6 ways to make your hair grow faster for your longest locks ever

For an enviable few, long mermaid hair just happens. For everyone else, it requires patience, effort and some very deliberate changes to your haircare routine.

If you’ve been getting discouraged because your bob isn’t growing into a lob as quickly as you’d like, or you just want your tresses to transform into extra-long, luscious locks, check out these tips and tricks to guide you (and your hair) in the right direction!

1. Eat the right foods.

Longer, stronger, better looking hair can start by what you eat and drink. As with most things health and beauty, what you put into your body plays a massive role in not only the condition of your hair, but the rate of its growth. Feed the hair from the inside to promote hair growth by eating sufficient levels of vitamins, minerals and protein. Superfoods for your hair include salmon (rich in omega-3 and vitamin D), almonds (vitamin E), eggs (iron helps carry oxygen to hair follicles), and kale (iron, beta carotene, and folate).

2. Don’t clog up your follicles

Avoid overloading the root area with an excess of hairstyling products, which can pile up along the scalp and clog hair follicles, especially the current trend for dry shampoo. Dry shampoos and volumising powders deposits substances to coat the follicle that can build up, hindering healthy hair growth.

3. Exfoliate your scalp

If it’s mermaid hair you seek then you need to get your regular scalp-scrubbing game on. Exfoliating your scalp on a weekly basis before shampooing will help to detoxify and cleanse while rebalancing pH levels. Use a purifying exfoliator like Kérastase’s revitalising Soin Gommage-Rénovateur that stimulates microcirculation of the scalp to deeply cleanse and remove product build-up and excess sebum from follicles.

4. Massage your scalp

Gently massaging your scalp each night for just 5-10 minutes can increase the blood circulation in your head and stimulate the activity of your hair follicles while you sleep. This simple step causes your follicles to become more active, which in turn makes your scalp healthier and helps grow your hair longer.

5. Less is more

Many of us aren’t kind to our manes. From highlights to lowlights, chemical perms to chemical straightening, blow drying, braiding, and bleaching, excessive treatments and over-handling can leave it brittle, appearing to shorten the length from the bottom-up when it breaks.

6. Make scissors your friend

While cutting your hair regularly won’t make it grow more quickly, when tips are kept healthy it prevents split ends from working their way up your stands to manage damage before it starts. If you get consistent trims, your hair will actually be longer over time.

So there you go! A mega-mane is easy when you know how. Next International is all about promoting long, healthy hair and can work with you to achieve the perfect cut and style to suit your individual face shape, skin tone and lifestyle.

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