I have always been a sucker for long, healthy hair, although you would never know it from my hair history. Bleaching, skipping hair trims and a brief love-affair with a sewn in weave had previously left my hair short, sparse and damaged. That was about two years ago, and after a strict resolve to maintain healthy hair practises, my hair is now long, thick and healthy - and best of all, it's all real! Read on as I share my best products, tips and tricks to achieve long, healthy hair in no time.
First off, a little bit of history: I used to be a blond. Not just any blond but a platinum, bleached-to-the-max super blond, that was so far off of my natural colour that I would have to go for root touch-ups every three weeks. While fun, the entire process left my hair completely fried - I couldn't even touch my hair without leaving a trail of hair breakage behind. To make matters worse, because my hair was breaking so much at the ends, resulting in my hair getting shorter and shorter by the month - I also neglected regular hair cuts. By the time I coloured my hair back to a more natural brunette, it was so damaged and short that it seemed almost impossible to grow out long. However, once I started really taking care of my hair, and investing in quality products, it started to grow at lightening speed! Here's what I did to nurture my hair back to health, and get it to finally start growing.
1. Trim your Hair Regularly
I'll admit it, I was the biggest sceptic about the concept of cutting your hair to promote growth - I honestly thought that it was a ploy for hairstylists to keep a steady business. That being said, once I went to a professional stylist and cut off all my damaged ends, and returned back every 8 weeks for a minor trim, my hair really took off. I couldn't believe that something as simple as trimming your hair regularly could promote the growth I was seeing, but looking back now it makes sense . Think about your fingernails - when one chips or breaks, you cut off or file the damage to appear more polished and help the nail grow back (a damaged nail can catch and snag on objects to create more damage.) The same principal goes for your hair.
2. Go to a Professional for your Hair Colour
Non negotiable if you're going lighter in colour, but also necessary if you're going darker and want to maintain healthy hair. I really fought this one for a long time, not seeing the point as I was maintaining a darker hair shade. My feelings changed as soon as I started getting my hair professionally coloured, and noticed an immediate difference in the softness and shine of my hair. I really don't want to knock at-home hair colour, since it is definitely the cost-friendly option of the two, but if you're wanting to grow your hair or work on it's overall health then leave it to the professionals.
3. Invest in Quality Products
Investing in high quality hair products played a key role in achieving the long hair length that I have now. Here are the products that worked wonders on me:
Trying to grow out your hair can be a frustrating experience. These tips, tricks and products (and a little patience) really helped me to achieve the long, healthy hair I had always wanted. Let me know what has worked for you!