After years of colour, cuts, heat and everything else in between, my hair has been through hell. When my hair looks good, I feel even better. It’s funny how something so small can make such a big difference to how you feel. I went from 10 inch long hair to having hair around an inch/2 inches long.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved my hair short. It was so easy to manage, waking up I never had to worry, I’d shake my head and I would be ready for the day.
When I decided I got bored and I wanted to grow out my hair, it was the biggest struggle. It’s been about 5 years since I decided I wanted to grow my hair, I went through so many terrible hairstyles, but now here we are. My hair is around 14 inches longer than it was when I had it short and I love it. I get a lot of comments usually like “are those extensions” which makes me feel sort of fuzzy, it’s always good knowing people like what you have going on – but trust me, it’s hard.
My hair needs so much upkeep and I believe now I’m committed to taking care of it, it’s thanking me. So here are my top tips to get healthier, longer hair! Please bare in mind, I’m not a hair care professional, I’m not even the best “beauty blogger” but this has worked for me and my hair is now in great condition (well at least I think so.)
#1. Stop washing it so much.
Now, for some of you this may sound disgusting, but it’s my go-to secret and it works exceptionally well for us lazy girls. The less we wash our hair the better it actually is for it. The more we allow the natural oils from our scalp work with our hair the better we will be for it. Your hair may take a turn for the worst when you start doing this, but it’s your body/hair getting use to the changes. I now wash my hair around twice a week and I’d say it’s the healthiest it’s been in a very long time. Thank me later.
#2. Mask up.
We use masks on our face, so why wouldn’t we use them on our hair? Sometimes our hair needs a deep condition. Hair masks are usually made with a blend of different ingredients that are all targeted at helping to strengthen and repair your hair and different ingredients for different things!
- Proteins like Keratin, Silk and Wheat Proteins help to reinforce the hair cuticle, strengthening the hair. Oils like Sunflower and Argan add moisture back into the hair follicle, making it more supple and flexible
So pick your masks based on what you’re looking for! I love Furterer Absolue Kératine Ultimate Renewal Mask (£30 on Amazon.)
#3. Ditch the heat.
I haven’t used heat tools on my hair for so long I can’t even remember. I let my hair air dry and I never straighten it. Since I’ve ditched the heat my ends stay moisturised for longer and my hair feels cleaner for longer. I’m not saying you NEVER have to straighten/curl your hair again, just be sparing. Instead of doing it everyday, try to cut down to only a couple of times a week. Embrace your natural locks, I’m sure they’re as gorgeous as you are!
#4. Get a massage.
A scalp massage can help stimulate the hair follicles thus stimulating hair growth. You get a nice relaxing massage and help your hair grow even faster!
#5. Let it down!
I find when I wear my hair tied up for long periods of time it ends up looking raggedy and nasty after a while, most probably because I wear it in a top-know most of the time. When I wear it down it keeps it life and stays looking gorgeous for even longer. I can’t always wear my hair down because my job requires me to have it up (I work around food) thus, occasionally I have to damage my hair in tight hair ties. So I’ve replaced those with scrunchies in a high loss ponytail! Even the little things you do can help your locks and if you can relieve some pressure off the hair follicles your hair will thank you for it.
#6. Trim yo’ hair gurl.
Now, if you’re like me you’ll try and avoid the hair salon at all costs. I think the longest I went without cutting me hair was around 12 months. I’ve never gotten along with hair stylists because I’ve never met one who does what I ask them to do. Since I’m trying to grow my hair I never really want to remove length, but since I’ve started dusting my hair (taking off the ends alone) my hair has looked and felt healthier for it.
Treat your hair with TLC and you’ll see improvement. These tips helped me start my hair journey and maybe some of them can help you on your way to strong, happy and healthy hair! Good luck.