Who doesn’t want long & luxurious hair? I remember a time where there was nothing more I wanted in the world than for my hair to be long and healthy. I had made the terrible mistake of having a hair dresser dye my hair bleach blonde from black overnight (I KNOW – so bad) and of course, the overload of bleach fried it to a crisp and a lot of my hair fell out. So here I am with orange hair almost up to my ears, mortified and wanting my dark, long, healthy hair back. It was in this moment that I dedicated the next couple years to being kinder to my hair and doing everything in my power to get it back. Here’s my how-to guide to achieving long and healthy hair – and if I could do it after that mess, so can you! Keep reading!
Washing is the most important to me. The natural oil that our scalp produces is most affordable way to nourish and moisturize your hair follicles which will leave your hair looking shinier and healthier. I, personally wash my hair every 2-3 days, but if this is completely out of the question for you, try to wash hair every other day. In addition, try to skip shampooing and only use conditioner for one of those washes. Shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils so by just conditioning you will still get the clean feel and fresh scent without the damage.
I take biotin every morning. Lately I’ve been taking the extra strength dosage, but you can find regular biotin for around $10 at Trader Joes. Biotin, or Vitamin B7, is a water-soluble vitamin that’s a part of the vitamin B complex — which is a group of key nutrients needed for healthy metabolic, nerve, digestive and cardiovascular functions. Biotin is great for hair, skin and nails – and trust me, you will notice a difference after the first few weeks of taking it.
I get my roots done with my best friend and hair stylist, Laura Nelson’s studio, and she gives me a fresh trim about every other trip in. I see her every 3-4 weeks, which means I get my hair cut almost every other month. This is so important because when your ends start to dry out or split, not cutting them will only make them break off and look worse. If you get a fresh trim regularly, you will notice that your hair is always looking healthy. Additionally, Laura only puts color on my roots (fun fact: I’m a natural blonde), so by not coloring or bleaching my hair, I’ve been able to keep it fairly healthy.
Heat is one of the worst things for your hair and can cause hair follicles to split or feel dry. Avoid using hot tools on your hair as much as possible. I always try to let my hair air dry if I’m not in a hurry, or if I’m getting ready for a night out, I’ll let my hair dry while I do your makeup, and finish it off with a blow dryer when you’re done. For about 6 months I avoided hot tools completely, and while I brought my frizzy hair to work with me, I honestly felt like it was in that time that my hair grew the most.
Remember that blog post all about coconut oil? Coconut hair masks are not only super easy, but also affordable. Just add warm coconut oil to the ends and work your way to the roots. A tip that I learned though is to not get it too into your roots, because it’s difficult to wash out and can leave your hair feeling greasy. Make sure that after your deep condition you wash your hair thoroughly to ensure that you get it all out and you will feel the difference.
Massaging your scalp is a great way to thicken your hair follicles. Massaging stimulates the oil production we talked about while increasing blood circulation. Increased blood flow will allow more oxygen and nutrients to reach your hair follicles. Natural oil is not our enemy and by increasing the production, you will notice your hair getting longer & stronger.
Here’s the great news! I know you may have heard that red wine is good for your heart, but is also works wonders for your hair! Not only does massaging your head increase blood circulation, but red wine does too. I prefer to drink it, but you can always add it to that coconut hair mask I mentioned above.
I hope this helps and if you have any other hair secrets that have worked for you, please share them in the comments below!