Hello, frenz and Happy Humpday!! These weeks have been soaring by for me lately but it's okay because it makes us that much closer to Halloween – the land of horror movies and costumes and fun wigs!
Speaking of wigs and hair, today I wanted to talk about some of the ways that I got my hair back to good health and grew it a little longer. I've noticed recently how long it has gotten, although it's still not as near as long as I want it. I've only been doing these methods for about five months, but they really seem to work — so I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I did to make my hair healthy and longer! Let's just jump right into this, shall we?!
First, let me give you a little background on my hair. I've been bleaching and using boxed dyes since I was a preteen (over 10 years). I've gone from platinum white, the whole way to black and every color in between. I've had periods of time where it would be incredibly long, and then times that I would cut it insanely short. Most of the time with my hair short was spent researching how to grow my hair back out. It's been a lifelong struggle but I think I finally found some secret weapons to healthy and longer hair!
WENT BACK TO NATURAL HAIR
Last winter, I dyed my hair from blonde to brown to red. I hated it after three weeks and desperately wanted my golden locks back. I went to my local Rite Aid and purchased the Color Oops Color Stripper // $9.99, extra strength, just in case. It was a miracle in a bottle as all of the yucky red and brown tones were removed from my hair in as little as an hour. The color left on my head was a yellow, orange blonde so I just threw a dark blonde box dye over it and called it a day.
CEASE HEAT/CHEMICAL USE
This is an absolute no brainer when wanting to grow your hair out. After using the bit of chemicals to get my hair close to my natural color, I put a halt to hair coloring and processing. Going back to your natural color relieves the pain of walking around with yucky colored hair and kind of gives you a fresh dew-over (pun intended!) My hair has decent texture and a bit of life to it, so I'm not too hesitant on leaving the heat tools in my drawer. There are a lot of different ways to style your hair without heat, if you feel the need to style it!
GET A SCALP MASSAGE
Why not give yourself a relaxing scalp massage at the end of the day? During my hair growing research, I stumbled upon the method of giving yourself a scalp massage to circulate the blood on your scalp and stimulate the hair follicles, thus causing your hair to grow. I give myself "scratchies" because I like my head being scratched and it works the same as a massage. Not only does this make your hair grow, but it's also soooo relaxing!
STOP WASHING SO FREQUENTLY
It sounds gross, but you'll be able to tell a difference in your hair in as little as a few weeks. Washing your hair every day strips the essential oils off of your scalp and out of your hair. Those essential oils are essential for a reason, as they leave your hair naturally moisturized. I wash once every four or five days, depending on the activities I've been doing. I'm able to do that because I don't build up a lot of oil in a short period of time, so if you're more oily, I suggest washing every other day or until your oil regulates and you can go longer.
SWITCH TO SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO
Using a sulfate-free shampoo makes your hair healthier and smoother because it doesn't use harsh chemicals to cleanse the hair, leaving it noticeably healthier. I currently use the Suave Professionals Color Protectant Shampoo // $1.99 and Renpure Originals Coconut Cream Conditioner // $3.98 for the days that I wash my hair.When I bought the Suave shampoo, I was under the impression that it was sulfate-free (the internet lied to me). It turns out that it is NOT sulfate-free, but it does have less sulfate concentration. It still leaves your hair feeling silky and moisturized.
ONLY WASH THE SCALP
This is something that I believe has helped my hair immensely. By only washing your scalp, you're not stripping your ends of the oils that were combed through from your scalp. Instead, you're cleansing the scalp of excess oil and dirt while also letting the remaining shampoo gently cleanse the ends as you rinse.
FOCUS CONDITIONER ON ENDS
When applying your conditioner, focus the product more on the ends and work your way up. This gives your ends a little bit of extra nourishment. Also, if you work too much product too far up, it can weigh down your hair and leave your scalp oily.
RINSE HAIR IN COOL WATER
Hot water can pull the moisture out of your hair leaving it dry and lifeless. By rinsing with cool to lukewarm water, you're letting the moisture set into your hair rather than being stripped out. Try to refrain from over rinsing the conditioning product out of your hair.
USE A T-SHIRT TO DRY
I heard Nicole Guerriero mention this in one of her videos years ago and it's been something that has always stuck with me. Using a cotton t-shirt rather than a towel to dry your hair can be beneficial, in that a t-shirt isn't as dense or heavy as a towel. As you pull at and squeeze your hair, a towel has more density to tug and pull at split ends, causing your hair to break as you're drying it. A t-shirt is made of a softer material and will be more gentle on your hair!
LEAVE IN CONDITIONER & OIL
After every wash, I always make sure to add a leave-in conditioner and oil to the ends of my hair to give them some extra moisture. The ends of your hair can become dry and break off, not allowing your hair to grow. My leave-in conditioner of choice is Garnier Fructis Sleek-n-Shine // $3.37. I've used it for years and it leaves my hair soft, without the extra weight.I also currently use a tiny amount (a little goes a long way) of Louanna 100% Pure Coconut Oil // $3.68 on my ends.Don't overdo it with the coconut oil, or else you'll look like an oil spill happened on your head. It gives extra moisture to your ends while also protecting against split ends!
USE A DRY SHAMPOO
For the days in between washing, I'll usually use a dry shampoo. I've experimented with a few different brands and formulas, but have recently been in love with the Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo // $4.84.It leaves your hair feeling like a fresh wash, gives it some beachy texture and it smells like a tropical vacation. It also doesn't leave any white residue, which is a huge bonus.
Well, there you have it — these are the methods that I've found to really help keep my hair healthy and make it grow. Let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these and if they work for you. What are some of your favorite methods to healthy hair? I'd love to hear them!