|January 2015 - I've kept it about this length for the past year|
While genetics and hormones can play into your hair type, length, thickness, etc., there are a few things you can do at home to make sure your hair is as healthy and happy as possible when growing it out.
- Cut it! -- This sounds super counterintuitive, but honest to goodness, this is one of the best things you can do to grow out your hair. If your hair is especially fried from hot tool usage, dyeing, perms, etc. you might want to cut a good bit off at first. The more damage there is the harder to grow it out.
If not, make sure to get regular trims (about ¼ inch off each time). I usually go every 6-8 weeks and it really does make a difference because the split ends and damage isn’t traveling up the hair shaft.
- Deep condition -- You need to be conditioning like your hair depends on it! I use a regular conditioner (like Pantene or Garnier) on my ends every single time I’m in the shower and then once a week do a deep condition.
During the winter, when it’s really dry, I like to use coconut oil (read my review here). Otherwise I’m a fan of this Amika mask (read my review here). Additionally, every single time I get out of the shower I apply Moroccanoil Treatment - it is totally worth it! (Read my review here)
|Nov. 2012 - Before & After the second time I donated to Locks of Love|
- Turn down the heat -- This is one of the golden rules when it comes to keeping your hair healthy, but it’s especially important when growing it out. You want to limit heat as much as possible. I’ve always air dried my hair, but the first time I was growing it out to donate, I went an entire year without using my flat iron except for a handful of special occasions.
This is when you can get creative with heatless styles, i.e. sleep in braids or buns for waves the next day. Try out some fun textured braids, buns, and ponytails. If you must use heat, then become BFFs with a good dry shampoo (I love this Garnier one - read my review) so you’re not heating up your hair every single day.
- Commit -- This is perhaps the hardest part. It takes a year to two to really grow out your hair and it is so tempting in between to try a new style, color, cut, whatever, but you just have to hang in there. It will all be worth it when you have long, shiny, healthy hair!
Another side note if you’re growing it out to donate… Once your hair reaches a certain length it’s going to be SUPER annoying at all times so you’ll want to keep a soft stretchy hair tie on you at all times (this is one of the few times you can break out the scrunchies, or I like these ones).
|March 2010 - Growing it out the first time to donate to Locks of Love (FYI I'm in Greece here!)|
And on a few occasions, I slammed it in the car door and had a very comical head-jerk situation worthy of a movie skit!
So those are my tips for growing out your hair! Got any others you’d add? Tell me in the comments below!