I always get questions about my hair; everyone always wants to know how I keep it so long, thick, and voluminous, as well as how I can grow it so quickly.
I’m going to break down the different components of those questions because the answer is that it’s not just one thing.
To start, we’re going to talk about things that have seemingly nothing to do with your hair growing long, but they have a major impact. Whenever I don’t follow these steps, I can tell a difference in how my hair looks, feels, and grows.
I know people hate to hear this, but if you are dehydrated—meaning you’re not drinking the amount of water recommended to you every single day—then it’s going to be really difficult for your hair to grow. When you’re dehydrated, your hair is dehydrated, which leads to breakage.
It’s also important to find a good collagen supplement.
I was never a believer in collagen supplements because I was never sure if they really worked, but I’ve been consistently using mine for two months now and I’ve noticed a difference not only in my hair, but also in my skin, nails, and lashes. There are so many different types of collagen supplements out there, so I recommend finding one you like and sticking to that. It does take a while to start to see results, and it’s not a quick fix, but incorporating one will make your hair grow a lot faster and be a lot healthier in general.
In fact, it’s vital that you get all the daily vitamins and minerals your body needs. If you’re not eating your fruits and veggies—or at least taking a vitamin supplement to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin A, C, D, etc.—your body is not going to work right, and that includes your hair. Making sure you get all the necessary vitamins in your diet is going to make your hair grow super long, thick, and strong.
If you follow these first tips, you shouldn’t need to get your hair cut every four-six weeks. I get a trim every six months where I only take off one-half to one-inch off the bottom to clean up any small breaks or split ends; you don’t need to do much more than that if your hair is already healthy to begin with.
Next, we’re going to talk about what I like to call the “pre-style.” I started doing this and saw a massive difference in my hair’s length, how fast it grows, and its body as well.
It’s important to note that I only wash my hair every ten days.
I know it sounds crazy, but when you leave the good oils in your hair and you don’t strip them out with everyday washing, it keeps your locks healthier as well as more voluminous. However, you may have to train your hair to do this, so start with three or four days before gradually working up to that week to week-and-a-half.
The shampoo uses nutrients and argan oil to replenish and hydrate the hair, leaving it sleeker and more manageable. It’s also color-safe and free from sulfates, phosphates, and parabens.
The conditioner also uses replenishing nutrients and antioxidant-rich argan oil, but it also includes red algae and vitamin A. These help to protect against free radicals and hair aging and leave locks with a shiny, dewy finish. It makes hair more manageable while looking and feeling healthier, too.
Then, every other time I wash my hair (so about twice a month or so), I use a really good hydrating hair mask. I’ve been using the Living Proof Restore Repair Mask for a while now, and it’s still one of my favorites. This silicone-free hair mask injects a bunch of hydration into my hair and it gets the tangles out while also repairing any damage and protecting against future hair harm.
I highly recommend using a hair mask at least twice a month in your haircare routine; it will change the game for you.
After I get out of the shower, I always spray my hair down with the It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin. This is such a multi-faceted product. Not only is it a heat protectant, but also detangles, strengthens, protects against frizz, and adds hydration; it literally has ten different uses, so it’s a great bang for your buck.
After spraying my hair down, take a wide-tooth detangling comb and gently detangle my tresses.
I also never blow-dry my hair; I always let it air-dry. The less heat you use on your hair, the healthier it’s going to be. If you are going to blow-dry, though, make sure to use a heat protectant to prevent over-drying and breaking your strands.
If you don’t already have a silk pillowcase, go get one. As opposed to traditional cotton or mixed-fiber, silk pillowcases reduce the frizz and the amount of breakage that occurs in our hair throughout the night as we sleep.
Also, throw out the elastics. Elastic hairbands cause so much breakage. I love to use scrunchies instead.
Velvet, microfiber, or silk scrunchies are so much easier to get out of your hair, and non-elastic ties still provide great hold for most hairstyles, but they aren’t going to break your hair.
The last part of this series is how I style my hair day-to-day and the products I use for that.
I’m on day five or six of my unwashed hair, and this tends to be peak volume time for me and when my hair styles best.
First things first, I always go in with a heat protectant/detangler. Just like after a shower, I use the It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin, spray my hair, and gently work out all the tangles with a wide-tooth comb.
Once that’s done, I go in with the Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil. I use just a couple of drops pretty much every day and it helps to strengthen hair. It also smooths frizz and flyaways, which I tend to struggle with especially the longer I go without washing; it’s a must-have product, really. Then I brush it through and make sure again that all the tangles are out.
Next is dry shampoo.
I’d say that I use dry shampoo every other day or every two days. I have been using the Living Proof Perfect hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo, which is such a lifesaver; it is silicone-free, smells amazing, and absorbs any excess sweat, oil, or odor. I work that through my hair, but I focus it especially on the roots.
I don’t style my hair every day because I want to keep the heat I use on my hair to a minimum, but I do refresh my waves every couple of days or so.
This part is easy because all you need to do is section the hair and use a one-inch curling wand on every couple of thick pieces. Once they’re cooled, run your fingers through your locks lightly and gently to break up those curls and give it more of a wave effect.
Then, last but not least, it’s time for my new all-time favorite product: the IGK Beach Club – Volume Texture Spray. It’s kind of like a hairspray, but it has a very soft hold and doesn’t add that “crunch” hairsprays typically leave behind. It also helps to add volume and texture to your ‘do, and it smells incredible.
And that’s it! From self-care to haircare and styling, these are all the steps you need to know to grow your locks to their fullest, longest, healthiest selves.
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