Sick of your hair only getting to a certain length? Or never having it long enough, no matter how long you grow it? That was me too. I had really long hair as a young teenager. Then I had the amazing idea of cutting it short and layering it all over, Hayley Williams-style. Shortcut ending, I’ve been trying to grow it back ever since. I think my hair right now is the longest and healthiest it’s even been. Which I’m super proud of considering it’s been bleached and dyed repeatedly for the last ten years at least. So on the off-chance that someone is planning on growing out their hair princess-style, I’m giving away my six hair care secrets to anyone in need in today’s post.
Wash It As Little As Possible
As gross as it sounds, it’s nothing but the truth. I’ve seen a huge change in the pace of my hair growth since I started washing my hair less. I used to wash my hair religiously every second day, without fail. This has become a lot less feasible as I’ve gotten older. My spare time is minuscule as I’ve said before, but it’s worked out in my favour. I wash my hair twice weekly now at most. This means that the oils produced have time to moisturise my scalp, promoting more growth as well as healthy hair. If you’re looking to break the cycle of too much hair-washing, I know how tough it can be but I promise it’s worth it. Tying your hair up when it’s less-than-clean and befriending dry shampoo are the best tips I can give you regarding this.
Use A Good Hair Product Range
Probably an obvious one, but a lot of people surprisingly aren’t aware of how much impact good/bad products can truly have. As you might know, I use all cruelty-free products, so the majority of my products come from Superdrug. I’ll be doing a separate post on my hair care routine in the near future, but ensure to invest in a good shampoo, conditioner and mask to be used once or twice a week. Coconut oil makes an incredible mask, FYI!
Oil is the best thing I’ve invested in in relation to keeping my hair in good nick. As my ends are bleached to platinum blonde, they need a lot of care and hydration. I add several pumps to my hands and run it through the lower half post-shower. It makes such a huge difference to the condition overall. As I said already, dry shampoo will make it easier to wash your hair less. So be sure get a good one of those too!
Take A Good Vitamin Supplement, As Well As Biotin
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be a bold adult who ignores fruits and vegetables where possible. It’s something that I’m trying to break out of, I promise. But currently, it means that I take a supplement to ensure that I get my recommended daily amounts of vitamins and minerals. Hair is made from a protein called keratin, so vitamins and minerals are necessary in order to strengthen it. I take a vegan supplement from Holland & Barrett, which I’ll link here. Biotin is another supplement, designed to improve hair, skin and nails. I really noticed a difference in how quickly my hair was growing when I was taking Biotin, so I couldn’t recommend it more. I’ve been taking this one for years, and I really can’t fault it!
AKA, keep colouring and bleaching to a minimum. Overly processed hair tends to get damaged more quickly. Meaning that you’ll potentially lose more, whether it be having it cut off, or a hair fanatic’s worst nightmare: breakage. If your hair’s feeling a bit sorry for itself and looking that way too, stop what you’re doing. Give it a break, some love and some serious TLC. I dye my hair probably six times a year, whether that be bleaching my fringe or re-dying my roots. Usually I’ll let it fade to a rusty auburn colour, so constant colouring isn’t an issue. I also only top up the ombré maybe three or four times a year, so it gets plenty of care in between bleaches. AKA, dye and bleach it as little as humanly possible. Trust me, it’ll thank you for it.
Avoid Using Heat
I think a lot of you will recoil in horror at the very thought of this, but hear me out. Your hair doesn’t like heat. It might make you feel good and perfect your look, but it’s essentially the equivalent of holding your locks next to an open flame. AKA: not a good idea. All I do is blowdry my fringe and front layers to shape them, and leave the rest to air-dry.
I’m not the biggest fan of straight hair, so I braid the length to get a loose, beachy wave. I’ve been doing this for the last few years, and I think it’s one of the biggest contributors to achieving serious length with little to no damage. Heat is fine every now and then, but using it every day will make your locks frazzled, dry and super unhappy. Try only using heat once or twice a week, and I promise that you’ll notice a major difference.
Get Regular Trims
I know, I know… The last thing you’ll want to do when growing it out is to cut it off. But without regular trims, split ends happen, and they’re not your friend. The longer that split ends are left to fester, the further they can potentially travel up the hair shaft, resulting in more being cut off the next time you visit the salon. Nightmare. Regular trims keep your locks in good condition, which allows them to grow longer and healthier overall. It might take a little extra time, but it’ll always be worth it! Plus, you’re always starting with a clean slate for growth, which is nothing but a good thing.
As per hairdressers’ recommendations, we should be getting a trim every six to eight weeks. I don’t always stick to this rule of thumb, but I promise that I try to! Also, TELL your hairdresser that you’re growing your hair out. This will ensure that they’ll only cut off what’s necessary to allow you to grow it out in the healthiest way. It’s one of the best tips I’ve ever received from a hairdresser, I’ll always stick by it!
What are your tips for looking after bleached and coloured hair?