About three weeks ago I got my haircut. It was already shorter than it has been in a long time, and when I got home and the relaxing effects of the scalp massage and free wine had worn off, and I developed some cutters remorse. The cute, flirty, short cut I had wanted now looked too short for my face shape and I realized that pony tail I so often throw my hair into wasn't happening without some serious pinning. So, here I am, wanting to grow my hair out again.
Most of the brides that come in for their bridal styling also want the long, luscious locks that I am craving. So here are my top ten tips (aka the regimen I will be following) for growing out your hair to Rapunzel-worth lengths:
1. Trim It! Now I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but one of the best things you can do for your hair is regularly trim it. Your hair grows a 1/4" to a 1/2" a month, so for hair that is 10 inches long (which is about chin length hair), your ends are about forty months, or almost 4 years old! By regularly getting an eighth or a quarter inch cut off every six to eight weeks, you are getting rid of split ends and making sure that your hair looks fresh and healthy.
2. Supplement! This vitamin and this biotin supplement are my absolute faves. They are nourishing your hair from the follicle and making sure the hair starts growing strong and healthy. Just be sure to check with your doctor before adding any supplements.
3. Monday Mask Day - or whatever day of the week you choose, it's just easier for me to remember even there is alliteration involved. Making sure your hair is super moisturized and not dried out helps to support hair growth and prevents breakage (which is your biggest enemy when you are trying to grow mermaid worthy locks). This is a great and relatively inexpensive mask that users swear by.
4. Turn down the heat - do you curl, flat iron or blow dry your hair on the reg? If the answer is yes to any of the above, you might want to consider cooling it down a few days a week. Or, if that's not an option, be sure to apply a heat protectant.
5. Wash wisely - as I've mentioned before, I'm not a fan of washing my hair daily, which is a good thing when you are trying to grow out your hair. By not washing away your scalps natural oils, you are facilitating hair growth and shininess. But do make sure you condition each time you lather up.
6. Boar brush - those scalp oils you are not washing away can be moved through your hair by brushing, and that's best done by using a natural fiber brush. This one is my go to.
7. Sleep Silky - remember how I said breakage is growing hair's biggest enemy? Another way to prevent breakage is to sleep on a silky pillowcase. These pillowcases are also helpful at preventing wrinkles, help you to go longer between hair washings (hello second day hair!) and its just plain magical to sleep on! Buy a few and you'll be able to change them every other day or so, preventing any breakouts that might happen because of the oils they don't soak in.
8. Cool off - it's currently a million degrees outside since we are smack dab in the middle of a heat wave, making sure you end your shower with a cold rinse is a great way to beat the heat and to seal your hair, hold in those natural oils, and make it look oh so shiny!
9. Head Massage - this one can benefit you and your hunny. Receiving a head massage brings blood flow to the hair follicles which is said to kick start growth. If your soon-to-be-hubs is worried about any gasp! hair thinning, then offer a scalp massage to him. Or just buy one of these and do it your self.
10.Realize you can't buy magic beans and make your hair grow over night. Growing out hair takes time, but hopefully my tricks will help you (and me) grow our hair out as quickly and healthily as possible. If you really can't wait, there are always extensions!
What length are you wearing your hair at? Did you grow it out for your wedding? I would love to hear your hair growing tips and tricks - share them over on our Facebook Page!