Until recently (if you can count 2015 as recently?) I had very, very long hair. Think Ariel from The Little Mermaid, or Blake Lively, it was all the way down my back and almost touching my bottom.
I bloody LOVED my hair. It was my thing. Long, red, and actually in pretty good condition considering how long it was.
I still shake my head at myself now.
It was around the time *everyone* started cutting their hair to just below shoulder length. All these celebs began looking fresher (is that a thing?) and more up to date. Yes, I’m hearing myself right now. So, like a sheep, I decided it was probably time I gave my hair a bit of an overhaul, so I went from, literally, waist length hair to just below bra strap hair.
Now, bra strap (is there a more technical term for this length? Mid length?) is not short, by any means, but when you’ve gone from almost being able to sit on your hair, anything feels short. It was ok, but I’m an all or nothing kind of girl so it felt a bit, blah.
Not Finished Yet
What does any sane person do when they’ve cut their hair shorter and they don’t really like it? That’s right people, they cut it even shorter. ANOTHER TWO TIMES.
My hair was like those dolls that I had as a child, where you raise her arm and her hair grows, twist something and it’s short again. That was me. Waist length, mid-length, shoulders, jaw. No half measures for me thank you very much.
So, January last year my hair was just below my ears at the back, chin length at the front. AND THEN! And then I decided to bleach it and dye it grey. Honestly, last year was a bad hair year.
Unsurprisingly my lovely healthy hair turned to shit. I think (I’ve blocked most of it out) I dyed my hair a total of seven times in 3 months. Not going to lie, I’m very luck I still have hair left! So, once it got back to some sort of version of my natural colour I decided to leave it well alone. All I did for 6 months was wash it, use an intensive conditioner after every shampoo and left it to dry naturally every single time. I started taking high doses of fish oil (Caroline Hirons recommended) and ate lots of good fats.
It’s finally starting to feel like my hair again, albeit a very short, blonde version of it. I had a trim last week, the first in a while purely because I’m daft and wanted some length back, which meant I ended up losing a good couple of inches of dead hair. In doing that, yes, I’ve lost a bit of length but I look more ginger again, because so much of the white ends have gone, swings and roundabouts!
My regime now consists of 3 sea kelp tablets a day, fish oil (when I remember to take them) and urban anti-dotes resurrection (level 3) shampoo and conditioner from TIGI. I try to limit styling my hair with heat (I say styling like I’m good at it, I mean straightening) to one or two times a week, some heat spray or leave in conditioner, depending on what I’m doing with it and a bit of serum if I need it. I’m determined to get my hair back to some kind of mermaid-esque length.
Realistically, there’s not that much I can do, except be patient (ha) but, apparently, if you’re like me and wanting your hair to grow faster then you should do the following:
- Scalp Massage
Giving yourself (or getting someone else to do it for you works just as well) a scalp massage can stimulate the blood flow to your scalp, which can help nutrients reach the follicles quicker. Or, it just feels really good and you kind of forget about the hair growth thing while it’s happening. Both work.
- Take Vitamins
Supplements like biotin, fish oil and B5 are all said to help with healthy hair. There are plenty of brands out there who focus on vitamins just for hair, like Hairfinity and Hairburst.
- Have Regular Trims
Yup, don’t do what I did. You’ll only end up needing more cut off than you would have, if you’d gone when you were meant to. You know it makes sense. No one wants split ends creeping up the hair….!
- Use Less Heat
No matter how much we love them, the GHD’s aren’t our best friend. I reckon (someone correct me if I’m wrong) for every one day of heat styling, we should counteract with an air dry day. And if you’re going to use heat, always use protection. Do I sound like your mum yet?
- Try Cold Water
Apparently ‘they’ say that soaking your hair in cold water helps to seal the cuticles and make you hair look shinier. I don’t know if ‘they’re’ right but I do know it wakes you up, fast, if you try it.
What else can I do to make my hair grow faster and healthier? Hit me with all your (helpful) tips please!