Introduction: How to Make Your Hair Ridiculously Long

I've always wanted to be Rapunzel. I've been growing my hair out since kindergarten or so. But for the past however-many years, it doesn't really get longer. Is it long? Yes. Does it drag on the floor? No.

EDIT: I tried out being Rapunzel, and it was every bit as wonderful as I had always hoped. See the instructable here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Surprisingly-Easy-Rapunzel-Costume/

So when my friend wanted to do a costume with me which would require my hair to be Rapunzel length, I started researching hair extensions.

Hair extensions are crazy expensive. You can spend hundreds of dollars on that nonsense. So that was out, and I pondered for a time. But then I happened to stop into a wig shop, and they had these $3 bundles of long, braided hair. For three dollars a bunch, I had to give it a try- and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

So here you go. How to get ridiculously long hair, for about $6.

Step 1: Materials

This is the hair I got. My technique requires a minimum of two bunches of hair (I got more, for longer hair, but I haven't tried it yet).

The darker one is more my color; I got the other one to blend and add highlights, as I'll show you in the next step.
It was also integral to the braiding process, and my friend and I worked it in in such a way that the pure blonde didn't show much.

You will also need a helper. Danger is my middle name did the actual braiding in these pictures.

Hair elastics are necessary as well.

Step 2: Blending Colors

When you buy cheap synthetic hair, the color is pretty flat. But by mixing two colors, you can make it appear much more natural.

Note: be very careful when handling your synthetic hair. You may be tempted to unbraid a pack of hair and wear it around your neck like a scarf, but this will result in hopeless tangling! Touch it and leave it unbraided only when necessary.


Unbraid both colors of hair. Drape the color-matching one over your hand.
Take a chunk of the "highlight" hair and drape it on top of the other hair.
Finger-comb gently until the two colors are mixed.

You should end this step with a nice, color-blended bunch of hair and a highlight-only bunch of hair.

Step 3: Section Fake Hair

Start with the hair you like the least (the highlight hair, for me).
Separate it into three separate, equally sized strands. Drape them over something (e.g. the back of a chair), individually.

Step 4: Part Hair

Part your hair into three equal sections.

Step 5: Add False Hair to Each Piece and Begin to Braid

To each chunk of real hair, add a chunk of fake hair. The person whose hair is being braided should help out.
Try to work the real hair around the fake hair, so the fake hair is mostly obscured by real hair.
Begin, carefully, to braid. The fake hair should stay in just by virtue of being braided.

Step 6: Add More Hair

You will get to the end of your real hair. Now you will need your nice, matching hair.

Take the nice, matching hair and put a hairband around its center, so the (unbraided) hair is doubled over.
Tie it into a strand of hair from the braid that is attached to your head.

Part the doubled-over (nice, matching) hair into three equal pieces.
As you continue braiding, add these pieces to your original three strands.
This should cause the newly added hair to make up for the ending of your real hair, so the braid doesn't suddenly become very thin.

Step 7: Finish Braid

Keep on braiding, now with just fake hair, until the very end.

Theoretically, you could keep adding more fake hair every time you get to the end of a type of hair. I haven't tried that (yet), though.

When you get to the end, tie it off. You're done!

Step 8: Enjoy Ridiculously Long Hair!

I had a little too much light-colored hair, so you can see where the color changes. Doesn't matter. Look how long and fun it is!

Comments

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sunshiine made it!(author)2012-09-08

I loved this instructable so much that  it aroused my curiosity; so I looked to see who had the longest hair. This is what I found: http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/human/the_girl_with_the_longest_hair_Natasha_Moraes_de_Andrade_sets_world_record_112807.html

Hope your weekend is totally awesome!
Sunshiine

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MCConstructableInstructibles made it!(author)2015-08-01

....guess again for the person with the longest hair in the world: asha mandela

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sunshiine made it!(author)2015-08-01

Wow~

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briarmoon7 made it!(author)2017-05-15

your hair is absolutely beautiful!

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sunshiine made it!(author)2015-08-02

That is who is coming up in the search. ???

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sunshiine made it!(author)2015-08-01

Thanks for sharing~ have a nice looooog weekend~
sunshiine

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sunshiine made it!(author)2012-09-08

You need to scroll down to see the video or picture.

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Kyla-Bishop made it!(author)2016-08-17

I THOUGHT THAT YOU MEAN"T REAL HAIR.... :(

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natalieb63 made it!(author)2017-01-12

same!

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KittyClaus made it!(author)2016-04-18

I'm just wondering but how do you remove it when you are done? How long does it stay? And can you reuse it? Sorry for so many questions but I'm just curious because I'm planning on doing this for halloween.

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SelkeyMoonbeam made it!(author)2016-04-18

Just unbraid to remove! It stays as long as you keep the braid in.

You can reuse it, but you have to be careful how you treat it. I let mine get messy and tangled after a second use, and there was no coming back from it.

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ChantalM11 made it!(author)2016-04-04

Honestly, if you want to grow your hair "ridiculously long" fortifying amino hair growth shampoos. As a beauty blogger, I can say that there are tons of products out there that don't work. So I stick with Fast Shampoo and Conditioner.

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BonSch19 made it!(author)2015-09-22

cool. can I match the hair color exactly?

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Mechanic2011 made it!(author)2012-09-09

For that "Extra Touch" you could have woven or braided into the hairpiece a whole bunch (like 500 to 1000) of the fiber optic light fiber strands that glow different colors when light is applied to the ends of them .
As far as hiding the wiring and the batteries , they could be incorporated into a head piece (be creative) tiara or crown .
You would need some help putting on but it would look so different and be a really cool effect .
http://www.luminence.com/FAQ6.html
or this one,
http://www.bewild.com/glowbys.html

or you can find all kinds of this stuff on Ebay.

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MCConstructableInstructibles made it!(author)2015-08-01

Solar battery for lights.

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agis68 made it!(author)2012-09-11

omg Rapunzel! how many times told you not escape from your cell on highest tower?

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MCConstructableInstructibles made it!(author)2015-08-01

olo

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the.fibre.queen made it!(author)2012-09-14

What do you mean, ridiculously long hair? My hair IS that long. If I go any longer, I'll trip on it, I already sit on it by accident.
This is a cute idea though, for those with ridiculously short hair. I would suggest blending the extensions in a little at a time over a longer stretch, to prevent bulkiness and ends sticking out. Center extension within segment and elastic it in place (use the tiny elastics, clear works best), then spray with firm-hold hairspray to tame the ends at the join, repeat with each segment, braid a little further and then add more extensions in each segment, following method above, braid some more, REPEAT this process until all extensions are in place, braid to end and bind with larger hair elastic and bow, if desired. Wrapping the braid along its length with criss-crossing ribbon will also help to keep the braid "tamed." Enjoy your lovely long hair.

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MCConstructableInstructibles made it!(author)2015-08-01

In that case, what would (proportionately) be insanely long hair on her would be ridiculously long hair on you.

The cleverness of this method is that you can repeat step six as many times as you want/can before doing step seven.

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BarginsTech made it!(author)2012-09-18

What she said! ^^^^^^ All though when mine gets that long I donate to Locks of Love :]

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SHIFT%21 made it!(author)2012-09-07

Great project! And you say you and Danger worked on this? Ha, so many people are now going to be entangled in this.

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SenKat made it!(author)2012-09-10

Heh - ENTANGLED - Heh... nice.


Loved the 'ible - I have always thought that super-long hair was really sexy, even though my loving wife of 23 years wears her hair short (sigh !) :-) (op) ------->Nice work, really creative !

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MCConstructableInstructibles made it!(author)2015-07-31

I get the pun.

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MCConstructableInstructibles made it!(author)2015-07-31

How long are the fake hair bundles?

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LilyK2 made it!(author)2015-07-27

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LilyK2 made it!(author)2015-07-27

I purchased this Nuhairrx serum because it was economic price and figured if it didn't work no real loss. Well it Works. I have been using it for about six months and I started seeing results after two months. New hairs have started growing in around my hairline. This stuff has returned them to their original thickness and they are even longer than they were before! So I am a happy customer. Lol.

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alexistuck1235 made it!(author)2015-06-26

where do you get it

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char009twit made it!(author)2015-01-10

I'm so disappointed!!! I actually thought that was her real hair and that I was going to learn some hair growing techniques :( I want long hair so bad, but not bad enough to wear fake hair. I would like for my own hair to grow that long (or even longer if permitted). :)

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SelkeyMoonbeam made it!(author)2015-01-10

I would read that 'ible as well.

Hair growth is actually really interesting. Each follicle is on a specific 1-4 year life cycle, after which that strand falls out– which is why, in my case, my hair never really gets longer than my hips (and hasn't changed length in many years): that's as long as each hair grows in four years. (You can read about how that works here: http://www.laroche-posay.com/article/Loss-Hair/a29...

I've read that high-humidity environments can help your hair grow faster (e.g. the tropics), though I can't confirm veracity.

Of course, hair length is also affected by how you treat the existing strands. If the ends break off, you will naturally end up with shorter hair than if your hair was completely protected from dryness/brushes/snagging branches/zippers during its lifecycle. If you have thick hair, or if you don't brush or wash your hair very often, it might be easier for your hair to grow longer simply because the strands will stay whole.

In my case, this is another reason my hair doesn't get longer: I'm always running through forests, so when my hair snags on trees and bushes, it gets left behind– thus naturally controlling my hair to a length suited to my lifestyle.

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Auxilium made it!(author)2012-09-09

Aw, that's cheating.
I've got mine nearly to that length on my own

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CarlA5 made it!(author)2014-12-14

Agreed. Much rather have my own hair grow from my own scalp to be that long. It is pretty, but it would need to be my own.

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FichenDich made it!(author)2012-09-10

So did my significant other. I'm sending her the link to this instructable. That should be rather interesting.

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GriffyTheDog made it!(author)2014-07-28

I feel like I would do this to freak out my gymnastics coaches, lol

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jenevieve made it!(author)2014-04-10

Where did you get your hair extensions?

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rainbowguurrll1019 made it!(author)2013-12-14

Can you curl it?

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SelkeyMoonbeam made it!(author)2013-12-14

Haven't tried it, but I believe this particular brand is meant to be curl-able.

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jd1 made it!(author)2012-09-22

beautiful long hair

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jd1 made it!(author)2012-09-22

beautiful long hair

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MyMenagerie made it!(author)2012-09-11

WOW! The lighter hair on the ends just looks like older hair that has spent more time in the sun that the newer hair closer to the roots. I love the look! Thanks for sharing!

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wabijishi made it!(author)2012-09-10

Beautiful and fun! Thx :) Looks so cool!

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suayres made it!(author)2012-09-09

The way that professionals blend synthetic hair for extensions, is with a device known as a "hackle". It's basically a wire hairbrush, affixed to a smooth board. The hair has the various colors laid one one another, as you described, and then first one end of the bundle, and then the other, is passed, rapidly, but carefully, through the hackle, alternating ends. Within a few passes, the color is nicely blended, and very convincing. When I was in my early 20s (and I'm dating myself, because this was more than 40 years ago), these custom-blended hairpieces were extremely popular, and were sold in mid-level department stores. I saved for about three months in order to be able to buy mine, and when I finally owned it, I was pleased as punch. They really are fun....

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jagmeet_hanspal made it!(author)2012-09-09

In India (Punjab) it is called Parandi that is worn as an accessory.

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1inspirit made it!(author)2012-09-09

YOU LOOK LOVELY.

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AussieAnglerGal made it!(author)2012-09-08

for a while there i was mad about the idea of really long hair because mine grows slowly. the only problem is synthetic is so fake and the idea of real human hair just totally grosses me out :(
never the less, cool 'ible

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AussieAnglerGal made it!(author)2012-09-08

for a while there i was mad about the idea of really long hair because mine grows slowly. the only problem is synthetic is so fake and the idea of real human hair just totally grosses me out :(
never the less, cool 'ible

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sunshiine made it!(author)2012-09-07

I absolutely love this! I always wanted really long hair! This is awesome! Thjanks for sharing!
Sunshiine

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