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We all want to grow our hair out at some point in our lives. Whether you donned a pixie cut when it was popular or whether you've always had short hair and think it's time for change, it can be a long process to grow your hair to a specific length.

But with these easy styling tricks and products to ward off any damage, your hair will be long and beautiful in no time:

Use a hydrating mask weekly

Using a conditioner adds moisture to your hair but may not be enough to protect it from constant styling and heat damage.

Applying a hydrating hair treatment will help maintain as well as restore your hair's internal structure and prevent any breakage, allowing your hair to grow. 


Be gentle when brushing

Roughly brushing your hair when it's wet or dry can lead to tiny tears in your hair. 

We suggest using a paddle brush to gently comb through your hair, working from the end to minimise any breakage. Remember to be extra careful around the hair that frames your face as these can be extra fragile. 


Seal split ends

To grow your hair out really long and create the illusion of length, then healthy ends are key. When strands split at the bottom, your hair will appear shorter and flatter.

Use a daily treatment that can help smooth hair and reinforce the prepare for any damaged split ends. 


Nourish from the inside out

Proteins are the building blocks of hair, so along with a balanced diet , eat protein-rich foods such as chicken, eggs, nuts and seeds. 


Shield from damage

Along with the daily abuse that your hair goes through (tearing through tangles, tight ponytails, getting caught in your jacket, etc), heat-styling can wreak havoc on your hair, causing the outer cuticle layer to disappear. 

It's crucial to maintain your hair's natural protective barrier when you style to minimise damage. 



Many of us don't really know what make-up brushes we need. 

We have the few obvious ones, like a foundation brush and eyebrow brush, but after that, it's a bit of a minefield. 

But with many businesses and bloggers pushing us to get a 50-piece brush set, which ones do we actually need? 

The average woman doesn't need – and most likely will never use – all of the brushes found in a professionals make-up kit (fan brush, we're looking at you).

Instead, edit down to three that will multi-task to serve your eyeliner, foundation, blush and shadow needs. We found some great examples from MAC.

1. A small, angled brush 

Use this for anything that requires precision: applying liquid or gel eyeliner, grooming and shaping your brows with powder and drawing clean, perfect lipstick lines. 


2. A flat, paddle-like brush

This is essential for building coverage with powders and creams. You can use it for eye shadow, foundation, concealer and highlighter. 


3. A soft dome-shaped brush

This fluffy brush should be a medium size to suit your eyes and face. Use it to blend, sweep and buff cream or powder blush and bronzer and to wash eye shadow across the eyelids.