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I hate my haircut! How do I get my hair to grow long again?

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Last fall, after growing out my hair for over a year and half, I sat down in my favorite stylist’s chair and told her to cut it all off.

Okay, I didn’t ask really ask her to cut it all off, but I did ask for a chin length bob, which meant saying goodbye to almost ten inches of hair.

Ten inches!

Clearly, I hadn’t really thought the whole thing through – I didn’t plan to cut that much off before I went into the salon – and while I loved it for about five minutes, I started missing my long locks pretty bad as soon as I realized that it was nearly impossible to put it in ponytail, curl it, or do anything with it besides let it hang there.

Since that fateful day last fall, I’ve been willing my hair to grow and grow fast.

If you’re like me and have gotten a haircut that you really didn’t think through (or that you just don’t like) you surely understand the frustration of sitting around waiting for your hair to grow.  So here are some tips to get your hair growing faster and healthier, so you get the long, flowing flocks that you just a little bit sooner.

Get Your Vitamins

Healthy hair starts from the inside out, so you can help your locks grow a little faster by eating a diet chock full of the vitamins and minerals that promote hair growth. Opt for foods that are rich in B vitamins, iron, zinc, biotin, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, which include fish, poultry, beans, lentils, spinach, broccoli, carrots, brazil nuts, eggs, and whole grains.  If you’re a vegetarian (or just a picky eater like me), you can also take a supplements to make sure that you get all the necessary nutrients. There are products designed specifically for healthy hair growth, so check our local drug store or pharmacy for some good options.

Get Rid of Residue

If you use a lot of styling products or have oily hair, residue can build up quickly on your scalp – which is a major problem when you’re trying to grow out your hair.  When the scalp is covered with oil, dirt and leftover styling products, your hair follicles are blocked so it’s difficult for new hair to grow. Adding a clarifying shampoo to your hair care routine once or twice a week can help keep your scalp squeaky clean, so new hair is always about to sprout.  If you prefer natural hair care treatments, you can use a cider vinegar rinse in place of clarifying shampoo.

Be Gentle with Your Hair

When you’re trying to grow out your hair, it’s important to be as gentle with it as possible.  Brushes that are too rough and heated styling tools can actually damage your hair’s cuticle, so it’s more likely to break.  Use a wide-tooth comb to get rid of knots or tangles, and limit your use of the blow dryer, curling iron and straightener as much as possible.  When you do use a heated styling tool, use a heat protectant spray or cream on your hair beforehand to protect it as much as possible.  Incorporate conditioning products that contain nourishing ingredients like argan oil or shea butter too, so your hair stays healthy and moisturized.

 

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Jennifer Blair
By: Jennifer Blair

Jennifer Blair is a freelance writer and self-professed beauty junkie. A former beauty consultant for Clinique and Bare Escentuals, she enjoys road testing new products, recreating celebrity looks, and passing on tips and tricks that she's picked up along the way. Jennifer has written for several hair, makeup, and fashion websites, and maintains a blog, There's Always Time For Lipstick , to share her love for everything related to makeup, hair, and skin care. In her spare time, she enjoys taking in baseball and hockey games, and trying to convince friends that life isn't complete without a good red lipstick.