What do you do when you miss your long hair? Watched hair never grows, they say, much like a watched pot never boils. Instead of constantly measuring each lock of hair, all you have to do is nourish it, protect it, and care for it. The foods you eat and the treatments you use in your hair can make all the difference. Don’t get depressed because your hair is short. Look forward to the future, when Rapunzel will be jealous of you.
What to Do When You Miss Your Long Hair
Whenever I miss my long hair, I start eating healthy foods, drinking nourishing beverages, and taking vitamins designed to stimulate hair growth. Just because you miss your long hair, it doesn’t mean you have to sit around waiting for that half-inch to grow every month. You can take control of your hair and trick it into growing a little faster.
#1: Take Your Vitamins
Whenever I miss my long hair, I always take daily vitamins to amp up my hair health and growth. Biotin is a well-known powerhouse that strengthens and lengthens your locks, although it takes about a month to kick in, so be patient if you don’t see results right away. Other healthy hair-friendly vitamins include other B vitamins, especially B-complex; vitamins A, C, and E; copper; zinc; magnesium; iron; and selenium.
#2: Eat Hair-Healthy Foods
In addition to taking vitamins, you can eat them, as well. Filling your daily diet with hair-healthy food will strengthen your follicles while nourishing both your hair and your scalp. You want fresh produce, lean meats, and healthy fats. Cheese, milk, yogurt, and eggs are essential, as are chicken, fish, olive oil, and foods that have plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids. Whole grains, spinach, peppers, avocado, beets, walnuts—eat ’em all!
#3: Oil Up
Mix castor oil with equal parts almond oil, coconut oil, or olive oil. Massage the resulting mixture into your scalp. Castor oil is packed full of omega-9 fatty acids and other essential fatty acids, along with vitamin E. Let the oil mixture remain on your hair for half an hour or 45 minutes, then shampoo it. To add sweet scents, include drops of your favorite essential oils, such as lavender, eucalyptus, or peppermint.
#4: Turn It Upside Down
There comes the point where you’re willing to try almost anything because you miss your long hair so much. The trick of flipping your hair upside down sounds ridiculous, but bending your head and letting your locks flow upside down for 2-4 minutes every day can help improve the circulation to your scalp.
#5: Eggs for One
Egg masks are egg-cellent for hair growth—sorry. Sorry. I’m so sorry. Anyway, thanks to all the protein, iron, zinc, selenium, and sulfur, an egg mask nourishes your tresses from the outside in. Whisk a single egg and add drops of lavender oil and grapeseed oil. Apply it to your hair and let it remain for an hour, then rinse and shampoo. You could also mix two yolks with extra virgin olive oil or combine a whisked egg, milk, EVOO, and lemon juice.
What do you do when you miss your long hair? Do you try to speed up growth or do you find hairstyles that make you feel confident during the transition?