Growing long, beautiful and healthy hair is not an extremely difficult process. It does not require a multitude of salon products, handfuls of expensive vitamins, nor any sort of sacrifice to the long hair gods. What it does take to grow, and keep, long hair in excellent condition is common sense, dedication, and a bit of patience. Indeed, growing long hair is actually more a question of what you shouldn't do rather than what you should! If you make the commitment to closely adhere to the twenty steps that follow, not only will you grow long hair easily and as fast as humanly possible, it will also be beautiful throughout the entire growing process and stay that way, even at extreme lengths.
|Keeping hair in excellent condition when it's extremely long takes more caution and conscious effort than necessary if you intend to keep it shorter--at mid-back length, for example. If your goal is to encourage healthy hair growth but not to extreme lengths, then some modifications may be made to the steps below while still maintaining successful results. If you use common sense and don't allow damage to occur, you know you're doing the right thing to keep your hair healthy at any length.|
|This indepth guide was written specifically for the person who wants to grow extremely long hair quickly--waist, hip, knee-length or even longer, but it will benefit anyone who is seeking longer locks. That being said, if you are looking for something more concise or don't think you are ready to make the commitment to give up what it takes to have a head of extremely long hair, you might want to check out our Top 10 Tips for Healthy Hair at Any Length.|
|Keep in mind that everyone has a "terminal length," the length to which your hair is capable of growing as a result of the genetically predetermined active growth period of your own hair follicles (hair grows in cycles and the length it is capable of growing is determined by the amount of time that passes during the cycle of each individual follicle turning on and off... the longer your growth cycle, the longer healthy hair can grow before being shed naturally). Unfortunately nothing here, nor anywhere else, can help you alter your terminal length based on your genetics. That being said, you'd be surprised how incredibly often what was thought to be terminal length turns out to be nothing more than hair too damaged to continue to grow... an easily resolved issue, and one that is very, very common (and is exactly what happened to me!)|
|Excessive or sudden hair loss, extreme dryness or any sudden or unexplained change in your hair's condition may be due to a medical problem, often thyroid issues. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is imperative that you seek prompt advice from a qualified medical practitioner rather than hoping to find a resolution from this guide. That being said, you might want to check out our disclaimer. Please don't ignore these tell-tale signs if they happen to you, more than just the health of your hair may be at risk. If you find yourself suffering from excessive hair shedding and have determined that it is not caused by an underlying medical condition, I suggest you give BioSil a try... I do not have personal experience with it, but women with shedding problems are apparently going downright bonkers over this stuff).|
I make several hair product suggestions in these guidelines and fortunately most are readily available at Amazon. I have listed only products I have tried and loved or that come very highly recommended from other long hair lovers. This is by no means an all-inclusive selection but it's important that you pay attention to how your hair reacts to the products you use, and to find those that will work best for you and your hair type. The products recommended here should get you off to an excellent start but please don't just take my word for it, what is right for me may not be right for you. I strongly suggest you read the reviews of each product or tool you are considering, which should prove very helpful in aiding you with your decision-making process. You may also want to give a try to the fabulousproducts from JustNatural (especially their Frizz Hair Shea Butter, which has become a personal must-have hair care addiction of my own... beautiful smoothingwithout a drop of silicone!)
Fortunately, as time goes on and the condition of your hair improves because you're doing fewer things to it that result in damage, you'll benefit by finding you'll need to use fewer products to protect it during the growing process, or to help improve it after the fact. So, not only will following these steps be great for your hair, but they'll be great for your wallet too (or give you some leeway to try out yummy new products or hair toys)!
For the sake of comparison with your own, at the time of the writing of the first edition of this guide my hair was 33" long, very straight, fine (pertaining to the thickness of each hair), reasonably thick (pertaining to the amount of hair on my head as a whole) and had no gray (that's changed... I'm hoping for a streak!). Please feel free to experiment and tweak the below steps to best suit your own hair type and growth goals but remember that sticking to them as stridently as possible will result in the healthiest and longest hair possible.