There’s more to growing long, healthy hair than simply avoiding your hairdresser. Long hair requires extra care so that you can maintain your strands for a long time – usually years! On average, hair grows half an inch per month. At this rate, it takes one year to grow your hair just 6 inches, and that’s only with perfect hair retention. Without treating your long hair properly, your ends will split and you’ll be back in the stylist chair in no time. Being gentle with your hair and preventing breakage are key to growing out your hair. Following these tips and staying patient will eventually result in long, luscious locks.