If you’re dreaming of mermaid-length hair, but not sure what to do aside from being patient, read on for some more actionable tips to take care of your hair and promote growth of long, healthy hair.

One of the best things you can do to reach your long hair goals is to take care of the hair you have now, and make sure to protect it from anything that could weaken it or cause damage.

Ideas for this are a weekly deep-conditioning, regular micro-trims (just a dusting where you don’t even see much hair on the ground), avoiding heat styling (or using a thermal protectant if you must), using a silky satin pillowcase when you sleep, and avoiding buns, ponytails, and other hair styles that can cause breakage (or at a minimum, using gentler hair ties and satin scrunchies).

Brushing your hair with a boar-bristle brush can also help redistribute the oils from the roots through the shaft and to the tip, reducing dryness and breakage. Applying hair oil to the shaft and ends is another helpful way to fight dryness and breakage. I also recommend selecting a shampoo and conditioner that are sulfate-free, as that is an ingredient that can strip hair of its natural moisture and cause its health to decline. Taking excellent care of the length of hair you have and making extra effort to avoid breakage will help the growth you have count for more, as often when it seems like your hair isn’t growing, it’s simply breaking at the same rate that it grows.

There are, of course, ways to cause your hair to grow faster and healthier in addition to maintaining length. One is by ensuring that you are getting the appropriate nutrition to encourage new growth. The key ingredients to seek out are collagen and biotin, both of which are commonly found in “hair, skin, and nails” types of supplements. Omega 3 fatty acids can also make a difference in skin and hair health, and having a healthy diet overall that is rich in nutrients and has a base in plants causes everything in your body to work better, including hair growth.

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While a healthy diet and supplements can help grow your hair from the inside-out, there are some actions you can take on the surface as well. Great hair care also includes skincare, and the scalp might be the most frequently-neglected areas of skin on our bodies. Incorporating a scalp scrub into your routine (like my favorite one from Rooted Rituals) can give you reason to be confident that your hair follicles are not clogged, slowing hair growth. There are also pre-shampoo treatments and scalp conditioning treatments that improve your scalp health and promote growth that you should consider as well, if you’re really serious.

Two statements that I often make about skincare ring true when we consider hair care as well: anyone can have great hair (just like their skin) with good discipline, and just about anything you do to improve your overall health will also improve your hair. Do you have any tried- and-true tips to grow healthy hair? Comment below!

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