10 Reasons to Let Your Hair Grow Long

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Lady Godiva had it, and so did Rapunzel. Now you are thinking about joining the long hair club as well, but you are still torn between the practicality of your short hairstyle and the luxurious flow and upkeep of long hair and are perhaps concerned about a long and tedious transition phase. Having had both long and short hair multiple times, I can assure you that it is not as difficult as you may think to let your hair grow.
There are many beautiful styles for every length, and most of the time, you won't even think about the fact that you're waiting for your hair to grow.
1. Feel Luxurious. With a beautiful mane of hair, it doesn't matter what you wear. Leave it open and flaunt its shiny, healthy abundance, and you will look like a million dollars, even without the diamonds. For special occasions, go for an elaborate updo with lots of height and some curled tendrils framing your face, and have a red-carpet look wherever you go.
2. Balance your Proportions. Some body shapes, especially the bottom-heavy ones, also called pear-shaped body shapes, often appear more prominent if there is little hair on top and, therefore, little volume. Having a longer style can elongate the silhouette and balance out the proportions. It is best if there are some curls and waves or volume gained with wispy layers. Talk to your hairdresser about which length would be best for your face and body shape.
3. Wear a Ponytail. Ponytails can be worn in so many ways and they are so much fun. As a side effect, they make you look young, whether you want to be sporty or very elegant. Also, they are one of the easiest hairstyles to create, and just think of all the chic accessories you can wear with them.
4. Save Money. You won't have to see your stylist every six weeks or more often to get a trim on your short cut. That can add up over the years. However, you should still have your tips cut every now and then to make sure that your hair stays healthy and that split ends are eliminated before they even come into existence.
5. Feel Empowered. In many cultures, hair has an almost mystical quality and is much more than just decoration or style. In Polynesia, it is an expression of one's "mana," or life force. Your long hair has been with you for many years. It is a reflection of your own health and it also carries the memories of these times within it. This, in turn, is also the reason why many people cut their hair again once there is a dramatic event or change in their life.
6. Feel Sexy. Since ancient times, long hair has been the adornment of beautiful women. Considered to be a sign of fertility, it has become a symbol of sensuality and femininity. This perception seems to run deep even today as many men still swoon over long locks and find women with this attribute highly desirable. Due to this, many feminists went under the scissors and had their hair cut to make a statement, but today we should be able to enjoy long hair without falling under any kind of label.
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7. Be Natural. Get in tune with nature and with yourself. Be proud of your natural growth and do not cut what the universe has given you. Where else would you weave fresh flowers or feathers into, if not in your hair? Use henna to give it color and herbal rinses to make it shiny, healthy, and strong.
8. Express yourself. Nothing spells freedom better than a mane of untamed long hair. You don't have to go as far as to don a tie-dye outfit, but let your hair grow as long as it wants to and hang loose in the meantime. Make your own rules and leave conventions to others. Long hair has always been an adornment of poets, composers, and other artists.
9. Style it up! The longer your hair is, the easier it will be to create pretty braids and many updos. Try a bun, a French twist, or a French braid. Those, by the way, don't have to be old-fashioned or homely. Use some fun accessories like colored hair sticks or glitzy pins to glam it up. A few loose hairs around the bun also make it trendy and so not like your grandmother's look. Enjoy the many different looks you can create; enjoy your hair and play with it to your heart's content.
10. Show off your natural curl. Why not be breathtaking if you have the ability to do so? Natural curls can become frizzy quickly when the hair is short, but with more length they stretch out to form amazing waves, giving the hair body and a beautiful flow.
It doesn't matter what your reason is for letting your hair grow. Maybe you just enjoy the silky feel caressing your shoulders in a strapless dress, or maybe you just think it looks nice on you. Just keep in mind that it looks good only when it is cared for. Regular brushing and untangling, as well as good conditioning, are a must.
If long hair is not shiny, has split ends, and hangs down in a dull, lifeless look, then you should perhaps go for a shorter style. But if you are willing to put in the effort, then by all means let it grow and enjoy the abundance!
See also:
11 reasons to get a short haircut
The long hair trap
The older woman and long hair
Is there an age when you are too old for long hair?