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Alright moving right along into this work week. Did y’all survive Monday? That was a long one. Anyways as promised my thoughts on how to grow long and strong hair. I get asked on a pretty frequent basis how I manage to get my hair to grow so long. Now it’s more in an inquisitive way instead of the back in the day random strangers at the bar who use to grab my hair because they “just wanted to make sure it wasn’t a weave“.
I wish I was joking.
Clearly people with some adult bevs on board forget about personal space. That happened quite frequently. Yes it is normal for a female to have long hair without it being a weave. I know we have lots of trickery nowadays with our eyelash extensions (still want) and spanxx but like no it’s my real hair and I would appreciate if you wouldn’t rake your wet drinks hands through it.
Okay moving along….I understand everyone has different hair types that grow at different rates but the majority of these tips are good maintenance if nothing else. I have pretty thin hair but a lot of it. My hairdresser Jesse has promised me she will let know when it’s time to take off some length but definitely not before the wedding! So these are my tips for growing long hair.
1. Don’t Wash It Everyday
I had to lay the groundwork with Mark pretty early on about this. Sorry buddy I promise I’ll shower daily but the locks won’t be washed daily. Shampooing every day strips your hair of it’s natural oils and makes it dry. Dry hair = unhappy hair = breakage which then does not equal long locks. Find a good dry shampoo. I love this Redken one and for the more affordable I like this Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo that I picked up at Target. Occasionally I’ll also hit my ends with a dry conditioner. This Oribe one is pricey but a little goes a long way, mine has lasted forever and it makes your ends so silky. While we are talking about hair care products this leads me to my next point.
2. Use Shampoos and Conditioner Without Sulfates or Harsh Chemicals
Sulfates are not good for your hair. I swear my hair started really growing when I switched over to Pureology. It is different getting use to the fact it doesn’t suds up as much so you think you need to use more than you really do. I use a quarter size for my whole head and try to avoid the ends. I know initially it seems pricey but if you adhere to #1 you won’t be washing it as often and those bottles should really last you! I also alternate with this Abba Shampoo & Conditioner line and love it.
3. Use a Protein Mask
My hairdresser Jesse swears by this and I couldn’t agree more. I put it on my ends and do all the other tedious shower activities i.e. shaving. Rinse out and you’re good to go. I do that about 2-3 times a week. Sometimes I’ll alternate between that and this product which makes your hair so unbelievably soft.
I swear I still have no idea how this Wet Brush works. I feel like it is a little magician. It works through my hair and detangles it with ease. Therefore you’re not fighting with your brush to get tangles out of your hair that potentially could lead to breaks and big hair pulls.
I’m not down with most hair oils but Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil really lives up to it’s name. It doesn’t leave a greasy layer on your hands and makes your hair incredibly soft and shiny. Also 12 Benefits has a cult following for a reason. Whenever it comes off backorder on Birchbox I always order it.
6. Avoid Heat At All Costs
True story. I probably only blow dry my hair 1-2 times a month. Otherwise I let it air dry as much as I can. If I need to have some kind of style I’ll blow dry it right at the end with a flat brush to pull it together but heat is so damaging which I’m sure we all already knew that one. I try to use my dryer on the middle heat setting. When I do have to use my flat iron I make sure to spray it with a heat protectant spray. This Kenra Hot Spray one is my go to.
Letting it go natural whenever possible.
7. Use Prenatal Vitamins
I got suckered into the expensive hair and nail vitamins from Sephora once. They did not work. My sister who is a mommy of 3 told me to do the following. Go to Target. Avoid all the other aisles (easier said than done). Go to the vitamins and get the Target Brand Prenatals. It is white with pink letters. It is also the cheapest one there. Then take them everyday. Wait 2-3 months and marvel in the results. They seriously make your hair and nails so strong and long. My nails were ruined from a bad salon experience with a gel manicure and my nails were paper thin, I was desperate for something to help. Now after taking the prenatals they are strong again. To answer your question that everyone is thinking. No they will not make you more likely to get pregnant. They are “prenatal” vitamins because they contain the correct amount of Folic Acid you should be taking if you are to become pregnant. Really all women of childbearing age should take this but that is my healthcare soapbox. Basically it is a daily vitamin with more folic acid. No increased chance of pregnancy by taking the vitamin but I cannot be responsible what you do with your spare time. Just saying…..
Omega 3 Fatty Acids help combat dry hair by nourishing hair follicles and increasing hair elasticity (less breakage). You can either take the supplements……I don’t love this option because they are big pills that are usually encapsulated in some kind of unnatural gel form and I often forget to take them. I try to pick foods that are high in Omega 3’s such as salmon and my favorite flies under the radar and doesn’t get the recognition that it should but chia seeds. Overnight oats (recipe halfway down the page) is a great way to incorporate chia seeds into your diet and it keeps you full! Also avocados are an excellent healthy fat that is good for healthy hair. Omega 3 Fish Oils are still a supplement and if you have any questions ask your provider. If you want to go down the medical route and you’re a man (men get it pretty bad as well rememeber!) then they can always go onto Blink Health online and get their prescription filled for finasteride to help with their thinning hair, so they don’t feel self-concious.
Now is the time to get that silk pillowcase. Your hair won’t get tangled when you sleep if it slides over a silk pillowcase. If that is not in the budget get a hairband like this that won’t damage your hair and put your hair in a high and loose ponytail when you go to sleep that should help prevent gnarly knots from forming when you toss and turn at night.
Alright those are some of my tips for growing hair long! I wanted to share the ones I stick to on a daily basis and there are only so many times you can read “make sure to get regular trims” okay cool got it. Heard that one before. What are your tips for growing your hair out? Have you tried any of these? I’m always down in learning about new ideas! Hope you have a great day check back tomorrow for my at home workout picks! xoxoxo