Thursday, 30 January 2014

Long Hair Fast - Products, Tips & Tricks


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:




1. Terax Crema - Ultra Moisturising Daily Conditioner 

This daily conditioner has been instrumental in keeping my hair moisturised and preventing any further damage.  Honestly, as soon as I started using this conditioner, I noticed instant results in my hair's texture and really started to notice hair growth.  The Terax Crema conditioner is extremely rich and creamy, so a little really goes a long way.  I use it every time that I wash my hair, making sure to squeeze as much water from my hair as I can before applying it and then leaving it in for about 5 minutes before rinsing out.  I also use this same conditioner as a hair mask about once a month, leaving it in for 15 minutes before rinsing out.  For someone who is really wanting to improve the overall health and condition of their hair, the Terax Crema daily conditioner is worth the investment.

2. Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment

With the cult following that this product has, it needs no introduction; I can tell you, though, that it definitely lives up to its hype. I apply a dime size amount of this nourishing hair oil to the ends of my damp hair every time it is washed.  Not only does it protect and moisturise your hair, it also drastically reduces your hair's drying time (a huge bonus for my long hair.)  I'll even use a tiny amount of the Moroccan Oil on the ends of my hair if I haven't washed it that day, to help prevent any breakage.  As with the Terax conditioner, a little of this miracle oil goes a long way, so this is a product that will last.

3. Milk Shake Leave in Conditioner 

This leave in conditioner is great for combing through stubborn tangles.  I apply a few spritzes on just washed hair, after my Moroccan Oil, to help a wide tooth comb glide through my hair with ease - helping to reduce any breakage as a result from tangles.  I also just really love the scent of this product, like a delicious vanilla milkshake - yum!


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!

xo

-Joelle


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  1. You look wonderful!

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  2. Great post and ideas. You look wonderful with short but also long hair. :)
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  3. Oh my I have not cut my hair in 5 months. But had a bad hair cut last time so that is how long it took for me to get it to where it can be cut well.

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    1. I can relate to hair cut horror stories - it took me forever to find a great stylist who wasn't scissor happy! Hang in there!

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  4. Definitely going to try the Terax Crema conditioner, and the leave in conditioner! Thanks!! My hair is now mid back length and I'm finding after a day of running around, or especially a riding lesson, I've got a dreadlock at the back of my neck from all the jostling! lol. Takes me like 10 minutes and handfuls of conditioner to untangle!

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    1. Haha - sounds like you and I could rival any Rastafarian with our dreadlocks!

      Thanks for taking a look Rachelle, I really appreciate it!

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