Growing Out My Hair

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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Always, ALWAYS use a heat protectant when you use straighteners, curling irons, blow dryers, etc.!
  5. 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!

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