I’m always asked how I grew my hair so long or if I’m wearing hair extensions. So in today’s post I shall let you in on a few of my top tips to grow long, healthy hair!
Like many little girls, I dreamt of growing up to be a disney princess. So over the years I’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into ensuring that my hair would grow long and stay healthy. To begin with, it was a lot of trial and error, but now I seem to have my own little system and I thought well why not share this with you lovely readers.
Please bare in mind that these are just some tips that have worked for me! My hair is currently just above the bottom of my ribs, I recently had a good couple of inches off. So let’s get stuck in…
Washing Your Hair
When washing your hair, you only need to shampoo your scalp, it’s the access oils you’re cleaning away. So no Princess Leia looks in the shower girls (come on we’ve all done it). When you rinse the shampoo out, it will take care of cleaning the rest of the hair by running down the length. It really doesn’t need much at all to clean. Give your scalp a good massage when shampooing to stimulate those hair follicles and create blood flow.
I also only wash my hair twice a week. Yep, just twice. Dry shampoo or talcum powder is all you need during greasy days, or just whack it up in a bun! If you really want to, you could massage your scalp with just water in the shower to wash away access grease. Although I prefer not to wet it at all as it’s only going to suffer more stress from drying/styling/etc. If I’m going out and I know I’m desperately needing clean hair, I just do a fridge wash in the sink!
Condition your hair every time you wash it. Do not skip this. It’s sooooo important for your hair to be conditioned. Conditioner helps to add moisture to your hair to prevent breakage, so skipping out on conditioning just increases your chance of knots and split ends.
If you’re worried about conditioner making your hair greasy, just condition the ends and mid section of your hair.
You can buy loads of hair treatments these days, but personally I like the good old coconut oil from the cooking section of my local supermarket. Heat it up, slap it on, leave for around an hour and wash out as normal – hair feels thick and shiny and smells good enough to eat.
I also like to use in shower deep conditioning treatments, you can get these at any beauty store. I’m currently using Tresemme Keratin Deep Smoothing Mask.
Products For Your Hair
You don’t wanna pack your hair full of products every time you wash, this only weighs your hair down and makes it more likely to go greasy.
The main product you NEED to use is a heat protectant. Please if anything use heat protector, heat really knackers your hair and dry hair means frizz and breakage!
Health and Diet
Everyone by now must be aware that you need to start from the inside out when growing your hair long. That means you need to eat well, sleeping well, and drinking a lot of water. Leafy greens and meats are a great source of protein, keratin is what your hair is made from – protein!
I also used to take biotin vitamins, I’m not sure if this had a good or bad affect on me and my hair. However, lots of people swear by taking this vitamin and skin, hair and nail tablets too.
So many people recommend for hair growth you have to get a trim every 6 weeks. This ladies is a total myth. Yes it is great to have a fresh trim, but you are much better off getting your hair trimmed only when you need it. For me, this is around every 12 weeks, which is around four times a year.
While we’re on the subject of going to the salon, can I just point out that yes dying your hair isn’t as bad as everyone makes out. I mean salon hair dying NOT box kits to use at home. At my salon I have my hair completely bleached all over and it’s in the best condition now than when I just had the odd packs of highlights in. My hairdresser puts Opalex into my bleach before applying it to my hair. It really helps to prevent damage and repair your hair.
Heat On Your Hair
Limit the amount of heat to your hair. As I said previously, heat really does kill those strands. Personally I allow my hair to dry naturally until it is around 80% dry than blast it with the hairdryer. I only straighten my hair when I need to which is usually on Sundays because it’s my only day off where I’m likely to go out.
Invest In a Good Brush
Get. A. Boar. Bristle. Brush.
Just do it.
There’s LOADS of reasons why you should, for example, it carries sebum – the oil produced by the scalp – from the scalp to the end of the hair shaft. By coating each hair strand with a very, very small amount of sebum, a boar bristle brush repairs dry hair and adds lustrous shine and enhances hair texture.
It doesn’t just spring from your head over night. You have to be patient and don’t give up, it will happen eventually. Your hair grows about 1/2 and inch per month with is 6 inches per year. Think about those six inches and how often you’re cutting it off and how many split ends and breakages prevent that 6 inches of growth ever reaching past your shoulders. It’s not a lot, but with good health and hair care, one year makes a difference.
That’s about it! There you have it guys!
Have you tried growing your hair recently? Find these tips useful?
See you soon,