It’s been about 9 months since I chopped off all of my hair, and as devastating as it was at the time, I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision now. I have long suffered with thin and lifeless locks, thus I was always trying to find the best hair extensions around to bulk it up and make it long. From clip-ins to bonded, I really have tried it all. Little did I know that giving my strands a good chop would be the best remedy to growing long, natural, hair. Though it doesn’t just stop there, I’ve realized taking care of your hair is a full-time job. So after reading tons of articles and tips for growing happy healthy hair, I’ve made a list of the one’s that work best for me.
1. Chop It Off: I’m well aware of the trauma that accompanies this step, but I find it’s the most necessary if you want thicker, healthier locks. I’ll be the first to admit that I cried real tears once I got home from the salon the day I did this, but now I’ve never looked back! It’s also made me a more adventurous person hair-wise – I’m now considering experimenting with an asymmetrical cut and some darker colours in the future. I’ve really come to realize that it is JUST hair.
2. Save Water, Don’t Wash: I only really wash my hair on days when it’s slightly unacceptable to throw my hair up in a bun. But if I’m just going to school, running a few quick errands, or lazing around the house – up it goes, no wash required! I’ve found this has totally saved my hair, and my shampoo bill.
3. Oil is Your Friend: One reason why I love not washing my hair every day is because you can really see the natural oils doing their thang (yes in other words, my hair gets greasy). But when I know I’ll be washing my hair a few days in a row, I make sure to run some argan oil through my ends and let it sit overnight. Your hair needs these oils to grow long and strong.
4. Condition, Condition, Condition: I think this is probably one of the best things you can do for your hair, in terms of moisture – this is like giving your hair a little drink. I try to deep condition my hair one or two times a week. It’s a great thing to remember to do while you shave your legs, since the longer it sits, the better it works.
5. Turn Off the Heat: I’m not someone that can go without straightening or curling my hair, unless I can throw it up in a bun. But I’ve really tried to cut the blow drying step out of my routine. For me this means waking up a little earlier, but this allows me to shower as soon as I wake up, and then I eat breakfast and watch some TV while I wait until my hair is about 75% dry. I’ve actually come to enjoy this part of my morning!
I’m so happy with my hair and the progress its made; and although it only reaches my shoulders right now, when I have it up in a bun it looks like I have WAY more hair than I do. In fact, people are always surprised when I wear it down and it’s so short! But I wouldn’t have gotten to this point if I hadn’t tried so hard to maintain my strands’ health. If you guys have any tips that you’ve found to help grow healthy hair, I’d love to hear them!