Are we as women EVER satisfied with our hair? Or with anything for that matter?! Ok, I’m sure there are some out there who are, but does it last forever? The answer to that is a big fat HELL NO! Haha! One might think that as a hair stylist I might have the right answer to loving your hair, and sometimes I do. But when I’m constantly changing my own hair and can’t figure out what I want, I don’t always have the answer to what my clients want. BUT, I do have some helpful tips. I’m a pro in the cut-off-my-hair-so-I-can-change-my-mind-and-grow-it-out-3-minutes later department, and I have found these tips useful for my clients and myself:
- TRIM YOUR HAIR! – Listen ladies, we don’t tell ya’ll this to make an extra buck. I use to think it was all a scheme too, but we are serious when we tell you that you need to trim your hair so you can have healthy hair so it will actually grow the way you want. We usually recommend every 6 weeks, but everyones hair is different and I usually get mine trimmed about every 8. When you get your hair trimmed, it helps get those split ends off so they don’t split all the way up and you’re left with major breakage. BA-LIEVE it! You can spread your trim’s out a bit, but don’t go 6 months with out a trim people! I recommend 10-12 weeks at the very latest (if your hair is healthy).
- PROTEIN PROTEIN and more PROTEIN! – Protein is what helps make your hair strong and when your hair is strong and healthy, it will grow! Yes, you can over do it with protein and it can actually make your hair worse, BUT it would take A LOT to do that. One of my favorite protein packed products is the Redken Extreme line. Their CAT protein spray is awesome. I usually do this in the shower on freshly shampooed hair and leave it in for 5 minutes or so. I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS follow it up with a good moisture conditioner. Ask your stylist for a good protein packed product that’s best for your hair type.
- Moroccan Oil – I have tried several different oils and I just keep coming back. I really like Lanza’s version of leave in oil, but it tends to be a bit heavy for my hair. The moroccan oil is light enough for my fine hair, it smells amazing and I notice a difference with every blow dry.
- Coconut Oil- There are so many amazing benefits of coconut oil and one is helping your hair! I like to put it on dry or slightly damp hair so it really absorbs it (I feel like when you apply anything to sopping wet hair, it doesn’t absorb right) . I tend to leave it on anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours depending on what I have going on. I aways shampoo it out because it gets really greasy as you can imagine. Do this 1-3 times per week. It also helps with dandruff! I use organic extra virgin coconut oil (sometimes they use bleach in the coconut oil making process, so do your research). They also say a diet in rich healthy fats is helpful too. I take tablespoon of coconut oil everyday, but almonds, macadamia nuts and avocado are high in good fats as well.
- BRUSH BRUSH BRUSH!- and I’m not talkin about your teeth! Some would say this is an old wives tale, but it’s really not. When you brush your hair, you stimulate your scalp which helps the blood flow. And not only that, but those natural oils that build up on your scalp (not the oil from product build up, make sure your hair is regularly shampooed) are really good for your hair so when you brush it, that oil get distributed through out those strands. But be careful and use a gentle brush or wide toothed comb, and brush your hair when its DRY, not wet. Brushing wet hair is really harsh and can damage it, only use a comb on wet hair.
- Vitamins/ Essential Oils- Yep, you heard it again, TAKE YOUR VITAMINS! Pre-natal’s are great but they make me a little nauseous so I take these vitamins for women daily. They’re little pricey but everything in them is raw and there’s no extra junk. They say to take 4 a day so I split it up and take 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening. I also take extra biotin every day and I’m telling ya, this has helped my hair tremendously, and I believe the extra folic acid in pre natal helps as well. Essential oils are great for pretty everything you can imagine, and using them to help stimulate hair growth is one of them. I’ve read that rosemary, lavender and cedar wood are great ones for hair growth, I will be giving this a try pronto!
- Stay Away From Heat- DUH I know. But I also know how hard it is. Every time you apply heat to your hair you break down the integrity and add damage. A good heat protecting spray is a great way to protect it, but staying away from the blowdryer, flat iron curling irons etc are best! Also, washing your hair in hot water when its chemically pressed is NOT GOOD either, try shampooing in luke warm and rinsing in cool water.
Taking care of your hair takes a lot of work and TLC, but making it a part of your routine makes it a lot easier to manage. I hope these tips help you on your path to growing your hair out! Also, check out Pinterest for some awesome hair mask recipes for hair growth.
P.S. I haven’t had long hair since I was in 1st grade, but someday I WILL! If I can just stay away from the scissors long enough!
Oh and stay away from bleach and chemical processing as mush as possible!!
Thanks for reading!