I have been trying to grow out my hair for… years. Granted, a huge part of the problem is that 1) I get bored easily and ask my stylist for a cut that “looks like I just got my hair cut” (often chopping off an inch or more) once in a while and 2) I had tons of relatively short layers that take ages to grow out. But, I have a wedding in 6 months, so I’m getting more serious about hair health and growth.
Just today, I came across this really helpful blog post on Lauren Conrad’s site. She has tons of great advice that I think is really helpful! If you’re looking to grow out your hair, I recommend taking a look!
As for me, this is what I’ve learned:
- I didn’t believe it in years past, but I really think that the quality of the products you use on your hair makes a big difference. About 4 months ago, I stopped using shampoos and conditioners that you can buy at your local grocery store or drugstore. Instead, I only use the kinds I can buy at salons and beauty supply stores. I get my hair highlighted, so it needs a lot of extra TLC. I primarily use Pureology Hydrate shampoo and conditioner. It works fantastically (my hair is healthier and silkier than ever) and because it’s more concentrated, it lasts a long time. You only have to use a small amount, unlike some brands where you have to just pour it on. As an added bonus, the conditioner has a peppermint ingredient that smells amazing and makes your scalp feel awesome! I can’t say enough about this stuff! Then, about once a week or every two weeks (depending on how my hair is looking), I use this purple shampoo and conditioner to cut down on brassiness. Obviously, I’m a fan considering I wrote an entire post on it. It’s still working for me, and I haven’t had to buy more since I wrote that post almost a year ago!
- It matters where you get your hair done. If you go to a cheap stylist who doesn’t care about the health of your hair, it will be a problem over time.
- If you have processed or color treated hair, it requires a lot of extra help! Everyone has different hair types and needs. Just because your friend uses a certain product, doesn’t mean it will work for you.
- Always, ALWAYS use a heat protectant when you use straighteners, curling irons, blow dryers, etc.!
- Yes, these products and stylists are significantly more expensive than the stuff you buy at Wal Mart. I know, that was why I didn’t used to invest in it. But then I started thinking about it, and is it more important to save a few bucks, or have awesome hair? I have to “wear” my hair every single day. Why wouldn’t I spend the money to take care of it when I’m willing to spend that much on a shirt that I might wear once or twice a month?
After following all of these tips for the past few months, I finally feel like my hair is “getting long.”
I hope you find this helpful! Do you have any tips for growing out your hair? If so, please share them in the comments!