I've been lusting after long hair for a long time. I've had a few setbacks, and it hasn't been easy! I've been dying and straightening my hair since about eighth grade, so needless to say, my hair is not the healthiest, which makes for slow growing. You might remember when I was in Chicago and got that awful mullet cut. Well, I thought I had evened it out, but come December, I still had this weird rat tail in the back, and my amazing hairdresser and I decided to just chop it short and start all over.
I'd rather have a cute, short haircut, than have a half long, weird hairstyle. So by January, of course, I was bored already and decided to get bangs. At first I was unsure about them, but now I really like them! (Also, I get a lot of compliments, so that doesn't hurt.)
And! I haven't dyed my hair in... months, now. And that's a long time for me. All this is to say that I'm focusing on getting my hair healthy (even though I'm still straightening it), which will, hopefully, in turn, lead to long hair eventually. So I bought a brush with boar bristles, as the plastic brushes with little balls on the ends of bristles supposedly cause quite a bit of hair loss. Also, I only wash my hair every two or three days. Here are some of the products I've been using in my quest for healthy hair.
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I finally invested in a heavy duty reparative conditioner. This conditioner contains keratin and argan oil, which are fantastic for reconstructing hair.
|Sold in salons|
My hairstylist recommended this stuff. You spray it in your damp hair before heat styling or swimming. It moisturizes, repairs damage, and prevents split ends, among other things.
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This spray goes on dry hair. It also protects from heat styling, while adding shine.
|Found in drugstores, or here|
I use this after styling to tame my frizz. It truly is amazing, and makes damaged hair appear healthy.
|Sold at Trader Joe's|
After reading about the numerous benefits of coconut oil, I finally decided to try some. While coconut oil does not make your hair grow, it is an excellent moisturizer, which helps prevent breakage, which promotes hair growth. The oil is also good for your scalp, and a healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair. Here is a good video showing how to use coconut oil for healthy hair.
P.S. I'm currently doing this, and my uncle just walked in and asked why there was a bag on my head. It's saran wrap, hello!
*Make sure you wash and rinse your hair very well. I washed it twice, but my hair still felt a bit greasy in some spots, which is normal, after any deep conditioning treatment, but you don't want to go out with white flecks in your mane.