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Want Longer Natural Hair? 5 Expert-Approved Ways To Maximize Growth

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Mar 14, 2019 6:00 PM 1+ week ago

In a perfect world, we'd do the big chop on a Saturday and wake up with coils down to our waist by Tuesday. But the way hair growth (and shrinkage) is set up, that's a distant, impossible dream. And waiting for inches to appear brings a new meaning to the phrase, "trying my patience."

"Generally, hair grows about half an inch per month," says Yolanda Lenzy, MD, of Lenzy Dermatology in Massachusetts. And unfortunately, there's not much you can do to speed things up, because genetics are the main factor in your growth speed. "Some [hair grows] faster or slower than others, but unless you have a medical condition your hair should grow."

While there isn't a magic spell you can cast for drastically longer hair overnight -- with extensions being the exception -- there are a few things you can do to create the best environment for your hair to flourish. Ahead, we rounded up a few expert-approved tips ...

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