Need Long Hair? Do This Today

Everyone wants healthier, thicker, and stronger hair. Really long hair is beautiful and all, but it can be hard to get. Either you shell out for removable fake hair, or you undertake the painstaking process of growing your own out. The latter is more cost-effective, but requires a lot of willpower and a comfort with the passage of time — both of which are usually in short supply.

If you want to be rid of your Chalamet haircut or own an all-natural ponytail that skims your butt, there are a few things you can do to help the process along. Not to totally crush your hopes and dreams, but you cannot physically grow butt-length hair overnight—or even over many nights.

“Hair typically only grows a quarter inch—a half an inch max—per month,”

says celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend, who helped Ashley Olsen grow out her asymmetrical bob to her waist.

“And still, getting long hair is only possible if it’s super healthy and doesn’t have a ton of split ends,” he adds. So, you know, totally easy.

The first thing you must note is that encouraging your hair to grow to impressive lengths means treating it like the fragile baby it is, so start sleeping on silk pillowcases to cut down on tangles, breakage, and damage, and preserve all your hard work from following the aforementioned steps. This step is a fun one because silk pillowcases feel really nice and are good for your face, too.

Secondly, washing your hair with cold water at the end of your shower helps both when growing your hair longer and when maintaining the health of hair that’s already long. A hair expert, Dr Hameno Zita Ravo says:

“Cold water lays down the outer layer of your hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags, and heat damage,” he says. “You only need to do it for a few seconds, but this one extra step can make a huge difference over time.”

Yeah, cold showers suck, but anything for longer hair, right?