The International Long Hair Club's
Hair Growth Page

The most important tip for those who wish to grow their hair long:
Stop going to traditional hair salons!

The commercial hair industry makes its money on short hair. Short needs to be cut
more often, and the more haircuts, the more money. It does not stop there. Soon you
"need" to perm and/or color your hair to make it look "okay." Not only is this damaging
to your hair and scalp, but it is expensive. You become a slave to your stylist and the
trends of fashion. This is why most salons and hair stylists do not care if you want to
grow your hair long. They will cut off what they want to cut and not follow what you
instruct, unless you know of a hairstylist that you can trust to do as you ask, and
there are some out there. So, stop going to traditional salons. This is the first and
most important step toward growing your hair long.
If you are seeking a long hair salon or stylist in your area, go to our Salon List. If  you do not find one there. Please let TILHC know. We will try to help you find one in your area.

The 5 best things that you can do to make your hair grow faster and healthier are listed below:

1.    Brush your hair according to the brushing section on our web page.  Brushing Page

2.    Massage your scalp everyday. To massage, simply use the pads of the tips of your fingers to get the correct results. You can massage from 5 - 10 minutes each time. It's best when you have someone else massage your scalp, but doing it yourself is still very helpful.

Both of these will increase the blood flow or circulation to your scalp. When blood circulates it delivers nutrients. The more nutrients that reach your scalp, the healthier your scalp will be. The healthier your scalp, the healthier your hair will be, and the faster it will grow.
After all, what good is long hair if it is not healthy?

3.     Eat a well balanced and healthful diet.

Nutrient List   This site will give you a complete list of which foods are the best to eat for your hair's as well as your body's health. Eating right, combined with good blood circulation to your scalp will make your hair not only grow faster and fuller, but also healthier.

4.     Stay away from traditional salons and their scissors-happy stylists. Get trims only when your hair needs it. The purpose of a trim is to remove damaged hair tips, not to give you something to do every 6 or 8 weeks. Your hair only needs to be trimmed when you get split ends, and/or breakage. If you do not have any damage 6 weeks or 6 months after your last trim, then you do not need another trim.

For those who are looking to get as much growth as possible in a limited amount of time, add this to your trimming routine: you do not have to cut a straight line across the bottom of your ends every time you get a trim. You can simply trim only the part of the hair that is damaged. Not all of your strands of hair will have damage. This will make trimming take longer, but will insure that you get the maximum healthy growth that’s possible.

5.     Last, be gentle to your hair. This will help reduce split ends and breakage, which will lessen the number of hairs that need to be trimmed and the length of trim on those which are trimmed. Treat your locks like fine lace. Try not to expose your hair to unnecessary stresses like blow drying, hot curling irons, coloring, perming, blowing in blustery winds and excessive twisting.

Take it from the top, and give your crowing glory and healthy head start with a regular scalp massage. Before you suds up, gently massage your scalp with small circular movements using the pads of your fingers - not your nails. This will relax muscles and rev up your circulation to make sure your hair gets all of the nutrients it needs.

The numbers of hairs on your head depend on hereditary factors. Blondes usually have the highest head count, with an average of 120,000 hairs. Brunettes come next with about 100,000 hairs per head, and redheads have the least with approximately 80,000.

Each hair has a life span of about 2 years: then it's pushed out to make way for a new hair to takes it's place. The means it's perfectly natural to count on losing 70 to 100 hairs a day.

Hair grows about half an inch a month (faster in the summer than the winter). This means that your hair grows as average six inches a year at the rate of about 1/60th of an inch a day. Unfortunately your genes govern the rate of growth, so there's nothing you can do to speed it up.

If your growing your hair the average length it'll reach is 18 to 24 inches. However if yours never seems to get past your shoulders it probably means that your hair has a slower growth rate, and a faster replacement cycle than those girls with super long hair.

Hair ends have been around the longest and therefore have been through more wear and tear than the rest of your hair. Treat your long locks to a mild shampoo. Also trimming won't make your hair grow faster, it will make hair look fuller, and get rid of uneven edges.

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