I am that girl at the hair salon.
The one cringing in her seat while the stylist, who is most likely annoyed beyond words, trims off just the slightest measurement from my dead, fried strands. I can’t help it. My mother had long, lustrous locks of which she wore like a badge of honor through much of her late teens and early 20’s. It was a legacy I was more than happy to uphold, until, well, I didn’t. I think it was the 6th or 7th grade where I finally let the scissors cut into the thick, warm brown strands which had grown un-touched for close to 5 years.
The result was less-than desirable. What was once long, thick and wavy, was now short, puffy and shapeless. It was then that I also discovered my hair had (No, God!) TEXTURE! The battle had begun. Now please insert years of heat torture, dye, bleach, ombre and that one Summer I tried to look like a Kardashian and you have a head of hair with quite a lengthy history. I learned a lot about my hair over the years, most of all that I was happiest when it was long. So, on my last hair appointment, my stylist and I came up with a plan- you guessed it!- a hair growth plan.
Step 1: A dusting every 6-8 weeks.
Getting a “dusting” is industry lingo for ‘literally’ cutting off just the ends. This may seem anti-productive, however it ensures that the length you do have will look neat and healthy. Having long, stringy hair is not a good look on anybody. Schedule them ahead of time to take the guess work out, best part is, these types of cuts are usually inexpensive, in some cases you can request a dry cut and save on the wash/ blow-dry fee.
Step 2: Wash 2-3 times a week
Yes, I know, nothing in this world feels better than having freshly washed hair. The problem is, most of our natural oils are stripped away each and every time we lather up. To prevent damage, try washing your hair 2-3 times a week based on how oily you hair tends to get. You will probably be Pinning messy bun tutorials by day 3, but the end result is so worth it.
Step 3: Dry with a soft T-shirt
Finally, a use for that balled up t-shirt in the back of your underwear drawer. Standard towels tend to be made up of fabric that can be harsh on your sensitive strands, leaving them frayed and delicate. A towel absorbs all the extra moisture without the damage.
Step 4: Satin pillow case
Satin (or silk) pillow cases allow your hair to slip and slide all night rather than being tugged or damaged with friction.
Pick up a pair at Bed Bath and Beyond
Step 5: Weekly hair masks
At least once a week you want to make sure you’re giving your hair a little extra boost of hydration with a hair mask, whether you followed a recipe or stopped by a drug store, there is an option for everyone. Some of my recommendations include Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask and Aussie Most 3 Minute Miracle conditioner, the second is light enough to use daily, both are under $10!
Step 6: Vitamins
Taking a daily multivitamin is always suggested, however, adding other supplements such as Biotin to your regime can have a significant effect on your hair and nail health . Keep in mind, vitamins work best when your daily diet is healthy as well. So maybe switch that hamburger for a kale salad once and a while.
I’m only a few weeks in and already I’m seeing a noticeable difference in my hair’s texture and overall appearance. Like all good things, the length will come in time. Please share your hair story in the comments!