Today I am sharing all the things I do to help my hair grow and all the tips and tricks I have learned! I know I wear extensions, but that is because my hair is thin, my hair is definitely long and it wasn’t always. My hair was so so fried when I first moved up to college because I wasn’t doing any of these things I am listing and I had gone brunette – blonde – brunette – blonde – etc. It wasn’t until I went to hair school that I learned all of these things and I got my stringy, fried hair to grow from just passed my shoulders to now inches passed my boobs! So here are all of my tips! I know some of them will be the “well duh” tips, but none the less, they work 🙂 So here we go:
#1 BRUSH YOUR SCALP – With a wire bristle brush that is. This will help stimulate the cells on your scalp and help promote hair growth! I do this (almost) every night and completely swear by it!! Last time I mentioned this a few of you requested a video showing exactly how this is done and I almost made one but felt really silly making it because it really is as easy as it sounds, you just brush your scalp! It does help if you do it in C motions so you don’t have to go the entire length of your hair each time, but however you get the job done is just great. Do this for about 5 minutes as often as you can (plus it feels really good too!) You can pick up a wire bristle brush like this one I have for 1-2 dollars at any Sally’s or beauty supply store or online, here.
#2 USE HEAT PROTECTANTS – The best way to help your hair grow is to make sure it doesn’t BREAK so this means keeping it healthy! I am a big believer that besides bleach, heat is the biggest problem with damaged (aka not growing) hair. So when you do use it make sure you are using heat protectants that will protect your hair. My favorites are the Style Sexy Hair 450 Protect (applied before using hot tools) and the Style Sexy Hair 450 Blow Out (applied before blow drying hair)
#3 BIOTIN AND VITAMIN E – These are both vitamins that help promote hair growth and some people SWEAR by them. Vitamin E I have seen improve my hair health but mainly my skin! Which I know is off topic but for me I love Vitamin E because I feel like it totally improves the health of my skin, hair, and nails. You can get these at any Wal Mart, Whole Foods, etc.
#4 EXERCISE! – I am a big believer in exercising for a million different reasons but one of them is also hair growth. Supposedly it helps get your blood flowing and promotes hair growth. Whether this actually helps hair grow, I don’t know for sure, but I think exercising is good for health, attitude, skin, etc. so why not anyways, right?! 🙂
#5 GET LESS TRIMS! – You’ve heard me say it and I will say it a million times again, but for heavens sake can we chill out with the trims?! I was a hair dresser for years and all the time my clients would say, “I need a trim”, and I would tell them their hair looked healthy and I didn’t think they needed one and their response was always, “well its been 6 weeks” – okay you guys, this is not how it works. You don’t get trims because its that time of the month, how is your hair every supposed to grow if you do that? You get trims when you actually need them. If you have been taking good care of your hair, you may not need one for months and months at a time, so give your hair time to grow and only trim when necessary. PS and make sure your hair dresser is honest and doesn’t just always want an extra $30 when you come 🙂 and if she is length happy when it comes to trims – leave her asap!!
#6 DEEP CONDITION – This is another thing I am very consistent with and have seen it help my hair ten fold. I do a deep conditioner at least once a week. I wash my hair in the shower like normal and rinse the shampoo with hot water, then I get out and towel dry my hair and then apply the deep conditioner and go about my business for probably 20 minutes and then rinse with COOL water in the sink! If you are in a rush its better to do it in the shower for 5 minutes then not at all just make sure you rinse with as cool of water as you can handle! That will help seal the cuticle and keep all the good stuff inside 🙂 I swear by the Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask.
#7 AVOID USING HEAT – Like I said before I am convinced that heat is the biggest thing that will damage your hair! I told you guys how my hair was FRIED and short before I went to hair school.. but when I learned more about taking care of my hair I knew I needed a completely fresh start so I went an ENTIRE summer without heat and this, BY FAR, was the thing that helped the most! In fact I had gone home to Arizona for the Summer and when I moved back up to Utah everyone kept saying, what is so different about you?! And it was because my hair was finally growing. Its obviously hard to never use heat, summer is the easiest time to do this but if you can just even let your hair air dry a couple nights a week or braid your hair at night so the next day you have heatless waves, anything helps 🙂#8 EAT HEALTHY – There are lots of foods that can help promote hair growth and whadddyaknow they are all healthy. Obviously eating healthy is good for your skin and it likewise is good for your hair. The main foods that are good for your hair are:
- Salmon or if you don’t like fish (me either!) then any fatty acid helps – avocados, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, etc.
- Sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe – they have a great source of an anti oxidant called, beta carotene, which our bodies turn into Vitamin A which helps produce and protect the oil from your scalp
- Eggs, chicken, pork, beef, aka protein and iron! Iron helps cells carry oxygen to your hair follicles and often lack of iron can lead to hair loss.
- Spinach, kale, broccoli, any leafy greens! They contain beta carotene, iron, vitamin C, and folate.
- Lentils, soybeans, kidney beans – they have tons of protein, zinc, biotin, and iron.
- Greek yogurt – has protein and vitamin B5 (which you often see in hair care labels), and Vitamin D
- Blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes – has a lot of vitamin C which is critical for circulation to the scalp.
#9 USE A FILTERED SHOWER HEAD – I started looking into filtered shower heads about a year ago and was so shocked to learn that the water that comes out of normal shower heads contains CHLORINE! I honestly had no idea. Granted, it is a very small amount, but as a blonde I don’t want any amounts of chlorine in my hair. Blonde hair is very porous and will suck things up very easily so a filtered shower head is a must for me! Basically it filters the chlorine molecules and makes them bigger so that your hair rejects the molecules. I honestly was skeptical but I have noticed my hair is softer and my husband also says he noticed a difference so we both love it! Plus I love all the shower settings 🙂 The one we got is from Sephora and can be found – here.#10 PROTECT YOUR HAIR FROM CHLORINE – Obviously chlorine is horrible for your hair, so if you are going swimming in a chlorine pool its best to get your hair wet before going in and IF possible also apply conditioner! Your hair is like a sponge so if you go straight into pool water it will suck it all up, but if you put pure water on before hand it will get MUCH less chlorine in your hair.
#11 WASH YOUR HAIR LESS – I literally can’t understand people who wash their hair every day, mainly because even if I wanted to I think I am too lazy! That is so much work! Plus the more you shampoo your hair, the more you are removing the healthy oils from your hair that are protecting and keeping your hair healthy. And the less you wash it the less you have to blow dry and straighten/curl, and the less heat the better! I wash my hair 2-3 times a week but almost always twice a week. Usually on Tuesdays and Fridays. And yes if you wash your hair every day you will have to train your hair to get to that point so start by doing every other day and work your way up, but I promise your hair will love you. Dry shampoo is your best friend. I use this one.#12 USE GOOD PRODUCT – I never really used good product before hair school and mainly because it was SO much money!! But now I totally see the benefit in splurging for good product.. although if you are not there yet, there are good products that can be bought at a drug store as well. My must have products are:
- Moroccanoil Serum – truly the best. If you are not ready to splurge I would recommend Paul Mitchell Smoothing Serum or TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Serum – I own and have tried both and love them but am biased to Moroccanoil 🙂
- It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner – long time fan of this stuff! It is also reasonably priced.
- Style Sexy Heat Protectants – for hot tools and blow drying. I love these both because they don’t weigh down my hair like I have found other heat protectants do.
- Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo – I love this dry shampoo although some say it leaves a residue in their hair. For me, it doesn’t and is my favorite.
- Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – My absolute favorite spray for volume and texture. Can’t say enough good things about Oribe products in general, but this one specifically. I use it daily. It is a pricier so a cheaper alternative that I like is the KMS Hair Play Spray.
- Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray – basically if you want amazing beachiness without the crunchiness most product give you, then this is it. It is heaven on earth!
- Moroccanoil Hairspray – The best hairspray on the planet. It gives you hold without the hairsprayed look (which I hate more than anything)
To see which Shampoos and Conditioners I recommend please go to this post, here!#13 UV AND WIND PROTECTION – This one is probably pretty obvious but anytime you are in the sun it is good to use a sun protectant for your hair or just throw on a hat. And then for the wind its best to braid your hair so it doesn’t become a tangled and broken off mess! 🙂
**Photos taken by Jessica and Amanda of Jessica Janae Studios and myself.