So one question I get asked a lot is if this is all my hair. Well, it is! I guess I can thank genetics for the thickness, but as far as growing it long, I’ve learned a few tricks and tips along the way. Here are my top ten tips for growing your hair long:
- Olaplaex! I first discovered Olaplaex when my salon started offering it a few years ago. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered how powerful it is if you know how to use it right. It really has allowed me to get my hair highlighted, heat styled and still keep it long and healthy. First, find a salon that offers it. The first step is something they mix the the color when you get your hair colored. The second step they do at the salon after your color. They put it on your hair and leave it for about 5 minutes. Step 3 is the take home and this is where you need to be diligent. I have long and thick hair so I use a whole bottle of step 3 once a week. You get your hair wet and then put it on for a least 10 minutes. I’ve found it works better when you leave it on longer, so I put on a shower cap and leave it on overnight. Not the most attractive look, but I usually do it when my hubby is traveling for work. I’m pretty diligent about doing it once a week and I’ve found that it really strengthens my hair and allows it to stand up to the highlights and heat styling. It’s not a protein treatment or deep conditioner. It actually goes into the hair shaft and strengthens the bonds in your hair. I really love this stuff! You can read more about it at olaplaex.
- Viviscal – These are vitamins you take for your hair. The contain some biotin and vitamin C, but the main ingredient is AminoMar. They help your hair grow faster and thicker.
- Regular hair masques – Along with doing Olaplex step 3 once a week, I usually do a deep conditioner. As I do with Olaplex, I put it on my hair, put a shower cap on and leave it on over night. My favorites are Moroccan Oil and Kerastase.
- Argan oil – After I wash my hair, the first thing I always do is put Argan oil in my hair. I use Josie Maran because there are no fillers or other ingredients. I put about 3 drops in my hands, rub them together and then run them through my hair, focusing on the ends. This add moisture and shine.
- Less heat! One thing I’v learned along the way is that if you highlight your hair and want it to be long, you cannot heat style every day. I’m lucky because my hair is thick and does not show oil very fast so I usually only wash it once or twice a week. After I heat style, I try to keep the style for a few days. I’ve also learned a few braids and styles that don’t require heat so I try to mix it up. I really try to only heat style once a week, but most weeks it’s twice. I’ve noticed if I do more than that, I start to see breakage. I know some girls have to wash their hair every day so it is important to have some hair styles that don’t require heat. Braids are great, but also learning how to work with your natural texture. ( I hate mine, it’s curly…or what I can frizzy, but I’m trying to embrace it and work with it. Also, it seems like almost all girls hate their natural texture. Why is that?)
- Leave in conditioner – A leave in conditioner is something that I just added to my hair routine, but I’m really liking it! It can help protect against heat and moisturize your hair all day. I started using Kenra Platinum Snail CC Cream. I put a dime sized amount in my hair after the Argan oil
- Heat protectant – If you are going to heat style your hair, it’s really important to use a heat protectant. I’m a big fan of the Moroccan Oil line of products so I use their heat protectant. It’s great because it also contains a little hold so it makes styling your hair easier!
- Regular trims – Ok, so this on can be tricky. It’s important to get trims to clean up those split ends and keep your hair healthy. Unfortunately, a lot of stylists can get a little scissor happy. My advice is to get a good stylist who knows what a half inch or an inch trim really is and who won’t get too layer happy as well. I love my stylist because he knows what look I’m going for with my hair and doesn’t try to talk me into the latest cut or whatever. I recommend trims every 12 weeks if you’re trying to grow your hair long.
- Eat healthy – I’ve learned first hand that eating healthy can really effect how fast your hair grows. I try to eat clean 90% of the time. It’s important to eat a lot of organic fruits and vegetables and good sources of protein, including eggs and wild caught salmon. The occasional cheesecake can be okay, as long as that’s not a main stay in your diet.
- Less stress – As with eating healthy, stress can effect how fast your hair grows. As a working mom, some days can get a little dicey, but I try to find down time and time to recharge. Some things I recommend are meditation, walks in nature and plenty of sleep. Also, working out is a big stress reliever for me. It’s important to find what works for you.
I hope you enjoyed this post and picked up a few tips. Have a wonderful weekend!