When you think of good hair, you healthy, shiny hair and today I am tackling how to grow long healthy hair as part of the Hair Romance Good Hair Q&A series.
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Today’s question was asked in my Hair Romance Crew, which is my free Facebook group for everyone who wants to talk all things hair and beauty. If you want to join the Crew, just click here.
“My hair always grows a little under the shoulders and then gets this little tails so I have to trim. I have thin hair and an oily scalp. My hair always looks better and fuller when I cut it over my shoulders though I really really want to grow it for once to chest length and still be healthy.”
Now I definitely feel this question. Especially when you have wavy hair or curly hair, it takes longer to grow your hair because of the shrinkage. When your hair is wet it probably is almost is that long but as soon as it dries, your hair can shrink by up to 30cm.
I love shorter styles, and if you think that your hair looks good in shoulder-length styles, maybe it’s not a bad thing. It can be a process to grow out your hair when you may not be that happy with the results.
But if you do want to grow your hair long and keep it healthy, here’s what I recommend.
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Feed your hair
Good hair grows out of a healthy body, so make sure you’re eating a well-balanced diet with lots of protein. This will help you grow long healthy hair.
This is isn’t sexy or interesting. It’s pretty boring and it’s just about keeping a regular hair routine.
You should be doing weekly hair masks and regularly shampooing and conditioning your hair. I don’t mean washing every day – that won’t help you grow longer hair – washing a couple of times a week is fine.
When it comes to styling you really want to do as little as possible.
A weird fact is that sometimes air-drying can be more damaging to your hair than blowdrying, because yes water also damages your hair.
So don’t leave your hair wet all day, but put down the hot tools. You don’t want to be using any straightening irons or curling wands if you want your hair to be as long as possible.
Keep it natural
If you really want to grow long and healthy hair, stop lightening and colouring your hair.
This is one reason I’ll never have really long hair because I love changing my hair colour.
Treat your scalp
I recommend regular head massages to treat your scalp and promote hair growth.
There isn’t exact science around this but it has shown that massage to the scalp will improve blood flow and this is only going to create healthier hair follicles. Your head is probably the easiest part of your body to massage yourself so it’s something you can do in the evenings or before you wash your hair.
Normal hair growth is about one to two centimetres per month so you can work out how long it will take to grow your hair to your dream length.
Fake it til you make it
I always dreamed of having mermaid-length hair. But sadly I know it’s never going to be for me.
So instead I tried extensions to give me those mermaid vibes and while I love the look – man it was heavy! I don’t think I could manage if my hair was like that.
A side note on supplements
Sometimes supplements can work but I would always make sure that you focus on having a good diet first.
I take hair supplements to make my hair grow. I’ve been taking Viviscal (also available here) for the past six months and I’ve taken it before as well and I really think it makes a difference to my hair.
And if this all sounds too hard and too boring why not go back to my trick of trying hair extensions. It’s a great way to have that long hair without the hassle of looking after it.
I’d love to know, what’s your dream hair length?