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Sunday, 5 February 2012

How To... Grow Your Hair Longer

I've always been fairly happy with my hair. I can only describe it's length as 'boob length' really..  I thought i would share a few of my tips and tricks i have picked up over the years that i use to keep my hair healthy and long.

One thing i am extremely fussy about in life is my hair. I always have been and i probably always will be. I remember going to the hairdressers when i was a young'un and feeling terrified at the thought of somebody with a sharp pair of scissors being let loose to trim my tresses. I still hate it now. I will happily go and get it coloured, but getting it cut results in me feeling extremely nervous and staring intently into the mirror whilst some poor hairdresser attempts to cut my hair to my 'half an inch' specifications. 

When all the other girls in my year at school went through that phase of cutting their hair short.. i didn't. And my hair has always remained relatively long (amidst a few layer-cutting, hair dyeing mishaps).

Here are a few things i use/swear by:

Now, i am by no means a hair expert, hair dresser or in any way a 'proffesh' but this is just what has worked for me over the years in maintaining the length of my hair. This should be quite a long post so if you're interested in growing your hair or just picking up a few tips on hair care, then grab a cuppa, get comfy and have a read. :)

  • Conditioner. This is an obvious one. Always condition your hair. I don't tend to fuss too much over what shampoo i use but i always try and use a richly moisturising conditioner to keep the ends healthy and smooth. I leave it on for atleast two minutes each time i wash my hair and i NEVER skip it. I alternate what i use quite a bit. At the moment i'm using Wella's 'Enrich' range.
  • Deep conditioning treatments. Once a month i treat my hair to a deep conditioning treatment. If it's in a particularly bad state then i'll do it twice in a week. At the moment i'm using the Herbal Essences Intensive Mask (they're so good if you're on a budget).But i really recommend the John Frieda ones. Again, i alternate this to whatever i fancy on the shelves when i need to purchase a new one..

  • Trimming split ends. I hate to admit this and theres probably a few of you that will gasp in horror, but i cut my own hair. I just know how i like it to look and my hair isn't really in a particular style anymore. If yours is in a certain style i probably wouldn't suggest this. But if you are going to take the split end matter into your own hands i would suggest investing in some 'professional' hairdressing scissors. Blunt ones from your mum's kitchen drawer will cause havoc on your poor ends and make it worse. I bought mine from Boots and they do the job for me.
  • Heat Protectant Spray. Heat in any shape or form is going to be bad for your hair. I'll be the first to hold my hands up and admit i absoloutely frazzle mine. BUT, i never ever skip the heat protectant. Ever. I use the Tresemme one because it lasts me for ages but whatever your heat protecting spray of choice - USE IT!  

    • Vitamins. Of course any form of vitamin is going to do you and your hair some good. To boost my hair's 'growing potential', i use Lee Stafford's Hair Growth Treatment. I want my hair to grow just a couple more inches but i'm struggling to get it past a certain length. I often pick this up if it's looking a bit bedraggled. For your hair to grow it needs to be healthy, so i find this gives it a boost (if you want a separate review on this please let me know - as i have quite a bit to say about it!)


    • Hair Serum/Leave in conditioner. If the ends of my hair are looking a bit dry, i use a richly moisturising leave in conditioner, and apply serum to the ends to help seal any split ends. It's usually a temporary measure but i use a Botanics one which contains nutrients for your hair. It comes in a lovely travel sized bottle and i often make most use out of this abroad when my hair does tend to feel very dry.
    "Rich in anti-oxidants it can act as a barrier against environmental damage".

    • Tangle Teezer - It's a well known fact that brushing your hair when wet has the potential to cause a lot of damage. I only ever brush it through with a wide toothed comb, or just recently i've been using the Tangle Teezer. It's so gentle on your hair and doesn't feel as if it's tugging at your scalp when you brush through.

    • Build-up removal sachets.  Like me, Every so often, my hair needs a bit of a detox! So i buy a few sachets of 'build-up removal' shampoos. I haven't got any for photographic purposes right now, but once in a while i use one of these to remove any of the product build-up that may be damaging my hair. If i find it's becoming unmanageable or unruly, then these tend to do the job. You can also buy bottles of these shampoos but i find the sachets to be enough for me when i need to remove build-up.
    • Protect your hair from the sun. If i'm on holiday i tie my hair up in a bun or plait it so that the ends aren't always being frazzled by the heat. I also protect it using one of those mini sunshine-y protecting sprays that you can get for cheap from the holiday section of Boots or Superdrug. I've used the Mark Hill one for the past 2 years and it does the job (i love the palm tree on the front..if that doesn't get you in the holiday mood i don't know what will!)

    • Cut down on Dyeing/Bleaching. I'm naturally blonde and i've always liked my hair colour so i guess with this one i'm fairly lucky. It can get a little bit 'mousey' sometimes and i will admit i do sometimes get a few highlights or use lightening sprays or blonde dyes, but just recently i've embraced my natural tones and my hair is looking much better for it. If you are going to dye your hair, try to just concentrate on your roots, or use a good conditioner alongside it.

    • Where possible, let hair dry naturally. Once or twice a month, i try to let my hair air dry as much as possible. I always use a hairdryer because if not my hair just wouldn't dry (it's quite thick), but sometimes i limit the amount of heat i use just to give my hair a bit of a break.
    • Don't overly wash your hair! I don't wash my hair every day. The more you wash it, the greasier it will be because you're constantly stripping your hair of it's natural oils and in turn it will produce more. Natural oils in your hair will help it to grow and prevent it from becoming dry. If you're an over-washer-rer.. then embrace the wonderful invention of dry shampoo! Your hair will love you for it.
    • Alternate your shampoo. I find that a good mix of shampoos works best with my hair. If it's looking brassy, i'll use a purple toned one. If it's in a bad way, i'll use a moisturising one. If i'm on holiday, i'll use a sun protection based one. If it's looking dull, i'll use one for bringing out blonde tones.
    • Tie up your hair at night. It limits any damage and if you do have long hair like me, it can prevent all kinds of hair-strangling-madness.
    • Scalp massaging. I picked this tip up from my hairdresser! Now and again if you massage your shampoo in with your fingertips and concentrate around your scalp, then it stimulates your hair follicules. Oof.
    • Hair extentions. Don't get them glued in! Your hair will be wrecked. Use clip-ins if you are going to use them and make sure you use real human hair. It's a good way to experiment with lenth and they can make your hair appear fuller too. If you're waiting for your hair to grow but want to see results in an instant, then this is a good way to do so. 

    I also have long layers at the back of my hair to help keep it looking full. Growing your hair doesn't mean your hair has to look flat and boring and keeping long layers trimmed into it can help to add movement and keep it looking healthy. I also have a little side-swept fringe to keep things a bit more interesting (what a risky little devil i am..)



    Hopefully, if you've reached the end of this post then you've picked up a couple of tips for healthy growing hair.
    What are your swear-by products or tips to keep your hair growing healthily? :)





    44 comments:

    1. Such a useful post, my hair is boob length too and I actually want it even longer, definitely picked up a few tips from your post :) xx

      clayandbeauty.blogspot.com

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      1. I'm struggling so much to get it past 'boob length' - but i shall keep trying! Glad you picked up a few tips :) Thankyouu xx

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    2. I need your hair! It's gorrrrrrgeous! x

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      1. It takes a lot of taming though, trust me! :) xx

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    3. you have gorgeous hair, baby doll / addicted to herbal essences <3 xx

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      1. aw thankyou lovely ! :)
        Yesss me too i love their little pots of conditioner :) xx

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      2. I love the way the products smell...i cant get enough of the deliciousness !! xxx

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    4. ah i love this post, so helpful! thankyouu.
      xo
      ps; your hairs amazinggg

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      1. Aw yaay Glad you found it helpful :)
        Thankyou lovely :) xx

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    5. Thanks for the great tips! I do the majority of them, but I've been growing my hair for countless years and it won't go past a certain length! I used the Lee Stafford hair growth conditioner it seemed to volumise my hair but didn't help it grow!- Booo :( Your hair is gorgeous!!!x

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      1. I found it didnt really do much for growth either..but i haven't used it very regularly anyway. I just use it for a bit of a boost :) thankyouu! :) xx

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    6. i love this, my hairs kinda thin and atboob ish length (ALMOST!)
      i just want it to grow before i get a style but its so tiring :(
      the picture of your hair is gorgey you stunner!! xxx

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      1. I know.. :( its taken about 2 and a half years to get it so long :| takes foreverrrr.. xx

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    7. Fantastic post! I'm also trying to grow my hair and every tip I read said "go for trims regularly." That's all well and good if the hairdresser actually listens when you say you want just the ends off, but they usually take more than neccesary so getting a trim every 6 weeks actually meant my hair was loosing lenght not gaining it, and my pocket was significantly lighter!

      Now I trim it my self and am fnally getting somewhere!

      I've never heard about the product stripping sachets, so I'll definately look for some next time I'm out.

      I'm about 2 inches from boob length so fingers crossed I'll be there soon!

      xxx

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      1. Thankyou lovely :)
        I found the exact same problem with 'regular trims'. They kept it healthy but it never grew. If you have a good pair of scissors then i think youre sometimes better off doing it yourself!

        Yess you can pick them up most places.. I know that not a lot of brands do them but i've seen a Boots own brand shampoo version and Tresseme do one too :) I think John Frieda do the sachets. :)

        xx

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    8. Love this post! It's really given me some good tips, i'm currently growing my hair out after having the ends cut off due to a lot of damage and i'm becoming rather impatient. I would love to know more about the Hair growth treatment! I've heard a lot about the Herbal Essences hair masks and I have now decided to invest in one on my next payday. Thanks for the advice!xx

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      1. Yaay thankyou! Glad it helped a bit :)
        I shall try and do a post about the hair growth treatment very very soon :) so keep checking back :)

        Yes they're definately worth it and last ages. Theyre often on offer too - i think Tesco have them on offer now :) xx

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    9. Your hairs lovely. Review on the Lee Stafford product please :)

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      1. Thankyou :)) I shall be doing one very very soon! xx

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    10. This is a brilliant post! Where can you buy build up removal sachets? Is there a particular brand that does them? xxxx

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      1. Thankyou!!

        You can get most from Boots or Superdrug. I recently used an Aveda one called 'Hair detoxifier' or something like that. Superdrug do their own brand one called 'Hair rescue' i think its 99p or something like that!

        I know Boots do a bottle of it too - never tried it but heard thats meant to be really good! Also Tresemme do a version of it :) I find the sachets to be best though just because i dont use them often enough to buy a bottle :)
        xx

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    11. Really helpful post! I definitely want to try the lee stafford hair growth treatment. My hair is really dry and I have a lot of split ends, at the moment I've been using the herbal essences leave in conditioner and it's really helping! great post x

      lauradreamsanddresses.blogspot.com

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      1. Thankyou :) I'll try and do a more in-depth review of the Lee Stafford one. And the Herbal Essences ones are amazing i love them :)
        xx

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    12. Yikes - I don't do half the things on that list, but I do let my hair dry naturally most of the time. Might have to try tying it up at night too... thanks for the tips!

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    13. Gorgeous hair!! My hair just doesn't seem to be gaining any length though I know it's growing due to regular needing of getting my roots done! Must just be breaking upwards :( xx

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    14. So pretty! Love this post - great tips!

      PS. We've a DORIS giveaway on our blog! Check it out!

      ox,
      -davie+erica

      LPFashionPhilosophy

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    15. Love this post! I really want my hair to grow back to where it was just before I cut it before grad!

      Charlotte Couture Blog

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    16. cute!!!

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    17. I have the same Tangle Teezer! I love it!
      Also the colour is so cute.^^


      Love Katrien
      from bowsarecute.blogspot.com

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    18. Just found your blog and I absolutly love it :-)

      lindsayfrances.blogspot.com

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    19. Great post Beth :) and your hair is ridiculously nice!!
      I know what you mean, I feel like mine never quite gets past that 'boob length' point, hmm... I just wish it could grow as long as my clip-ins, which are 22inch!
      and I feel the same about the hairdressers! 'half an inch/just an inch' always seems to be about 4 inches and leaves me sad! I must admit though, I haven't actually been to the hairdressers in way over a year now :-o
      But my hair is feeling better since I've gone purple, than it did when it was blonde! Even though I am dilemma'ing about my hair colour now as I want to change it and I'd love blonde again! :)

      xx

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    20. Great tips, I have similar hair to you and can never imagine cutting it above my shoulders if that!

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    21. Amazing post!! i have learnt so muchhh i can't wait to go and buy a tangle teezer ! haha xxx

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    22. We all love to snack, but the key to growing healthy hair is to choose snacks that are healthy for us, and will promote hair growth at the same time. Hair needs protein and biotin to grow strong and long. Some good choices for snacks are: Foods that contain biotin include; nuts such as pecans, almonds and walnuts - as well as eggs, milk, fish, lean meat, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower and whole grains.

      I always carry a zip-loc bag filled with unsalted pecans. They are a great source of protein. When I prepare dinner I always include one of the above mentioned vegetables; broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, etc. I love vegetables, so this is a real treat for me. If you don’t care for veggies, then start out with small portions and work your way up from there. And as always, drink plenty of water.

      Tips from www.makemyhairgrowfaster.org

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    23. Great tips, Beth! I am growing my hair out and I am at about Bra-strap length, I want waist but it's taking forver =(

      xoxo Bree
      The Urban Umbrella

      http://www.theurbanumbrella.com/

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    24. arrrg your like me, i absolutely HATE and DREAD the hairdressers. i get so terrified! I really want to die my hair blonde at the moment but am in 2 minds as i know the condtion wont be as good. I'll have to pick up afew of these products youve reccommended i think :) x

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    25. Want to grow hair faster,longer naturally?

      • The first hair growth formula is to use Rosemary leaves. Rosemary leaves boiled in water make a perfect addition to your shampoo when you wash your hair.

      • Hair growth is significantly stimulated by scalp massages. You need to employ only your fingers here. Use your fingers to knead the scalp in a circular motion, start from the base of the scalp and end at the front of your head

      Tips from www.MakeMyHairGrowFaster.org

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    26. I saw your hair in one of your latest posts and thought how absolutely bloody gorgeous it was. I needed to know what you used, SO glad I found this post! I'll be following your tips to the letter. xxx

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