As regular readers will know, I got my hair chopped almost a year ago! I was literally about to write “back in September,” before I realised it’s now the end of July! It’s amazing how quick time flies, at the time I instantly wished I hadn’t done it and I hoped and prayed that it would grow quickly. Of course, I’d already learned the hard way that my hair, being fine and curly (an awful combo), took a long time to grow. Even as a child, my hair didn’t gain much length until I was almost 5!
So, the above picture was taken a week or two after the chop. Looking back I do actually like how it looks, it was so easy to manage too! But I know better than to fall into that trap, I missed my long locks far too much to ever go for the chop again! Before I made my peace with the crop I rushed out and bought a gorgeous set of extensions from Hairspray. I was so desperate to have that length back that I didn’t care how much they cost, luckily they were a steal at €50 and matched my colour perfectly.
If you’re missing your hair so much that you need an immediate fix I’d definitely recommend Hairspray, they have so many lengths and styles in a huge array of shades, and the staff are always helpful and happy to put them on for you to test out!
But, today I want to share my 5 Secrets for Hair Growth, all of which have been used extensively by me over the last 9 months to get my Rapunzel on!
1. Use Mane n’ Tail Shampoo and conditioner religiously! I had been all set to spend a fortune on Argan oils and coconut oils… You name it, I’d researched it and was willing to try it. I went into Holland and Barrett’s one day and a lovely staff member saved me an absolute fortune by recommending Mane n’ Tail. I’ve tried out a lot of the different scents and formulas over the months and trust me when I say, the original is best. Don’t bother with colour protection or deep moisturizing blends.
2. Put down the heated stylers! It’s a myth I’ve vehemently denied for years, but we all know heat is not good for hair so if you’re trying to grow it out this is a must. I completely understand this is a tough one, especially when you have curly hair like mine. Hairdryers are an absolute necessity, if I leave my hair to dry naturally I end up with a fro that’s impossible to tame, and definitely not a good look for work. Then there’s the issue of me being addicted to straightening my hair, even a good blow dry leaves a few curly kinks so I need a straightener to leave it silky. The one little trick that’s helped me along the way is to wash your hair as usual and instead of blowdrying, just tie it back so the top stays smooth and straight but the ponytail gets a lovely curl! I’ve limited myself to blowdrying and straightening my hair twice a week.
3. Heat Protection Sprays. If you simply have to use heated styling products you must protect your hair, much like using suncream to protect your skin in the sun! Even if you can limit your usage to once or twice a week it’s still important to protect your hair from the damage, I’ve always done this but the two best products are: Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave In Spray an amazing bargain in Dealz for just €1.49! I use this every time I wash my hair, whether I’m using heated stylers or not. Another good one is Mane N’ Tail Hair Strengthener, pretty pricey at €12.95 but definitely worth it, especially if your hair is naturally fine. I swear by these sprays and fully believe they’ve helped my hair to grow quickly.
4. Vitamins. Don’t fall for the specialized hair growth tablets, they contain nothing that standard multivitamins don’t have for half the price! This is one area of the market that totally cashes in on women desperate to grow luscious locks. Multivitamins cost much less and you can often buy in bulk at Boots with their brilliant 3 for 2 offers. One tablet a day will not only help your hair on its way but also your skin, nails and general health. It’s a win no matter what way you look at it!
5. Massage. This one is very easy to work in to your routine, I can thank my sister for this one! A good massage while washing your hair, lathering up the shampoo and conditioner, stimulates the follicles (scientic babble!) and encourages the hair to grow. It also removes dead skin that might have been missed by the shampoo making sure your hair is revitalised and refreshed. It also feels absolutely amazing! What more encouragement do you need?
I’ve been asked so many times what I’ve been doing to make my hair grow so quickly, believe me it hasn’t felt that quick waiting but looking at the progress and difference in length over 9 months it’s definitely a huge improvement and I’m so happy with the results. I can honestly say these are the only steps I’ve followed and it doesn’t cost a fortune, like those ‘supplements’ would. If you have any unusual tips or tricks let me know in the comments!