I now invest in intensive conditioning treatments, leave in products and heat protectants. I do forget sometimes and I do have a set of extensions for nights out but we're all human...
Here is my hair in April, looking a little bit sorry for itself:
And 7 months on:
So, 7 months of growth should = 3.5 inches of growth?
Probably about right! But my hair is also thicker and just generally in a much better condition which for totally abused hair like mine, is an amazing improvment.
HOW I DID IT
- Shampoos and conditioners for heat damaged hair. They don't need to be expensive - I love TRESemmé...
- Intensive conditioners as often and for as long as possible. If I am not going out for a day I will just leave one on all day. My current favourite is the Lee Stafford Growth Treatment as previously mentioned - makes your hair feel like silk and smells truly amazing!
- Leave in conditioners such as the Aussie Sprays, Redken Anti-Snap or my new favourite, Tigi Ego Boost. I apply these to the lower half my hair to avoid greasy roots.
- Heat protectant - just cover your hair in the stuff!
- The main point is, only use heat when truly necessary. Seems obvious but I was guilty of curling or straightening even if I wasn't going anywhere. I find when I make no effort and just tie my hair up wet, it can look amazing when I take it down.
- If I do need heat, I only use it on the days I wash it. The curls I put in it usually last for the next day too or I just tie it up.
- Experiment with tools that require no heat such as velcro rollers - I'm sure I helped my hair by being addicted to bendy rollers for a few months.
- Heated rollers damage your hair less than a curling tong. Or at least I like to think so...
- Use the time you sleep to dry your hair/put it in rollers etc. Uses less heat and allows you to have an extra half an hour in bed - and who doesn't want that?!