Friday, 28 September 2012

Project: Longer Locks.


Ever since I was a kid my hair has always grown super slowly.  Despite being taken to the hairdressers for a regular trim, my hair would grow to a point just below my shoulders, begin to split, and then barely grow at all.  The split end look was horrible, especially on a child, so every time my hair hit that point my Mum would take me to the hairdressers to get one of those god awful bob cuts.  Once I was old enough to take control of my hair, I went back to regular trims, but even so my hair never managed to grow any further than just below my shoulders. :(  With all hope of ever having gorgeous long hair appearing to be lost, I decided to turn my attention to colouring my hair as another way of controlling my appearance.  As you can see from the photos below, I changed my hair colour a lot over my teenage years, but my hair growth/length always remained pretty much the same.


It wasn't until I had my hair dyed platinum blonde around my 19th birthday that I finally realised just how healthy my hair had actually been, despite the fact that it was taking forever to grow.  As a platinum blonde my hair began falling out in clumps and all the treatments in the world weren't going to repair the quality of my hair. So a few months later, in October of 2008, I allowed a hairdresser friend of my cousins to cut my hair so short that it was even shorter than my brothers.  It certainly wasn't the worst hair cut in the world, and after she dyed it a nice dark brown colour I even grew to like it, but on that day I made a promise to myself to never go back to having short hair again.  I started looking to the future, to my far off wedding day, and realised that what I wanted more than anything (beauty related that is) was to have long, healthy, chocolate brown/mahogany locks that would fall just below my boobs without the help of extensions.  It's been four years since I made that promise and my hair is now currently stuck back at that same point just below my shoulders.


I can already feel myself growing tired of this lifeless, oily, forever tangled hair, and I know that if I don't find a way to help my hair keep growing, it's only going to be a matter of time before I chop it all off out of frustration.  So, after doing a LOT of research over the past few weeks, I managed to come up with the following plan which I intend to implement over the next few years until my rate of hair growth is back to a normal steady pace of approximately 1.27cm of growth per month.  I have bolded the points below that I feel would be helpful for everyone. :)

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My 15 Steps For Growing Long, Healthy Hair:

1. Stop taking painkillers on a daily basis (apparently over use of painkillers can slow, or even the stop, the hair growing process).
2. Cut down my narcolepsy medication dosage from 6 tablets to 3 tablets a day (with the permission of my doctor of course.. my meds have tonnes of horrible side effects, hair growth problems is more than likely one of them).
3. Take fish oil capsules, vitamin D, vitamin C and zinc supplements every day (I never eat fish and I definitely don't get enough vitamin D each week, so taking supplements for these is a must for me.  As for taking vitamin C, I'm not sure that this will make much difference to my hair growth, but if being healthy all round is a good foundation for growing healthy hair, I figured it was worth trying.  Zinc supplements were recommended to me by a few different pharmacists as a cheaper alternative to Biotin, so I thought I'd give them a go as well).
4. Consume more B vitamin enriched foods (e.g. dairy, oatmeal, spinach, bananas, beans, potatoes etc).
5. Drink 2-3 litres of water per day.
6. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
7. Make a conscious effort to reduce my stress levels and anxiety.
8. Stop colouring my hair until it's at the length I want it to be.
9. Only get my hair trimmed once every 6 months, and never have more than 1cm taken off at a time.
10. Wash my hair every 2nd to 3rd day using Johnson’s baby shampoo and conditioning shampoo.  When shampooing, only shampoo my scalp, massaging my scalp with the palm of my hand rather than my fingers.  Only apply conditioner to the ends of my hair, rinsing thoroughly with cold water.
11. Use a leave in treatment on the ends of my hair before attempting to comb my hair out.
12. Never use a brush on my hair when it's still wet.  Always use a wide toothed comb.
13. Pat my hair dry using a towel.  Only blow dry/straighten my hair for special occasions, and always apply a heat protectant product when doing so.
14. Use a deep conditioning treatment on my hair at least once a week.
15. Avoid super tight hairstyles and only use snag free hair elastics.  Wear a loose braid to bed to avoid hair breakage and knotting whilst asleep.


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So what do you think of my plan?  Do any of you guys have the same trouble that I have with growing long hair?  What are your tips and tricks?   Please share, I'd love to know!

16 comments:

  1. I cannot grow my hair either. I'm like you. It gets about that length then nothing. i am saving your post. While reading I popped a vit. C. That helps? Crazy! Lets do this!

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    1. I'm not sure if vitamin C will make any huge difference to our hair growth but I've heard that being healthy all round is a good foundation for growing healthy hair, so I figured it was worth trying. Besides, vitamin C tablets are so yummy! I try to eat them whenever I'm craving sugar because even though the ones I take are sugarless they are still super sweet!

      Thanks for stopping by! I really hope these suggestions help you with your hair growth (and mine as well of course!). :P

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  2. i have been wearing extensions for YEARS because my hair has ALWAYS been thin and super fine. It's a horrible combination. I've been taking biotin and fish oil supplements sporadically for the past few years and only recently have i started taking them religiously every day. hopefully ill start seeing results soon!
    you have gorgeous hair and i applaud you for taking the steps to make it healthier:)

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    1. Naww, thanks hun! It's great knowing that I have your support. :)

      Please let me know if the biotin works for you as I have been considering trying it.

      xx

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  3. Don't blowdry/straighten your hair too often, and eat healthy. Lots of fruit!

    With love,

    Sanne
    Confessions of a blonde



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    1. Thanks hun! I rarely ever blowdry/straighten my hair as it is, but I will definitely continue to do so! :)

      xx

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  4. Great suggestions! I just started taking prenatal vitamins for obvious reasons and have noticed my hair and nails growing like crazy!

    xox,

    Pam
    www.pammowerdesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. Hmm, maybe I should start taking folic acid then? I think my partner might be a little worried if I started taking prenatal vitamins.. Haha! Thanks for this idea Pam! :)

      xx

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  5. In the UK there's a brand called Lee Stafford and one of his products is one called "treatment for hair that never grows past a certain length" (I did a review of this on my blog - www.prettywithapunch.blogspot.co.uk - think you may know it well!) and I swear this helped my hair grow! Take a look at the review I did, I'll get you some and send it over if you like.
    Claire xx

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    1. Hey hun,

      Thanks for letting me know about this review! I have never heard of this product before but damn, even just the name of it makes me want to try it! One of my besties is a hairdresser and she's given me a tonne of intense conditioning treatments and masks which I really should use up first, but once I have I will definitely look at giving this one a go!

      xx

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  6. thank you for the tips!

    your blog is lovely!
    i now follow you, check out my blog and follow back if you like it?

    anillla.blogspot.com

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    1. You're welcome, and thank you! :)

      xx

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  7. I'm growing my hair out too & I take the vitamin biotin. I feel like it has made a difference. My hair is super, super soft! I also use Garnier Nutris (spelling is wroing I know) shampoo/conditioner called Length & Strength. Love it! Also you should get a good brushing in at night. Always brush your hair every day. Good luck, I'm in the same boat as you, cut off my hair now I regret it! I miss my long locks!

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    1. Thanks for the tips hun! Good luck with growing your hair out, let me know how it goes! :)

      xx

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  8. Holy crap! I had no idea some of the things that are bad for hair - for example, I am forever wearing my hair in a tight bun simply because it relieves me of having to take the time to style it. But that must be why all of a sudden I have crazy amounts of split ends. Luckily though for me, my hair grows insanely fast. It has my whole life and I'm not any kind of health freak. I guess I'm just lucky. I definitely get stressed out pretty easily, as it is evidence in my face, for I am forever breaking out. I have tried to remember to use a deep conditioner on my ends but once I run out I forget to buy more. Plus it's more money spent when I already have a regular conditioner. Thanks for the tip on spending less time conditioning your scalp when you have super oily roots (that's me!) and more time just conditioning the ends. I'll definitely keep that in mind. I also already use a wide toothed comb when I get out of the shower, never a brush. And the last two years I've really only blow dried and straightened my hair on special occasions and when I do that, I leave it dirty for about four days so that way I don't have to wash it or style it again. It's a win win! :)
    Thanks for all the tips. The one I should work on most is getting more sleep!

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    1. I always wear my hair in a tight bun or pony tail as well, and even though I know I should wear it out during the day, it's almost summer here so I doubt that's really going to happen. I am however wearing snag free hair ties now, and I've noticed that that helps a hell of a lot! :)

      Apparently everyone's hair has a different cycle/lifespan before the hair reaches a certain length, falls out, then generates new hair (I think I'm going to research that further and add it to my post). But anyway, this cycle/lifespan is determined by a persons genetics and over all health, so the fact that my hair never grows past a certain point is probably my parents fault.. however by changing my diet and monitoring what I put into my body, I should be able to change my cycle even if it's just a little bit (fingers crossed!). :P

      You're welcome for the shampoo/conditioning tips as well. I learnt those from my hairdresser friends and relatives who are both established salon managers. :) It's common sense though when you think about right? I mean, it's not like our hair gets particularly dirty during the day (unless you're using hairspray or whatever), so why would bother to shampoo the dry ends of our hair at all? I mean, it's just dead hair, hair that's been dead for years.. all we can do is try to deter split ends by conditioning them as much as possible.

      Haha, anyway.. enough of my rambling! I'm just glad you were able to get something from this post. :)

      xx

      P.s. I'm posting a vlog on my skin care routine tomorrow if you wanted to check that out, although I personally think you have lovely skin. ;)

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