If there’s anything more frustrating that watching grass grow it’s probably waiting for your hair to. Trust me when I say that I am speaking from first hand experience. Currently my hair is just past my shoulder blades and I have been growing mine for two entire years! Even more frustrating than waiting for it to grow is keeping it healthy as it does so. However, through both trial and error I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to keeping your hair in tip top shape for the long run. Here’s a few of my favorites:
Olive Oil: I can not preach enough how absolutely amazing and versatile olive oil is when it comes to your hair. It’s both naturally hydrating and great for all hair types. What I do is at least three times a week, I coat my hair from the nape of my neck to the ends in olive oil. No need to spend a lot of money, the generic brand will do. I then wrap my hair into a tight bun and sleep like that over night (covered of course to keep your pillow ungreasy). In the morning I shower and shampoo it all out. It in no way makes my hair greasy but adds a healthy shine and revitalizes the ends of my hair when they get that straw-ish look to them. It’s a definite must have to keep the oldest part of your hair (the ends) looking their best in between trims.
Trimming: Speaking of which, I have some bad news. There seem to be many different theories of ways to get rid of split ends with out trimming them and we’ve all seen the supermarket products that promise to miraculously glue them back together. I’m going to go ahead and blow this fish out of the water: there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY to get rid of split ends unless you cut them off. I know….I cried too. I had to cut six inches of my hair off because I was so busy looking for a miracle to save them that they just got way worse! Now many subscribe to the belief that you have to get a trim every two weeks to avoid them. While this may be true for some it really depends on how well you try to defend against them. That is what you should really try to think about because one you’ve got split ends you have to cut them off. Keep your ends moisturized with both natural oils (use a boars hair brush to evenly distribute your hair oils) or even the olive oil we talked about. All in all it depends on your hair to decide how often you have to trim it. I only have to get mine trimmed about every month to a month and a half.
Care: I read on a site for growing long hair one of the best things I’ve ever heard. It said, “If you wouldn’t do it to your Grandmother’s antique lace, don’t do it to your hair.” You wouldn’t bleach the lace, don’t bleach your hair. You wouldn’t iron it, don’t flat iron your hair. I agree with this way of thinking because if there’s one thing I’ve learned about growing out your hair it’s that you have to use common sense. If you have to think about whether or not it’s a good idea, then it probably isn’t.
Flat Ironing: While flat ironing is bad for your hair and terribly damaging, I’ll admit that sometimes I can’t resist the sleek look. However, there are limitations. Manly, you should avoid wet-to-dry straighteners like the plague. If you apply heat to your hair and hear any kind of sizzle then you are literally frying your hair like bacon in a skillet and you can expect your hair to eventually be just as dead and crisp. Allow your hair to air dry, ALWAYS use a proper heat protectant, and NEVER wet-to-dry straighten. Forget that technology even exists.
That’s it for this tips and tricks bit. I hope I helped a few of you on your hair growing journey. It’s a hard, hot, and often thankless one but we’re all rooting for your beautiful locks. Keep them safe, treat them better than antique lace, and you’ll reap the rewards…..eventually.