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Longing for long, gorgeous hair? Then you already know that the growing out stage can be tough. It always seems to take forever, which often leads to frustration, poor styling decisions, and missed salon appointments. Growing your hair out doesn’t have to be a pain. Unfortunately, it will take some patience, not to mention a healthy diet and some effective hair care products, but don’t worry – these tips and tricks will help you grow your hair out in style.

1. Always Think About Your Diet

The way you eat doesn’t just affect your energy levels and weight. It can also impact the look and feel of hair. Certain vitamins have been found to boost hair growth, strength, and shine. Ready to make it happen? Then be sure to eat plenty of protein. When you fail to ingest enough protein throughout the day, it can slow down your collagen production – which in turn slows down hair growth. Include protein in your diet for hair that grows quickly, is stronger, and feels silkier. In addition to protein, try adding leafy greens to your next dish. They’re full of iron, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B, which help promote hair growth.

Taking a multi-vitamin can also help you get your nutrients. They boost hair growth while improving the overall look of your tresses. Biotin is also a classic nutrient used for healthy hair. It can be found in foods like fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds or purchased as a supplement. This vitamin makes your hair stronger. Since stronger hair is easier to grow out, you can get the length you crave without experiencing breakage.

2. Use Effective Hair Care Products

Now that your diet is taken care of, the next step is to use the right hair care products. A thermal protectant such as CHI 44 Iron Guard, is just one example. Using a flat iron or another heat styling tool during the growing out stage can cause unwanted damage or breakage to your hair. That makes growing it out tricky to say the least. Minimize the impact by using a heat protectant or limiting how often you heat style your hair. Another tip? You may want to wash your hair every other day instead of every day. That way, you won’t strip the hair of its natural oils.

Locks that are dry and damaged may need to be cut shorter. The solution? Use a shampoo and conditioner that adds moisture, like Kenra’s Classic Moisturizing Duo. Add additional deep conditioning with a hair mask or oil (we like the Bonacure Oil Potion Light Finishing Treatment from Schwarzkopf.) With the right products by your side, growing out your hair will be easier than ever.

3. Keep Up To Date With Salon Trips

Want longer hair? Then forgetting about hair appointments makes sense, right? Wrong. This is one of the most common mistakes people make. Many of us are so afraid of cutting our hair shorter (even by an inch or two) that we avoid going to the salon for months on end. This can cause split ends and breakage.

“Regular trims prevent damage from stunting the growth of your hair,” says Indianapolis based stylist Mindy Stegall.

So, when should you book an appointment with your hairstylist? Experts recommend that you get your hair trimmed every 8 to 12 weeks during the growing out process. If you notice your hair looks damaged beforehand, head to the salon every 6 to 8 weeks instead.

Who said growing out your hair has to be difficult? Just remember to eat well, use the right hair care products, and head to the salon. Now that you have these tips and tricks….your hair will be long and stylish in no time flat.