Tips for Making Your Hair Grow Faster and Longer

Some of the most popular hair beauty questions concern how to make hair grow longer. The common reply to these questions is that you can't do anything at all; it's genetic. The answer, however, is only partially true: It is genetic, and you're not likely to grow hair longer beyond your natural limit.

Nevertheless, most people never reach their natural limit. There are factors that retard hair growth and overall length, and most of these factors are within our control. If we can master them, then we can foster an environment that is conducive to our natural hair-length limit.

The best step a person can take to make hair grow longer is to live a healthy hairstyle, starting with a regular exercise regimen that accentuates cardio. Exercise breaks down the toxins in our bodies, and many of these toxins otherwise end up in our follicles where they retard growth and make hair more brittle.

In order to maximize this effort, you have to eat right as well. Drink water, lots of it, and when you want something with more flavor, drink fruit juice or something similar rather than soda. Avoid high-meat diets. Lower meat intake, get protein from other sources, and load up on fresh vegetables and fruits.

With regard to diet, the most important thing is that it's balanced. Consult a doctor or nutritionist, and take a daily vitamin supplement. If you "eat well" but have a vitamin deficiency, your hair, skin and nails are often the first aspects of your body to pay the price because this is where excess vitamins collect.

As importantly as exercise and diet, get proper sleep. The right amount depends on many factors. Eight hours is a good rule of thumb, but trust your body. If you feel best with six hours, then sleep six, but make sure you do so consistently. This will help maximize the benefits of proper exercise and diet.

When it comes to the hair itself, the biggest mistake people make is that they do not get regular trims. The common idea is that if you want it to grow long, let it grow longer. Hair length, however, relies on overall hair health, and we can ensure that health by getting rid of the dead and weak material at the ends.

Finally, wash the hair regularly, and use conditioners and moisturizers, but avoid over-manipulation. You might be surprised at how damaging brushing routines can be. Brush just enough to achieve style and remove knots. Avoid heat, such as from curling irons, and don't use any tools that alter the natural texture of the hair.