Time for some hair history! My hair has never been thick but it used to be quite a bit longer and softer (like below my boobs long) but about two years ago I decided it was time for a change and chopped it to a long bob length! I loved this for about a year and then I decided to go even shorter for a chin length bob, which I also loved! But growing it has been tough because I love either really short hair or really long hair on myself so anything in the middle (my length right now) feels kind of boring. While it has definitely continued to grow out (I feel like it's grown about 7-8 inches or so in the last 11 months) I feel like just in the last year it has been getting more and more damaged. I started using heat protectants before I blow dried or styled my hair which has definitely helped, but for the summer (with the one exception of my upcoming hair cut) I have decided to try a little hair detox! I feel like my hair just needs a break and now is the best time to do it!
So here is my plan for the next 2 months:
1. Avoid Heat Styling! Again, my hair doesn't feel totally fried yet and it is definitely still growing, but it just doesn't feel as soft or as healthy as it once did. I've decided to stop all heat styling for the summer. It is a lot easier to air-dry during the summer than the winter so I hope that 2+ months of no heat will really make a huge difference. I honestly can't remember the last time I regularly let my hair air dry (probably freshman year of high school!) so it's no wonder that there is so much damage now. All those years of not using a heat protectant have caught up with me and now I am paying for it!
2. Start taking biotin. I started taking this a while back but didn't see results, and I think it's because I didn't take it for long enough. Some people say that you need to take it for 6 months to a year to see results so I'm going to try that! I also want to try taking vitamin E because it's so good for the health of your hair, skin and nails. (My nails have also been breaking like crazy, so there's little doubt that this is a vitamin deficiency more than anything else!)
3. Deep condition twice a week. I have been using the Living Proof Restore line for a couple weeks now and I LOVE it! The only thing I don't like is the price but I feel that since I am really looking to improve the health of my hair I need to be using really great products. I have been using the Restore shampoo and conditioner, and once a week I have been using the deep conditioner in place of the regular conditioner, although I am thinking about upping that to twice a week. The shampoo and conditioners do work really well together so as of right now I recommend using them all together but I will do an update in two months to see if I still love them just as much! I have also been using the Living Proof Instant Repair which is like a deep conditioner that you can leave in your hair as it dries (or put some on your ends while your hair is dry.)
4. Eat healthier. It's no secret that I have a sweet tooth and tend to crave more sugary snacks than healthier ones. However, during the summer I do really enjoy eating more healthy snacks and salads so I hope it will be a little bit easier the next two months. Any healthy snack/lunch/dinner suggestions would be much appreciated! I can bake a pan of brownies with my eyes closed but I have no idea how to make kale taste good so send those recipes my way!
5. Exercise. I've read that exercise helps blood flow to the scalp which can help your hair grow faster. I'm hoping to get back into yoga and ballet soon!
6. Use a filtered shower head. Now you can get shower heads that filter out that small amount of chlorine that most shower heads don't filter out. As a blonde, your hair is very porous and will soak up anything and everything so having a filtered shower head seems like it might help things a bit! You can find these at home depot for around $30.
7. UV protection. During the next few months and all the hot weather, I'm planning on wearing lots of hats and I am on the hunt for a good sun protector for days when I will be outside most of the day.
I hope that in two months I will see longer hair but more importantly healthier hair! Until then I will be saving up for a few products that will help keep my hair healthy when I want to start heat styling again. I'm planning on throwing out the tools I have now and replacing them. I also want to try out clip in extensions once I feel like I get my hair to a healthy place.
Hope y'all enjoyed and any more suggestions for growing healthy, long hair would be so appreciated!