Between dye jobs, stress, and styling, growing hair can be a beyotch. To the rescue: these accelerators and illusionist tricks that work magic.
Shampoo matters! “Hair follicles are only 1.25 mm below the surface of the scalp, so cleansing ingredients really can reach them,” says Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a hair scientist at the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic, in New York. Look for formulas enriched with Vitamins E and B5, zinc, iron, and copper—they increase keratin production, the building block of hair.
No-Fail Styling Trick
Ditch the round brush. “The
barrel curls hair under or out, creating the look of shorter strands,” says NYC stylist Nunzio Saviano. Instead, use a paddle brush. It helps ends lie flat, so they look longer.
Opt for a blunt style with either full or side-swept bangs. The crisp ends create an elongated effect, “but the contrast between your fringe line and your ends amplifies the effect,” says Saviano.
Right Hue for You
“Hair that’s slightly deeper at the roots and lighter at the ends not only looks on-trend but also creates the illusion of length,” says US-based colourist Charles Baker Strahan.