My hair has stopped growing.
That’s what I use to think constantly whenever I looked into the mirror and saw the ends of my hair sitting just 2 inches below my shoulders. My hair was stuck in that awkward not short, but not quite long stage. I would dream of having long thick hair going down my spine.
About a year ago I decided I was going to make my hair grow. My hairs meant to grow, it should grow! I spent hours over the next few weeks researching and watching videos on how to grow your hair long.
First thing I learned was in order for my hair to grow it had to be HEALTHY.
This meant my beloved GHDs, which I religiously used almost every single day, were going to have to take a back seat. In order for your hair to grow heat has to be used sparingly. Try using your hair dryer on the coolest setting when drying your locks, or even better, letting your hair dry naturally. Always use a heat protection spray! I recommend L’Oreal Studio heat spray. This will provide a protective barrier and prevent frying the ends.
The next step is to leave longer between washes, as washing your hair can strip it of its natural oils thus slowing the growing process. I’m quite lazy and find washing my hair a chore so this was music to my ears. Instead of washing my hair every day or every other I now leave two days in between washing. In fact my hair has become less greasy as a result.
It is advised to only apply shampoo to your scalp and roots as the rinsing process is enough to clean the rest of the hair. You don’t want to use too much and dry your hair out. My favourite is Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo .
Conditioner shoulder only be applied to the ends of your hair or your hair could end up looking greasy if placed too close to the roots. The ends are the driest and most brittle part of your hair so I like to smother them in conditioner and leave it on for 3-5 minutes. Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner is a fav and it smells divine.
Personally, I like to switch between shampoos and conditioners as I feel using the same ones after a while your hair becomes almost immune to the benefits. I regularly alternate with the Lee Stafford Hair Growth range as it provides the hair with essential protein to strengthen hair and encourage growth.
Another great tip is when you have finished washing your hair spend ten seconds or so rinsing your hair with cold water. This will close your hair follicles and safeguard the strands from any heat damage.
When your hair is wet it is at its most fragile so you should refrain from brushing too hard. Using a wide tooth comb is suggested and always start from the bottom and work your way up.
To promote hair growth use your finger tips and give your scalp a massage often, everyday if you can. This will stimulate the hair follicles encouraging them to grow. As a bonus you could use coconut oil on your your fingers as this will give your hair a conditioning boost.
Always remember to cut off split ends, in theory cutting your hair won’t make it longer but by avoiding trimming the ends, the hair shaft will split further and cause breakage further up the strand. If you go to a hairdresser, ask them to just dust off the ends. You should do this every 8-10 weeks.
Follow these tips and your hair should grow longer and healthier in no time. Take before and after pics and let me know your results. I hope this advice was useful. Thanks for reading XOXO
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