This is the long-awaited and long-promised post! I’ve gotten so many requests over the last couple of months about how I’ve been growing out my hair and I’m sooo excited to share my tips and tricks with you all! (Finally!) Today I’m going to share with you what I’ve been doing to help accelerate the growth of my hair. As many of you know, I’m planning a wedding for June and after chopping off 12″ of hair last July, I’ve been watching the slow progression of hair growth. Growing out your hair can be such a frustrating process, but I want you to know that there really are things that you can do to help accelerate it a little bit. I know some of you may disagree with me on some of these viewpoints (as made obvious by my coconut hair mask post), but I’m sharing openly and honestly about what has worked for me. It’s not going to work for everyone and heck, some of these things are probably not even scientifically proven to help with hair growth, but you know what? It’s working for me and that’s why I’m sharing!
(Off my soap box!)
Alea’s become quite the photographer, eh?
My Hair Growth Ritual:
one// Prenatal Vitamins: I take 2 of the Target brand prenatal gummy vitamins everyday with a full glass of water. It’s not necessarily “proven” that prenatal vitamins help with hair growth, but additional vitamins won’t hurt. Just make sure your prenatal brand doesn’t have too much additional iron. The Up + Up brand that I use actually have no iron in them and the amount of folic acid isn’t concerning either, as 800mcg is the amount any woman in her child bearing years is supposed to consume to help prevent neural tube defects if she should get pregnant.
two// Biotin Supplement: I take 2 1000mcg tablets of Biotin after breakfast or after a decent meal every single day. You’re supposed to take it with food because it can be irritating to the lining of your stomach if you take it on an empty stomach. You may have to play around with the dosage. I personally wouldn’t go higher than 3000mcg, but some hair and nail supplements have more than 3000mcg of Biotin in them. I just found that after I upped my dosage to 3000mcg, my nails became really brittle and I started to break out. 2000mcg has been the magic number for me.
three// Deep Conditioning: I use either my coconut oil hair mask or grapeseed oil on my hair two times per week. This just helps replace moisture, which is especially important if you live in a dryer, winter climate like myself. My hair’s usually pretty dry and static-y during the winter months, but since I started deep conditioning, it’s been a lot better.
four// Shampoo + Conditioner: I recently switched to Clear Scalp + Hair Beauty Therapy shampoo and conditioner and I have to say, the results have been phenomenal. My hair has never felt healthier, softer, and less oily… ever! I’m not sure this shampoo or conditioner is to thank for my hair growth, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have healthy hair and scalp!
five// Scalp Massages: This is something I haven’t gotten Cory to help me with (yet), but I typically massage my scalp for a minute or two in the shower when I’m shampooing and then again for a couple more minutes when I get out of the shower. They say this is supposed to help stimulate your follicles, but heck, it feels pretty darn good too!
six// Tangle Teezer Brush: This magical little brush can be found at Target for $10. It is INCREDIBLE. I basically teases out your tangles– just like the name says. You can use it both on dry hair and wet hair. Technically, you’re not supposed to use a brush on wet hair, since it’s more susceptible to damage when it’s wet, but this brush is safe for wet hair!
seven// Limit Heat Damage: I very, very rarely curl, straighten or even blow dry my hair now-a-days. I just let it air dry naturally and style it afterwards if need be. Ever since I had Alea, my hair’s been so much straighter, so I don’t really have to do a lot with it after it’s air-dried, so that’s nice!
eight// Drink More Water: I bought myself a new CamelBak water bottle at Target and have been filling that puppy up at least three times a day. Drinking more water isn’t just good for your hair growth, it’s just good for you all around.
nine// Eat More Protein: I have a serious addiction to eggs lately. I eat two eggs over easy on toast for breakfast almost every day and then snack on a couple hard boiled eggs throughout the day. They’re also one of my favorite things to throw in a salad.
ten// Leave-In Conditioner: I put Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves on my damp, towel-dried hair after every shower. It has grapeseed oil in it which is a great natural conditioner and it makes my hair feel so smooth and smell absolutely amazing. It also helps with the frizzy fly-aways as well– which I tend it get when I let my hair air dry.
There you have it! It’s a crazy process and it seems a bit obsessive at times, but I’m not shy at admitting that I’m completely desperate to grow out my hair for my wedding. I’ve already made some really amazing progress– so I’m just going to keep going with this hair growth routine and I’m hoping to continue to see results!
What are your hair growth go-to’s?