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How to get your hair to grow

I adore mermaid hair. Mermaid hair is hair that falls over your boobs. Not the most glamourous description, but there you have it.

I had long hair until the day I went to a new hairdresser (the one and only time I visited this particular hairdresser) for a trim. I had been growing my hair and had finally got it to the length I wanted. I knew I needed a slight trim for any stray split ends and made it very very clear. I was so busy looking down at my phones screen that I wasn’t paying attention.

*Don’t ever make this error. You won’t catch me on my phone when cutting is happening.

Suddenly, I looked past the screen and onto the floor and saw a lot more hair for what should have been a trim. I was mortified as the hairdresser took my mermaid hair to just below my shoulders saying: “This is the new trend and you look lovely.”

Furious isn’t a strong enough word.

Sadly I have never really been able to get my hair back to that long, lovely length. I had gorgeous Great Lengths and Runway Hair extensions that helped my hair grow actually, but I decided after a while to take the extensions out and come to terms with the length I had. The next three photographs are with my glorious extensions in.

When I moved to Cape Town my hair was on my shoulders and while I really liked the cut, deep down I wanted my hair to grow. I was also convinced my hair just didn’t grow.

My boyfriend mocks me all the time about this because I used to complain and tell him quite indefinitely that my hair just DOES. NOT. GROW. I used to say that I had a Bermuda Triangle at the ends of my hair because I’d see the regrowth from my highlights, but my hair would have “disappeared” by not appearing any longer.

It’s now a running joke between us, especially now that my hair is looking longer and healthier. He always teases me by saying: “No, no… You’re right! Your hair doesn’t grow!”

Here are some pics…

Now girls, you know how we all talk and share? We chat about the products we use, the secret tips and so on, so thought I’d share what has worked for me.

I have been introduced to the vitamin Biotin, which I bought it at Dischem. A few friends told me about it, so I take one once a day. To be fair, I only found out about it this month, so obviously it’s too soon to see any benefits, but I’ll keep you posted. I’ve heard rave reviews though.

I have been using Coconut Oil as a hair mask. It’s messy and oily, but it’s miraculous. I’ve used all kinds of coconut oil and they’ve all worked really well. I heat up a little, by either sticking my coconut oil bottle in warm water or scooping the hardened coconut oil into a small dish and warming it ever so slightly. I’ve written about this before, see here: Nuts for Coconut Oil.

It does melt really easily so sometimes all it takes is rubbing chunks of coconut oil in my hands.

I section my hair off and smother each section in oil until my hair is completely covered.

Tip: Don’t wash your hands afterwards, rub the excess into your face, your lips, your body – it’s an amazing moisturiser.

I place a towel down over my pillow so that I don’t get oil all over and go to sleep. In the morning I wash my hair as usual and am always amazed at how fantastic my hair feels.

Ever since I started doing this, I’ve noticed a huge difference in the quality, shine, texture, I’ve noticed fewer split ends, my hair seems to actually be growing and it feels really good to the touch.

For cooking AND your hair, face, skin… Miraculous I tell you/

They say that if you have regular trims, it makes your hair grow faster. I’ve never known whether this is a myth or not. I’ve done some research and apparently it doesn’t make your hair follicle grow any faster than it would ordinarily, but it does keep your hair neat from split ends, which can cause breakage. Broken hair obviously means shorter hair and your hair will never grow properly in length.

Minimal heat and colouring. This one is very hard for me. My hair is naturally wavy, but not all over. I wish my hair was either dead straight or completely wavy, but instead I have wavy sections and straight sections. I also do freelance TV work and have to blow wave, curl or straighten my hair often. I do have natural blonde hair, but my blonde is a mousy blonde colour that I spruce up with highlights, which means regrowth is inevitable and I need to get my roots done every 4-6 weeks (sometimes even sooner.) My hair stylist at Scar Hair ensures that she only uses colour on the roots and leaves the rest of my hair be. When I don’t have to heat my hair, I leave it to dry naturally and braid it, pop it into a pony tail or a bun.

Use the right shampoo and conditioner. What I mean by this, is not necessarily using the expensive ones (ahem, they do help more though), it’s more about understanding your hair and scalp. Is your hair oily or does it feel brittle, straw like and dry? Check your scalp… is it itchy? Red? Dry? Is it oily? Do you have split ends? Once you’ve analysed your hair, you’ll be able to get the best shampoo and conditioner.

There is a hair myth that if you continue to use the same shampoo and conditioner, it will eventually stop working. This isn’t entirely true, but your scalp and hairs condition may change so it’s good to keep checking.

You also don’t have to use the matching shampoo and conditioner. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. For example, I used a scalp balancing shampoo (this past Winter I battled with a dry scalp that seemed a little red and sensitive) and a moisturising conditioner. My scalp is much better and now I am using a moisturising shampoo and strengthening conditioner.

Don’t skimp on having a treatment when you visit the hairdresser. I know it’s an extra expense, but your locks will love the extra TLC. Ask your stylist to analyse your hair and recommend the best treatment. I personally recommend the Evox Hair Rejuvenation treatment.

My hair has been growing, it’s thicker and feels healthy… Here are some recent pics:

So there we go girls… if you have any fast hair growing tips, won’t you share them below please?

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