Hello, fellow Hearters! I wanted to shed some light on something I get asked a lot about. My hair. It's right above my bum. It could grow longer but I choose to cut it. But it was never this long! It used to be about shoulder length for years. Till I learned a few things that helped to stimulate growth and I'm here to share them with you!

If you have been trying to grow your hair out forever but don't seem to see a difference. Here are some secrets from the long-haired people them selfs!

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The picture is not me lol just an example of beautiful long hair.

A Healthy Scalp

For healthy hair it needs to come from a healthy scalp am I right? You need to find a balance with your scalps pH levels for it could grow healthy hair. And by that I mean, it can't be too dry or oily.

If you suffer from a dry scalp you could be experiencing flaking and itching. Also known as dandruff. Don't worry many people get dandruff it's just natural. But, it can be a burden and be embarrassing, to say the least.

And if you suffer from an oily scalp you could be experiencing flat, shiny, greasy hair. Which is also natural and something that shouldn't be worried about too much. It could actually mean that your scalp is dry and is overproducing sebum to try and make up for it.

  • Dandruff Shampoos

Try a dandruff shampoo. There are different types of dandruff fighting ingredients and contain active ingredients, including salicylic acid, coal tar, zinc, resorcin, ketoconazole, and selenium. I myself use dandruff shampoos with all the hair I have my scalp can feel like it's being suffocated. I tried zinc and salicylic shampoos but that didn't work for me. So I use Selsun Blue's Maximum Strength Dandruff Shampoo. It contains 1% Sulfite and is medicated with menthol. It gives you maximum medicated control. For healthier hair and healthier scalp. It's also doctor recommended. One con I do have with this though is the smell. It smells like cologne mixed with cough medication... Like why though?? SO because of that I try to use it once every week or two. That's actually what is recommended on the bottle. It is strong and gives a cool tingling sensation. But, in my opinion, is the best for fighting dandruff.

  • Natural Remedies

I think its very import to try to stay on the natural side of things. Why get it from somewhere else when you could get it from the source?? My favorites are apple cider vinegar, lemon, and aloe vera. It depends on what I want... If I want to zap dandruff in certain areas I use lemon, if I want to balance my pH levels and target dandruff for my whole head I used apple cider, if I want to add moisture I use the aloe vera. I usually just pour about half a cup of apple cider on top my head and let it sit for a good 5 minutes and wash my hair twice to remove the strong smell. I would try and get it with "the mother" since it contains more anti-fighting dandruff properties. For the lemon, I just squeeze some right from the slice. Same for the aloe vera. If you find that you have more sensitive skin I would go half apple cider/lemon and half water because of the acidity.

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  • Chemical Free Shampoos

You may think that the more expensive the bottle the better the ingredients are, right? Nope. Unfortaintly for many shampoos that claim to help revive hair can be doing just the opposite, With drying alcohol and perfumes, growth harming sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. The list goes on. Try and find a shampoo that doesn't have all of those chemicals. My longtime favorite is Hask's Keratin Protein Smoothing Shampoo. It's free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors.Infused with hydrolyzed keratin to reduce frizz and block humidity, this shampoo gently cleanses leaving even the most unruly hair soft and revitalized with incredible shine. This shampoo’s delicious scent will also invigorate your senses. Keratin is known to help with hair growth. All though not noted by the company its self, after I used this shampoo for a year or more straight I can honestly say that my hair grew. Don't quote me on that lol just from my experience. Another product I enjoyed was Garnier Whole Blends Replenishing Shampoo Legendary Olive. ( These long names thank god for copy and paste.) Again you can see the natural theme. Not as natural as the Hask but it is free of silicones and parabens. I did notice that I have to wash my hair more often my guess is because of the olive oil. (no duh) But, my hair did feel more replenished and shiny.

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Healthy Hair Care Routine

Now that we talked about a healthy scalp let's talk about healthy hair. If you want your hair to grow longer the main opponent you want to fight against is breakage.It stops your hair from growing and creates frizz. Here are some more tips to help with breakage.

  • Oils

Whether store-bought or from a plant, oils can help so much in growing your hair. Coconut, olive, and avocado oils are great for your hair. But, if you have really bad breakage and dry hair I would use castor oil. I know you think of castor oil and you think of constipation or car oil but its actually an amazing growth stimulator. You can get it natural or an actual bottle that is used to help with constipation the only difference is that the natural version is very thick almost paste-like, whereas the constipation version is a way thinner but less refined. I use all kinds of oils but one store bought oil that I do highly recommend is by Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil. I've been using it for years and can't go a day without it. It sinks right into the hair and is so moisturizing. I put it on right when I get out of the shower since that's when the hair is most absorbent. Apply with care since the hair (hey that rhymed) is most delicate at this time.

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  • Be Gentle!

Would you take that expensive pair of shoes or that super expensive jacket and just throw them around? Heck to the no. You'd take care of them so that they could last longer because of what you paid for them. Same with your hair. If you spend all your time and hard earned money and you just brush roughly through it you're causing more damage, and that's just a waste. Never brush your hair when wet. You cause major breakage. And if you do be very careful. Always start from your ends and work your way up. And of course, stay away from heat as much as possible. Now, I can relate, being the frizzy-haired girl that I'am to other frizzed haired girls, that this is very hard to stick by. Especially if you don't want to look like the lion king. At least try to keep it between weeks. I flat iron my hair and try to make it last a week. And try not to go too crazy with the hairstyles. We all want to look cute and all done up but all that pulling and tightness from the bobby pins and hair ties can cause breakage also.

  • Give it time

No matter how hard you try your hair won't grow overnight. Yes, I'm sorry to break it to you hun but those Youtube and Pinterest tutorials are just trolling you. There is no way you can change your DNA to make your hair grow faster with just some eggs and oil. That all comes down to genetics. But, before you start saying you whole family is bald and that you're already losing your hair, you can help the process and nurture your hair to get it to the length you want. It will take time. Please remember that. I don't want you to be stressing about something that you can't really control.

Here are also a few other tips:

  • Condition well (what I mean by that is practically use half the bottle)
  • Drink lots of water
  • Message the scalp
  • Hair Masks
  • Try not to wash your hair everyday

I hope this helped you! Remember you are beautiful no matter what type of hair you have. Long, short. Thick, thin. Blonde, brunette. Your all beautiful!!!

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