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Are you thoroughly regretting that last haircut you had when you requested for short layers? Or perhaps you just want long hair for a change but can’t seem to get your tresses past that awkward shoulder length where it flips outwards?

No matter what’s the reason, most of us have definitely gone through the painful stages of growing out our hair from a less-than-ideal haircut or a short cut that’s no longer trendy. Try these seven tips to grow your hair faster as fast as possible – no extensions needed!

1. Cut it often

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We know how ironic this sounds, but going to your hairstylist for a trim every two months can aid in your quest for long hair. While it won’t make your hair grow faster, what it does is keep your hair ends looking healthy and prevents split ends that can cause hair to break off. Simply have your stylist trim the ends to maintain healthy tresses.

2. Pay attention to how you sleep

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Friction between your hair and pillow caused by tossing and turning around during sleep can result in tangled hair, split ends, and breakage. Instead of using ordinary cotton pillowcases, try switching them with higher thread-count cotton sheets or even silk or satin ones for a smoother surface.

3. Watch how you tie your hair

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One of the most stressful situations for your hair is to pull your mane back into a tight ponytail. Wearing overly tight hairstyles with an elastic band can pull on the hair roots and cause stress to the hair follicles, especially around the hairline. Instead, try using fabric ties – they won’t grip too tightly, reducing the risk of hair breakage and damage.

4. Eat well

You are what you eat, and your hair will reap the benefits of a good diet. Specifically, eat plenty of protein, fatty acids like omega-3s, B vitamins, iron, and zinc to improve the health of your hair and speed up growth.

5. Consider taking supplements

6. Try oil treatments and massages

Castor oil is rich in Vitamin E, fatty acids, and other properties that are beneficial to hair. Using a mixture of coconut oil and castor oil, apply to dry hair and massage your scalp well. Massages promotes circulation and blood flow to the scalp, stimulating the hair follicles, while the oils can fill up hair strands with fatty acids and be sealed inside the hair after rinsing the oils out with regular shampoo.

7. Practice patience

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Remember that hair can’t magically grow out overnight. Typically, hair only grows out half an inch maximum every month, and that’s if it’s in a healthy condition with minimal split ends. So, use these tips to keep your hair in its optimal condition and as damage-free as possible, and you’ll soon be on your way to gorgeous long locks.