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Here, Amoy Couture Hair Salon and product line owner Amoy Pitters (her clients include Joy Bryant and Ciara) shares tips for going from short strands to long, Keke Palmer-esque locks, the healthy way.
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“To prevent breakage, I recommend shampooing every week,” says Pitters. “The belief that Black woman don’t need to shampoo often is a myth! All the dead skin laying on the scalp is the main culprit in lack of hair growth.” Try using a soap-free shampoo like LOreal EverStrong Sulfate-Free Reconstruct Shampoo ($6.99).
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Gabrielle Union goes for a mermaid-y vibe with her super-long, glossy waves.
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“Frequent trims don’t make hair grow faster, that’s a myth,” says Pitters. “However, trimming does prevent split ends, which can impede growth. I recommend trims every four to six weeks.”
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Lauren London wears her thick, mile-long strands in a sixties-inspired, half-up/half-down ’do.
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“Prenatal vitamins are a great trick for growing hair,” says Pitters. “They’re safe to take if you’re not pregnant.” Try Nature’s Wealth Prenatal Plus Vitamins ($16, natureswealthvitamins.com).
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Tika Sumpter pairs her extra-long, sleek strands with a floppy-brimmed hat for a haute hippie vibe.
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Prenatal vitamins aren’t the only supplement that will get hair growing to Christina Milian-lengths. “Try vitamins B and C, as well as flax seed oil or a teaspoon of nettle,” says Amoy.
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Melanie Fiona tosses her thick, naturally wavy locks over one shoulder for an easy-breezy — but drop-dead-gorgeous — look.
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“Protein is a great hair growth stimulant, especially if you eat it,” says Pitters. “Try chicken, almonds and avocados. Vegetarians sometimes have weak hair due to their lack of protein!”
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Kimora Lee Simmons’ trademark is her jet-black, lustrous, impossibly long hairstyle! Her gorgeous daughters are following in her footsteps with their lengthy curls…
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“Natural products like virgin coconut oil encourage hair growth,” says Pitters. Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($12, valleynaturals.com) strengthens and adds a stunning sheen to your tresses.
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For a red carpet appearance, Jada Pinkett Smith smoothed her foot-long locks back in a low ponytail. Timeless!
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“The Rene Furterer line has treatments that deal with both hereditary and sudden hair loss,” says Pitters. “After shampooing, I massage them into the affected areas to encourage growth.”
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