Dream of being a modern Rapunzel but struggle to grow your hair past your shoulders? Here’s how…
THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT short hair is trending. A veritable crop (sorry) of fresh-faced catwalkers including Tamy Glauser, Ruth Bell and Kris Gottschalk have embraced the buzz cut – and seen their careers go stellar. But while a grade-three looks fab paired with model features (not to mention a nicely shaped head), for a lot of us, long hair still has an eternal appeal. Perhaps it’s the childhood fairy tales full of long-locked princesses, or maybe there’s a more evolutionary explanation, but there’s something undeniably pleasing (and envy-inducing) about the swish of a lengthy mane across the back.
But if you’re wondering why some girls can grow their hair to the waist with ease while yours stubbornly refuses to make it past your bra strap, the answer lies partly in your DNA. ‘The maximum length to which hair can grow is genetically determined and nothing can change this,’ says trichologist Philip Kingsley. But don’t despair – it’s still very likely your hair is falling short of its full potential, and there is plenty you can do to sort that. Read on for the insider secrets to adding serious inches…
TAKE A SUPER SUPP
‘Even slight nutritional deficiencies can affect the hair, so supplements can really help,’ says Philip. ‘A lack of any nutrient can shorten the hair’s growth phase, but the most important are iron, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, biotin and essential amino acids like lysine methionine.’ Try Philip Kingsley Trichotherapy Tricho Complex, £45, or Viviscal Professional Hair Growth Programme, £59.99. Just don’t expect to sprout six inches overnight – you’ll need to take any supplement for about 12 weeks to see a longer, stronger mane.
And you still need to eat well too – otherwise any nutrients in the supplement will be used up by essential tissues.
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