One thing I have always wanted is long hair. It may seem trivial, but I am so envious of people who’s hair grows inches in a few weeks after a haircut, whereas I have grown my hair for about 7 years for it to finally reach a length I am really happy with. It all started after a seriously bad, BAD decision which involved me having bright blonde peroxide hair and having to chop most of it off. (Please, just don’t ask.) But I can finally say I now have long hair and my god, it feels great when people I haven’t seen in a while comment on how long it is.
Over the last few years I’ve triend and tested many, many products to try and find a miracle worker that will make my hair grow to the length of Rapunzel’s. I was warned away from getting hair extensions to achieve the length I wanted, so I stuck to my guns and tried to look after my hair as best as possible. It’s fair to say the answers are so simple. Just keep things au naturel, have a bit of patience, and before you know it, you’ll be spending four hours blowdrying your luscious locks post-shower. (Slight exaggeration but you get the gist…)
Admittedly, my hair is nowhere near as long as other girls have theirs. I think it’s reached its optimum length now and I’m unsure as to whether it will grown anymore. But I’ve finally reached the “long” stage and I couldn’t be happier. Here are the little things that helped me finally grow my hair…
1. Try not to use too much heat on your hair
I was (and still can be) a sucker for a GHD straightener back in the day. The constant need to straighten my already straight hair within an inch of its life meant I was left with horribly frazzled, frizzy hair that just would not grow. For the last two-three years I’ve made a concious effort to try and limit the amount of times I style my hair with heat each week. I’ll usually loosely straighten or curl my hair one morning and then will tie it up the next day, to try and save how often I am using heat on my hair. I’d say I probably straighten or curl my hair about two-three times a week now, and I’ll definitely have additional days off if I can help it. It’s made a huge difference to how thick and healthy my hair is.
2. Get regular hair cuts
I also used to be terrified of getting my hair cut for fear that all my hard work of hair growing would be put to waste after a single snip. I’m quite lucky that my mum used to be a hairdresser so I’ve got free haircuts on tap, but now I will happily pluck up the courage to get the chop after always putting off trims for so long. I’d say I get my hair cut every 8 weeks or so, which I appreciate isn’t always feasible when you’re on an budget. However, scheduling in regular hair cuts is definitely a great way to get rid of dead ends and to get your hair growing.
3. Avoid bleach like the plague (but box dyes work pretty well!)
I have only used bleach on my hair once since my dark days of being a blonde, (looking back now I actually die of embarrassment at how horrendous I looked, and at how much I really did not suit being a blonde bombshell) and that was to add an ombre vibe when that was all the rage a little while ago. I’ve been so scarred by the use of bleach on my hair, so now I stick to semi-permanent box dyes and use them every couple of months to freshen up and change my hair colour ever so slightly. I use the Casting Creme Gloss by L’Oreal, and I find that they actually give my hair a really good boost, and leaves it feeling really soft and nourished.
4. Don’t wash your hair too often
This is something I admittedly find pretty difficult as I go to the gym so often and sometimes am so sweaty that my hair needs washing pronto, but I try my best to stick to every other day when it comes to hair washes. It helps to retain the hair’s natural oils and sebum, and ultimately helps your hair to grow. I very rarely go more than two days without washing my hair as it’s quite oily naturally and if I do I end up with terrible breakouts on my face, but I take it as far as I can. Dry shampoo will soon become your best friend.
5. Eat well and look after yourself
It goes without saying really, but eating better, getting enough good sleep and generally looking after my body has done wonders.
Lots of love. xoxo