Want to grow out a haircut you hate or try to achieve an ass-grazing length? Read on, girl.
1. Remember that it can't grow overnight. "Hair typically only grows about a quarter of an inch — to a half an inch max — a month," says celebrity hair stylist Mark Townsend.
2. Ironically, scissors are your friend. Although getting regular trims to snip splits won't make your hair actually grow faster, it will keep tips looking healthy and prevent split ends.
3. Use conditioner every time you shampoo. "If your hair is wet, that means you have to condition it," Townsend says. "Over time, from coloring and heat styling, strands start to get thinner at the bottom." Conditioner helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft. We suggest using our conditioner that is made with Shea Butter, Vitamin C & Argan Oil. Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set, $35.95
4. And don't shampoo every time you shower. The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product buildup, but it can also take essential natural oils that keep strands soft and healthy along with it.
5. Apply an oil or mask treatment weekly. Hair that touches your shoulders or beyond can be several years old and most likely needs more TLC than normal conditioner. Our Organic Moroccan Hair Mask mends your split ends and adds moisture to your locks. On sale now! Organic Moroccan Hair Mask, $8.99.
6. Consider trying hair-boosting supplements. Your body requires many vital nutrients to create new hair, from ample protein to a slew of essential minerals.
7. Brush your hair like it's spun from gold. Constant brushing can cause physical harm to your hair. "When you detangle wet hair, be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up — we often instinctively go from the scalp down, but that just brings small tangles into one large knot and can cause you to lose a lot of hair." - Townsend
8. Ditch your cotton pillowcase. Townsend recommends switching to a sateen fabric because it has a softer surface that won't cause friction. Less friction = less tangles and damage!
9. Never, ever wrap your hair in a massive towel again. What could be so bad about putting hair in your super-soft bath towel? A lot. It causes so much breakage.
10. Switch up your pony placement. It's an easy move that can help maintain the integrity of your strands wherever you tend to secure your ponytail all the time, which means they'll continue to grow out strong and damage-free.
11. If you have bleached (or dry, super-fragile) hair, skip putting it up with a hair tie at all. If you're looking to work out and want your hair off your neck, gently twist your hair into a bun and clip it with a tiny claw clip, bobby pin, or larger pin. Or just keep it all down and let your hair whip around like Beyoncé.
12. Do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower. "This really does help to grow hair and keep long hair healthy for longer," Townsend says.