I might sound a little crazy when I say this, but healthy hair is extremely important to me. I’ve taken to dying it less, I’ve quit blow-drying on the daily, and conditioning treatments have become my best friend. I’m all about causing the least amount of damage to my hair as possible.
As many of you may know, I cut 12” off of my hair two summers ago. I was so beyond ready for a drastic change in my life and when those urges present, I usually take them out on my hair. I was ready and excited to sport short locks again, but after a month or two, the new ‘do wasn’t all that I had hoped it would be.
I missed my long hair something fierce and immediately did all of the research possible to find out how I could grow my hair out long again in the least amount of time possible, especially with a wedding last summer, I wanted my hair long and stat! Desperate times call for desperate measures, you know.
I’ve done all the difficult research for you, now all you need to do is read along, and put these into practice and I’m sure you, too, will have long hair in no time!
1. Condition, Condition, Condition: I’m a big fan of conditioning my hair. I use my bottle of conditioner in double the time I use my shampoo most of the time. Some may argue that conditioning will not help your hair grow, but I truly believe and know that it keeps it healthier than it would if you weren’t conditioning it at all.
2. Buy a Better Brush: I recently bought a Goody Clean Radiance hair brush and have been using it for a couple of weeks now. I’ve been in awe at how much more shiny and silky my hair has become. The bristles are made of copper and inevitably help reduce product build-up that occurs overtime. It also has a nice cushion pad under the bristles for more comfort when brushing. You can find this brush in your hair care aisle at Walmart—you’re gonna wanna grab this one for sure! (Results based on consumer usage and perception study)
3. Decrease Washes: I’m not going to tell you to wash your hair once a week or less. Trust me. That’s gross. But I do truly believe that your hair builds it’s own oils and they serve a very important purpose in the health of your hair. Try and reduce your shampooing to every other day and see if you start to see a difference.
4. For-Go the Blow Dryer: This is HUGE. I’ve been very faithful to my blow-dryer for many, many years. If your able, start showering at night time and letting your hair dry over night or if you’re crazy like me, sport the wet locks style until your hair dries on it’s own at work. Either way, the last amount of time you spend under a dryer, the better for your hair.
5. Decrease Flat Iron and Curling Iron Use: Even more than a blow-dryer, I’ve tortured my hair endlessly with flat irons and curling irons. This is very damaging to your hair shaft and will cause more breakage than you want if you’re trying to grow out those locks! Save those tools for special occasions and nights out.
6. Deep Conditioning Treatments: These are great to do on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Adding a little extra conditioning treatment to your hair care routine can help to improve the health of your hair and help reverse some of the torture you’ve put it through during the week.
7. Minimize Product: Sometimes you need a little spritz of hair spray to keep your hair in place, but the more you avoid these drying products the better. My hair is always so much more dry and frizzy after a night of hairspray!
8. Take a Multi-Vitamin Daily: For hair growth, they always suggest a prenatal vitamin, but any vitamin will do, as long as it encompasses all of your daily vitamins. Take this daily and your hair and nails will thank you.
Did you get all of that? I know it’s a lot, but all of the above are such great, important, and necessary tips if you’re hoping for some Rapunzel-style locks.
How do you keep your hair healthy?