August 12, 2013

Growing Your Hair And Keeping It In Good Condition

I am by no means a hair expert but over the years I've had my hair in numerous styles yet it's long hair I keep coming back to! At the moment my hair is in the best condition it's ever been in all the time I've had it long so I wanted to share with you all how I've managed it! I know that most of these hints and tips will be obvious to many of you, but to those whom they aren't, I definitely recommend you give them a try.

October 2010

August 2013


1. GET YOUR HAIR TRIMMED REGULARLY

I can't stress just how important this is. Whilst growing your hair out, getting it trimmed seems rally daunting. When I grew my hair out whilst still in school I completely avoided getting it cut for nearly a year. It grew, alright! But it was in such bad condition. It was split ends galore and it was so dry that the very ends would just snap off or look fried. Getting your hair trimmed keeps split ends at bay meaning that when your hair does grow you're not going to be left with straggly ends. I don't necessarily believe that trimming your hair makes it grow...but it keeps it in tip top condition which is what you want for your hair when it is long and luscious!

2. AVOID BLOW DRYING

Now, this doesn't mean that you have to stop blow drying completely, but it is a good idea to avoid it whenever possible. Blow drying too often dries your hair out and leaves it more prone to split ends. It also increases frizz. So for those of you that think your hair looks frizzier when you leave it to dry naturally, you're probably going to be wrong in the long run... Something I advise is to wash your hair when you get home on an evening and allow it to dry before you go to bed. When you get into bed, spray a little dry shampoo on the areas of your hair more prone to grease - leave it on - and when you wake up in the morning you're hair will feel freshly washed and there will be no grey dry shampoo in sight. Another handy tip is to get a really powerful hair dryer i.e one with a higher watt value (if that's what you call it... :S). The more powerful, the faster it will dry your hair. You ideally want to spend as little time as possible blow drying your hair to reduce the damage caused by the heat.

3. BE CAREFUL WITH STYLING TOOLS

As above, you want to use heated tools as little as possible - and if it's frizz you're worried about...only use the styling tools on areas you feel you NEED to.  I probably straighten my hair 3 or 4 times a week.  I do think it's possible to straighten or curl your hair and still keep it in good condition. It's just a case of being careful with how often you use them!

4. HAIR PRODUCTS

Heat protection sprays, serums and hair oils are your best friends when it comes to long hair. Heat protection spray is key. I wish I knew how it worked - but I don't - all I know is that it does!! I use the VO5 spray but I've used so many different ones in the past. Make sure you read the label as to when to apply them, you don't want to be putting a product meant for wet hair onto dry hair now do you? Hair masks and deep conditioners are definitely a good idea. Using them too often can make your hair a little  greasy but there are so many out there to choose from that you can find out perfect for you! My favourite is the Beautiful Ends Cream from Herbal Essences. It smells like rasberries and works a treat! Something I've recently become a massive fan of is hair oil. In the summer months it is even more key. The two I have are the VO5 Miracle Concentrate Hair Oil and and L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil. Both work just as well as one another but the VO5 one just smells gorgeous. I apply them to damp hair and either leave it to dry naturally or give it a quick blow dry. All of these types of product help with locking moisture into your hair and I can't recommend using them more.

5. LEARN TO ROCK THE UP-DO

At least 3 times I week I will leave my hair to dry naturally and have it up in either a ponytail or a bun the entire day. This really helps your hair as it isn't being fiddled with or heat damaged and you can create some really gorgeous looks by having your hair up!


By taking on board these handy tips I hope you'll have as much success in growing your hair as I have had. Remember, everyone's hair is different and yours will grow at its own pace. Just bare with it and see where you end up!

What are your tips for keeping hair in good condition? Does your hair grow fast or slow?! I'd love to hear from you :)

Lots of love, lovelies xxxx

4 comments:

  1. Your hair looks gorgeous now! I'm trying to use less heat on my hair but its so hard, I hate my hair when it dries naturally

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    1. Thank you so much! :) I think that it's all about products you use. Oil helps to de-frizz my natural hair and if you oomph your roots with a bit of hairspray you can look like you've made a real effort even when you haven't! :D xx

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