Repunzel, Repunzel Let Down Your Hair

“Keep your mind set, keep you hair long.
Oh my my darlin’, keep your head up, keep you heart strong.”

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Everyone’s lusting after long luscious locks these days, and I certainly don’t blame them. I’ve always had long hair and I’m always searching for ways to make it even longer. I’m going to share my knowledge on growing your hair out, my tips, tricks, and favorite products.

Take Your Vitamins 
There are a variety of vitamins you can take to stimulate hair growth. My personal favorites include an omega-3, biotin, and vitamin E capsules. It’s common knowledge that taking fish oil pills will cause hair growth. However, that’s not necessarily true. The reason behind taking fish oil pills is to get the omega-3 fatty acids that are included in fish oil. Most fish oil pills are about 70% fish fat and 30% omega-3, so to cut straight to the chase I just take a universal omega-3 pill. Another common misconception in regards to taking these pills is that many people believe it causes direct hair growth. This is not true. While these vitamins and minerals do aid in allowing hair to grow, they are actually making the hair stronger and healthier, causing less breakage, which indirectly leads to longer hair. Biotin is another essential vitamin in hair nourishment. Biotin is a B complex, which is a vital mineral in creating healthy hair cell growth. Taking a vitamin E capsule will also encourage hair to be shinier, healthier, stronger, and longer. A multi vitamin won’t hurt you either since vitamins A, B, C, E and K are especially good for your hair.

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Stimulate Your Scalp
Brushing your hair and massaging your scalp stimulates blood flow in your scalp, which encourages hair cells to grow. Brushing your hair also brings out the natural oils from your scalp, making it appear shiny and healthy. Running a brush through your hair throughout the day, including when you wake up, get ready,  before bed, and before you get into the shower will leave you with shiny, long hair. However, keep in mind that brushing can cause breakage if your hair is dry and brittle. Also, refrain from brushing wet locks as they are more susceptible to breakage when they’re wet. In the shower, make sure to massage your scalp while you shampoo to trigger blood flow and remove the dead skin from hair follicles to promote hair growth. In the shower, also bring a wide tooth comb to detangle hair prior to conditioning it. A natural yet effective way to trigger growth through your scalp is to massage Aloe Vera through your locks. You can leave it on for up to an hour, rinse with warm water, and watch your tresses thrive. See {DIY}…

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Deep Condition
It’s important to deep condition to keep your hair hydrated, which prevents breakage and encourages hair growth. A good deep conditioner will open the hair cuticle and penetrate the hair shaft, locking in moisture. A quick way to find out if your hair is in dull, dry, and in desperate need of a hydrating mask is to lightly wet a small section of your hair and see if the water droplets are soaked up by your thirsty strands. If the water droplets appear full on the surface of your hair, your locks should be in decent shape. Either way, a deep condition can only do wonders and should be done at least twice a month. There are many different types of deep conditioning treatments available. You can get a deep condition done at your favorite salon (Kérastase Conditioning Treatment are the absolute best), or in your own home with either a store bought product, or a DIY mask made with all-natural ingredients. Since there are so many choices and factors involved, it is important to know whether your hair requires a protein-based conditioner or a moisturizing conditioner. If your hair stretches a bit before it snaps, you are going to want a deep conditioner with protein. If your hair is very dry and snaps at the slightest touch, you should choose a moisturizing deep conditioner. When looking for a product at the drugstore, or beauty supply store, ingredients to look for are:

  • Amodimethicone
  • Behentrimonium Chloride
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate
  • Cetrimonium Chloride
  • Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine
  • Stearalkonium Chloride
  • Petrolatum
  • Mineral Oil
  • Lanolin
  • Dimethicone
  • Phenyl Trimethicone
  • Shea Butter
  • Soybean Oil

How To: Keep hair healthy with {DIY} hair masks
Egg yolk and olive oil: Rich in proteins, vitamins and super- nurturing fatty acids, egg yolks won’t only make your hair softer, shinier and healthier but help you to grow it long as well. And, in order to get all the benefits egg yolks provide, simply mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tbsp of olive oil, dilute the mixture by adding a cup of water and then slowly and thoroughly massage this mask into your scalp. Give your hair and scalp 15 to 20 minutes to absorb all the needed nutrients and then rinse off.

Hot honey and olive oil: Heating a mixture of three parts olive oil and one part honey for 30-45 seconds, will allow hair follicles to open up when coating the hair. For best results, take damp hair and comb the mixture through. Wrap in a towel for 20-30 minutes, rinse, shampoo, and condition.

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Sulfate Free Shampoo
Sticking to a moisturizing shampoo will ensure that your natural oils can penetrate your scalp and promote hair growth. Avoid products with alcohol and any form of sulfate. Sulfate free shampoo is your best bet as most shampoos have the active ingredient, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which damages hair follicles, which leads to poor hair structure and lack of growth. Yikes. My absolute favorite product right now is Wen, which is a cleansing conditioner that kills two birds with one stone. It’s super natural, made without SLS, dyes, or any other yucky additives and helps reconstruct distressed hair with aloe and almond oil. I’m obsessed.

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Moroccan Oil
Oils can do wonders for your hair by minimizing frizz, adding moisture. Various oils are great for your hair, such as coconut oil and macadamia nut oil, and but the holy grail of all oils is argan oil, which is the oil in the poplar brand Moroccan Oil. Not only but Moroccan oil is miracle oil because of it’s frizz diminishing powers, hydrating ability, detangling potential, it also instantly adds shine, elasticity, and silkiness to your tresses. While argan oil is an ingredient in the oil, additional silicons, fatty acids, and fragrances make up this recently hyped up product. Which I do highly recommend.

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Avoid the Heat
It’s a no brainer that styling your hair with heated tool is a recipe for a hot mess (literally). Blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons are used at very high heats in order to temporarily shape your hair by breaking down the natural keratin in your strands. Aside from literally frying your hair, clamping, tugging, and dragging your delicate locks through high temperatures is obviously going to cause breakage and damage, stunting hair growth. While many of you can’t fathom the idea of (gasp) letting your hair dry naturally, putting down the power tools is my best advice when it comes to reaching your longest lengths. For those of you of who just can’t deal and must fry your hair into oblivion, make sure to use heat protection. Brands such as Chi are well known for their products that minimize the damage caused by heat. The oils can also be used as a heat protectant and reduce the risk of damage. These products create a natural barrier over the hair cuticle, locking moisture inn and reflecting the damaging degrees of heat. A few tricks for the flat iron addicted; run a comb down right in front of the iron so all of your hair is lying in the same direction and iron small enough pieces so that you only need to go over the hair one time.

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Wash Sparingly
Contrary to popular belief, shampooing and conditioning your hair everyday is not necessarily beneficial. It can actually stunt hair growth by stripping your hair of the natural oils and nutrients your hair needs to stay happy and healthy. Not to mention the other benefits of washing it less, such as better styling control and the money saving factor. I know what is going through some of your heads… sanitary reasons, fear of poor hygiene, and HELLO not wanting to look like a frickin’ grease monkey. Good news, ladies, I have a friend I’d like to introduce to you called dry shampoo. Literally best thing since sliced bread. Literally. Not only does it save the time and effort in the shower, it provides you with a quick fix that a standard washing just can’t. My favorites are the Big Sexy Hair brand and Psssssst, which I have been living religiously by. Another ingenious  alternative is baby powder, which absorbs the excess oils while freshening up your entire head of hair. Just sprinkle it sparingly onto your roots, allow to set for a few minutes for full absorption, and blend well. You’ll feel better than after a blow out. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration.

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Jessica Wener