Grow Your Hair Faster | Guide to Long, Luscious Locks
The two questions I get the most are: 1. Are those extensions? 2. How in the world is your hair so long?!
While it obviously didn’t happen overnight, growing my hair out didn’t take all that long, nor did I even really work that hard at it - I just tried a couple things that happened to work for me. Here are my two hard and fast rules for longer hair:
Number 1, and this is a biggie - pay attention to your diet! You may have overlooked your nutrition when it comes to hair, but it plays a part. Also, I have never taken hair skin and nails vitamins, although some do have luck with them. What I do is eat a lot of healthy fats - mostly olive oil, raw nuts like almonds and walnuts, and avocados (and probably too many tortilla chips). This has made the biggest difference in my hair, compared to when I didn’t have the best diet and couldn’t grow my hair as long in the past. If you keep getting regular trims and taking care of your hair and yet it keeps breaking off or your ends are splitting, take a good look in your pantry. Even if you’re allergic to nuts, or just not a guacamole fan, there are other sources of healthy fats like salmon, coconut oil for cooking/baking, and chia or flax seeds.
The second thing, and you’re not going to like this one, but…I basically said goodbye to hot tools. No blow-dryers, no curling or flat irons, I even tossed my old set of hot rollers. This, aside from my diet, made a HUGE difference in the condition and overall length of my hair, and I cannot overstate the importance if giving your hair a break from heat. And yes, at first it feels very wrong to face the world without frying your hair into submission. However, the good side is the longer you do this…the better your hair looks without any styling. And depending on your texture, there are some things you can do to keep it manageable in the awkward early days without using heat. Like piling it in to a messy bun while damp and taking it out once it dries for beauty waves, or if your hair is on the finer side, using foam rollers for added volume. Once I parted ways with the scorching blow dryer, my hair started growing faster than ever, and without the usual frayed ends. If going completely cold turkey just isn’t doable for you, you can at least try to embrace your natural texture here and there. Any little bit helps.
Those two things ^ are what made the biggest difference in my hair’s length and texture. But using the right products definitely will help matters. Here are a few of my favorites:
Shampoo: Wash sulfate-free when you can. However, I have an oily scalp, so lately I have been using Biolage Hydra Source.
Daily Conditioner: Loreal Elvive Rapid Reviver. If you’re always rushing out the door in the morning, this will give you the smoothness and silkiness of a mask in a fraction of the time.
Weekly Mask: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Mask - Not exaggerating when I say I have used this for half my life. It’s an oldie and a definite goodie.
Splurge: Oribe Gold Lust Repair Conditioner. This one’s great for color treated hair or brittle strands in need of a protein RX. You only need a little bit, so it should last and last.
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