How to Grow Long, Strong Hair
Today I want to walk you through my whole hair care routine, from things I do daily to my weekly deep conditioning treatments. As my hair gettings longer, I am noticing it needs a lot more care. I need to get it cut more often than once a year - every 3-4 months is recommended but I think even twice a year is a good goal for me.
I've had a range of hair lengths over the years. And bangs (loved them but they made my forehead break out). And even some pink (miss this)! But I've never gone darker... who knows if I ever will.
I recently switched shampoo and conditioner. I have used Nexxus Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner for years (great prices at Costco!) and loved it but my hair was still dry and tangled. I searched on Amazon for the top rated products and found Moroccanoil. I bought from the company direct because the Amazon reviews talked about knockoffs. I also bought the Astonish Kit so I could sample the products before buying bigger versions.
I wash my hair every other day, sometimes every 3 days if I can go that long. I've learned a few tip and tricks that I'll share.
Only shampoo your roots. I quickly run shampoo through all of my hair to get product out but I only scrub the top half of my hair. That way I am protecting the ends from splitting and drying out.
Only condition the ends! My hair is super oily on top after a few days (hence the dry shampoo below) so I was told by a stylist to skip conditioning my roots. It was a hard habit to break but I do feel my roots are less greasy.
Comb your conditioner through. I've always done this but it's a good reminder. I usually brush my hair before showering then after I let the conditioner sit (I was my body, face, and shave while the condition sits on my hair to maximize conditioning time) I brush it through with a comb to get the snarls out.
I have to tell you, although slightly pricey, this stuff is amazing! My hair smells great and is silky soft. I notice less split ends and even though I've only used it a few times my hair is starting to be less tangled. I LOVE this stuff.
I get a lot of questions on how I style my hair. Fortunately I am lucky enough to have naturally wavy hair so my hair holds a curl really well. I don't straighten my hair as much because it get oilier and flatter faster. This my hair before. I usually let it air dry as much as I can then blow dry the roots (I flip my head upside down the blow my roots for more body). I sometimes go to bed on it lightly damp and I wake up to it slightly curly which is really nice because I don't have to do much.
And after. I'll walk you through the process!
I was a little worried about the Moroccanoil Treatment as I already am prone to greasy hair. However, I use this stuff after every shower when my hair is dry or almost dry and I love the effect it is having on my hair. Like I said my hair is softer and this stuff works great for frizz.
"Argan oil-infused conditioning, styling and finishing tool that sets the perfect foundation for hairstyling"
Dry shampoo is life for me. I use it on day 2 when the roots start to get oily. Since I have blonde hair it's actually nice to use it because it makes my roots look better ;) I spray a little on my roots, let it sit, then run my fingers through and use it to absorb oil and give my hair body. I use Not Your Mother's; not sure why - I just like it.
I basically just curl all of my hair. I usually leave a little bit of the end out so as not to damage the ends and give it a more beach wave look.
PS writing this post, I realized how much I desperately need to touch up my roots. In the winter, I don't get as mcuh sun so the roots get darker.
Then after the curls cool I spray them with a little hair spray and flip my head upside down and lightly comb out the curls with my fingers. I like them loose. I hair spray again and call it a day! It actually doesn't take me very long to get ready. See my daily makeup routine here.
Weekly Deep Conditioning
I "try" to deep condition my hair once a week. I shower normally then apply a various deep conditioner with a bag and let it sit for any length of time. I know it works best to get your hair warm/hot (heater, blow dryer) but I hate sitting still for that long. The longer my hair gets, the more I need to do this.
I bought a water softener for my shower and it's helped. I'm not 100% sure it gets all the minerals and chemicals out. A water softener for my house will be my FIRST home purchase. My parent's have one and I love going home and showering. My hair is SILK after.
Let me know what I forgot and what questions you have!