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Your quest for long, voluminous hair starts here.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
February 12, 2018

You've been diligently taking care of your tresses all winter long. You've even slept in a coconut oil hair mask on more than a few quiet Saturday evenings.

Yet, your hair seems to have only grown an inch—maybe two if we're being generous with the measuring tape. Well, good news for longer locks is waiting around the corner, at least according to a research letter from October 2017 in the British Journal of DermatologyYour hair grows fastest in the spring. The reason for the phenomenon? You reach the prime of the anagen phase—the best time for hair growth—in the springtime season.

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For strong, healthy hair, dermatologist Jennifer Chwalek, M.D., at at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, tells Women's Health that you should load up on protein, zinc, and iron (try pumpkin seeds as a salad or soup topper for zinc and iron). We also love this DIY hair mask when our locks need a lift. As for grabbing that ruler again? We think we'll wait for May.