When thinking of long, strong hair, we often flash back to our childhood and picture a beautiful princess named Rapunzel. Who wouldn’t want her long and shiny hair, so strong that it could withstand the pressure of a dashing prince climbing it to rescue you, and so long that it could fall the length of a tower?

Well, learning how to grow long hair fast may be easier than you think. Having Rapunzel-like hair could become more than a fairy-tale by following some easy changes in your lifestyle and hair care.

For wavies and curlies, luxurious length can be accomplished through healthy hair care routines including a healthy, protein-rich diet.

However, it is essential to understand that hair has a seven-year growth period. Every person’s hair grows for a certain amount of time and then simply falls out. How quickly you can grow those curls longer depends on your own personal hair growth speed. After all, Rapunzel’s hair didn’t grow over night!

Protect & Pamper Those Curls & Waves

If you want to grow long hair, your curls need to be healthier. Hair will grow much quicker if you protect it. Even though it feels great to spend time basking in the sun’s warmth, too much sun can damage your hair, causing it to become brittle and dry.

Cover your hair with a hat to protect it if you must be outside for long periods.

Be gentle with your cherished curls. Replace metal hairpieces with fabric elastics to bunch hair up into a bun or ponytail if you need to get curls out of your face and never pull harshly on tangles.

Always use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to carefully work out the knotted strands. If hair breaks off at the ends, it will take longer to grow long hair, so protect it from too much brushing or blow-drying, which can cause split ends and ultimately breakage.

Don’t forget to pamper! Start by using deep treatments to replenish any lost moisture. It also helps to massage olive or coconut oil into dry or damaged ends. Long, curly hair is especially vulnerable to dry ends because natural oils from the scalp don’t always make it down those curvy strands.

Avoid strand and end damage by using gentle shampoos and moisturizing conditioners when washing. And don’t forget to only shampoo when necessary! Curly hair gets dried out and stripped of its natural oils if it is shampooed every day, so co-washing is always a great alternative.

Restrict the styling and don’t straighten out those locks! Embrace your natural curls if you want to grow long hair fast. Using flat irons too often can dry out your hair, causing damage, thus slowing down the growth. Blow dryers and curling irons should also be limited. All of these tools can cause unhealthy dry hair, which defeats your goal of healthy, long curls. Experiment with different mousses and gels made for your curls and practice scrunch styling in order to promote healthy hair naturally.

If you color your hair often, keep in mind that dying hair too often can also cause dryness that will cut your growth short. Make sure you know and understand which chemicals are being used in your hair color. Ask your hair stylist to use the gentlest formula on your curls. Drugstores offer an array of products as well. Be sure to compare chemicals before you choose, as there are so many advancements concerning gentler hair color, you’ll be sure to find the perfect color in a gentler formula.

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