Thsee are my tips for growing my hair long. I’ve been coloring my hair for over 10 years and heat style it at least once a week with either a blow dryer, flat iron, or curling iron. I had the hardest time growing it out before, even though I always use a heat protectant, but I’ve been doing the following things over the last year and a half and I feel like my hair has gotten longer, but also healthier and fuller looking. They are in no particular order.
1. Wash you hair two to three time MAX a week. I work out six days a week (got a brag in here, good for me!), so sometimes this feels gross, I’ll be honest. But I dry shampoo my hair every day, so the roots never look greasy. My favorite dry shampoo is from Blow, you can buy it at Ulta. A drug store favorite is “Pssst” and it retails for around $6. My stylist recently told me to try Klorane’s dry shampoo, which I will do when I’m finished with my bottle from Blow. You have to be really careful choosing a dry shampoo because some have left my hair feeling dirtier than when I started. I had to throw out my bottle of Tresemme dry shampoo. I usually give products that aren’t working for me to my friends, but I didn’t want anyone to have that. But Blow is great, it really absorbs oil, and Pssst is also great and so inexpensive, but comes in an aerosol can, which makes me feel bad because I do use dry shampoo every day. Mother Earth loves me, so I’m trying to love her back by not ruining her ozone.
Not wet shampooing your hair everyday lets your scalp stay healthy. Also, it saves you from having to heat style more frequently.
But dry shampooing is essential if you want to have any friends or keep your job. Puff a fine coat of dry shampoo either all over your head, close to your scalp, or just on spots that tend to get greasy looking (front of your head, sides, etc – anywhere you touch your hair during the day). Let it sit for a minute or two, do your makeup, make your coffee, whatever. Then, brush it out and blow dry on the lowest setting or cool setting to help the powder absorb fully and give you hair a little lift.
2. Put some sort of an oil on the ends of your hair every single day. I have dry hair, so I usually start putting oil about four inches above the bottom of my hair. On the front of layered back pieces, I start one inch up.
The brand of oil isn’t super important, although I love the smell of Moroccan Oil and it did transform my hair. Just make sure there aren’t a ton of junky extra ingredients in it that will weigh your hair down. Pureology just came out with a new oil product line that also smells amazing and works wonders. I’ll review it soon in full. I think Argan oil is great and it’s really having its moment right now. Also, coconut oil, yes, the kind you use to cook, is also great for hair. Take a pea size amount, warm it in your hands to liquify it, then run through the ends on your hair only. Don’t get any type of oil near your roots, it’ll just make your hair look unwashed. If you have flyaway hair at the roots, rub oil through the ends, then, with whatever is left on your palms, lightly smooth over just the top layer over your hair.
I put four drops of oil on my ends every day. Your hair won’t look greasy, the ends will soak the oil up. If you have naturally oilier hair, just do two pumps everyday on the tips of your ends only. But seriously, oil your hair up every day. It takes a beating, pamper it a ‘lil bit.
3. Sleep with your hair in a high, loose bun. This will protect the delicate ends from breaking off when you toss and turn in the night. It would probably be beneficial to wear it up during the day too, at least while you are growing it out. But to be honest, I’m too vain. I like to wear it down like I’m a 13-year-old farm girl on Little House On the Prairie looking for a husband.
4. If you can, try to only heat style when you absolutely must. This includes blow drying, flat ironing, and curling with a curling iron. I blow dry my roots for 10 seconds everyday to give it volume, so I get it. I get it. I get it. But try. Do a braid, a loose/low bun (just flat iron your bangs or front pieces), a high ponytail. Just try one hairstyle a week where you don’t use heat or only use it on your bangs or front pieces.
If you must heat style, use a high quality hair protectant. Then turn the temp on your flat iron or curling iron down to the lowest possible heat setting that will still give you results. I set it on the lowest one, then use long black hair clips to pin the curls to my head. The curls cool against your head so they stay extra curly and bouncy.
5. Take a supplement. For a drugstore option, I take a high dose of Biotin. 7500 mgs. Take one in the morning and one before bed. If you’ve got cash to burn or want your hair to grow out faster, consider using Biosil. I buy mine off of Amazon, the vegetarian capsules. I like the liquid too, but it tastes awful. I buy the capsules, then open them up and empty it into my mouth. I do this so it absorbs into my blood stream faster. (By the way, in case you couldn’t tell, I’m insane. A doctor has def not approved this, so do it at your own decision) Have a glass of water close by, because this doesn’t taste great. I have come around to really liking the taste though, sort of like enjoying the smell of gasoline. I’m a real lady. I take Biosil twice a day OR Biotin if I just can’t justify the cost of Biosil. Lately, I’ve been having a lot of “treat ‘yo self” moments, however, and I’ve noticed my hair, nails, and lashes have gotten a lot stronger and longer with the Biosil.
6. I had “Tape In” extensions installed in my hair for four months. See my extensions guide post for more info. I know some people disagree and think that extensions are damaging. But in my opinion, because mine were installed and removed properly, they really helped me grown my hair out long. The extension hair takes the brunt of the heat styling, so your natural hair has a chance to grow and get fewer split ends. Fewer split ends means you can go a bit longer without a trim, letting your hair get LONG.
6. Use high quality products. Good shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. I’m a big fan of Pureology and Wen for shampoos and conditioners. For styling products, I like Living Proof Full, Aveeno Volumizing Foam, and Pureology Precious Oil. These products are an investment up front, but you will have to get your color touched up less and you’ll need fewer trims, so in the long run they save you a bundle.
YOU ARE SO WELCOME. SERIOUSLY, STOP, IT WAS NOTHING.
Right after a haircut. Feb 2013.