The ultimate guide for long hair
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By Brienne Walsh
If you've ever tried to grow your hair long, then you know how challenging it can be—strands seem to get thinner and stragglier before they slow to a stop just past your shoulders. To help get hair growing, Glo asked the experts to share their top tips. Find out what it takes to get—and maintain—a Lady Godiva mane.
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"Hair grows, on average, a half-inch a month," says Tera Rae Stephens, a celebrity hairstylist in Orange County, Calif. "If you want to grow out your locks, take off a quarter-inch every eight weeks." Her cardinal rule? "If you see split ends, get a trim."
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It's not just heat that can damage delicate strands—the harsh chemicals in permanent color and bleach can also sap your hair's strength and shine. If you want to play around with color, "Use a semi- or demi-permanent hair color close to your natural shade," says Stephens.
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Protect hair from heat damage by letting it air dry after shampooing. "When it's about 80 percent dry, coat it with a thermal protectant, and smooth it with a blow dryer and a round brush," says Stephens.
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To avoid harming healthy hair, Stephens recommends braiding long hair when you work out. "That way, the elastic is securing the very bottom of your hair, which can be trimmed as needed."
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With long hair, there's no need to spend a lot of money on treatments at a salon. "I really love coconut oil," says Stephens. "Just melt a couple of tablespoons in your hand and then work it from the mid-shaft to the end of the hair." Rinse it out after a few hours, or leave it in overnight.
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If your hair is feeling a bit parched, then try washing it less, says Stephens. Don't worry if it gets a little greasy. "The oil provides great nutrition for the older hair at the ends of the shafts," says Stephens, who recommends gently brushing dry strands.
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"Sleeping on a silk or satin pillow helps prevent long hair from splitting or breaking," says Patty Colman, president of About Face Products and creator of the Wrinkle Prevention Pillow. "Silk is a fabric with far less friction than cotton. It also contains amino acids that help to protect skin and hair."
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The unfortunate truth about long manes is that they aren't possible for all women. "Baby-fine hair doesn't grow out well—it's already so delicate, that it ends up looking stringy when it gets past the shoulder," says Stephens. Curly hair needs to be double the length of straight hair to appear long. "Girls with long, curly hair definitely need to diligently moisturize, because their ends will be a lot older," she says.