I struggled to get my hair to grow for the longest time. I used to half joke that I had little ‘Bermuda Triangles’ at my ends, because I’d see the regrowth from my highlights, but my ends would disappear and my hair would remain the same length.
I changed 5 things and within a few months I noticed a significant change.
1. Start with a clean slate. It’s important to get rid of the build up of products. Apple cider vinegar is the best and cheapest way. Simply mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water and then pour the solution into a spray bottle. After shampooing, spritz your hair and massage into your scalp. Let the concoction sit for a few minutes before rinsing completely. I usually put the water off in the shower and shave my legs (time and water saving.) The vinegar smell will fade once your hair dries, and you’ll finally see some shine again. Do this once a week and adjust accordingly, depending on how much product you’ve been using in your hair.
2. Indulge in a hair mask. It’s also best to apply a hair mask to dry hair. When your hair is wet, most of the masks nourishing ingredients slide off your locks and onto the floor of your shower or bathtub. When you apply it to dry hair, it soaks everything up like a sponge, leaving you with a smoother finish. I adore using the Wella hair mask. I alternate between the Repair Mask and the Hydrate Mask.
This is what I use on my hair: I love the Wella System Professional products. I alternate between mixing the Repair Shampoo with the Hydrate Conditioner and the Hydrate Shampoo and Repair Conditioner.
I also love leaving coconut oil in overnight – but you have to ensure you wash it out properly. I’ve written about how I do it here.
3. Replace your towels with t-shirts. Drying your hair with a regular towel can really roughen up the cuticles, which lead to breakage and frizz. Using softer fabric like an old cotton T-shirt or microfiber towel, you’ll get a smoother finish and it will still absorb excess water. I take the T-shirt from the side, so that I’m holding the one sleeve, flip my hair over and then place the t-shirt over my hair, wrapping it around. I then fold the ends into the back. When removing, scrunch your strands from the bottom up, working your way around your head.
4. Aim for 2 days a week and make them your no-heat days. Let your hair dry naturally and if it really is unruly, practice braiding your hair or tie it up into a messy top knot. I have the most awesome messy bun tutorial coming a little later this week.
5. Supplement. I started taking Biotin daily and within a few months of taking it, I noticed my hair growth. I had also done all 4 steps above too, so I’m pretty sure this is a winning formula.
Here is my hair after going to Scar Hair 2 weeks ago. Brittny, my hair stylist, created the Blonde Balayage and gave it a good cut to get rid of all the dead ends! Do you have any tricks when it comes to keeping your hair beautiful and healthy?