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Growing Long Hair Fast Truths

Karen Marie Shelton - Copyright - All Rights Reserved 
Revised Date: 05/13/13

Introduction

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The whole reason I started HairBoutique.com in 1997 ago was because I felt responsible for providing hair consumers with as much truth about their hair as possible.

I cringe when I see articles on the Web advertising overnight or accelerated hair growth.  The real truth is there are absolutely no short cuts (no pun intended) to growing long hair fast.

If I had a dollar for all the emails I've received over the past fifteen years asking me how to achieve "fast long hair" I wouldn't be sitting here writing this "truth in advertising" article,  I'd be retired and living on an island paradise somewhere.

Yes, there are many things you can do to maximize your genetic hair growth cycle.  The right diet, lifestyle, supplements, minerals and herbs can help you grow your hair to it's maximum potential.

Fast Hair Growth Overnight

However, if some company promises their hair growth products will help you grow your hair virtually overnight, it's most likely false promises.

Is it possible to grow your hair, as an example, from a chin length bob to bra-strap length hair fast?  Probably not. 

What constitutes fast hair growth?  Is it overnight?  Within a few weeks? A month?  Or does fast hair growth mean hair which is growing a bit faster than normal genetic programming allows?

There are many things which can stall natural hair growth.  Hair growth retardants can include poor diet, too much caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, recreational drugs or other natural vitamin robbers.

Stress, age, health problems and prescription drugs can also slow or stall hair growth.  Climate has a hand in growth rates along with lifestyle issues.  Not enough sleep, daily water or maintenance nutrients can cause hair to hit a dead stop in its growth cycle.

To simplify the hair growth process and promise fast long hair is just not a reality.  At least in this current Universe.

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Secrets To Instant Long Hair

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If you want to grow long hair fast - with fast being a few hours, days or weeks consider the following options:

1.  Hair Extensions

100% human hair extensions that can instantly (a few hours) from chin length to below the bra strap. 

The downside to using hair extensions for instant long hair is that hair extensions are not inexpensive and human hair is the most costly of the add-on hair options. 

If you desire instant Godiva locks for a wedding, a high school reunion or to meet your love's family, by all means consider hair extensions.

2.  Clip-on Long Tresses

Clip-on tresses are very popular with a wide range of celebrities including Britney Spears, Rihanna and Katy Perry.  Clip-on tresses are much less expensive compared to fusion style hair extensions.

Whether you opt for 100% human hair, synthetic or a blend, they are available in a wide array of colors, lengths, textures and styles.

The Real Truth To Growing Long Hair

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I have been growing my own hair since 1986 and I have personally tried every possible "fast hair growth" method available. 

I've been very fortunate to grow very long healthy hair which currently extends to the top of my thighs. 

During my own personal hair growth journey over the past 20+ years, I've learned the following secrets:

1.  Growing long hair takes a commitment.
2.  Hair, except in rare cases, when it's growing at its optimal genetic rate - will only grow 6-8 inches per year.
3.  Start with a precise hair growth goal.  If you have hair which is currently chin length and want it to grow beyond the middle of your back, take a ruler and measure the space between where your hair currently falls and where you would like it to be.
4.  Set realistic expectations of hair growth timelines. If you need 6 inches to reach your bra strap, plan on it taking 10-12 months for your hair to grow to your goal length.  Every person is different and it may take you a longer or short time depending on a wide variety of factors.
5.  Be willing to take the proper steps to grow long hair.
6.  Understand the true parameters of your own hair and be prepared to work within those boundaries.

Taking All The Right Hair Growth Actions

It's very important if you make the personal commitment to grow your hair long you focus on doing taking all the right actions which includes the following:

  • Following a healthy nutritional plan

  • Drinking enough daily fluids 

  • Minimizing unhealthy hair care habits (chemicals, hot tool use, damaging hair care product use).

  • Eliminating hair growth retarding lifestyle habits (excessive caffeine, sugar, nicotine, alcohol, junk foods)

  • Getting enough sleep, rest and relaxation

  • Taking vitamins, minerals & herbs

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Due to the current contaminated conditions on earth and the exhausted soil, humans must take nutritional supplements to operate at their maximum hair growth rates. 

Whether you take a good multi-vitamin or a product designed to grow hair this is an essential component for growing hair at your maximum genetic potential.

Part of my hair growth plan has included taking hair vitamins which offer a comprehensive plan of vitamins, amino acids and minerals.

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True - It Is

It's my opinion that the number one reason that hair consumers go through pain and suffering with their tresses is because they believe claims and promises which are too good to be true.

Anyone who has ever left a salon with horrible hair color, fried ends from perms or straighteners or has lost way too many inches of precious growth knows it's easy to buy into an array of exciting promises.

Consider any promises carefully, do your research and ask questions.

Summary

If a hair growth promise or product seems like it's too good to be true it probably isn't. 

Remember, always do your own research and come to your own conclusions about what works for you and your hair growth challenges.

Revised Publication Date:  05/13/13 - Original Publication Date:  06/17/2006

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