Lovely Long Locks

This is for all you girls out there looking to grow your hair out (and possibly a few guys, too!) How many times have you heard that you must get your hair trimmed regularly to allow it to grow? In my opinion, I always found this to not make very much sense. Instead, I would go for many months without allowing a hair dresser anywhere near me with her scissors. How would cutting possibly dead ends of the bottom of your hair have any impact on your roots? That was my line of thinking.

Maybe my hair just isn't meant to be as long as I wish for it to be, but I figured this would be a beneficial topic to research. I found that a reputable site such as Discovery Health also seemed to find some interest in this very important topic. I was glad to see that this site actually agreed with my seemingly controversial statement. As the article states, hair grows at a rate of about 1.3 centimeters each month, whether you experience a hair cut or not. Maybe, the hairdressers just state this fake claim because it gets them more business! Instead the article also expresses the fact that if you are getting more than 1.3 centimeters cut off your hair each month, you are actually losing any signs of new growth. 


Instead, the article explains that the only determinants of our natural hair growth are actually genetics, diet, and hormones. Luckily, a diet can be controlled so according to WebMD, here are a few ways to help grow out your hair to your desired long length:
  • Salmon
  • Dark Green Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Whole Grains
  • Oysters
  • Low-Fat Dairy Products
  • Carrots
This is not to say that it is completely useless to allow the hairdresser to trim your hair every once in awhile, by eliminating split ends you can help your hair look healthier and have more body. You can also help your hair to look its best by not using damaging products such as hair dye or hot irons. Overall, the key to better hair is to be able to avoid those silly hair myths and make sure to keep your diet and hair care procedures on point!


I was always a big believer in getting trims so that my hair would grow faster but now that I've read this i'm not so sure if I was hoodwinked by my hair dresser into coming in every 2 months..? actually states that your hair grows half an inch every month which in my opinion makes much more sense than 1 cen. because that's very very little. However this could also be because of my genes. Thanks for the article though, i wasn't aware that food affected hair growth!

I'll definitely make sure to eat all of those foods to make my hair longer! I have heard of natural supplements to make your hair grow longer, shinier, healthier, you name it. My friends have tried them, and they seem to work. But do you think there are any negative consequences to these supplements? Also, what's the deal with the Mane and Tail Shampoo that so many girls seem to use. Does it really make your hair stronger?

Alexandra, I have also tried the hair and nails vitamins AND the mane and tail shampoo...I can tell you that I always forgot to take the vitamins so I didn't see any results (obviously), but I know a lot of people who swear by them. As for Mane and Tail shampoo, I used that for a few months last year because of the rumors of it making your hair longer/stronger. I didn't see any results; the only thing I noticed is that my hair smelled funny sometimes. Instead, over the summer I stopped blowdrying and straightening my hair altogether. Over the course of 2 months, I MAYBE used hot tools on my hair 3 times and I saw SUCH a difference. I feel like my hair grew much faster than normal and it was overall just so much healthier. Also, it doesn't cost any money to stop doing something as opposed to start taking vitamins or buying shampoo. :)

I thought this was such an awesome idea for a blog. I always feel like my hair stays the same length and is never growing. Its interesting that the most predominant cause of your hair growth is your diet. I guess I need to start eating more eggs, chicken, and carrots. I've also heard of a lot of homemade hair treatments that people apparently claim work. My friend claims that putting mayonnaise in your hair not only makes it softer, but helps make it grow faster. Like the person above me, I also stopped using any hot tools on my hair and felt like my hair was overall much healthier. Check this link out for homemade remedies.

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