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5 tips for growing longer, stronger hair

Monday, 10 November 2014

 

10 long years I spent trying to grow my hair. That's 10 years of hoping, praying, sleeping on a satin pillowcase and legging it at the sight of a pair of scissors. In theory, I should now be whipping my hair back and forth faster than you can say Rapunzel.

Having had my hair stuck at just below 'shoulder blade' for so long, after loosely following these guidelines I can now say my hair is 'just past bra strap' on the universal hair measuring scale. I'm not sure wether one of these changes in particular is responsible for my newly healthy hair, or perhaps it's a combination all of them, but giving them a go certainly can't hurt!

Spoiler alert - none of them involve praying or hoping, or sleeping on a satin pillow. These 5 tips for growing your hair are a much more efficent use of your time...

  • Regular hair masks - Try to get into the habit of applying a deep conditioning or repairing mask at least once a week. I tend to appy the mask straight onto dry hair, concentrating on the mid lengths and ends. I then go about my usual business, looking like a hot mess, and then shower it off 30-40 minutes later. I also sometimes sleep in the mask, to really reap the benefits. I've found this helps keep my hair in good condition, and reduce any breakage. MoroccanOil Restorative Mask and Ojan Oil Damage Reverse are my two favourites.
  • Take your vitamins - Biotin or a pre-natal multi vitamin can help to promote healthy hair growth, as both contain iron and folic acid that are said to support hair growth. I personally take Seakelp, which contains iodine. Iodine stimulates and supports the thyroid gland, keeping it working efficiently, which in turn helps with healthy hair growth. I found that this really works for me, I enjoy taking it not only for my hair, it's added benefits of boosting metabolism, promoting healthy skin and nails and even anti aging are all things I'm onboard with! I buy mine from Holland And Barrett and try to take one each morning
  • Ditch the heat - By far the hardest to stick to, but one of the best ways to reduce damage and strengthen hair. Get creative and you'll find there are some super easy ways to curl your hair without heat. I often spritz my hair with a wave enhancing product, loosely tie it up whilst it's slightly damp and wrap the ends and mid lengths around some sponge rollers. Try out different styles, wear your hair up a few times a week, and save straightening and curling for just the weekends. Soon you'll notice stronger, less heat damaged hair.
  • Massage your scalp - Try to take the time to massage your scalp a few times a week. The motion stimulates the scalp, and can boost hair growth. I like to use raw coconut oil, the stuff you can buy in supermarkets and health food shops, and add in a drop or two of peppermint oil. The peppermint oil stimulates the scalp, and the coconut oil soothes and treats dry hair. It totally washes out, and leaves you feeling totally invigorated, with soft shiny locks.
  • Remember there is no set time to have a trim - Rather than go for a trim every X-amount of weeks, go only when you notice that your split ends are returning. I used to avoid having my hair cut like the plague, I would literally never have a trim. But since braving the occasional tiny snip at the ends, I've found my hair breaks so much less. Split ends travel up the hair shaft if left alone, and your lovely long strands end up breaking. To avoid this, keep them relatively maintained.

Follow these guidelines, and you'll have glowing hair and a healthy scalp, plus a few extra inches to boot. Not a bad habit to get into!

How do you look after your hair? Tell me in the comments... :)

 

 

14 comments:

  1. Great tips. I am trying to grow my hair at "past bra-strap"-length, which isn´t easy with the whole post-pregnancy hairless.
    I use Coconut Oil as a hair mask and try to remove build-up about once a month (Here´s an easy DIY Cleansing Spray, if you want to have a look: http://lindalibraloca.blogspot.de/2014/08/cleanse-your-hair-diy.html).
    Once thing I have to add though: Be careful with the Iodine, as you may have an unnoticed malfunction of the thyroid gland. It is not very common, but dry, brittle hair is a warning sign, so if in doubt, check with your doctor first.

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    1. Coconut Oil is just incredible isn't it. I'm going to check out your cleansing spray now, I haven't tried anything like that before! And yes, Iodine can effect the Thyroid but I think that Sea kelp contains a small amount, plus I find I don't naturally get it from my diet (most countries Iodize their salt I believe) xx

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  2. Great tips hun! I really need to buy some biotin tablets as heard such great things! x

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    1. Thank you darl! Biotin is amazing :) x

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  3. Great post! I used to use styling tools everyday, and ever since I stopped, my hair has been so much healthier looking, nice tips! I should try hair masks more often i think!

    http://vievelle.blogspot.ca/

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    1. It's amazing how cutting down on heat can help isn't it. Masks and treatments are so easy and make such a difference! Thank you for stopping by xx

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  4. Great tips! I recently cut my hair a bit shorter so I definitely will keep these tips in mind!

    I also tagged you in the Liebster Award Tag on my blog, hope you can check it out and try out the tag as well! :)

    Evelyn || BeautyCloud9

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  5. glad you liked the post! I've already completed the Liebster award, answers are a few posts back, but thank you for thinking of me. Il head over to your blog to read yours! xx

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  6. I've been trying to grow my hair for ages! It just seems to like sticking to the same length! Great post!

    summerof69blog.com

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    1. Hopefully these tips should help, let me know how you get along! x

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  7. Great tips! I like to apply warm coconut or olive oil to my hair and leave overnight as a mask and wash my hair the morning as usual. It makes my hair shiny and hopefully healthier:))

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    1. I love the sound of warming coconut oil! I imagine it would penetrate the hair more effectively? Il be trying this out :) x

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  8. Awesome post ~ thanks. I've actually been following 4/5 of these types already but never considered the vitamin connection and growing long strong hair...must try this!

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    1. That's awesome! How are you getting along? Have you noticed any improvement? :) x

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