Even though hair just grows all on its own, without you having to even think about, growing out your hair is HARD! I’m not a big believer in all the supposed methods to make hair
“grow faster”, but I also haven’t really tried them (I see an experiment in my future!). The key to growing long hair is to keep your hair HEALTHY! I have compiled a list of some of my favorite tips and tricks I have learned in the process of growing out my hair.
There is no denying, Moroccanoil is a little spendy, but you get what you pay for! I love it. I use it before I blow dry after I blow-dry and before I flat iron to protect my hair from the heat, or to loosen up flat iron curls that got a little too tight, and to smooth fly aways. A little goes a long way too. I have thick, coarse hair and I almost never use more than 1 pump at a time. I definitely recommend Moroccan Oil if you are using as much heat on your hair as I am. There are a ton of other heat protecting products out there, and I am sure many of them will do the trick, I just love my Moroccanoil. You can get it at most local salons or for a likely cheaper price at Amazon.com.
2. Hairs Masks
I have tried several brands of masks, and most of them produce about the same results, although I feel like I see a longer lasting effect from professional brands. Most recently I have been using the Moroccanoil Restorative Mask, and it is by far my favorite mask I have tried. It makes my hair so soft it hard holds a curl. Another trick can be pulled straight from your pantry. Organic coconut oil does wonders for hair. I use Nutiva coconut oil that I buy in a giant tub from Costco. It will make your hair feel super soft and look shiny! All you have to do is slather it on, you can do your whole head or just your ends, and let it sit for as long as you want. If you can before washing it out, over night is fantastic.
3. Stop washing your hair every day!
I know, that’s a really hard one for some people. I have spent years trying to convince my sister that she doesn’t need to be washing her hair every day, and she still can’t bring herself to skip a day. But really, I’ve heard someone compare hair to wool fiber. The more you wash it the more rough and damaged it may appear. Just give it at least a 1 day break between washes, or 2 or more if you can stand it.
4. Lay off the heat
This one is hard for me. I have thick, coarse, wavy hair. Not wavy enough that I can wear it naturally curly. Just wavy enough that I look like a wet dog when I try to wear my natural curls. I let my hair air dry as often as possible to avoid damage from blow drying. If you have to blow dry, use product to protect your hair from the heat. If you have to flat iron, I almost always need to do at least a few pieces, do it in small sections so you only need to run your flat iron over each piece once. Play around with sock bun curls, rag curls, braids, or other “night before” styles that produce pretty no heat curls.
5. Trim it
I HATE getting my hair trimmed. Is there really anything worse than cutting off all your hard work? I have worked months and months for just an inch of two of hair and they want me to cut it off?! But lets be honest, every time you cut off those dry crusty ends you say, “Oh, it feels so much healthier now!” Will this make your hair grow faster? No. BUT if you keep your ends nice and tidy it will prevent further breakage and more ugly split ends.
I hope some of these tips that I have found helpful in the process of growing out my hair can help you achieve the long healthy hair you are after!
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