As you may know, in the last year I have been playing around with my hair and have had caramel and blonde highlights for months, this however did cause my hair to stop growing although it was still healthy and soft.
My hair used to be really long, I never realized or appreciated it until it was gone!
I first had my hair highlighted in February 2014 and kept going brighter over the course of the year which I loved, but hated the effect it was having on my hair! It was a lot of maintainence, every 5/6 weeks having it highlighted and trimmed which eventually shortened the length and it just didn’t seem to be growing back quick enough.
So, in November 2014 I decided to have my hair dyed back to brown so it could grow out naturally and get healthier. I haven’t touched it since but the blonde is peeking through again as it grows! I’ve been using some products and tricks to help it grow and there has been a great response so far. In the above, my hair was probably at its shortest but I had brushed the back forward to add a little length. In the below, from a few weeks ago, I haven’t brushed any hair forward and the volume is slowly coming back.
I started using Mane ‘n Tail shampoo as recommended by a lovely staff member in Holland and Barretts when I was getting ready to blow a fortune on coconut and argan oil products after hearing about these on other beauty blogs and advice pages. The girl informed me that although they do help with restoring health to hair they don’t neccessarily help with growth.
I absolutely love Mane ‘n Tail products now and wouldn’t want to use anything else. As you can see I use the Deep Moisturizing range in both the shampoo and conditioner. Within a few weeks of using this product I could see growth and shine returning to my hair. It leaves such a smooth and silky finish like I’ve never experienced with other shampoos, and I’ve used quite a few! I did try their herbal range but didn’t find this as good.
I also shampoo with Alpecin Double Effect as unfortunately I do suffer with dry scalp, especially after dyeing my hair! This promises to remove dandruff and protect against hair loss, both of which are true! Leave for 2 minutes after lathering, as advised, and it definitely softens and moisturizes the scalp. I think this has helped with the growth I’ve witnessed over the last few months too.
Finally, after washing before styling I use Mane ‘n Tail Hair Strengthener to help prevent breakage and heat damage. This has been a lifesaver for me, I’m addicted to straightening my hair – when I don’t, it’s so naturally curly it may as well be an afro. I’ve always used products to protect against heat damage because it’s so important! Another good product specifically designed to prevent split ends is TRESemmé Split Remedy which you smooth onto the ends of the hair before styling.
Now, in order to help my hair repair itself and grow long I’ve been limiting the amount I use my dryer and straighteners to twice a week. I usually wash my hair every 2 days, I try to do it a little less now but on the days I need to and don’t want to use heat I just tie it back in a ponytail and leave to dry naturally (still using the Hair Strengthener) this keeps the roots straight but allows the ends to curl – more manageable than wild curls.
If you can’t go long without washes use Garnier Ultimate Blends between washes, it’s the best dry shampoo I’ve found, doesn’t leave hair sticky or dull and leaves very little residue (it’s super easy to brush out) while restoring life and shine to the Hair – takes away all traces of grease!
Really importantly, I use a comb when brushing wet hair to reduce the strain and damage caused using a brush – even if you only brush it out from the towel using the comb and then style dry with a barrell brush you still cause less damage initially. Especially with curly hair combs are the way to go, I really recommend this tip if you want to grow your hair! Breakage and split ends will eventually require trimming which could really hinder your growth in the long-term so do all you can to prevent this in the first place.
There are so many tips out there in relation to hair growth and I have tried most these are just the products that have worked for me. I’m slowly getting back to the full length I once had, it’ll all be worth it in the end, however long it takes to get there!