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How to Grow Long, Beautiful Hair-- PERMANENTLY

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If you dream of having long locks without the use of products, money, and supplements--then this article was written for you.

Growing long, healthy hair does not have to be hard, but it does require patience and dedication.
Let's get growing:

Step 1. Cut ALL the damaged hair. This may be the hardest step for some of you, because it is difficult to let go of your hair. But if you don't get rid of all of your damaged hair, then there really is no sense in continuing your healthy hair growth journey. If your hair is damaged to the point where you would have to shave your hair off, don't. Just give yourself a Halle Berry look and continue to trim until all of the damaged hair is gone. Then proceed to step 2.

Step 2. Trim your hair! Yes, even though you are trying to grow your hair, you should still trim it. By trim, I mean cut about half an inch once a month. The reason this is so important is because trimming it is essential in growing healthy hair. Any damages that may occur to your hair within the month need to go-- otherwise, the damage will continue to get worse over time. If you refuse to trim it because you are actively growing your hair, grab a pair of scissors specifically made for cutting hair, sit outside in the daylight and start trimming those split ends regularly.

Step 3. Find a salon that specializes on long hair or that you trust. Make sure that when you tell your stylist I want an inch off, that's what they cut. Have them show you their perception of an inch prior to letting them take a scissor to your hair.

Step 4. NO HEATING APPLIANCES. This includes: hot iron, hair dryer, curling irons, hot rollers, crimpers, etc. If you MUST use one of these, use something that will protect your hair and remember to allow your hair to COMPLETELY dry prior to using any of them-- even if your iron says you can use it with wet hair.

Step 5: NO harsh chemicals. Ie: Peroxide, hair dye, or perms. Sorry ladies, beauty is pain.

Step 6: NO saltwater OR Chlorine. If you do go swimming, shampoo your hair immediately after. If you are a blonde, use shampoo specifically designed to remove the green tinge that chlorine gives you.

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EmpowHER Guest

Great post and wonderful advice for maintaining healthy hair or repairing damaged hair. Your timing on mentioning the use of satin pillowcase is right on point. As a reviewer of hundreds of products, I've been lucky to have the chance to try out different brands of cases. Satin pillowcases are definitely great for hair and skin, but not all satin, we found, is created equal. We tested the ones from BB &B, Linen N Things (before they closed) and places like Sally Beauty Supplies, but they never lasted long. It seems you get what you pay for. We did find an online retailer (neero-ana) that sells an organic satin pillowcase that's really quite good. The company claims they're environmentally friendly (a plus in our book) and actually did improve the condition of hair and skin tremendously. For our money, buying quality is better than saving a few dollars.

September 9, 2009 - 6:55pm
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