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Get longer hair at home

Get longer hair at home

You don't need to spend money on professional hair appointments to get longer, more luscious locks. There's plenty of easy ways to lengthen your hair while chilling in your living room, or sat in bed.

Expert Trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver reveals to Cover Media how simple it is to boost hair growth, starting with inversion therapy.

"Hanging your head upside down for 5-10 minutes a day increases blood flow to the scalp and stimulates hair growth," she explained. "This is an age old suggestion for improving hair that many swear by, although it takes dedication and effort to see any results.

"Another ‘free’ method of stimulating blood flow to the hair follicles is scalp massage, which again takes dedication to see results and becomes more effective used in conjunction with other methods. Scalp massage should be carried out by moving the skin across the scalp or lifting the scalp with the hands. Don’t slide the fingers across the scalp unless you have applied a lubricant such as oil or scalp conditioner or friction may cause you to lose hair rather than gain it."

Even the kitchen can prove handy as diet plays a massive part in how your hair comes out. Protein should be high on the list, with Sally-Ann suggesting around 45g a day of complete protein - fish, eggs, milk are just some of the options. Vegetarians or vegans may struggle in this case, but they can get their intake through protein shakes, which will come in at around 20-25g of protein. Plenty of fruit and vegetables are beneficial too.

Many turn to supplements, which Sally-Ann isn't adverse to. Health issues can lead to fine, weak hair, so picking the right supplement according to your problem is key.

"Some of the most common deficiencies, which cause slow growing weak hair are iron, zinc, magnesium, vitamin B12, vitamin D although its best to get a blood test to find out what you actually need and how much rather than just taking large doses of each," our expert advises.

What's important though is that you give hair growth time, as Sally-Ann notes: "Bear in mind that any method or combination of methods you use takes around six months of dedication before you see any visible cosmetic improvement."

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