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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday Tip: Hair Growth

I know I've been doing A LOT of reviews on products lately and you're all probably tired of them, so today I'm going to be taking a break from that. And I feel like I may have possibly already done a post like this before, but a lot of people have been saying how long my hair is getting and asking how I did it so I figured I would give you some tips and tricks on what I did and things people have suggested as well. In the last 6 months my hair has probably grown about 8 inches. In August it was a little bit past my shoulders ans now it is about an inch and a half paat my bra strap. My ultimate goal is to get it tonmy waist so I am still following this routine to maintain healthy hair and promote growth.

First, I changed my shampoo and conditioner. If you've been following me for awhile, you're probably sick of me mentioning this brand, but Mane and Tail saved my hair! Literally. My hair was thin and short and wouldn't grow. Once I switched to Mane & Tail my hair started growing and getting some fullness back. If you're not interested in Mane & Tail that's okay, just use another sulfate-free shampoo & conditioner.

Deep condition once a week at most or once a month at the very least depending on your hair. I switched between L'Oreal's Erasing Balm, Lee Stafford's Hair Growth Mask, and Macadamia's Repair Mask. I really liked all 3, but my favorite is the L'Oreal one, plus the price is a more affordable for most people.

Use coconut oil. You can find this at your local grocery store or at GNC which is where I got mine. Do the coconut oil treatment before washing your hair. Put it in a bowl, heat it up in the microwave for a few seconds, then rub it in your hands and run it through your hair. Be sure to massage it into your scalp as well. Tie your hair up or put a clip in it and leave it in for an hour. When an hour is up, rinse your hair with water as cold as you can stand it (if you can't do cold water, warm water is fine) and shampoo then rinse. If it still feels too greasy from the coconut oil, shampoo it a second time and then condition. Your hair will feel like it's never felt before!

Don't wash your hair everyday. I know this is hard for some people because their hair can get really oily (I was one of those people) but I've actually trained my hair to not get oily and I can go like 2-3 days without washing it now . The oils your hair produces is actually good for it so if you're constantly washing them out it doesn't give them time to work properly.

Massage your scalp for 5-10 minutes a day. This will stimulate your scalp and promote hair growth.

Use the least amount of heat on your hair. I know we love curling and straightening our hair but if you want to grow it out or just get it healthy again, try putting it in a braid or a bun to keep away from the heat. If you absolutely have to use heat, be sure to use a heat protectant spray.

Take vitamins whether they're hair, skin, and nail vitamins or biotin or a multi-vitamin. Biotin is probably best since it stimulates hair growth, but any of them will work since you have to take care of your body from the inside out. Once your body is in balance, your hair grows faster. I personally do not like taking vitamins in the form of a pill because they tend to always come up 5 minutes later after taking them so the one's I used were Nature's Bounty Hair Skin & Nail Gummies.

Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush. When you brush your hair when wet, it is prone to breaking a lot easier.

Do not color treat your hair. The chemicals will damage the follicle and if it's bleach it will dry out the hair.

Drink lots of water. Water is the key to a lot of things; healthier hair, healthier skin, and a healthier you. Although it's hard to do, that's probably the best thing you could do.

I hope this has helped you and I'll be posting a picture of my hair progress shortly. 


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