8 Secrets To Gorgeous Long Hair

LIFESTYLE  |  November 15, 2016
  • 1. Loosen up that ponytail
    1 / 8 1. Loosen up that ponytail

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    Tying a tight ponytail or top-knot for long periods of time puts stress on hair roots, and can lead to damage and hair fall.

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  • 2. Trim regularly
    2 / 8 2. Trim regularly

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    It may seem counter-intuitive to trim your hair every few months if you’re trying to grow your lengths. But snipping off the ends helps take care of split ends and prevent them from destroying entire strands.

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  • 3. Eat the right foods
    3 / 8 3. Eat the right foods

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    Boost the levels of keratin (the main constituents in hair) in your system by eating more protein – eggs, nuts, lean red meat, chicken, etc. Vitamin A-rich foods like pumpkin, sweet potatoes and cooked greens like spinach also help generate more keratin in your body for healthy hair growth.

    (Also Read: Is Your Diet Making Your Hair Drop?)

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  • 4. Change your pillowcase
    4 / 8 4. Change your pillowcase

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    Your cotton pillowcase could be making your hair more prone to breakage and damage. Instead, use a silk pillowcase. Because silk is smooth and soft, it won’t rub against your hair the way cotton does. It creates less static when you sleep.

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  • 5. Scalp care is vital
    5 / 8 5. Scalp care is vital

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    You’ve probably heard: a healthy scalp equals healthy hair. Nourish your scalp with a quality shampoo and give your head a light massage when you cleanse (just like in the salons) to stimulate circulation. A clean scalp means less buildup and blockage to prevent hair from growing hair.

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  • 6. Use argan oil
    6 / 8 6. Use argan oil

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    Argan oil extracted from argan nuts is known to encourage hair growth and strengthen your strands. It contains lots of vitamin E, and essential fatty acids that boost hair health and can be used a moisturiser.

    (Also Read: 10 Ways Argan Oil is Good for Your Hair and Skin)

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  • 7. Use sulfate-free shampoos
    7 / 8 7. Use sulfate-free shampoos

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    Before buying, read the labels carefully and choose shampoos and conditioners that have vitamins A, B, C and/or E while avoiding those with chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate that strip hair follicles of its natural oils, creating frizz.

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  • 8. Try supplements
    8 / 8 8. Try supplements

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    Multivitamins and supplements rich in biotin (a nutrient known for keeping skin, hair and other body parts healthy) can promote hair health, which boosts hair growth. Of course, always check with your doctor first.

    (Also Read: 13 Vitamins and Minerals That Help You Become Slimmer, Stronger and More Energetic)

    A version of this story first appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly website.

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