I have a fascination for long hair ever since I was a kid. However, my mom always ensured I never grew anything beyond a bob! But when I reached my teens or an age where I could refuse, I told a BIG no to the bi monthly hair cut trips to the salon.

Long hair requires some amount of care an nurturing – but it doesn’t have to be very time consuming nor do you have to invest in a ton of products. I have been wearing my hair long for quite a few years now. My hair is naturally straight but fine. The length has been below the shoulders for several years. I was quite famous in college for straight long hair.

It’s only now that I have not had a hair cut in 1 year almost and have grown my hair below my waist. That’s pretty long hair. Today I am going to share 5 Tips for Growing Long Hair without much investment or tons of products.

Watch what you eat

Hair strands are protein blocks and the health of your hair is more about what you intake than what you apply on it. Fish is high is Omega 3 fatty acids which is known to be great for hair and skin. You will notice people from regions who include fish in their regular diet have great hair.

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Another great ingredient for overall health of hair is amla or Indian Gooseberry. You can have the readymade juice available in market or crush some fresh amla and have the juice. Apart from these avocado, eggs, chia and flax seeds, curry leaves and nuts all help in faster hair growth.

Go Easy on Hairwash

Too much shampoo and hair wash strips essential oils from the hair strands and make them dry resulting in breakage. Say NO to shampooing everyday even if it is recommended by brands on TV. If your hair is very oily then shampoo your hair after every 2-3 days. Use a mild sulfate free shampoo


Use Conditioner Correctly

It is important to use conditioner after using shampoo. But use conditioners correctly. While shampoo opens the cuticles of hair, a conditioner is meant to seal it back up locking in the nutrients. Use only a dime sized dollop of conditioner from the mid of the hair strands till the tip. Never apply conditioner on the scalp or at the roots of hair, unless it’s a messagable conditioner specially made for the scalp. If you apply conditioner on the scalp it will result in buildup of residual product and lead to breakage.


Never Underestimate Oils

Oil is one of the most essential foods for hair. It provides natural conditioning to the hair. But let’s face the truth no one likes the oily look. Oil your hair at night and let the roots soak in the goodness of oil, wash off in the morning.


I have some wonderful recipes of creating homemade oil that are far better than the store bought ones, I’ll share them in a future post. Castor oil (very very oily) is exceptionally good for faster hair growth.

What where you sleep

Your pillow cover has a hand in the health of your hair. When you sleep on a pillow with a cover made of cotton or similar fabric the friction cause while turning is high – this results in hair strands getting tangled and breakage. Try getting satin pillow case which reduces friction drastically. The satin pillow cases also help in keeping the hair strands smooth.


Do you have any more helpful tips to grow hair faster and minimize breakage? Let me know. I’ll be happy if you share some of your family secrets!

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8 Comments on 5 Tips for Growing Hair Long Faster

  1. Alana
    October 19, 2016 at 3:16 am (2 years ago)

    I don’t have tips but I wish I had known about the satin pillow years ago. I’ve been sleeping all my life on cotton (when young) or cotton/polyester blends – or flannel in the cold United States winters. I haven’t worn my hair long in years, though I love to see models with well kept, shiny long hair.
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  2. Kala Ravi
    October 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Hmm, this was so informative Tina. Old fashioned oiling is really a good solution. I used to have once a week oil massages with sesame/til oil and washed down with shikakai powder as a kid. Now no time, no hair! 🙁
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    • tinabasu
      October 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm (2 years ago)

      hehe… postpartum, my hair situation is bad – almost no hair but I love my hair too much, so trying to get back the shine, and stop breakage

  3. Shalini R
    October 19, 2016 at 11:09 pm (2 years ago)

    That’s awesome! I’m dying to do good to my hair, cos’ God knows why I’m suffering from hair loss since the day I moved in here. It breaks my heart 🙁
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  4. Pratikshya
    October 20, 2016 at 7:01 am (2 years ago)

    This is a very informative article.. what is castor oil? I sometimes use seasame or coconut oil for the hair and mustard oil for the skin.. it stays overnight and I wash it off in the morning.. works well..
    Didn’t know about satin pillows.. great info..
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  5. Mis Leo
    April 23, 2018 at 11:13 am (12 months ago)

    Great tips! This is some great hair tips for fashion & very informative article.Thank you very much for giving us a nice article that spends your valuable time.


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