LONGER HAIR

Be­tween dye jobs, stress, and styling, grow­ing hair can be a be­y­otch. To the res­cue: th­ese ac­cel­er­a­tors and il­lu­sion­ist tricks that work magic.

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In-Shower Se­cret

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.

Cure-All Cut

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.

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