme some advice please!
Your hair is stunning!!!!
Kym on December 29, 2011:
hiya blessedmommy I recently cut my hair really short, boy short tbh being about 1 to 3cms short and longest is my fringe as i kept that long. I have always had trouble growing it long and i really regret cutting it. how can i grow it long again? my hair is mega curly too :( i really hope i haven't committed hair suicide. :'( help!
rylerr on December 26, 2011:
don't shower everyday only every other day,trim split ends to keep hair growing strong
Tamina on December 26, 2011:
hey trying 2 keep this short...... i used 2 have very thick hair and i cut it in layers 2wice than i went for a straight cut got bored then went for layers then got bored and went back 2 straight cut aand recently got layers during thnxsgiving break. and i have been eating a ton of carrots 2 make it thick for the past year and its still not working. btw i also have asthma and was really sick 2 months ago and im sick now. so do these herbs help for that? and iz there any way i can make my hair naturally straight? it used 2 be straight then i started 2 make it wavy and now its like become wavy but i really want my straight hair back.
Me. =P on December 25, 2011:
Ugh, i really want long hair before school starts! So... I want to grow my hair to my ''mid back'' Can anyone help me?
Thanks for the tips btw :-)
Norelis on December 25, 2011:
Hi , I am 15 years old and I have been trying to grow out my hair. It usually gets to a point where it just stops. I'm getting a trim so I can have healthy hair and start all over , how do I get it to grow faster and without so many dead ends? I really want long beautiful hair but I just don't know how to take care of it. I can't take pills because my mom thinks its unsafe. My diet is pretty good. Help! Thank you.
Tracy on December 24, 2011:
I have mid back curly hair and you got me to appreciate it again. I was about to try chopping it off to see if that would help with the breakage, shedding and general growth but I'll try improving my diet first. Thank you! :D
leteshagordon on December 19, 2011:
blessedmommy:i have been trying to grow my hair i tried braids and perm. my hair was a little longer before but i didn't know how to take care of it so half of it fell off my hair is not really short but its close to my shoulders i juss want long hair down to my boobs and im black so my hair does not grow really fast. plz help me can you tell me what kind of products i can buy at the store, and how long it would take, and what should i do. plz write back:(
Avika on December 16, 2011:
My hairs are very small and drys very quickly. I had tryed all the methods to grow my hair. I am using clinic plus shampoo and vatika hair oil. Tell me what i can use to grow my hair faster....plz
gleneke rolle on December 16, 2011:
my hair is damage very bad a hair salon perm my hair and my is not to be perm cause my hair is natural and my hair is so blod in the middle what do i do plz help me it's lik some one shave it
aanee on December 08, 2011:
in 19.. ive never had realllyy long hair just normal length..
i cut it short to a graduating bob cut... because they just wouldn't grow after a particular length.
ive tried most of the things you've said.
but i seriously need advice.
my hair get oily fast soo i shampoo almost everyday.. condition alternately.. i do oil my hair..
my hair grow reallllyyy slowly..
is there anything at all that can stimulate hair growth..
thank you :) :)
lorenna on December 07, 2011:
i had pretty hair.... i recently cut it... well shaved it all off exept1/4 of an inch. im thirteen and i donated it to locks of love... for the people with cancer.... do u hav any advice on how i can grow it back fast (like in 7-9 mon. an have it down to my shoulders .... my hair usually grows fast.... i drink lots of water and eat healthy....
meme on November 30, 2011:
my hair is up to my sholder but one inch long can u give me advice and i could give advice uh if u take showers in the morning that good if u do at night its also good if after not its OK well i do night time so year first i use shampoo scrub and wash and use shampoo again afther the wash then the first wash of shampoo is the brekfast of ur and and the secound shampoo wash is the lunch and use condistner as desesert up if moring use shapoo then wash that's it then take a shower later at night and do one shampoo and then wash then use condisner as desesert sorry about mis-spelling
ravenmickey on November 30, 2011:
thank you so much "blessedmommy" for the very informative hub. my hair was long last year but when my stylist retouched my highlights she used too much bleach making all my hair eventually fall out over time. prior to my hair falling out it had been growing very fast and was to the middle of my back in long layers. in order to make my hair even i had to cut it neck legnth. it's been almost a year since i've cut my hair and its only grown 2 inches total!
the texture of my hair is medium coarse (i'm a black hispanic) so i wash and treat my hair once a week with a hair oil and try to use the curling iron sparingly. something i notice is that my eating habits have changed since i've had long hair (i use to eat fish 3-5 times a week) as oppose to now where i eat fish seldomly (due to now living with boyfriend who doesn't eat fish at all). maybe this is part of the reason why my hair is growing back so slow or is this all in my head?
Sarah on November 30, 2011:
Thanks for the tips, I already had quite long hair, just past the mid back area, but I was concerned about maintaining it- having healthy hair and all that. I use to wash my hair every night and always combed it while it was still wet. Due to your advice I've stopped washing it every night and combing it whilst wet and now my hair grows soo fast, and I lose less hairs every time I brush, it just seems nicer too its less dry and a lot shinier.
Dianne on November 28, 2011:
Thank you very much again for the other informatioms!!!
God Bless you all!!! TC!!!! :D
Candis on November 23, 2011:
How did you get you hear that long
Eva on November 22, 2011:
I really liked this up.I used 2 comb my hair but after readin this,im going to get a brush.My hair is shoulder length and i want it to grow longer.lol
happyfarm101 on November 17, 2011:
hello. I am in highschool and honestly I have a really big dream(obsession) with trying to grow long hair. My hair right now is about 5 inches past my shoulders but i have some problems. Its thick up top but thins at the bottom. it is very stringy and frizzy. I have been doing some of your tips like the mayonase and egg mask and not washing in hot water but im trying to descide what extent i need to go to for my certain hair type to get my resul;ts. I would like my hair to my waist. I also wash my hair everynight because if i don't it becomes oiley the next day for school. what's should i be doing to reach my goal?If there are some simple solutions or sugestions you may have please commet back!
Tulsi Tuli Dey from Calcutta, India on November 15, 2011:
i m an indian.i have mid length hair, its wavy,i have oily scalp bt dry n damaged hair. i then startd using olive oil coconut oil n lemon mixture. it startd wrkng slowly. bt nt efffctve for long. i even have split ends. in summers i have oily scalp for which i hv to shampoo my hair olternate days, in winter i hv dry scalp 1st n dn oily scalp nxt. i even have hairfall. my hair is lighter d area near my fore-head comparing to the rest.i used to have thick n healty hair. i use a pantene n head n shoulders shampoo n garnier conditioner. solution please?
Princeton'sGirl on November 12, 2011:
I'm African American An My Hair USED To Be All Curly An Nice But My Aunt Messed It Up An Its Hard An Rough..An Its Not Growing Anymore...Its Mostly Breaking And Dropping.... Do You Have Any Tips On How To Get It Longer... The Mayonnaise Remedy Doesn't Work On My Hair.... I Use Sauve Kids- Smoothers... That Gets My Hair A Little Wavy Then It Turns Back.... DOES Braids Help?
poopybutt on November 07, 2011:
thanks so much for your tips :)
Bredavies on November 03, 2011:
I am going to put this article under my favorites! I really want long hair!
jade on October 30, 2011:
hey. would eating carrots everyday help? and do u know any easy hairstyles for school which can help? and does leaving hair down 2 school make it thin out?
Charlene on October 27, 2011:
It's me again. I posted 6 weeks ago and still haven't received any advice/suggestions/response(s) from the OP! There's been quite a few questions, yet no answers. Has the original poster gone on vacation or simply gave up on this website? I took a great deal of time and effort to ask questions and would appreciate some common courtesy!!!
niki on October 27, 2011:
How can I make those short bits by the ears grow?
INeedLongHair on October 24, 2011:
So my hair is up to the top of my neck and i want my hair to beup to right above my chest maybe a little longer. Is it possible for it to be like that in like maybe a month or two?
INeedLongHair on October 24, 2011:
So my hair is up to the top of my neck and i want my hair to beup to right above my chest maybe a little longer. Is it possible for it to be like that in like maybe a month or two?
curlz curlz on October 23, 2011:
I just read this hub I am so gonna try it. I so used to have long hair but since I would have trouble straightening (my hair is super curly by the way) so I cut it to my shoulders.7 years later its only below the shoulders.....LOL.....I need my long hair back.....also I always brush my hair when wet because if I wait until almost dry o gosh I have a mess of hair all tangled...but now thanks to blessedmommy I have a different way of how to take care of my hair.....lets do this "long hair here we come"
lindsy on October 20, 2011:
what should i do if i want to have shot hair cause im hot blooded but i want my hair lared and strait and smooth my hairs real dry i don't usualy do nothing with it but my grandson inspired me to do something
annyi.smith on October 18, 2011:
I want long hairs to be till my thighs but its growing very slow now its till my shoulders so pls say me an easier way to keep them thick and grow long.
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Brittany on October 12, 2011:
I have been taking 6 pills every night and have seen a significant hair growth, my hair hardly grows and over the past month it has grown 2 inches. I take 4.5g MSM, 5g biotin, and a prenatal vitamin (Citra-natal) which contains omegas/fatty acids. I would recommend this.
SHELIA M. GIVIN on October 11, 2011:
WOW, I have to say i have learned a lot just reading some of your comment's,Thank You Blessed Mommy being a Cancer survivor i'm having trouble with the whole hair thingy and just happened across this page by chance,I also forgot the mayo and egg thing will do tonight THANX AGAIN
jenniferdigregorio on October 10, 2011:
i wish i can grow my hair back
itis up to my shoulder.
tell me a easyer way to grow that will be help full
Lucy :) on October 10, 2011:
Helllooo! I love long hair! I have hair down to around the top of my bra (sorry, couldn't think of any other way to describe it XD). It is quite thick and grows average (1/2 inch a month). I am wondering if when it grows (2 years) to my waist it will stick be quite thick and how can I keep it healthy during the time I spend growing it?
legacy on October 07, 2011:
Hi blessed mommy ,im tryna grow my hair out i bleached it so breaks off my hair use to b
e to my butt now to my shoulders i hate it can you give me some tips anyone
Camie Augastine on October 07, 2011:
Only two more months for my birthday!!!!! and i am so excited but my hair is too short and i want it to be long..
Please give me some tips for growing it longer.......!!!!!
katepollitt on September 29, 2011:
it's really really healthy too. barely any split ends. but it's so thick i don't know what to do with it.
katepollitt on September 29, 2011:
i haven't cut my hair for 3 and a half years. it is down to my waist line. i want to get it cut but i don't know if i should.
Crystal on September 26, 2011:
Lotsa useful information here... after reading a lot of tips 'n' such, I've still had no luck. Here's my issue...
I am 30 yr old, Caucasian. I have ALWAYS had very thin, oily hair, to the point of having to wash it every day.
It has a natural wave to it that I do not like which in turn forces me to blow dry it straight & occasionally straighten it (maybe only once or twice a wk). My hair also breaks very easily, even when trying to be gentle with it weather it's wet or dry. I also try to wear my hair up when I can but pretty much all hair ties cause more breakage. Even worse, it's at this shoulder length where my clothes rub up against the ends. I have tried hair, skin & nails vitamins, various shampoos & conditioners, oils (which tend to make my hair MORE oily, even when added while my hair is damp after the shower). I also pretty much have to shampoo every day (b/c my hair is so oily) and I try to use a rich conditioner on JUST the ends, followed by a leave-in conditioner but I still have frayed ends that tend to get worse 2-3 hrs into the day due to humidity. I am just beyond frustrated!!!
I've been reading a lot about shampoos, conditioners, vitamins & other treatments but still have no idea what to do. Any guidance would be appreciated! Thanks!
Jessygirl on September 25, 2011:
I've always wanted long hair. But my hair has always been shoulder length or less. Mostly because I always end up cutting it or getting layers.
So I decided I wanted to grow my hair out. I have naturally curly hair, so I grew out all my layers and it got a few inches past my shoulders. I loved it! But, I still wanted long hair. So I went in for a trim and the lady cut it up past my shoulders:'(
I got fed up so I bought extensions.
Is this going to damage my hair so it wont grow as fast, or grow at all? They are clip in and I've only had them for a week or so.
Camie Augastine on September 25, 2011:
Hi iam Camie.... I want long hair ..... my birthday is going to come on december ...... i would like to know some tips for growing it
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Elle may ransfield on September 22, 2011:
This help heaps but im just orried because i am 12 years of age and i died my hair last year. From then i have died my hair 4 times.. and i want to do that a 5th time but i am scared it will reck you haven't given that answer, do you recon you could?
Sara Jackson on September 22, 2011:
Hi, i'm Sara and i'm trying to grow my hair out, and right now my hair is very short. I kept cutting it but I stopped cutting it and right now it's maybe a few inches above my chin. Do you have any tips you could give me for growing my hair out long?
narsheka on September 20, 2011:
hey,im 12 and i had to cut my hair really short!! :(
but it has grown heaps the back of my hair is up to my shoulders but the front is shorter and really thik i hate it and also what shampoo and stuff do i use to help with spilt ends and dry hair please help me! =]
Jessica on September 19, 2011:
My daugther is 3 years old and her hair is pretty much thin.I don't know what to do with her hair because her friend who are same age as her and her hair is long and thick. I want my daugther to have healthy thick hair.. help please contact me
leila on September 18, 2011:
As a child i had very thick hair. When i wuz 12 i got short layers and then it became a little thin but it wuz still thick. and then i did it again in april and it wuz okay. but after school reopened again i wuz pretty sick for a month and had to take antibiotics and steriods for my asthma for some time. after that it got a bit thin and then i cut it again. so each time its short its fine but when it starts to get long i tend to play with my hair a lot so i don't know if that's also the problem. so where can i get these herbs? and i also have mild to moderate ezcema so will these herbs also help with ezcema or just the hair?
Make Hair Grow Longer on September 15, 2011:
I am constantly letting my hair grow long to turn around and cut it off. I found that these tips are actually pretty helpful when I am trying to grow it out. http://www.vitaminsforlonghair.com/make-hair-grow-...
kaisha on September 14, 2011:
well actually i had long hair since childhood but then had an accident in which i had to cut my hair since then there is no improvement in my hair always with the same hairstyle... im fed up plz help me... would my hair ever grow????
Stephanie v on September 14, 2011:
i have VERY curly hair i used to have it mid back but ever since i started college 2years ago i just iron it and wash it once a week and decided to cut it up to my shoulders to have a "new look" now i miss my long hair very much but i hate how i look with curly hair and it just seems like it just stays at shoulder length..hw many times a week can i iron my hair and still have it healthy?and does ironing my hair stop my hair growth?
Please help i really wish to have my hair length back
Ty so much
Harriet on September 12, 2011:
i am 14 i used to have nice thickish hair. my friends then made me realise that my hair looks thinner and now i cant stop thinking about it!!!!!! i don't care about length because my hair is by my waist i know that it thins out a bit towards the ends but this seems like a lot! also i want to know how to keep from getting split ends and keeping them nice. my friends go on at me because i wash my hair allll the time once a day and they say it strips the oils from you hair and yess i know it does but i cant stand not washing it i wash it less in winter but in summer i swim everyday in the pool and i figure washing it everyday is better then leaving chlorine in it....help??!?!?!?!
Charlene on September 11, 2011:
This post offers a great deal of advice. As a kid my hair never grew past my neck. A couple months ago my hair reached 1/4" below my bra strap. Unfortunately I had to cut it up to above my shoulders due to the terrible split ends. I want my hair to grow back much faster than it is. I've always wanted to have long, flowing hair ever since I was 4. I'm doing everything I can think of. Please note that I come from a family of all types of hair and all lengths. So my question is, does this mean that some of us are nutrient deficient? I take all kinds of herbs and supplements and I just started using Mega-Tek (which is designed for horses but safe for human use). I know it has a great deal of protein in it and you must be careful about protein overload (which I am). However my hair seems to "love" protein and I counteract it with moisture. I'm in several hair challenges at work and on some of the hair boards. I want so bad to win. My hair grows anywhere from 1/8" - 1" per month. Why is this? Also I recently did a Global Brazilian Hair Treatment (2nd time) and my hair likes (not "loves") it. I'm also taking the Sacred Eden vitamins but not noticing any extra growth. I spent a lot of money on those-several months supply and still have some left!! I massage my hair for at least 5 minutes EVERY night and drink at least 2 litres of water per day. I only wash my hair once per week and do a deep conditioning at least once per month. I've been drinking protein shakes every other day. I'm a trooper, but I'm also very impatient and I hate to lose. Please offer me any advice that you might have other than what I'm already doing. Oh and I go for a 1/2 hour walk each evening for exercise. Is there any hormone injections that you know of or anything else that might speed up the progress of hair growth (from the scalp that is) :) Thanks in advance!
k on September 04, 2011:
I just wanted to note that one thing that has REALLY helped my hairs health is installing shower head filters. There was a noticeable difference in my hair and skin's health immediately! That being said, I have LA city water, and live in an older building that probably has pretty icky pipes, so this might only help people who don't have great shower water. I didn't realize they even MADE shower head filters until just recently, but it is the best investment in my health I've made! I installed a KDF type filter first, and then a Vitamin C filter below it, then my shower head. The KDF filter is sort of like a Brita filter except they are capable of handling the water volume and temperature (this is key!!! normal faucet filters cannot effectively filter warm/hot water!), and the Vitamin C filter removes and leftover chlorine or chloramine in the water. Vitamin C is also good for your skin and hair, anyway. My lungs are also a lot clearer after showering, as I'm no longer inhaling aerosolized chlorine, so this my be helpful for those of you who also have sensitive lungs. Just a thought!
Great gobby:) on September 02, 2011:
Everything here you said is great, but it doesn't really have that strong of effect on african american women hair. But once again it is great advice.
ESTHER BEN on August 31, 2011:
Thanks, for the tips. Will defintly try them and will get back to you...
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