I have a lot of hair.
Like . . . I mean, a lot.
An admittedly difficult amount; almost too much and yet not quite enough.
Hi guys! How we all doing? Enjoying the fresh February air? Hiding out in our houses from said air because it’s goddamn freezing? Sames.
Today, I am going to be sharing a post I am super excited about with you! If you somehow managed to scroll past both that obnoxiously large title and even more obnoxiously large photo of all my weave-I mean, hair, this post is about hair growth. Namely, my top tips for growing your hair long, thick and healthy.
Why do I somehow feel I am qualified to talk about this subject? Well, because this was my hair in mid February 2017.
Pretty short, right? Which means that I’ve grown my hair all that way . . . in ten months. Want a side-by-side comparison? Of course you do.
Allow me to get this disclaimer out of the way quickly.
- Obviously, my hair is curly – yours may not be. I’m not writing this exclusively for curly hair because these tips work for all hair, but if there are certain things that you know won’t work for yours feel free to leave ’em out. That said, I think you should try a lot of these things if you are trying to grow your hair – while I know curly-girl maintenance probably sounds insane to straight-girls, your hair will be so much visibly healthier. Put it this way; we have to do all these things to keep our hair manageable, hydrated, non-frizzy etc because our hair is more difficult (and you can see the frizz in the second pic as this was day 2 hair). You don’t have to do these things, but if these things can visibly change difficult hair just imagine how beautiful straight hair would look with them.
Disclaimer out of the way . . . let’s get to those tips! (Also, some of these are just brilliant for general haircare). First of all, I made a video discussing said tips that I would love for you to watch, so I’m to plug that right here!
#1 – Heat products? Not today, Satan, not today.
Yeah, I know – “but what about straightening and curling my hair?”.
Sorry, kids, but try and cut back. I’m not saying never, just not frequently. Heat is damaging as hell for your hair and using it often can leave it brittle, dry and frizzy. Plus, the annoying thing about hair is that, while there’s new growth at the roots, the hair that’s out is already out . . . so when it’s damaged, your body isn’t working to heal it. It’s just going to sit on your head being damaged until you cut it. Which defeats the entire point of growing it.
One of my top tips for cutting back on heat damage (aside from the mandatory heat protection spray) is actually to get a hairdryer that has the option to use cold air.
#2 – Water & Vitamins, baby
By this point, we’ve all used the internet enough to know all the benefits of eating good and fuelling our bodies with nutritionally rich foods . . . but let me throw out another one. Getting all your vitamins in and drinking lots of water helps your hair grow.
Now, I don’t mean hair growth vitamins (although if they work for you go for it) I mean actual Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin D vitamins. (Not all at once though – maybe just try a daily all in one vitamin.)
While we’re on the subject of Vitamins, if you’re a fellow UK-based person, the NHS actually recommend that we all take Vitamin D supplements as we don’t get enough naturally. Yes, our weather is so shit that our government recommends we sub in artificial sun.
Vitamin D – Amazon UK – £3.59* (affiliate link)
#3 – Castor oil – the saliva of gods
I consider myself to be somewhat of an oil connoisseur, mainly based on the fact I have put most oils known to man on my hair . . . but, in terms of growth, castor oil is second to none. While I wouldn’t brag about its moisturising properties or smell (both of which I would brag about with Jasmine Oil), massaging some castor oil into your scalp a couple of times a week will get you visible results – fast.
#4 – Scalp massages
Oh sweet Jesus these are a big yes! Massaging your scalp helps to stimulate your hair follicles and it feels great. Doing this for a couple of minutes a day (whether that’s to massage in some castor oil, to loosen your hair after being in a ponytail all day or when you shampoo) is a great way to force some growth!
By the way, there’s a really good brush I actually use to shampoo my hair (yep, your girl is extra) that massages your scalp as you wash and it’s amazing.
#5 – Wearing your hair up
Not a damn clue why this works, but not only does wearing your hair up help it to grow – it significantly improves its condition. We don’t realise how much toll our daily activities take on our hair (the environment, weather, us touching it, etc.) but it all adds up.
Even if only for a couple days out of the week, put some leave in conditioner or an oil treatment on your hair, scrape it up into a bun and wear your hair up and protected!
#6 – Switch out the metal and elastic hairbands for scrunchies
Normal hairbands are so damn harsh to your poor, precious hair – and I’m not even going to trigger myself by mentioning elastic bands. A really quick thing I find that helps my hair to grow and maintain its healthy state is just switching out to scrunchies. The material is far softer and therefore way kinder to your hair . . . and, if you’re following my tip for wearing your hair up more, some scrunchies are a solid investment.
That said, they aren’t much of an investment.
Okay, I’m just going to stop here because it’s 2am and your girl is tired. The video has some more tips and general haircare advice (as well as a cute outfit) so take a watch of that! They’re a lot of effort to put together, so I’d love for you kids to enjoy it.
What did you guys think of this post? Do you rock long hair, or are you styling that chic short cut that I secretly envy but cannot get with my literal mane? Do you guys have any hair growth tips I’ve missed out? And don’t forget to watch the video – I’m obsessed with the outfit I’m wearing in it, I need the sun to come out so I can reveal it to the world! Let me know your thoughts down below!