Hey guys! Today I thought I would go into detail about my personal hair journey and how I grew my hair long. I decided to give you some background on my hair before diving into the actual tips. I hope y’all enjoy! xoxo
When I was younger, I used to have super long and thick hair. My hair would literally grow an inch a month. When I turned 18, I decided I wanted to do something to celebrate so I decided to dye my hair black. I dyed my hair twice within two weeks and quickly noticed how thin my hair became. I was actually so scared by it because my hair had never been thin before in my life.
I decided that for six months I would stay away from any dye or any heat on my hair, unless for special ocassions.
Six months I went with my natural hair, and I let it all grow out. I would wash my hair every other day, and my hair eventually did grow a bit. Those six months took forever to pass by and my hair was not growing an inch a month like it used to. My hair improved but it still wasn’t where I wanted it to be.
After those six months, I decided to start using heat on my hair again. I would wash my hair every other day and straighten it every other day.
Today, I wash my hair twice a week. I use heat on my hair twice a week as well. I get a trim once a month. My hair is currently at the length I want it to be, but the parts of my hair that were damaged are still around, so I will gradually trim them until one day I have my healthy hair back.
How To Grow Your Hair Long
1. Get rid of the heat
This is pretty common sense and straight forward, but it does help your hair so much when you don’t use heat. Every time you use heat on your hair, your hair breaks. Take a break and rock that natural hair for a while. When you get to the length you want, you can then start using heat sparingly.
2. Wash your hair less
I know it sounds kind of weird to not wash your hair all the time, but hear me out. Washing your hair everyday actually strips your hair of its natural oils. Those natural oils are what nourish and strengthen your hair. Do not wash your hair everyday. I used to wash my hair every other day, which is fine, but for hair growth I decided to wash my hair every 3 or 4 days. I use dry shampoo in between washes, and I just let my hair do its thing.
3. Deep Condition
I think deep conditioning my hair has actually helped immensely with damage. I get a tub of deep conditioner, whatever brand (usually loreal), and place it on the ends of my hair every time I’m washing it. I leave it in for a few minutes and then rinse it out and I think it really helps moisturize the ends of my hair and prevent damage.
4. Use damn heat protectant
Don’t be ignorant little Kimmy in sophomore/junior year of high school thinking “my hair is so thick I don’t need heat protectant. If a chunk of my hair fell out, you wouldn’t even be able to notice”. Noooooo. Get a heat protectant. They actually work and help prevent damage when you’re using heat on your hair often. It helps a lot.
5. Stop brushing your hair so much
This is something I actually learned more recently. Brushing your hair a lot actually causes damage. Yanking on it and messing with the strands leads to them breaking and falling out. I am not saying to stop brushing your hair completely, but just lay off a bit. I didn’t even realize how much I would brush my hair in a day. Now, I brush my hair in the morning and maybe mid-day and that’s it! That’s all my hair needs.
6. Get it trimmed
I get a trim at least once a month to get rid of all the dead ends of my hair. I notice that when it’s been a while since I’ve had a trim, my hair falls out more. When I get trims, my hair falls out less (by my hair falling out I mean the normal rate that everyone’s hair sheds). I trim about a centimeter to an inch every month. I don’t do a lot because I do want length, but I want to keep getting rid of the split ends. Those split ends can actually continue to damage your hair as they go further up the hair strand. Getting them cut off frequently helps with hair growth.
I hope that these tips help you out on your own hair journey!