I once was that girl who could never get her hair to grow past a few inches below the shoulder. It would always break, split, and become frizzy before I could grow it long. It was an endless cycle of growing and cutting, without being able to gain any length.
But then I changed up my routine. I tossed my “long hair” shampoo, stopped taking the vitamins that “claimed” would help, and looked towards a more natural approach. And after over a year of having long, strong hair, I have to say, the results were incredible. My hair is now longer than it’s ever been before, it’s much more manageable, and I spend less time fighting my hair to get it how I want, and more time enjoying it. Yes, I said enjoying it, because our hair is something we should all enjoy! We should be able to look in the mirror and love the way our hair looks, no matter what type of hair we have.
So what’s my secret? Well, it’s a myriad of things. It’s a whole new hair-do lifestyle- and one that’s totally doable. And because I want you to be able to have long, strong hair too, I’m going to let you in on the secret. Below, I’ve gathered 5 simple ways that are guaranteed to help you grow out your hair.
1. Don’t wash it. Yes, you heard me right! Depending on how thin or thick your hair is, you should only wash it every 3-4 days. Simply put your hair up in a bun when you take a shower and after showering, brush it out. It may feel wet from sweat if you worked out that day or a little damp from the shower, but that’s okay! Let it air dry, then style. Your hair’s natural oils will provide your hair with the nutrients it needs to keep your hair soft and silky. And if it’s starts getting a little too oily, try using a spritz of dry shampoo.
I’ve tried out all sorts of dry shampoo brands, but the one that has worked the best for me is this Klorane Dry Shampoo. It soaks up unwanted oils and blends into your hair seamlessly so no powder will show. And you can use it multiple days in a row without it feeling cakey! You can order it here.
2. Toss your conditioner. Conditioner can make your hair softer and easier to brush after showering. But because it will be softer and lighter from the conditioner, this makes your hair more difficult for it to hold its style. So when you straighten, blow dry, or curl your hair, you will need to use other products to hold it in place. By skipping conditioner, your hair will hold its style longer- product free!
I used to curl my hair and douse it with hair spray on the daily to keep my curls intact. But since I stopped using conditioner, I curl my hair every day and the curls stay intact without any product- thanks to my hair’s natural texture! And the same goes for when I straighten, braid, or blow dry.
Since you’ll only washing your hair 1-2 times per week and won’t be using conditioner, it’s important to invest in a good shampoo that will moisturize your hair. A great one to try, is this Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Shampoo. Or if you have color treated hair, like I do, try this Paul Mitchell Color Protect Shampoo. I have been using it non stop for the past few months and it leaves my hair hydrated, bright, and squeaky clean.
3. Quench your hair with a leave-in serum. After washing your hair, apply a leave-in serum. This will make your hair soft and shiny, without weighing it down. This Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum is perfect for all hair types. My hairdresser introduced me to it, and it keeps my hair soft and shiny for the full 3-4 days I go without washing. Just apply it midshaft and down to your ends.
4. Brush your hair with a wet brush. Using a wet brush will allow your hair to be brushed while its wet without causing your hair to tear or break. And since we are foregoing conditioner, we will need this wet brush all the more. Brush your hair in the shower, after the shower, and give it a good long brushing at least once a day, all while using the wet brush even when your hair is dry. Brushing your hair each day will not only free loose strands and detangle those locks, but it will also stimulate your scalp and hair follicles! The more your scalp is stimulated, the faster your hair will grow. Check out this under $10 wet brush here.
5. Keep your ends trim. Head to your local hairdresser for a trim every 2-3 months. I know it can be easy to let your hair go without a trim for fear of losing all of the inches your hair has gained, but it’s important we keep those split ends to a minimum. Unfortunately, split ends are going to happen to all of us, and the worse they get, the more length we’ll have to get clipped off by the time we do go in for a cut. By going in as often as needed to get any dead ends off, our hair will be stronger and less-susceptible to breakage. And this is doubly true for those of us with dyed or highlighted hair.
So there you have it- five simple ways to grow your out hair long and fast. Give it a try, and you’ll soon see how well this process works!
What are some of your favorite ways to grow out your hair? How do you manage to keep your hair long and strong? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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