Saturday, 6 November 2010

Hair Growth

I have been on the quest for gorgeous long and thick hair since I first saw Laura/Lollipop26 discussing hair extensions about 18 months/2 years ago.  Since then I have purchased numerous packs of other people's hair but only a year or so ago did it click that if I grew my own hair, I could kick my expensive habit.

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

Products
  • 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!

Styling
  • 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?!
xoxo

21 comments:

  1. wow you have gorgeous hair :D xxxx

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  2. Your hair looks gorgeous! I'm growing mine at the moment and am rather jealous of those long locks :)

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  3. Your hair looks lush! Wish I had thick, dense hair. xx

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  4. Lush hair treatments helped me a lot with the condition and growth of my hair, you should try them ;)

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  6. Your hair is so thick and lucious! Love it. After abusing my own hair with straighteners and dye for years and years, I chopped it off to above my shoulders hoping to give it a new lease of life, but now I can't wait until it's long and gorgeous like this! xo

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  7. I am so jealous, your hair is fantastic - it's like film star hair. *Goes green*.

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  8. u have a gorgeous hair hun!
    :)xx

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  9. You're hair looks absolutely lovely! Really long, thick and glossy! Trying to grow mine long and healthy at the moment :) xxx

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  11. Wow I can defintely see a difference! Thank you so much for sharing your tips, I'm going to try the leaving a hair mask on all day one!

    xoxo

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  12. Oooh i've never seen that Lee Stafford growth treatment before, gonna have to go and get me some of that xx And your hair is gorgeous btw x

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  13. i wish my hair was as lovely and long as yours! mine seems to grow stupidly slow but i bought the lee stafford hair growth pot yesterday so hopefully i'll see an improvment :D,xxx

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  14. Your hair looks amazing !!My hair has grown but I wish it could get thinker like yours did **jealous!**

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  15. Your hair looks amazing !!My hair has grown but I wish it could get thinker like yours did **jealous!**

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  16. Oooh i've never seen that Lee Stafford growth treatment before, gonna have to go and get me some of that xx And your hair is gorgeous btw x

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  17. Your hair is so thick and lucious! Love it. After abusing my own hair with straighteners and dye for years and years, I chopped it off to above my shoulders hoping to give it a new lease of life, but now I can't wait until it's long and gorgeous like this! xo

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  18. Your hair looks gorgeous! I'm growing mine at the moment and am rather jealous of those long locks :)

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