I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, I went from the left to the right in 5 years.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with short hair. I loved my short hair, until I let a stylist razor cut it… Even though my hair is thick, it’s also really thin so a razor destroyed my ends and made it fuzzy. I spent 5 painstaking years obsessing over my hair because I wanted it long and healthy again. I did things like putting mustard powder and egg yolk in my hair to dousing it in coconut oil.
My hair took a long time to get long because I had to cut out a lot of damage from razor cutting but also constant dying (red was my color of choice). I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way, here’s my 10 best tips for growing long and strong hair.
Little to no heat styling
It was really once I got on the no heat styling train that my hair got super healthy and long. Mostly because they don’t have to cut as much off when you go get a hair cut. So you’re keeping your new growth whilst also maintaining the length you already have.
Wash only once or twice per week
This is hard at first because your scalp is used to overproducing oils since you’re overfishing but cut down to 4 times per week, then 3, etc. You’ll dry out your hair less if you let the natural oils from your scalp do their job and nourish your hair at the root, producing longer, stronger strands as it grows out.
Use a t-shirt to squeeze water out of your hair
The fibers from the terrycloth are really rough on the hair strand, as well as rubbing the hair between the fibers. DO NOT RUB YOUR HAIR. Finger comb through your hair in the shower, and then use a cotton t-shirt to squeeze the water out of your hair. If you’re going to blow-dry, wait until your hair is at least 70% air dried. 100% air dried is the best but ya know, sometimes you have places to be! This is an important tip since hair is the most fragile when it’s wet.
Use silicone and sulfate free shampoo and conditioner
Sulfates are what they use in dish detergent, and silicone is plastic. These things are just masking hair health, not actually providing hair health. Silicones make your hair look shiny because it’s a plastic coating over your hair, and the sulfates strip all the natural oils from your hair, making it seem clean. The natural oils and cleaning agents in sulfate and silicone free shampoo will allow you hair to maintain it’s health the way it’s supposed to.
I recommend using DevaCurl’s No-Poo and One Condition Original, click here.
Shampoo your scalp, condition your ends
Hands down, the most common mistake people make with their hair. Your scalp will produce natural oils to condition your hair, therefore no need to put conditioner on it. Usually when people think their hair is “greasy”, they’re actually just conditioning their ends when they shouldn’t be. On the same token, only shampoo your scalp. When you shampoo the whole hair strand you’re stripping the rest of the hair shaft of the natural oils it’s gotten when it was growing from the root. Only shampoo your scalp to clean excess oil and dirt off, and condition your ends to maintain soft hair.
Give your scalp oil massages once or twice a month
This is an old technique that many cultures have used for THOUSANDS of years. While it may seem counterintuitive to put oil on your scalp which already produces oil, when you massage the oil into the scalp it improves the health of the scalp. It also increases blood flow to the scalp which can equate to faster hair growth. Scalp massages can also help to unclog hair follicles or revitalize lazy ones. For me, coconut oil seems to take a while to wash out of my hair but for some it works great!
My most favorite scalp massaging oil – Jessicurl Scalp Massaging Oil, click here.
Always rinse sweat, pool water, salt water, out of your hair as soon as you can
While you don’t want to wash your hair all the time, you do want to rinse it free of any impurities. I always rinse out my hair after biking, working out, swimming, etc. I always finger comb through my hair and use a bit of conditioner on the ends. Bring some extra clean water to the beach or the pool, and rinse as soon as you get out. The combination of salt and sun or chlorine and sun can drastically dry out the hair.
Drink plenty of water
I’m not sure why it works but it does, your skin, hair, and the rest of your body will thank you.
Hands down, my hair started growing so much faster when I went plant-based. Weirdly enough the vision in one of my eyes also got better. The doctor said it could be anything, but she mentioned diet as a contributing factor to eye health so I’m just gonna give that credit to the plants. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and grains and your hair will reflect the internal health.
Be patient and stop looking in the mirror
I used to be OBSESSED with how much my hair was growing. Once I stopped looking in the mirror and just making it look the best I could every day, it all of a sudden seemed to grow faster. In reality it didn’t, but I wasn’t so laser focused on it all the time.