Last week I wrote a post about how my hair had changed and grown the past year (One Year Hair Transformation). So I thought I could follow that up this week with a few tips and tricks I have used this past year to help my hair grow healthy, shiny and long!
1. Use a natural sulphate-free shampoo.
In the past I had been using whichever grocery store shampoo was on sale. But this past year I made the switch to a natural and sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner and I believe this was the biggest attribute in my hair growth this year. The shampoo I switched to is the Pureology Hydrate Shampoo. It does not have a strong scent to it, which I like. Also, this shampoo and conditioner helps to hold in my hair colour for longer which makes it so I only have to tone my hair every two months.
2. Avoid washing your hair every day.
At first this one was very difficult for me since I have very oily hair. But over the span of a month I was able to train my hair so that I only have to wash it twice weekly. This helped to cut down on the amount of heat I was using on my hair daily.
3. Dry shampoo!!!
This one is a must for my fellow oily hair gals! I can go about four to five days without having to wash my hair just by using this product. You just spray it at your roots, wait two minutes and then brush through. Trust me on this, you need dry shampoo in your life! The dry shampoo of choice for me is Batiste Divine Dark Dry Shampoo. This is perfect for brunettes, as it has a tint of brown to it unlike other dry shampoos that come out white when sprayed. My second favourite dry shampoo is the Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo.
4. Use sun protection products on your hair.
This is one I would have never thought of in a million years, but was mentioned to me by my hairstylist last summer. The sun damages, dries out and fades hair making it so you will need to colour your hair more often. The sun protectant of choice for me has been the Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray.
5. Use a wide tooth comb on hair rather than a brush
I made the switch from a Tangle Teezer hairbrush to a Wide Tooth Comb as suggested by my hairstylist and it has done wonders on my hair. There is less hair fallout and my ends do not break off as easily anymore. I have two wide tooth combs, one being plastic and the other wood. I prefer the wooden comb.
6. Avoid using heat styling tools and use a heat protectant.
This one should be a no brainer. Heat damages your hair. Use less heat on your hair, create less damage. BUT, if you really need to use heat on your hair, please use a heat protectant! I switch between using two different heat protectant sprays, and have yet to decide which one I prefer. The two sprays are TREsemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer and Revlon Professional Uniq One Treatment Spray.
7. Do the “inversion method” for one week, every other month.
The inversion method is a hair growth technique when you invert your head to bring excess blood flow to your scalp, that I for one believe works wonderfully. I have done this three times so far, and each time noticed an increase in my hair growth and the growth of new “baby hairs” around my face and the nape of my neck. How to do the inversion method: cover your scalp with an oil such as coconut oil or organ oil and massage your scalp for five minutes straight. You then flip your head upside down for another five minutes. Do this every day for one week. You can do the inversion method every other month, but I would not recommend doing it more often that. From what I have read, your hair can adapt to this method, making this null and void. So give this a try! (Even if it is just for an excuse to give yourself a daily scalp massage, ha ha).
8. Take hair growth vitamins.
I had a blood test done this past year to determine if I was deficient in any vitamins, and two of them were vitamin B and Iron. After a lot of research and speaking with a health professional, I learned that both of these vitamins directly relate to hair growth. I am now taking a B-complex Vitamin and an Iron Pill once daily.
9. Eat healthy.
Eating a well balanced diet is important in maintaining the well being of your entire body, and when you are not eating appropriately, the first things to suffer are your hair and nails as they are not part of the most important body systems.
10. Cut down on how often you dye your hair
This one was a big change for me. This past year I have started the journey to growing out my natural hair colour and cut our dyeing altogether. For myself, dyeing my hair was the biggest contributor to damage and decreased hair growth. Once I cut out harsh dyes, my hair began to feel less and less damaged. I now only tone my hair every few months to maintain the dark brown at the ends of my hair that always seems to fade.
I hope these tips and tricks work for you as well! If there are any tips that I did not add to this list, but have worked for you please feel free to comment them below. Enjoy the rest of the week!!
Until next time,
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