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What is the best way to grow longer hair?

Asked by hummingbug3 (196points) July 28th, 2013

I have 4b (afro) type hair naturally so I relax it to make it much MUCH easier to deal with. I’ve been trying to treat it better and it’s grown a tiny bit, but I’m still not happy. It’s around neck length/shoulder length and has been short for most of my life.

Since I have a different type of hair, I do not wash it every day. I wash it every week or two and only use heat (flat iron on 250 F) twice a month.

What are some tips for me to grow out my hair? My hair has never ever been long before and it’d be nice to finally have some long hair that I can be proud of without having to resort to my clip in extensions.

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JLeslie's avatar

Many people say taking biotin helps. Really the best way to let hair get long is to let it grow. Some people believe if they trim their hair it will grow faster, that isn’t true. But, if you tend to get dry or split ends, trimming it will help it stay healthier. Our hair has a life cycle, and if your cycle is naturally short then your hair will be shorter. Think of your eye lashes, they never grow past a certain length, they are kind of programmed to be that length, I think that is true for the hair on our heads also. Also, there is some question about iron affecting hair growth that low iron/anemia can cause hair to not grow well.

Hair grows and average of ¼ to ½ an inch a month. Mine is definitely on the ¼ inch end and my husband’s on the other, his hair grows like a weed. I am so jealous. It is thick and gorgeous and soft. Mine is thin and dry and never grows very long. We eat the same diet pretty much, it’s genes.

Lastly, thyroid and other hormones greatly affect hair growth. If your thyroid is under or overactive you are likely to have thinning hair that falls out a lot.

I think you should wash your hair a little more often so you don’t risk oils getting trapped in your follicles and scalp.

kimchi's avatar

Just let it grow. Don’t dye it, cut it, or harm it. Just leave it alone.
@JLeslie Actually, your hair can go as long as it wants. Heck, it can go as long as the Earth. There’s no limit.

hummingbug3's avatar

the issue for me is that it seems like I have a problem with breakage and I don’t know how to stop it. I think that’s why I don’t see much growth. It’s not like I really cut it (trims occasionally for splits). But that’s about it

Pandora's avatar

Plenty of vitamin E, or preferably eat foods high in vitamin E and fish oil. Also try to pull your hair into braids when you are home and keep it that way for a few hours.
Treat your hair weekly with a deep protein conditioner that will help strengthen your hair.

_Whitetigress's avatar

The human body is a beautiful machine.

It was said that the queens of Egyptians practiced brushing 100 strokes per day.

Pandora's avatar

@_Whitetigress Good point. It really isn’t the brushing. Brushing actually can fray your hair but the massage from brushing is good for your scalp. I met a girl who had beautiful long curls. I asked her what her secret was and she said she hasn’t used a comb or a brush in over 10 years. She didn’t have any split ends as far as I could see. She said she also didn’t shampoo her hair. Only dry shampoo when it was greasy. No conditioners either.

JLeslie's avatar

@kimchi I don’t think so. From what I know the hair growth cycle lasts 2.5 to 6 years. So, some people have hair that will grow longer than other people. I’m probably one of those people who loses strands of hair in less than 3 years.

trailsillustrated's avatar

Hair is genetically programmed as to how long it will grow. Use the least heat as possible, it sounds like you are doing all the right things.

sreelathanattu's avatar

Hair is genetically programmed as to how long it will grow. Use the least heat as possible, it sounds like you are doing all the right things.

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