Do you have short hair that you struggle to grow? Are you dreaming of having healthy, long locks . . . but not sure where to start? Currently searching the internet high and low for tips on how to get thicker curly hair? Well, you’re in the right place! This post is full of tips that helped me grow my naturally curly hair over 10 inches in less than a year.
Hi guys! How we all doing? Enjoying the fresh February air? Hiding out in your houses from said air because it’s absolutely freezing? Same.
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 title and intro, this post is about hair growth. Namely, my top tips for growing your hair long, thick and healthy. (Oh – and doing it on a budget. No crazy expensive hair growth treatments here.)
Why do I somehow feel I am qualified to talk about this subject? Well, because this was my hair in mid February 2017 . . . and this is how it looked by the end of the year!
That’s a lot of growth in less than a year! So now you see I’ve got the results . . . let’s talk about how I grew my hair.
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#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 can leave it brittle, dry and frizzy. Especially when it comes to curly hair, the best way to grow it long and healthy is to protect it from any dryness and damage.
Another aspect to this is that once your hair is damaged, your body isn’t working to heal it. It’s just going to sit on your head looking frazzled and dead 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
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 fast and healthy.
What you eat can have a huge effect on the health of your hair. A lack of the right nutrients including vitamins A, C, D and E, zinc, B vitamins, iron, biotin, protein and essential fatty acids may slow down hair growth or even cause hair loss. – Healthline
Now, I don’t mean necessarily mean hair growth vitamins (although if they work for you go for it). Even making a more consistent effort to eat your fruits and veggies goes a long way to providing your body with the nutrients it needs to grow. And grow your hair!
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#3 -The Best Oil To Grow Curly Hair Fast – Castor Oil
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 growing curly hair, 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 to grow curly hair – 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. If you have
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.
Okay, I’m just going to stop here. 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!