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Great Hair Growth Tips

Realistically, there is no one magical way to make your hair super long, super fast (unless you count hair extensions, of course). So instead of simply lusting over celebrities' amazing 'dos (ugh, Blake), try these tips to help your hair grow faster.

1. Dry Scalp Massage

Give yourself at-home scalp massages, says L.A. stylist Philip B. Massaging your head can help stimulate the blood flow to your scalp, which helps nutrients get to your hair follicles more quickly. Better yet, make a *friend* give you a scalp massage.

2. Wet Hair Massage

While washing your hair, massage the scalp with your fingertips, starting at the back of the neck and moving around the hairline. A perfect excuse to stay in the shower longer, no?

3. Get Trimmed

We know, we know: You are trying to avoid chopping off any length. However, healthy hair grows faster and split ends can work their way up stands, damaging hair and making it even shorter.

4. Vitamin 101

UCLA dermatologist Harold Lancer also suggests taking an over-the-counter vitamin every day that contains antioxidant blends and vitamin B derivatives to help increase hair strength. Supplements like biotin, found at basically any local pharmacy, encourage healthy hair and nail growth, while some haircare experts recommend taking Viviscal as well to speed things up.

5. Condition, condition, condition

Shampoo takes all of the dirt and grime out of your hair and scalp, while conditioner replenishes nutrients that you hair needs to be healthy and shiny. If you really need to skip a step, ditch the shampoo every once in a while.

6. Lay off the Heat Tools

Deep down, you know that the burnt hair smell your straightener creates can't be a great sign for what it's actually doing to you tresses. Use your dryer, curling iron, and flat iron less, and when you do use product to shield your strands from harm, like Nexxus ProMend Heat Protecting Mist.

7. Cold Water Rinse

Before you step out of the shower, douse your mane in cold water for a few seconds. This will help seal your hair cuticles, and prevent moisture loss and heat damage. Alternatively, avoid using scalding hot water when washing you hair, as it can weaken your strands.

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