How to grow your hair long: 5 Tips for mane success

Want to flaunt lovely long locks? Then here's what you need to know...

How to grow your hair long‘ is the question on the tip of almost everyone’s tongue. First of all (and although we hate being the bearers of bad news) the truth is: there’s no way to increase the rate at which your hair grows. So, it’s time to rid yourself of any ideas of miracle hair growth lotions and potions (sorry!).

But there’s some good news: there are things you can do to help retain the length of your tresses. Curious as to what you can do to help you hang onto your long hair? Just read our top tips for mane success, below.

How to grow your hair long: Essential tips and tricks for mane success


how to grow hair long: All Things Hair - IMAGE - Joan Smalls long hair
How to grow your hair long: Scissors are your friends, not your enemy. Credit:

1. Scissors are your friends, not your enemy

Ok, before you balk at this ‘how to grow your hair long’ tip, hear us out. We know it sounds like a contradiction, but going for regular trims will help you retain the length of your hair in the long run. Aim to get your hair trimmed roughly every 3-4 months to rid you of pesky, length-destroying split ends. Trust us, it’s better to do it while they’re short, to stop them travelling further up the hair shaft and causing more damage (eek!).

2. Handle your hair with care

Do you thrash through your tresses while detangling it? Well, it’s time to put a stop to this kind of heavy-handed behaviour. Everyday styling, detangling and general handling of your locks can put your hair under strain and cause small amounts of damage each time, but act recklessly while handling your mane and this damage can lead to weakened hair that easily breaks and splits! So, remember to handle your hair with care. You can do this by applying a conditioning spray, like the TRESemmé Bi-Phase Conditioning Mist (£6.99*) before carefully combing it out with a wide-tooth comb – or, better yet, your fingers!

3. Don’t skip conditioner

We know that when hair becomes dry, it also becomes brittle and weak, which means it’s more susceptible to breakage. An easy way to deal with this is to keep your hair well-moisturised by using a wash-out conditioner as well as a leave-in conditioner. If your tresses are in serious need of moisture, then top-up your moisture levels with the regular use of a hair mask, as this will give your hair a little extra TLC.

Editor’s tip: Try the Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo (400ml, £3.69*) and the Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner (350ml, £3.69*). This wash and care system will help nourish and leave your tresses feeling softer and 5-times smoother**.

how to grow hair long: All Things Hair - IMAGE - Asian long hair
How to grow your hair long: Be realistic with your expectations. Credit:

4. Upgrade your pillowcase

It’s time to upgrade your pillow and ditch your cotton pillowcase for a silk one – or, just tie a silk scarf around your tresses at night! This will not only help keep your hair neat while you’re sleeping (which means less detangling in the morning), but because silk is super smooth, it’ll cause less friction and won’t absorb as much moisture from your tresses, too. Smart stuff, right?

5. Have realistic expectations

Last but not least: be realistic with your hair expectations. As we mentioned earlier, there is no such thing as a miracle hair growth product that can help you. And do keep in mind that generally, hair grows half an inch a month, so roughly 6 inches (or 15 cm) a year. So just be patient and you’ll have lovely long locks in no time!

Want more expert tips on how to grow your hair long? Then check out our How to make your hair grow page for more practical hair care advice.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

**Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner system versus non-conditioning shampoo.