I’m really lucky as I have fairly long, blonde hair that is looks really healthy – but it takes a look of work to take care of it, I must admit. Looking after your hair is super important so I thought it would be useful for you to do a post about how to grow your hair, take care of it and what to do when it’s damaged from using heating tools or from too much bleach.
I am in no way an expert nor am I a hairdresser, but I’ve learnt to keep my long hair healthy so if you find any of my tips useful, then that’s great. Everyone has a different hair type, whether it’s thick, fine, long or short, and everyone’s hair grows at a different rate. I am lucky that my hair grows very quickly and has always been crazy thick.
Find a decent hairdresser
I used to hate going to the hairdresser, it was a genuine phobia and I was so desperate to have long hair that I didn’t actually get my hair cut for 5 years. I know. So grim. Anyway, it got to the point where my partner’s sister forced me to go (thanks Ab) as my hair was an absolute MESS. I had thousands of split ends, and my hair was so dry, damaged and just dead generally. However, I’ve found a hairdresser I trust and really listens to exactly what I want. I now book in for regular trims every 6 – 8 weeks and have an inch or so each time. Not only will it grow back quickly, it’ll be healthier and thicker.
Don’t over wash your hair
I used to wash my hair everyday, and now I only do it every other day. If you wash your hair everyday you wash away all of the natural oils that help to keep your hair healthy and glossy. Overusing shampoo and conditioner can also cause scalp irritation, and it’s important to keep it health as this is where the hair is growing from and you don’t want to restrict hair growth. I tend to go for shampoos and conditioners that are specifically for dry, damaged hair or thickening products.
Treat your hair
I treat myself to a conditioning hair mask once or twice a week (Aussie have a huge range of amazing products), and I find this really helps improve the condition of my hair. Think how much face masks improve your skin once in a while – it’s the same for your hair. Hair masks can be expensive though, so if you’re on a tight budget, just leave your conditioner in for a little longer so that it soaks in and leaves your hair feeling silky smooth.
Ditch the straighteners
I used to love my heated hair tools, but have noticed a huge difference since I stopped using them everyday. I used my curling tongs on the ends of my hair all the time and found it really dried them out – especially as I wasn’t used any heat protector, doh! If you’re addicted to curling tongs, why not trying out some good quality rollers instead? These are just as effective and you avoid damaging your hair as much. It’s so worth investing in some decent heat protector spray, even when you’re just blow-drying your hair. But try and use tools every other day if you can, or let your hair dry naturally every now and then. I find tying my hair in a messy bun when it’s still damp leaves my hair with natural, tousled curls.
Stress and anxiety has a huge effect on hair growth, so take time out to relax! You’ll find a dramatic difference in the rate of your hair growth when you’re less stressed. Little things like pamper nights will help you to relax quickly and easily.
Eating healthily will also make a big difference to the condition of your hair. Healthy fats and oils such as avocados and fish are SO good for skin and hair. Drinking lots of water is also great for your hair, and helps it to maintain that natural glossy look that everyone wants to achieve. Making small changes like getting enough sleep and adding more fruit & veg into your diet will create big results for you, I swear.
Do you have any tips for growing your hair?