Let me start by saying that I’m definitely not an expert on hair- BUT my hair has been through so much growing up, that I’ve definitely learned a thing or two. Finally, it’s at a length I love- and believe it or not, I haven’t even had a trim since March!
When I was in high school I wore my hair straight almost every single day- and washing it every two days! For whatever reason, I didn’t embrace my natural hair as much back then- but I do now!
I’ve grown to truly love and appreciate my natural hair- curls and all!
And during my pregnancy, my hair growth just took off! It was probably a combination of prenatal vitamins, tons of water and a few new hormones, but it just grew and grew.
Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years that have really helped improve the health of my hair… as well as help it grow much longer!
- Stop Washing Your Hair!
Being a new mom, I hardly have time to myself in the shower anyway, so I only really wash my hair once a week (sometimes I even go longer)… Can you say, “Hello, dry shampoo?!” I know some people may think that’s gross- and they just can’t do it- but if you’re trying to grow healthy hair this is my number one tip! When I stopped washing my hair as much I truly started noticing a huge difference in the growth… and it does save so much time when getting ready every day!
- Put Down the Heat!
Like I said, I used to straighten my hair every.single.day… looking back now I cringe at the thought of doing that! Today I wouldn’t dare! In fact, I’m pretty strategic when it comes to putting heat on my hair! I use a blow dryer once a week to diffuse my hair so that I can wear it curly for a couple of days, then I flat iron it once the curls aren’t so cute anymore and start to get frizzy. I can wear it straight for at least three days before I wand the ends and use a lot of dry shampoo at the roots to get it through the week!
- Use Sulfate-Free Hair Products.
I use sulfate-free everything on my hair! About a year ago, I switched to the Redkin sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and LOVE how soft and smooth it makes my hair. I learned that products with alcohol are really bad for your hair because they dry it out so I try my best to stay away from those products to keep it healthy and beautiful.
- Masks Aren’t Just For Your Face
I like to switch up my hair masks and try different ones, but my go-to is the It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask. If I just really need something natural… or if I’m running out… I’ll run to the kitchen and make a coconut oil & honey hair mask. I just spray my dirty, dry hair with a spray bottle full of water to get it wet, then start rubbing the mask throughout literally every strand of hair. Don’t get too crazy around the scalp because it will leave your hair greasier in the end even after washing it out.I really focus mainly on the middle and ends then tie it up in a bun with a shower cap and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing it out. I like to wash my hair twice to make sure everything is really out! Do this once a week and you’ll have soft, hydrated and bouncy hair too!
- It’s What You Sleep On
It may seem funny, but sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase really helps too. You could also sleep with your dry hair in a scarf or t-shirt… but NEVER a towel! I have been doing this for a few months now and omg I am noticing such a difference on my ends. Honestly, they’re not as brittle and dry as the used to be, I don’t have that many split ends anymore, and the soft pillowcase really helps me get the extra few days out of my hair <— which you know I love!
*Photo Credit Belongs To: Leigh Clifton*