How to Make Your Hair Ridiculously Long

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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!

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    KittyClaus

    2 years ago

    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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    SelkeyMoonbeamKittyClaus

    Reply 2 years ago

    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

    2 years ago

    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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    Mechanic2011

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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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    agis68

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    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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    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.