Our hair is the crowning glory of our looks, both literally and figuratively. Long, gorgeous, and healthy tresses are every girl’s dream, but most of us end up hating our dull and lifeless hair. Owing to our hectic, modern lifestyle, which includes everyday stress and pollution, long hair can be difficult to achieve.

Maintaining long and lustrous hair is not a one day task. It requires a proper and dedicated hair care regimen that is easy to follow. If you’re dreaming of long locks like Rapunzel’s, here are a few tips you must follow.

Tip 1: Oil Your Hair At Least Twice A Week

Hair At Least Twice A Week

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Proper nutrition is as essential for your hair as it is for any other part of your body. Oiling the roots provides nutrition and strength to help your hair grow long and strong. It also helps rejuvenate dead hair shafts.

Tip 2: Give Yourself A Head Massage Regularly

Head Massage Regularly

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Massaging is one of the simplest and most soothing hair care tips. It improves blood circulation and stimulates blood flow to the entire body. You can use coconut oil or almond oil to massage your scalp. Applying lavender oil also promotes hair growth.

We can never deny the importance of a good hot oil head massage, which is one of the best-known home remedies for long hair. A good ‘champi’ is the best thing for our hair. Get it done at the parlor, by your mom/sister, or do it yourself.

  • After applying hot (warm) oil on the scalp, gently massage the scalp with your fingertips.
  • Apply oil to the strands of the hair. Let them soak in the goodness of the oil.
  • You may also wrap a hot towel around the head for 10 minutes to help in the better absorption of the oil into the hair.
  • Wash off after one to two hours with a mild shampoo.
  • You will note evident results post your first usage.

Tip 3: Skip The Daily Shampoo

Shampooing your hair twice or thrice a week allows the natural oils to penetrate your hair, thereby allowing it to hydrate and repair itself. The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product build-up. But, applying it daily can make your hair dry, frizzy, and brittle, and lead to breakage. Shampoos contain sulfates, and the excessive usage of sulfates can cause damage to your hair.

Tip 4: Be Gentle While Washing Your Hair

You must be gentle while shampooing. Just lather up at the scalp and simply let the suds slide down the strands. Your hair becomes soft while it is wet, and rubbing the shampoo harshly on soft hair can lead to breakage.

Tip 5: Use Conditioner Every Time You Shampoo

Every Time You Shampoo

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Conditioning is a key factor to maintain good hair. It locks the moisture in the shaft, prevents dryness, and provides protection from dirt and pollution and, to a certain extent, from the sun as well. It also helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft and seals the cuticles to prevent further damage.

Tip 6: Finish Off The Shower With A Cold Rinse

A super steamy shower can be rough on your hair and can leave it rough and dry. Rinsing with cold water, on the other hand, helps to seal the cuticles and strengthen your shafts, thus helping your hair grow longer and maintain its health.

Tip 7: Dry Your Hair Gently

Dry Your Hair Gently

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Drying your hair roughly using a towel increases the chances of breakage. Choose a gentle towel or an old t-shirt, pat your hair dry using it, and then let it air dry for some time.

Tip 8: Avoid Brushing Wet Hair

Wet hair tends to stretch more and break easily as compared to dry hair. So avoid brushing while your hair is still wet. If you wish to detangle it, use your fingers, and gently work through the tangles.

Tip 9: Use A Wide-Toothed Comb

Wide-Toothed Comb

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It is always advised to use a wide-toothed comb for your hair. Once your hair is dry, start combing your hair from the bottom, and then work up gradually. This will prevent unnecessary hair fall. Pulling the hair constantly and carelessly will lead to physical harm to your hair. Boar bristle brushes are also good for distributing the scalp’s natural oils down the hair.

Brush your hair twice a day. Remember to brush before bedtime. This will ensure that the blood circulation to the scalp is good when you are sleeping (we all know that our hair grows the most while we are sleeping).

Tip 10: Trim Your Hair Regularly

Your Hair Regularly

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Snipping your hair more often helps in faster hair growth and removes split ends. Regular styling and pollution make your hair prone to split ends and damaged cuticles. Trimming the lower portion of your hair every six to eight weeks is always advisable as it ensures that the damage is minimum, and this promotes the growth of healthy hair.

Tip 11: Ditch Your Cotton Pillowcase

Cotton Pillowcase

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Ditching cotton pillowcases and opting for satin fabrics will keep your hair healthy and hydrated. Since satin and silk fabrics have a softer surface, they cause less friction as compared to cotton fabrics, and thus, you wake up with fewer or no tangles at all.

Tip 12: Stop Abusing Your Hair With Styling Tools

Hair With Styling Tools

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The biggest culprits behind damaged hair are hot tools. Stop over-styling your hair. Instead, adopt a few natural methods to curl and straighten your hair.

Tip 13: Avoid Tight Ponytails

Avoid Tight Ponytails

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Ponytails and similar hairdos look awesome, but tight hairstyles cause stress on the roots, and the friction leads to breakage. Try different and loose hairstyles.

Tip 14: Include Vitamin E In Your Hair Care Regimen

Your Hair Care Regimen

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Vitamin E is extremely good for hair and has been an essential ingredient in body lotions, shampoos, and conditioners. Use it individually or mix it with coconut oil and apply it to your scalp.

Tip 15: Choose The Correct Products For Your Hair

Chemically loaded shampoos, conditioners, and styling products can have adverse effects on our hair in the long run. Their build-up and prolonged exposure are bad for your hair and overall health. Use mild shampoos and conditioners.

Tip 16: Try Herbal Remedies And Treatment For Your Hair

Treatment For Your Hair

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Herbal remedies and treatments are very effective in promoting hair growth. We spend a lot on costly products that may or may not give the desired results. You can use ingredients like egg, honey, aloe vera, coconut milk, amla juice, vinegar, etc. for hair care. These ingredients keep your hair healthy, strong, and chemical-free. You can make your own hair rinses at home and apply them regularly.
Here are a few effective home remedies for healthy long hair.

A. Protein Hair Mask

This is a simple home remedy to grow your hair.

What You Need

  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons of castor oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

What You Have To Do

  1. Take the ingredients in a bowl and mix them to make a paste.
  2. Massage the pack into the scalp.
  3. Keep the hair pack on for 30 minutes and wash off with cold water.

Along with the above-mentioned mask, try adding an egg with 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil. You can also use olive oil instead of the coconut oil. Make this into a paste and apply the mixture to the scalp and hair. Leave this on for 45-60 minutes and wash it off after that.

After Treatment

  • After a protein mask, you may use two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with a liter of water to wash off your hair.
  • Use the mixture as a rinse and after using shampoo to wash off the remains of the shampoo from your hair.

Why This Works

Protein masks are excellent for obtaining healthy hair. This is a very good hair mask that promotes hair growth. The components also render shine and smoothness to hair.

B. Banana Mask

You Will Need

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup flat beer

What You Have To Do

  1. Take a banana in a bowl and mash it. Do away with all the clumps.
  2. Now take an egg, honey, and beer, and mix them all with a fork along with the banana.
  3. The mixture should be a smooth paste. Use this mixture on the scalp and along the length of your hair as well.
  4. Now tie your hair up in a bun and cover the head with a shower cap.
  5. Leave the mixture on for at least an hour or 1.5 hours. Rinse with cold water.

Why This Works

The egg and the banana give nourishment to the hair. The honey moisturizes it, and beer is known to give volume and thickness to the hair.

[ Read: Banana Hair Mask ]

C. Onion Mask

You Will Need

  • 1 large onion
  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Grate the onion and squeeze out the juice into a container.
  2. Apply this on the scalp and then follow up with a generous massage with honey.
  3. Leave the hair mask on for 30 minutes and wash off.

Why This Works

Onion is very helpful for hair growth. Honey deeply moisturizes the hair and the onion juice stimulates the hair follicles. For best results, do this massage every day for a month.

Tip 17: Maintain A Proper Diet And Exercise Regularly

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  • A proper diet is the key to a healthy body and mind, and your hair is no exception. Here are a few things you can include in your diet for healthy hair.
  • Protein intake helps to speed up the process of hair growth and makes your locks strong and lustrous.
  • Coconut and dry fruits are very good to enhance hair growth. They also make your hair bouncy and voluminous.
  • Include green leafy vegetables, fruits, sprouts, nuts, and curd in your diet.
  • Vitamins play a major role in maintaining the growth of hair and cuticles. Try to consume as many vitamins as you can in the form of fruits, especially citrus fruits.
  • Our body must be hydrated enough to maintain the water levels as dehydration can lead to dry skin and scalp and lifeless hair. Try to consume as much water and fluids as you can.
  • Drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. These help in improving the blood circulation to the scalp, in turn, promoting hair growth.

[ Read: How Does Water Help In Hair Growth? ]

Tip 18: Avoid Stress

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Last, but not the least, stress can have adverse effects on our body. Stress can lead to hair loss as well as reduce hair growth rate and make hair unhealthy.

A proper seven to eight-hour sleep is important for hair growth and to keep our body healthy and stress-free.

Tip 19: Take Supplements

Gelatin encourages hair growth. You can intake gelatin supplements in the form of capsules. Also, using dry gelatin in your daily sauces or drinks will do the trick. Don’t worry, it will not ruin your favorite dishes as it is odorless and tasteless.

Now that you know how to get long hair naturally, what are you waiting for? Apart from the above methods, it is also important to protect your hair from external damaging factors such as pollution, dust, excessive heat/ cold, direct sunlight, etc. When stepping out of the home, ensure you use a scarf/ dupatta to cover your head (and hair).

Following the tips mentioned in the article will ensure you have problem-free, long, and healthy hair. Any more questions related to home remedies for growing long hair? Leave a comment below.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/ekantika/ Ekantika

    My hair is like a couple inches longer. waist length and I have never cut my hair more then 5 inches at a time in my life.I am going to try to get my hair as long as possible.I really need tips on how to keep my hair healthy and long.im gonna follow your tips and hopefully it works :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/sadia/ SADIA

      am sure they will..all the best : )

      • saras

        it is very interesting know about tips about hair growth…. it very helpful to me thank u so much….

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/preethicute/ preethicute

    It is very important for any girl to look beautiful. So, beautiful long hair is a key factor in woman’s beauty. I think that any women can change their appearance for the better by following instructions provided in this article , excellent tips! thank you SADIA…

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/sadia/ SADIA

      thanks preethi..

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/sadia/ SADIA

    am sure they will…all the best : )

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/thanmayeepatil/ Thanmayee

    My best friend is a vegetarian, and she doesn’t eat enough supplements for the meat. Also she has very dry, thin hair which seems to not grow at all, and little damaged her hair at split ends. I am finding best tips for her and this Article helps allot :) now I just hope she’ll follow these tips.thanks for sharing SADIA:)

  • olivia

    Very useful tips sadia:)
    Massaging the scalp every day at least for more than five minutes helps in hair growth. It stimulates the cells and strengthens the roots giving strong and shiny hair. oiling the hair regularly is also very important for a frizz free hair.

  • Kriti

    Proper diet for hair care image is very apt.. otherwise also we should follow that.. for better health!! great article.. :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/sadia/ SADIA

      tahnk you so much olivia

  • Karishma

    This diet chart will do wonders for hair care!! very apt article.. each of the points mentioned are really important for good long volume hair!!
    thnks for sharing this Sadia.. :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/sadia/ SADIA

      thanks karishma for liking it

  • Archita

    Cant think of not taking care of my hair!!! i regularly apply oil and use only one shamppoo and conditioner.. i also apply eggs on the hair!! it really takes care of my hair!! thnnks a lot for sharing these tips.. now i can add them too!!

  • Kriti

    Well.. really informative article.. very simple to do also.. will surely try them.. :) thnks for sharing with us.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/sadia/ SADIA

      thank you kriti

  • Tanisha

    Nice information. Makes a lot of sense.. each point is important.. none can be skipped.. food also plays an important role..hoping natural methods and ingredients do wonders..

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/sadia/ SADIA

      i am glad u liked it

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/simrin/ Simrin

    Eating right and taking proper vitamin supplements leads to a proper hair growth:)

  • sunandhasai

    Very informative article sadia:) Applying a hair pack every weekend makes the roots and the hair get stronger and silkier. You can applying hair packs once in 15 days too

    • SADIA

      glad u like it

  • spoorthi

    Hi.. May i know which is best shampoo for hair fall treatment
    , i am loosing my hair badly .. :(

  • Linda Keith Anderson

    Great tips!!! Thank you so much.

  • poonam

    hi, please suggest which method to be used to help in increasing faster length of hair

  • sri pada

    hey pls tel me how i get smooth hair naturally ………..

  • Aasma

    very fruitful info Dear

  • Linda Hingis

    Thanks Sadia for the useful hair care tips. I
    completely agree with you on the part that clean hair is the first step for
    having healthy hair. Cleansing with strengthening shampoo repairs and
    reconstructs weak, damaged hair and rebuilds their strength and volume. I had a
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  • http://dimplekhan46@yahoo.com dimplekhan

    i will try it i hope it will prove best for my hair

  • Anonymous

    Hi. … I have dandruff (oily type)and hair fall problem. Plz give me some tips.

  • Fahra

    thank you

  • nannu

    i can tell you are indian. gur and amla..

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Thanks for sharing your tips with us Melanie :-)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Sania, for dry hair it is important to restore its natural moisture. Moisture will add bounce, shine and life to the hair. Some of the ways to do that are:
    1. Home made hot oil massage – Pour 2 tablespoons each of almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and pure coconut oil into a medium-sized pot and warm it. Don’t overheat as it will end up damaging your scalp. Make sure it’s lukewarm, not hot. Massage hair with this oil mixture and wrap it up in a towel. Unwrap after 30 minutes and wash with a mild shampoo.
    2. Egg and Yogurt Hair Mask: Egg mixed with full-fat yogurt is another great hair mask that works wonders for the hair. Beat 2 raw eggs in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons yogurt. This will a creamy smooth paste. Apply this throughout your hair. Leave on for at least 30 minutes. Wash your hair with cold water.
    Hope you find these remedies to be useful….do try them out and share your experience with us !!

  • https://www.facebook.com/MaliceHooper Malice Hooper

    Excellent tips thanks.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Anitha, we are glad to know that you loved website and tips, posts, articles…that means a lot to us !!
    Coming to your hair woes.. it would be wise to not to wash our hair on a daily basis. Washing hair once or twice in a week is sufficient and if you suffer with an oily scalp or if your hair are dirty due to dust or pollution then washing them thrice in a week will be enough. Do not wash your hair with hot water. Take care of your diet. Timely and regular meals that is healthy and well balanced will nourish your hair. Go for a warm oil massage..once or twice in a week. It will also help to keep your stress away.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Amanda, once the hair undergoes any chemical treatment like the application of dye or coloring, perming, rebounding etc, it disturbs the structure and texture of hair. Also, weakens the roots of hair, making them brittle, dry and rough as the moisture of hair gets ripped off. Hence to regrow your hair you need to be extra careful and gentle to your hair. Get a regular hair oil massage done, as this will improve the blood circulation of the scalp. Consume a good diet that is rich in proteins and vitamins to boost the growth of new hair. Apply hair mask with ingredients like egg, fenugreek seeds, indian gooseberry (amla, coconut milk etc…once a week to nourish and strengthen your hair and scalp.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Happy to help you Anitha :-)

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    Hey am suffering from female baldness at initial stage.. do favor plss_/ _

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      Dear Meera, the hair loss in female pattern baldness is permanent, if not treated. The only medication approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat female pattern baldness is minoxidil. It is applied to the scalp. Hair transplant or hair weaving is another option that you can consider. For any more help and guidance do check with your trichologist.

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    please mention the name of mild shampoos which is available in india & west bengal. & which shampoo have vitamin e in its ingredient?

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      Hi Titli, a lot of mild shampoos in India contain Vitamin E as one of the ingredients. One such shampoo is Rene Furterer Okara Mild Silver. There are other ways to nourish your hair with vitamin E too. You can use the vitamin E gel from the supplement capsules. You can mix vitamin E oil with your regular oil and massage your scalp. Some people may have a reaction to the vitamin E oil. Wash your hair immediately if you experience itching or swelling on your scalp.

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    Dear Isita, some of the ways that you can manage frizzy and dry hair is by pampering your mane with some of the simple home remedies. Regular application of hair mask, hair spa, massaging of the scalp helps to nourish and strengthen the hair along with retaining the moisture of the hair. You can try these:
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    2. Honey – Prepare a hair mask with 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil. Mix well and warm it. Apply it on your hair and put on a shower cap. Rinse it off after 20 minutes. Use this hair mask once a week only.
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    Hi, few ways to control scalp perspiration are:
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    2. Talcum powder – Apply a small amount of talcum powder to your scalp after showering. Rub the powder in well.
    3. Antiperspirant – Rub an unscented antiperspirant on your scalp and forehead. Apply the antiperspirant at night so it has time to soak into your skin. If regular antiperspirant doesn’t work, try a 2 percent diphemanil dusting powder.
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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Soniaiza, there are a couple of remedies to treat oily dandruff:
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    2. Aloe vera – Apply some fresh aloe vera gel to your hair and scalp and massage. If possible leave this overnight, or else apply the gel for at least 1 hour before shower. Wash your hair as usual.
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