Monday, 30 September 2013

Project: Longer Locks - Final, 12 Month Update!

Hey ladies,

The time has finally come!  My 12 month longer locks journey ends today!  It feels like a lifetime ago that I decided to start this project, and since then my hair has grown so much more than I had originally anticipated.




I know it doesn't look like my hair has grown all that much from the pictures, but that's just because my hair is naturally very wavy (something I didn't realise before the longer locks project) and the longer it grows - the wavier it seems to get.  I've straightened my hair a few times in the past month though, and believe me when I say that it is has definitely grown A LOT!  My hair is currently sitting at my bra line on my back if that gives you a better indication. :)




As you can see from the measurements above, my hair has grown a total of 20 cm's since the 1st of October, 2012.  That's crazy!  I mean, in the 23 years prior to starting this project, I would be lucky if my hair could grow a total of 5cm's in a 12 month period.. nevermind 20 cm's!

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Looking back over the past 12 months, I can definitely see a trend in the products/methods I have been using that have assisted my hair growth journey.  Although I will never know for certain which specific products/methods were the reason for my increased rate of hair growth, my documented experiences seem to suggest the following..

Products/Methods that have HELPED my hair growth journey:
  • Using protein rich shampoos, conditioners and treatments.
  • Only washing my hair every 3-4 days.
  • Using a wide toothed comb to comb through still wet hair, starting at the ends and working my way upwards.
  • Only using snag free hair elastics when I wear my hair up.
  • Only getting my hair trimmed when it needed to be trimmed (roughly 1cm every 3 months).
  • Using semi permanent rather than permanent hair colour, and letting it fade out as much as possible before getting it touched up again.
  • Avoiding all heat tools (including my hair dryer) and allowing my hair to air dry.
  • Eating a well balanced, healthy diet.
  • Taking Fish Oil and Vitamin D supplements.
  • Reducing my Narcolepsy medication dosage and not taking pain killers unless I really needed them.
  • Drinking basically nothing else but filtered water frequently throughout the day.
  • Exercising.
  • Avoiding stressful situations.
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So where to from here?

Well, in case you were wondering, I have no absolutely no intention of cutting my locks off any time soon.  In fact, I'd love it if I could grow my hair another 15 centimetres by this time next year. :)  I'm not going to lie.. having long hair can be super annoying, and there are definitely times when I feel like giving up and cutting half my hair off out of desperation.. but then I put my hair up into an awesome hairstyle that I never would have been able to back when my hair was short, and I remind myself that I have wanted long hair for as long as I can remember. ;)

If any of you are thinking of starting a hair growth project of your own, please let me know in the comments below so that I can follow you along your journey. :)

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