The hair on your head only grows around half an inch per month, so growing it out can feel like it’s taking forever. If you’re looking for ways to skip the wait, look no further! In this article, we’ll walk you through a few different techniques you can use to make your hair look longer in a matter of minutes.
Straighten Your Hair
The best way to make your hair look longer is to straighten it. Even if your hair is already mostly straight, straightening it further will make sure all of your length is showing. Hot tools like flat irons and blow dryers can damage your hair, so take precautionary measures to protect against heat damage. Some of the best ways to protect your hair from heat damage are:
Keeping your hot tools on a low heat setting.
Applying a high-quality heat protectant.
Only using hot tools one or two times a week.
Never using heat on dirty, unwashed hair.
Crank Up the Volume
We get it; you want to make your hair look longer, not bigger. However, fuller, more voluminous hair can help give you the illusion of length. Increasing your hair’s volume will remove some of the heaviness from your hair, so it looks like your locks are long and flowing. Remember, the goal is to add a slight lift to your hair, so be careful not to go overboard with the volume. Try blow drying your hair while your head’s upside down or use a little volumizing mousse on your roots.
Get The Right Haircut
The right haircut is essential to making your hair look longer than it is. Stay away from blunt haircuts, which clearly display your actual length. Instead, opt for long, soft layers. The layers add movement, fullness, and volume to your hair, making it appear longer. Keep in mind that not all layers give you this lengthening effect. So, ask your stylist for long, tapered layers rather than choppy ones.
Wear Hair Extensions
Hair extensions are one of the best ways to make your hair immediately longer, fuller, and more luxurious! They come in various types, colors, lengths, and thicknesses, so you can find extensions that perfectly match the look of your natural hair. If you’re searching for a more accessible alternative, consider getting clip-in extensions. They’re removable, so there’s virtually no commitment.
Fake It with A Double Pony
This simple hairstyling hack can make your hair appear twice as long! A double ponytail gives the illusion of length by making it look like two ponytails are one. Want to give this super cute look a try? Simply divide your hair into two sections, one on top and one on the bottom.
Gather the top section of hair into a high ponytail. Then, pull the lower section into a ponytail that sits directly underneath your first ponytail. Comb through or finger-style the ponytails to blend them together. You can then wear your ponytail as is or add some chic accessories for extra flavor.
Waiting for your hair to grow is a long, drawn-out process. Luckily, there are a number of different ways to create the illusion of longer hair. That means you can enjoy long, flowing locks while you wait for your natural hair to catch up!
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.