So this post will probably be THEE longest post that I will write on this blog. I’m hoping that if I write it out once that I can just add on to it little by little as I give more tips. So the question that I get most often is: “What do you do to your hair?”
I’m going to answer but first we have to establish a few things:
1. ALL HAIR GROWS. Unless you have an underlying medical issue then your hair is most likely growing. So let’s not look at the issue as our hair isn’t growing, but the issue for most is that we aren’t retaining length. The reason that you might not see length retention is because of what happens to your hair after it’s out of your scalp. I don’t believe that you need a certain hair type for your hair to retain length……which takes me to……….
2. If you don’t believe that you can grow long hair then you most likely won’t. Why? I’ve learned that it’s been ingrained in a lot of women’s mind that hair length is determined by genetics. While hair thickness and hair type is certainly genetic, our length depends on how well you maintain your hair. I’ve noticed that a lot of women have just resolved that they will never be able to grow their hair beyond a certain length due to genetics. Every method will not work for every hair type BUT I believe (and have seen) that there are ways for every hair type to retain length.
3. In the words of Dave Ramsey: “I’m selling crock pots, not microwaves.” I don’t have any miracle products/magical pills/special ointments/Holy water/ancient rituals/ that will allow you to see instantaneous growth. Just good old fashioned tried and true methods with a lot of patience
Ok so now on to the regimen:
1. Your body needs water. So does your hair. Getting your hair wet is a GOOD thing lol. I shampoo my hair once a week (usually a Saturday)with a moisturizing shampoo. I currently don’t have any loyalty to a certain shampoo, I’ve used shampoos from the drug store and from the salon. I strongly recommend that you choose a MOISTURIZING shampoo within your budget, preferably sulfate free. Anyway while in the shower I saturate my hair under the running water first. Once my hair is fully saturated I apply shampoo to my hands and shampoo my hair twice. Each time that you shampoo your hair make sure you rinse all of the shampoo out thoroughly before shampooing again.
2. I deep condition my hair after EVERY shampoo. Here’s where it gets tricky: There are a million conditioners on the market but all of them are not deep conditioners, some are “instant” conditioners. A deep conditioner is one that is meant to penetrate your strands while an instant conditioner typically coats your strands. While in the process of growing your hair a deep conditioner is IMPERATIVE. I’m currently using Biolage Ultra Hydrating Conditioner by Matrix.