I straighten my hair a lot in the winter time. I try to do it myself, or if I find it too unbearable I’ll have someone else do it for me. Last time I went to the salon, they charged me $80 to blow dry and trim it. I was not very happy. I do realize that my hair is about 5 inches from the top of my butt and is thicker than sheep dog hair, so I really have no room to complain. Anyway, it’s a job and someone has to do it. I cut my hair about chin length in the Spring of 2011. I cut it into an angled bob. I did it for a couple of reasons. I wanted a change. I wanted to chop off all of my relaxed hair, and I wanted to chop off all of my damaged hair so it could grow back healthier. My hair grew back quickly and twice as long. I wanted to share a couple of tips with you all that may help you with your hair growth journey.
1. When I first cut my hair I wasn’t looking to grow my hair back this long. There were certain things that I did unintentionally that helped my hair grow twice as long as it was before I cut it. My number one tip for growing long healthy hair is to leave your hair alone. Have patience with your hair growth. The less you worry about it the more you give your hair time and space to do what it does naturally. At times we like to overload our hair with products, brush and touch it like incessantly, and wake up every morning with a ruler to see the progress. Reality is like with most things hair growth takes time. Be patient.
2. When I cut my hair I was attending my first semester at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The apartment I was living in only had standing showers. As stated above it can get pretty expensive straightening my hair every month. Whenever I get it done I like to protect it from humidity, sweat, and water as much as possible. I typically like to use the bottom spout or bath whenever I straighten my hair because the top spout normally makes my edges curl and wets the back of my neck. Since we only had standing showers I would rarely straighten my hair. I wore my hair curly for the entire semester by force. Since I was putting less heat on my head I believe it allowed my hair to grow quickly. Less heat. Less damage. More growth.
3. From 2012-2013 I decided to become a vegetarian. I saw a big bulk of my hair growth occur during this year. I do not know if my hair growth was directly affected by my diet, but I have heard lots of “YouTubers” mention this. I’m not saying you have to become a vegan to grow longer hair, but healthier eating produces all kinds of positive results in your body. If you eat healthier your body is more likely to be productive in its natural processes. I have also heard many people say you should drink lots of water. I agree, keeping your body hydrated helps promote healthier skin. Eat clean. Stay hydrated. Grow healthier, moisturized hair.
4. My hair doesn’t always cooperate. A lot of times I am running late so I have to think of something cute and quick to do to my hair. I always wear protective styles like buns or braids. Protective styles aren’t always my favorite style because I’d rather wear my hair out and down, but they get the job done for three reasons. They are quick to do, they protect my hair, and they last for a long time. For most of my spring semester I wore two braids as seen below. Once they got a little old I would take them out and wear my hair wavy. After my wavy hair got old I’d wash and repeat. Protective styles keep hair from heat/sun damage. They also keep your hair from bad habits like touching and incessant brushing.
5. I tend to get dry scalp/dandruff very easily after straightening my hair. More so during the winter months, so it becomes important for me to moisturize. After I where my hair straight for about a week and a half I typically grease my scalp with Softee coconut oil. I then take regular cooking extra virgin olive oil and soak my ends. I then braid my hair like in the photo below. I wear my hair in this form for about 24 hours, then I wash it out. Depending on how dry my scalp is I may use Head and Shoulders. If it isn’t too bad I use my usual Herbal Essences, Hello Hydration. This really helps soften and keep my hair moisturized. I do this about once a month. I should do it more often, but I can get a little lazy. I also used my Mastey color protection leave-in conditioner that came in my November’s GlossyBox, but I didn’t really like it. I think it is a good product, but I don’t think it is for my hair texture. Since my hair is very thick I need a leave-in that is going to create lots of moisture. The Mastey leave-in is too thin.
These are things I did specifically that I believe helped with my hair growth. There are tons of other things that girls do that have helped as well. Many people like to take biotin, try different shampoo and conditioner techniques, and try different products that promote growth. I am all for trying new things. You guys know this! So I say- go for it!
I hope these tips help you. As I said I wasn’t trying to grow my hair. I didn’t even realize how long it was until one day I tried to straightened it and it was almost impossible. Just be patient and handle with care.