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Probably my most asked question on my blog and in real life, is how do I get my hair to grow so long?

The funny thing is, I don't even feel like my hair is that long, until I really look at it, or think about it, I just feel like its 'normal' length... whatever that may be. When I really think about it though... it is long! When I wear it straight, it touches the waist band on my skirt or trousers at the back, I guess I'm quite lucky, and it does grow really quick.

I thought I would share a few tips with you all, on things you can try to make your hair grow faster.

Trims - Getting your split ends trimmed every 4-6 weeks can really help your hair grow, it seems daft, but my chopping the dead bits of, you're keeping the hair healthy, and they will continue to grow.

Don't over brush - Vigorous brushing, or brushing your hair over and over can damage it, and everyone knows that when you brush your hair, hairs fall out. I suffer quite badly from hair loss, ever since I had Elodie, when I wash or brush my hair it seems to come out in clumps. Infact, I very rarely brush my hair.

Don't brush when wet - Following on from the last tip, brushing your hair when it is wet is the worst thing you can do. Your hair is at it's weakest when it's wet, and brushing it will weaken it and/or break it. The best thing to do is comb through with your fingers (my favourite trick) or with a wide toothed comb.

Don't heat style - Avoiding the use of hair dryers, straighteners and curlers will definitely help your hair to grow. Using heat directly onto your hair is another thing which weakens and damages the hair. If you are going to use heat, always make sure to use a heat protecting spray before hand. My favourites are from Neal & Wolf and Aussie.

Don't over wash - Only wash your hair when it needs it. Don't get into the habit of washing every day or every other day for the sake of it, or because you think you should. Everyone's hair is different; some people need to wash every day, but others can go a week without washing. Personally I was my hair every third day, but like I said, everyone is different on this one.

Condition - Once a week I like to use a conditioner on my hair, I apply it about three inches from my scalp and leave it to do it's job for around 5 minutes before rinsing. If you apply and then wash it out straight away, it won't get chance to make any difference. Conditioned hair is stronger and healthier, so it will grow more.

Massage your scalp - When washing your hair, really work your shampoo into the roots with your finger tips. Not only does this feel good and clean your hair properly, it stimulates blood flow to the hair follicles which stimulates hair growth. If you're feeling rich, book yourself into the hair dressers for a wash and request a head massage - best feeling in the world!

Avoid dying - Adding dye to your hair, is simply covering it in chemicals, which is never going to be good for your hair. This is known to cause damage, break the hair and slow down growth. If you're looking for a change, dye the ends! Everyone loves ombre hair, and this has it's good points because the only damage is being done to the ends of the hair, which can be cut off.

Eat lots of protein - This is probably the main reason that my hair grows fast... I love to eat meat and fish! Not only is protein good for you, it is known to keep your hair strong, which encourages growth. Food high in protein includes meat, fish, cheese, eggs, tofu, milk, nuts and seeds.

Nothing is going to work miracles... extensions give instant results, but they also damage your hair, which means it's not going to grow long naturally. These tips will help a little bit though, and it doesn't hurt to give any of them a try.
Let me know if any of these ideas work for you!
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