This blog post is about my personal hair growth journey. I always get asked about my hair and the tips I can share, so I thought it would be a good idea to share it in a blog post.
I was not colouring my hair or doing much to it until I was about 17. Since then and for about 6-7 years I was bleaching my hair, which have started with a few innocent highlights but quickly grew into fully bleached head (the blonder the better was my motto). Additionally to colouring my hair I started using hair straighteners. And if that was not enough, I thought it would be a great idea to do a semi-permanent hair straightening (which contained formaldehyde as I later learned!), and so after all these manoeuvres my hair was completely and utterly destroyed. It felt and looked like straw, it was easily breakable, and completely unmanageable. I have tried expensive professional ranges of shampoos and conditioners, masks and everything else I could get my hands on to revive the health of my mane, but nothing worked. And so I decided to approach this issue from a different angle, and I have outlined my approach in the steps below.
Step 1: Cut all damaged hair
I started with this important, and also the hardest, step. (If you are growing your hair you will understand why it is the hardest step). I understood that damaged hair will not be revived no matter what I do, so I needed to cut it all off and started afresh. Once you cut all the damage, your hair will look much better already, I promise!
Step 2: Cut down or remove the heat
I have completely removed the heat from my hair care routine (I don't even own a hair dryer). I air-dry my hair, it takes a few hours in the winter and in summer time it is much quicker. If I want waves I braid my damp hair and leave it for a night, or I use rollers for special occasions. If you cannot remove the heat completely use it less often: for special occasions, on low setting, or only a few times per week, etc. Explore different hair styles that do not require heat. It will make a huge difference to you hair!
Step 3: Hair dyeing
Do you know what your natural hair colour is? Some of us don't even remember, I was sure mine was terrible until I grew it out and fell in love with it again. I stopped colouring my hair completely and have a natural colour for the last 6 years. Dyes dry your hair, and change its structure. If you still want to colour your hair check natural alternatives: henna, vegetable dyes, etc. If you love highlights get a just a few, not full head, find some alternatives that will be less damaging to your hair.
Step 4: Hair Washing Routine
I wash my hair every 3-4 days. Everyday washing is simply not necessary and if anything too drying as it strips natural oils. I use the same shampoo and conditioner for the last 4 years from "Faith in Nature" (not an ad) it is rather cheap but it works for me. I shampoo only my scalp and not the length. I put a lot of conditioner on the length of my hair and brush it with wide tooth brush and leave it for 10-15 mins. I rinse my hair with cold water for lustre, and once per month I will rinse it with vinegar or do herbal rinses (about these in some other blog post).
Step 5: Hair Masks
Oils, oils oils!
I absolutely love oils. I use oils from Herbowski Range (this range was developed in order to save my hair). Twice a month I oil scalp and full hair length and leave it overnight, or make a mixture of herbal oil from Herbowski range, essential oils and conditioner - leave overnight, wash it out in the morning as usual. After each wash I put a few drops of Horsetail Oil or Linden Blossom Oil onto the ends to seal the moisture. There are a lot of carrier oils out there and each has its unique properties, my advice is to try as many as you can, so you find the one that is most suitable for your hair.
Step 6: Brushing
Hair brushes are important! Why? Because wrong brush can pull your hair, make it static, and contribute to hair splitting. I use brushes made out of natural materials: wood and boar bristles. I have the same brushes for the last 6 years and I think they will last me for years. My advice - invest in some good quality brushes, they will truly last you a long time!
Step 7: Nutrition & Vitamins
Healthy diet is essential for healthy hair. Include plenty of oily fish, cold-pressed vegetable oils, nuts, flaxseeds, fruits & vegetables, as well as vitamin B complex, silica, Omega 3-6-9.
Step 8: Take care of your hair
Protect your hair from the wind and the sun. Put it in a protective hair style when you sleep, exercise, etc. This will prevent breakage and tangling.
Step 9: Be Patient
Growing long healthy hair is a process that takes time. So be patient, follow these steps and you will be amazed by the results.
I hope you will find this post helpful. Remember that we are all different so your healthy hair will look completely different to someone else's, it is important to focus on YOU and your progress! I would love to hear your hair growth journey or if you have any questions, comment below!
P.S If your hair is thinning or falling out more than usual it is always best to check with your doctor for underlying health issue.