Some of you may remember a few years ago I cut my hair really short into a lob, which was a huge change. I did it spur of the moment at the hairdresser and hadn’t told Chris of my plans (as they actually didn’t exist until I got into the salon chair), so it was hilarious coming home that night and seeing his rather surprised reaction!
So to cut a long story, well, short… having short hair was not what I expected. I’d had long hair for years, pretty much all my adult life. It wasn’t until I cut it short that I realised how much I LOVED just being able to throw my hair up in a top knot or high pony tail on days I couldn’t be bothered styling it (or on those days you really need to wash your hair but are feeling lazy AF).
When you have short hair, those options are gone. You literally have to wash your hair and style it… ALL. THE. TIME.
I desperately wanted to know how to make your hair grow fast! So I researched it and wanted to share my tried and true tricks for making this happen. After a few months, the photographer I work with for my blog started asking me if I was wearing hair extensions because she couldn’t believe how fast my hair had grown or how thick it had become. This was a few years ago now and I’ve continued the routine to maintain long, thick, soft hair. I am not a massive fan of hair extensions, I find permanent ones uncomfortable and I just want to wake up and have gorgeous hair – without clipping it in.
Here’s what I’ve personally done and the products I’ve used to make my hair grow fast. If you have a tip, trick or suggestion, please leave a comment below and share! Do you like having short hair or long hair? I’d also love to hear why you prefer it!
TIP 1: NO ‘POO
Don’t over shampoo (it’s the no ‘poo trend), this strips your hair of its natural oils. By reducing your shampoo routine, you can actually train your hair to become less oily… it’s a viscous cycle, the more you shampoo, the more your scalp and hair dries out. So your skin tries to produce more oil to counteract the dryness. By reducing your shampoo frequency, hair enjoys more of it’s natural oils, has less frizz, is exposed to less harsh chemicals and all this ultimately makes your healthier.
After following this routine, I’ve trained by hair to reach a nice natural balance – not too dry, not too oily – so now I only need to wash my hair twice a week.
TIP 2: AVOID HARSH CHEMICALS
I touched on this above, but there are so many harsh chemicals in our skincare and beauty products these days. Even when products are marketed as “natural”, some really aren’t all that natural… it’s more important than ever to actually read the ingredients list. I know it can all seem like a bunch of long, complex and difficult to pronounce words, so I’ll break it down for you.
The main ingredients to avoid are:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): a surfactant, detergent and foaming agent used in industrial cleaners. These are a strong skin irritant and produces nitrosamine, a substance that has been reportedly linked to cancer formation.
Isopropyl Alcohol: this is frequently used in shampoos because it cuts through oil. However, like sulfates, isopropyl alcohol’s main concern is that it’s extremely drying and strips your hair of it’s natural oils and moisture. We all know dry hair equals frizzy hair, which is more susceptible to breaking and damage (especially when using heat tools).
Triclosan: this chemical actually has a moderate hazard rating and should absolutely be avoided. Exposure to this nasty chemical can keep our body in a state of toxicity (including organ toxicity), cause eye and skin irritation, as well as endocrine disruption.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): This is a carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that reduces the skin’s natural moisture and reportedly has been linked to cancer. A really common ingredient found in skincare and cosmetic products, this harsh chemical contains significant dioxin levels, often found as a by-product of the ethoxylation process in manufacturing.
TIP 3: TAKE PRENATAL VITAMINS
Yes! That’s right… prenatal vitamins are packed with some of the best nutrients to really help your body run at an optimal level. Side note, leaving a packet laying around is also a fabulous way to scare your boyfriend or husband if you’re not currently trying for a baby! But seriously, these things work. You’ll notice your hair and nails grow really fast, plus I’ve found it’s also been great for my skin. Why should you only take amazing vitamins when you’re trying for a baby? They’re obviously good for your body, so I think taking a vitamin-packed supplement anytime is good.
TIP 4: GET REGULAR TRIMS
I know, it seems counter-intuitive to cut your hair when you’re trying to grow it. This tip actually took me a long time to wrap my head around… but when I’d read interviews with celebrity hairdressers, this one just kept coming up time and again. I started getting a trim (just under an inch off) every 10-12 weeks and it’s really helped boost the health and condition of my hair.
Studies have actually shown that the people get regular trims vs. those people who don’t, actually have longer hair. When you don’t get a trim, your split ends spread further up the hair shaft, causing hair to weaken and be more likely to snap off. This is particularly exacerbated when using heat tools… and no one loves a flat-iron hair cut. So girls, get a trim!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR HAIR GROW FAST – THE BEST PRODUCTS
How To Make Your Hair Grow Fast: 1. Moroccan Oil | 2. Kiehl’s Magic Elixir Hair Restructuring | 3. New Chapter Perfect Prenatal Vitamins | 4. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo (has 992 five-star reviews! | 5. Pureology Hydrate Conditioner (has 744 five-star reviews! | 6. The Wet Brush (literally the best brush ever, only $11 and has 429 five-star reviews)
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