If you are a long time reader of this blog you will know my hair hasn’t always been this long and healthy, years ago I was obsessed with the bleach (why) and as a result of some pretty disastrous attempts to bleach my hair (DO NOT bleach your hair at home unless you are a professional or know exactly what you’re doing, trust me it’s not worth the tears) I decided to stop colouring my hair altogether.
Ever since I was little, I’ve always wanted long wavy hair (albeit blonde, now I’m loving my natural colour) and i feel like I’ve literally finally got there. it’s never been as healthy as it is now I’ve stopped dying it and tbh pretty much left it to its own devices. I did try hair supplements years ago and they kind of worked, my hair looked healthy and shiny but I also think that’s down to the right diet too. My hair colour is my natural colour now, I’ve not dyed it for years.
Ok so my hair type is fine, gets greasy quite easily, but there’s a lot of it, not that much volume and it knots quite easily (especially at the back does anyone else get that?) so here’s some of the things that have helped me achieve my hair length with my hair type
- I try not to wash my hair everyday. At first this was so hard, because it does go greasy, but god bless dry shampoo. I do actually wash my fringe everyday because I have oily skin and my fringe is just a greasy mess! But I wash my hair every other day, and I’ve noticed this has really helped my hair.
- I’ve stopped dyeing my hair, or if I wanted to do it, to go to a professional, they know exactly what they are doing. I’ve had more hair nightmares over the years and I’m so glad I’ve learnt my lesson(s!)
- I deep condition my hair every week. And I use hair oil every day on the ends of my hair when it’s damp. I use this or this conditioner and this hair oil
- I hardly ever use heat on my hair. I never (well almost never) blow dry my hair, only my fringe, I always leave it to dry naturally. And I only curl my hair for special occasions, or if I’m shooting, and only after using a heat protecting spray. I love this one.
- I only brush my hair when it’s dry. Oh my god I remember once after I bleached my hair I was brushing it when it was wet and I was literally brushing it out, it was so damaged it was just falling out. Lesson learned there. I’ve found this spray, (even though I don’t blow dry) sprayed when damp and then a tangle teezer when dry works best for me
- I put my hair in a plait when I sleep. This is because it’s so long and knots if I leave i literally get dreadlocks when I wake up. I’m not even joking.
- I try not to to touch or play with my hair too much, one because it just goes greasy and two it damages my hair.
- I get regular trims. I cut my fringe myself and I go to the hair dressers and ask for ‘the tiniest bit off’ or I’ve trimmed it myself.
- If I tie it up I use clips or kirby grips. I never have it in a high ponytail or anything that can damage my hair like that.
- I only really curl my hair for shoots or special occasions, I use this hair curler as it creates nice loose waves. If I just want a slightly messier look without using heat I either wrap my hair into a bun and clip it first or braid it overnight, a French plait works best for my hair. I always use this heat protecter and hold it with hair spray. This one is great. Most of the time my hair is so long and straight it just goes straight back to normal after a few hours though!
I hope these tips help! Honestly a lot is common sense really, a good diet also helps (you are what you eat) and a lot of patience helps too. It won’t grow overnight but over time all these things have helped me have good healthy strong long hair. Good luck with the hair growth! And if you’ve got any tips, let me know!
What I’m currently using from Sebastian