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    The May issue of Allure actually has an article on growing/maintaining long hair that I thought would (more or less) pass muster with LHC. Granted, their definition of "long" seems to stop at about midback, and includes layers "a soft V shape that starts with face framing layers at your cheek bones...from there you want blended layers down to the ends. Your ends should come to a point in the middle of your back" but I found most of the article to be a pleasant surprise. They recommended trimming less than half an inch every two months which is reasonable, especially for someone in the first stages of growing out their hair who might be used to having it cut every 3 or 4 weeks. Also recommended are daily two minute scalp massages, oiling (in the form of serums or shampoos with oil, but hey, baby steps!), satin pillow cases+ sleeping with a high bun, stretching washes, barely blowdrying, and not using a whole lot of product other than a volumizer and shine spray. They even recommended a specific amount of biotin (5,000 mcg, as per a dermatologist) and the amount of time you would have to take it daily to see results (3-6 months, which explains why I'm just now starting to see a little faster growth).

    I definitely felt like it was a mainstream-magazine spin on having long hair, especially to someone like me who wants hair that's at least knee length, but their minimalist approach to heat styling and product usage was pretty refreshing. I think it would be pretty helpful for people who want long hair but aren't sure how to go about growing it out or taking care of it once it's past their shoulders...maybe we'll start seeing more hair that's mid-back+.

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    Default Re: Pro-Long Hair Article in Allure Magazine

    Interesting to find something like that in Mainstream Media! I am sure such a layered cut might be very attractive if you have the right hair for it - and never wanted to make an updo. For my thin straight hair, I'd be left with a few individual hairs at mid-back!

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    I have mixed feelings about this. I don't like articles that give the nod to something only to tell me how they would like it done. In other words, in order for you to feel good about wearing long hair, the writers of the article want everyone to do it their way--to go around with the same type of haircut.

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    Default Re: Pro-Long Hair Article in Allure Magazine

    I think it was in the May edition of Elle that I read some surprisingly LHC-friendly advice. Something about avoiding heat, stretching washes and wearing hair up most of the time. Granted, the author of the article was complaining that this sort of thing wouldn't fit well with her lifestyle, but it was nice to see good hair advice printed in such a fashion-y magazine.

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    Kind of related: A girl at gymnastics class was telling the other girls with dye and heat damaged hair that moroccan oil (the branded silicone serum) scalp massages cured her bleach induced thinning and made her hair grow long (from above bsl to bsl). She tried it because of advice from a hairdresser on how to grow long hair.

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    Styles cycle, long hair is in right now, next year everyone will be raving about pixies (not here but in mainstream media). I would look like hell with that layer plan, curls and poof and shrinkage on my! Follow what makes you happy and move on
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    I think it is refreshing to hear of a magazine advocating long hair. Too often they focus on short layered hair cuts. They also seem to focus on heating and curling the hair, so it's nice to hear of a magazine that is pro-long for a change.

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    That's very interesting that such a popular magazine is advocating minimal heat-usage, and stretching washes! Most of the time you see, "Use X, Y, and Z tools, then ruffle it!" And the "wash every. Single. Day!" articles in mags. I think it's very refreshing that they did this!
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    That is an interesting article.

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    Default Re: Pro-Long Hair Article in Allure Magazine

    Quote Originally Posted by duchesswannabe View Post
    I have mixed feelings about this. I don't like articles that give the nod to something only to tell me how they would like it done. In other words, in order for you to feel good about wearing long hair, the writers of the article want everyone to do it their way--to go around with the same type of haircut.
    I totally agree!

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