I tend to like to experiment with my hair. It’s rarely one style or color for more than a year. And last year, in one of those “I need a completely new look” phases (and also spurred on my the fact that my sister had the CUTEST cut), I decided to chop my hair into a pixie cut.
And I immediately regretted it.
Even though it was cute and so EASY to style, I was not happy with it for several reasons that I won’t delve into today. But it mainly came down to the fact that I missed my hair. I missed being able to do different things with it — ponytails, buns, braids, etc. It was the same style day after day; so within a couple of weeks of cutting it, I started growing it back out.
What a difference a year (and a new hair color) makes!
Now that it’s been a full year and my hair is back to a length I am happy with (it’s actually shoulder-length even though it’s hard to tell in the picture), I thought I would share some of my tips and must-have products for growing your hair out.
1. Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo and Conditioner.
This stuff is awesome! I picked this up at Ulta on a whim about 6 months into the grow out process and I swear it works really well! I had just hit another awkward stage and I felt like I got through it much faster than I expected due to this combo. And for only $6.00 a bottle, it’s not some crazy investment!
2. Regular Trims
This would seem like if you are growing out your hair that cutting it would be the last thing you would want to do, but getting regular trims keeps your hair healthy and helps even out your hair as it grows out. The healthier your hair, the quicker and better it will grow.
Start taking biotin every day! (I was taking 10,000mcg.) Not only will it help your hair grow, but your nails will start looking great too! Just be warned, it makes ALL the hair on your body grow faster, so you might find yourself shaving more frequently.
4. Dry Shampoo
As I’ve already mentioned, healthy hair is key to getting it to grow. The less damage you can do, the better. So cutting down on washing, blow drying, applying heat (curling irons, straighteners, etc.), can all help with this. Dry shampoo can get your through those days where you skip washing it. There are tons of dry shampoos on the market, but I recommend this one.
I would massage my head for several minutes every night when I was trying to grow it out. Stimulating the hair follicles by massaging the scalp can help the hair grow faster.
6. Accept the bad hair days
I hate to tell you this, but there will be frequent bad hair days, even bad hair weeks. This was so tough for me! But I knew I had to get through those rough patches if I wanted to grow my hair out. It definitely taught me patience!
And posting this has made me realize I really need to update the welcome photo on here… I’ll be working on that soon!