“My hair doesn’t grow”
“I wish I could get my hair that long”
“It doesn’t matter what I do, my hair always feels unhealthy”
If you haven’t heard at least one of these quotes in your lifetime, you probably haven’t been out much. As women, we overcomplicate things (for the most part), and this includes hair. If most of us are being honest, our hair is the high maintenance animal that lives on top of your head and sucks your money and time away from you just for the sake of looking good. It’s hard to keep hair happy; either you never brush it, wash it, or dye it to keep it healthy and grow it quickly, or you just give up and deal with split ends all the time.
But wait, what if it didn’t have to be like that? Seriously, what if I told you that you could solve a lot of your hair problems with a few changes in your lifestyle and hair products?
Over the past few months through trial and error, I’ve experienced and learned a lot of do’s and don’ts. I think it’s about time I share my secrets to success when it comes to hair.
1. If you want long, luscious, and healthy hair (and skin!) the first thing you have to do is STOP STRESSING. When I chopped my hair off this summer, it was growing lightning speed. In less than two months my hair had grown probably 3-4 inches, and it was because I was living a pretty easy life back then. Fast forward to now, I have a lot going on, and it’s a lot easier to get stressed out today than it was two months ago. Since the last time I cut my hair, which was probably 6-8 weeks ago, (I’m due for a trim soon that’s for sure) my hair has mayyyybe grown two inches at the most. You guys, that’s a huge difference, and I haven’t done anything different to my hair regime than I did this summer.
Cortisol is the main stress hormone, otherwise known as public enemy number one. Here’s why – if we allow our bodies to stress too often, or stew on an issue (or issues), then our body is continuously releasing cortisol, which can lead to little things such as acne, canker sores, and weight gain. In addition to the “little things”, it can also lead to big things as stress can suppress our immune system and mess with our blood pressure and sugar levels. Therefore, when we are stressed, it is a direct hit to our body in many ways, including hair growth.
If you struggle with stress often, consider exercising more if you don’t already do so on a regular basis, meditating, and giving yourself time for things that you love. For example: I love spending time with my dog in the morning, so I wake up at 6am Monday-Friday to drink my coffee and pet him for 30 minutes to an hour – it’s great!
2. If you struggle with dry and damaged hair often, I would strongly advise that you change the shampoo and conditioner you use. Rather than using one shampoo and conditioner brand, I use 3 different brands of shampoo and conditioner and rotate them every time I wash my hair. By doing this, you will avoid the build-up of chemicals that would be taking place while you were using the same shampoo and conditioner every shower. I also strongly advise that when choosing a shampoo or conditioner, you purchase one that DOES NOT CONTAIN SULFATE. This ingredient does a great job of drying the crap out of your hair – once I began rotating between three brands of shampoo and conditioner, my hair changed drastically.
Here are the three brands that I use in my rotation:
3. This one goes out to all my ladies who have to look presentable all the time! If you’re putting heat on your hair, just do yourself one favor and ALWAYS USE HEAT PROTECTANT. I know you’ve probably heard it a million times, and I had too! But I used to never use heat protectant even though I knew to, and by doing so, I noticed that my hair would split at the end after 2-3 times of putting heat on my hair – it was awful. Anytime I put heat on my hair or know I will be doing so, I either put heat protectant in my hair and then do my makeup while it dries, or I spray it in my hair the night before while its wet – that way I don’t have to worry about it later. Putting heat protectant in your hair is annoying and inconvenient, but keeps your hair beautiful in the long run.
If you need a good affordable heat protectant and oil to keep your hair protected and silky smooth, I highly recommend these two products below!
I hope that some of these tips will help you to achieve every hair goal you’ve ever had. If you have any questions or comments, hit me up in the comments below!