I wanted long hair for the longest time, and researched endlessly how to grow my hair out faster. Though there’s no definite way, I changed some things up and through research learned ways to speed up the process. My hair is so much healthier than it used to be, and now is finally considered long.
1.) Stop using so much heat. – The best thing I ever did was stop drying my hair with a hair dryer. I began washing my hair at night, and then braiding or putting it in a loose bun with a scrunchie to dry overnight so I could style it in the morning. By doing this, I’d have either quick nice waves that I could just touch up a little bit with a straightener. If I wanted to straighten it, I’d straighten it anyway, but by not using a hair dryer I eliminated a lot of heat.
2.) If using heat, buy a heat protectant spray. – I use the Chi heat protection spray before I straighten my hair or if I have to blow dry it. This lessens damage from styling hair, and also makes it feel soft and look shiny.
3.) Scrunchies are your new best friend. – I used to tie my hair back at night with hair ties, but learned that doing that is actually really bad for your hair. Though I didn’t pull it back too tight, it still weakened the roots which makes hair grow slower. I converted to using scrunchies because it’s less of a hassle on your hair, and also when you remove a scrunchie it doesn’t rip the strands.
4.) Wash your hair with clarifying shampoo at least once a week. – I use the Paul Mitchell clarifying shampoo and it’s honestly one of my favorite hair products. It smells like lemons, and washes really well. Especially during the summer, clarifying shampoos are essential to healthy hair. Build up from chlorine will slow down your hair growth process. Clarifying shampoos prevent this from happening. In the summer, I wash my hair with clarifying shampoo twice a week, but if I’m not swimming or excessively using oily products, I only use it once a week.
5.) Moroccan oil. – Moroccan oil is a heaven sent for dry/damaged hair. When I was younger, I KILLED my hair with straighteners. Moroccan oil helped me rehabilitate it. Every time after I got out of the shower, I’d take a penny-sized amount of the product and rub it across the ends. Do not glob it on or put it by the roots because it’s really heavy and can make your hair look greasy if you use too much.
6.) Use a wide toothed comb on wet hair. – After you get out of the shower, your hair is really fragile because it is wet. Do NOT rip your hair out with a brush. You are ruining your hair by breaking the strands and creating split ends. Instead, invest in a wide toothed comb. Start by combing from the ends, and work your way up to avoid further damage on your hair.
Overall, these are changes I made to my hair routine and now I have long hair. The best thing I did was cut down on the amount of heat I use. I naturally have really curly hair, so I LOVE straightening my hair, but I learned to sacrifice it and learn no heat hair styles that are fun and stylish. After my hair became healthy again, I started using a straightener more and more, while maintaining good care with moroccan oil and extreme moisturizing shampoos/conditioners.