11 Ways to Grow Long, Beautiful Hair… Fast!

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We’re skin people. Waking up to soft, glowing skin is what we're about. So we think of our hair as a picture frame for our nourished faces.

It’s said that one can accomplish far more on a so-called “good hair day.” Those days where you wake up and your follicles are like an obedient classroom following your every order. It’s as if you went to the salon in your sleep. You feel like making eye contact with strangers. You ask your barista out on a date. Good things happen.

And why can’t that be everyday?  Check our list of tips and tricks to keep your tresses growing strong.

1. Protein

If you don’t give your body the correct components, it won’t be able to give you beautiful hair. Your hair is mostly protein, so make sure to get enough, especially if you avoid animal products.

Add beans or lentils to your diet if they aren’t already there. We recently posted a recipe for Moroccan Lentil Stew that is perfect for warming you during the winter months and giving you the protein you need to grow beautiful hair.

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2. Horsetail

Did you know this plant converts inorganic silica to a form that we can use? This makes it one the best sources of silica on the planet! Silica is abundant in living creatures; without it, our bones would be brittle and slow to heal. It gives our hair luster and our skin softness.

You shouldn’t consume raw, whole horsetail. It’s too abrasive. Use horsetail juice, tincture, or herbal tea to keep your hair (and nails) growing strong. You can even brew a strong pot and add it to your bath or use it as a hair rinse (more on hair rinses in a second).

3. Troubleshoot

If you color your hair regularly, heat style often, and avoid regular hair cuts, you are probably aware of what ails your hair. But there are other, less obvious causes of dry, brittle, dull hair.

consider mental and physical health as well

Eastern medicine associates hair health with the strength of the kidneys and the blood. In Beauty by Nature by Brigitte Mars, she says that negative emotions such as envy and hatred can also diminish your hair health. Consider your overall mental and physical wellness when investigating how to grow longer and more beautiful hair.

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4. Let it all hang out

Tying your hair back with elastic bands can create tension on your scalp. The ones with metal pieces on them can irritate the hair and promote breakage.

Try wearing your hair down more often to ease the pressure or use claw hair clips to put hair back without causing breakage.

5. Choose your tools wisely

Use a brush with natural bristles that will absorb oils and thus help to evenly distribute them throughout your hair.

natural bristles and handles

Boar bristle brushes are popular, but for those who avoid using animal products, these simply won’t do. Be aware that often a product that claims to have “natural bristles” could be made with animal hair.

Wood brushes are good alternatives, reducing static and helping to distribute those oils throughout your hair. You’ll also be avoiding adding more plastic to the world. Beechwood and bamboo are common natural hair brush options.

6. Take your vitamins

Make sure to include lots of biotin in your diet. This B vitamin keeps hair growing beautifully. Grab some peanuts, sweet potato, eggs, or oats to get your fix.

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7. Oil it

We like our facial oils, that’s for certain. We also love oils in our hair! Create your arsenal by choosing essential oils that help you achieve your hair goals. Massage a couple drops into the ends of your hair, add a couple drops to your shampoo or conditioner, add a couple drops to your hairbrush, or mix with a carrier oil and use it as a treatment.

Oiling for your hair type

  • To brighten dull hair, use chamomile, lemongrass, or lemon oil.
  • Nourish dry hair with carrot seed oil, lavender, or thyme oil.
  • Oily hair benefits from basil, clary sage, or grapefruit oil.
  • To heal damaged hair, use rosemary, sandalwood, or geranium oil.

8. Rinse wisely

Many hair routines are finished after the conditioner is rinsed off, but you can work even more natural benefits into your routine. You can make a simple hair rinse by brewing a strong cup of tea (about ½ cup herbs to 1 cup of water) and storing the strained liquid in a bottle in your fridge. After rinsing out your conditioner, pour a cup or so of your rinse over your hair, and leave it in.

DIY Rinses

Horsetail is a good choice for a hair rinse for most hair types. Chamomile is a great option if you have dry hair or want to add light highlights to your hair (this will be very subtle and requires many rinses!). Try lemon balm if your hair is oily. Rosemary is a great herb for stimulating hair growth, which brings us to our next tip…

9. Tone

Our Rosemary Toning Mist is loved by those with oily skin as a great way to soften while lessing clogged pores. Did you know that it’s also a great treatment for the hair? Rosemary stimulates, so a couple spritzes of this mist a day can help get you closer to mermaid hair.

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10. get the blood flowing

Many hair growth treatments work by stimulating blood flow to the head. There’s a really simple way to do this… be upside down! If you’re a yogi or a gymnast, do a headstand or handstand each day to get blood flowing. Alternatively, lay on a slanted surface with your head below the rest of your body to get the blood moving in that direction.

11. Keep it natural

Of course, we advocate for natural hair care in addition to natural skin care. You can’t expect your hair to thrive when you’re feeding it chemicals.

Here’s a recipe for natural hair conditioner from Brigitte Mars’ Beauty by Nature:

Natural Banana Conditioner:

1 cup of hot water
1 ripe banana
½ cup dried chamomile or rosemary
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey

Directions: Combine in a blender and apply to hair for 10 minutes or more, then rinse well.

We hope you love these tips and how your tresses benefit from them!

What's your secret for long, beautiful hair? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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  1. Sunseeker says

    I would love to have suggestions for a totally natural and nontoxic way to wash my hair. No poo methods such as baking soda or bar soap or liquid castile soap leave my hair looking heavy and lifeless, even after plenty of time to detox from health food store shampoos.

  2. S.B. says

    Will your company consider making hair products? I absolutely love the face products you make and would love to see shampoo, conditioner and styling products such as a natural moose or gel made by AnnMarie.

  3. Lori says

    My secret for long beautiful hair is first, don’t cut it! Second, Condition, condition, condition! I love the idea of not tying your hair back, especially since I have been battling tension headaches, but I don’t know another way to wear it and not get tangled up. My hair is down almost to my knees but its very fine in texture. Any suggestions?

  4. Spanky Smith says

    Thanks for sharing this informative post!!

    I myself prefer to go for hot coconut oil massage once in a week for healthy hairs. Along with this make sure that you are using a good shampoo according to your hair texture.

  5. Lane says

    The Ashtanga Yoga community has what they call “Saturday Practice” – a castor oil bath. Castor oil reduces body aches and pain as well as being one of psychic Edgar Cayce’s go-to remedies for many conditions. It is also a powerful stimulus for hair growth.

  6. Hair Care says

    Thank you very much for the helpful tips, I’m using good product to keep my hair healthy, it’s pro naturals moroccan argan oil which is really good , helps to restore the hair and leaves it soft, shiny and healthy.

  7. Cathy Guy says

    I have a question on graying and dramatically thinning hair. Now that I’m becoming ‘salt and pepper’ (actually it’s medium blond with gray and white) and growing out a (very ugly now blond color), how do I brighten the white and keep the blond natural? I did try a homemade hair serum for thinning hair, but it’s made with horsetail and nettle which seems to make my face, ankles and feet swell up (didn’t know there was a problem it until I looked up the herb and then saw the tiny warning on the package of horsetail that it’s NOT for people with kidney and cardiac issues – I have both.)

    Anyway, I tried just the nettle with essential oils and aloe) My gray hair became tinged with a yellow-green. I also read somewhere that nettle can also be a problem with cardiac issues. Should I just use rosemary on my hair before shampooing? My hair seems to pick up any color in herbs or oils. I’m trying to go as natural as possible, but all the shampoos out there for removing brassiness have harsh chemicals. Are there ANY herbal mixtures that would be good for me? Help!

    • Annmarie Skin Care says

      Hi Cathy!

      It’s great to hear that you’re going all natural! A great book for you to check out is Brigitte Mars “Beauty by Nature.” She has lots of great recipes for working with your hair color 🙂

  8. Pauline says

    My tip? Be as natural as you can be. Weather (and your health) can change it, so be prepared to change your routine if you need to. If it’s dry and brittle, oil it. Rinse with herbs (chamomile for my lighter honey-coloured hair is good). And lastly, personally, I never colour it. I am happy to age gracefully and the grey in my hair is far less noticeable than a stark line of grey roots along your part!

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