I’m not sure if I cried about my hair on the blog before, but I’ve been doing it in real life for a few months. The gist is, my hair has spend the last few months abandoning the ship that is my head as though it were on fire/under attack by pirates/sinking.
I tried everything. Changed my hair products loads of times. Ate different fruits and veggies. Added supplements. Styled it differently. Slathered on natural hair masks. You name it, I did it.
Now, I’ve found a routine that works for me and has coaxed my locks to stay firmly rooted to my scalp. So today, I’m sharing my discoveries with you.
Let’s start with hair products, washing, and styling. (Next week I’ll cover diet.)
1. Cut out all heat. You won’t get nearly as many split ends, which will allow you to grow your hair out longer. Plus, the less stress on your hair the healthier it will be. My hair is curly, so I wrap it in a towel and squeeze out the excess water before loosely French braiding it.
2. Do not chop it off in hopes that it’ll grow back thicker. I’ve tried it, and it doesn’t work. I prefer getting trims about twice a year for my split ends. You’ll never grow your hair out if you keep lopping it off.
3. Go with natural products. My hair didn’t start improving until I started using sulfate free/harsh chemical free shampoo and conditioner. My current favorite is Pura D’or. I’m using their Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo and Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner. The shampoo has a funky smell, but the conditioner takes care of that. Not to mention that my hair is softer, growing faster, and not shedding like a Persian cat in the Sahara. I’ll take all of those over the funky smell any day. Seriously, this brand is the bomb dot com, friends.
4. Minimize all styling products. I’m currently only using Pura D’or Pure and Organic Argan Oil. I put four drops in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, and use my fingers to comb though towel dry hair. High quality argan oil is very moisturizing, so a little goes a long way. I used the same amount as my usual brand, and I had to hop in the shower the next morning because I looked as if I’d gone swimming in the BP oil spill circa 2010.
5. Deep condition once a week. I love using Biopoint Marrow Treatment. My grandmother has been using this since she was a young woman, and I swear by this product. The problem is, I can’t find where it is available in the US, so I stock up while I’m in Egypt. Otherwise, I’ll mash 1/2 an avocado + 1 egg yolk (or whole egg) + 1 tablespoon honey. Apply it to your hair, leave it in for 30 minutes to an hour, and then wash it out thoroughly.
There you have it! My tried and true tips on growing thick, long hair quickly. Do you have any tips or tricks of your own?
(This post is part of a collaboration with Pura D’or. I received samples to review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this little corner of the Internet.)