About My Long Hair Care
Just a heads up, this is a longer blog compared to my other ones. Over the past decade, my hair has been through a lot of my BS and abuse; constant colouring, ever so often bleaching and exposing to high levels of heat. The photo below is the lightest my hair has ever been.
I’ve always loved having long hair and I like to think long hair suits the shape of my face and compliments it. With my circular face, having short hair just makes my face look much more round. I’ve been growing my hair out for about 6 years now and it wasn’t easy cause my hair does grow pretty slow (thanks genetics and hair breakage!). I had to change quite a lot of my hair habits and start a new routine if I wanted to grow it out. I’m currently growing my natural roots out as you can see.
Over the years, one of my frequent question is ‘how do you grow your hair so long while colouring it without damaging your hair?’ Well firstly, hands down my hair isn’t in its best condition but I do try to avoid certain routine that decreases its health.
So here it goes, here’s the precaution which I take and noticed the improvement of my hair over time and my hair was able to grow without splitting like cray. Keeping in mind I do have fine, naturally straight hair that’s prone to greasiness and, therefore, some of these products and methods work for my hair type.
Brushing or Combing?
I’m going to openly admit, I do not brush my hair often. Sometimes I brush it once and that’s in the evening before I go to bed. I’ve always use a comb instead of a hairbrush. The reason for this is combing or brushing stimulates your scalp. When you comb your hair, it pulls in a specific direction. Using a brush is quicker in terms of achieving smooth, neat hair compared to a comb, however, brushes stress the hair shafts in multiple directions at once and create more tension overall. One thing I never ever do is comb my hair when it’s wet or damp. Believe it or not, I only brush my hair when it’s fully dried, again this is due to my hair type. Your hair is at its most valuable when wet and may be much more prone to breakage.
Products I Use
- OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil 100ml £6.99 superdrug.com
- John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum 50ml £6.99 superdrug.com
- Batiste Dry Shampoo Original 200ml £2.99 superdrug.com
- Moroccanoil Treatment Original Oil £31.98 amazon.co.uk
- Fudge Duo Shampoo and Conditioner, Clean Violet Blonde 300 ml £21.44 amazon.co.uk
- Head & Shoulders Classic Clean 2in1 Shampoo 450ml £4.99
- Bleach Reincarnation Mask 200ml £6.00 com
One thing I always try to do is not to over-wash my hair! This is quite important, because over-washing may result to striping out your natural hair oils. Like I previously mentioned, my hair is prone to grease. Would you think washing my hair every day helps gets rid of the oil? Well, it does, however, I’ve noticed before when I washed my hair every day, my hair would get greasy so quick (less than half a day). So, I needed to do something about it quick. I started to wash my hair every other day. For example, if I wash my hair on Monday night, I won’t wash it on Tuesday and wash it on Wednesday night etc. By Wednesdays night my hair is super greasy as you can imagine. However, over time, I must admit that I did see a change in my hair when washing my hair every other night. It became less grease-crazy and over time, I trained my hair to get used to this method, with the support of dry hairspray on Tuesday morning. I only shampoo the scalp twice and not the ends. I would use my Head and Shoulder first to rinse it out then go in with my Fudge Purple Shampoo to get rid of the brassiness.
I always use a conditioner, it’s such an essential step. Believe it or not, my brother was the one who introduced me to using conditioner when I was younger. If you have greasy hair, ensure you only condition the ends and not the roots because you do not want to add excess oil to your roots.
Oils & Treatments
After conditioning my hair, I would rinse it out and apply a hair mask. The hair mask which I love is The Bleach Reincarnation Mask for dyed hair. This Mask is amazing for my blonde ends! I think one of the reasons I was able to grow my hair this long was due to using a hair mask because it hydrates my ends. My ends are less dry and I can see the health improving over time. I would only apply the hair mask to my ends and leave it in between 5-10 minutes before rinsing it out with water. The weakest part of your hair and needs the most love is the ends (split ends anyone?) so always concentrate your mask to the ends of your hair.
Trimming and Styling
In terms of getting a haircut, I don’t do it very often (guilty as charged). I probably get a haircut once or twice a year. You’re probably like “WHAT?”… I can explain, I usually trim my ends and cut my tiny split ends by myself whenever I have time. I colour and bleach my hair about twice a year.
I would towel dry my hair for 10 minutes then I usually apply OGX Renewing Moroccan oil and John Frieda Frizz Ease onto my ends and slowly working my way up (not to the roots). When I blow dry my hair, I only blow dry the very ends. This leaves my ends slightly damp and leave it to air dry. This helps reduce the amount of heat to my ends.
Once my hair is fully dry I’ll comb it and apply Moroccanoil Treatment Original Oil onto the ends. I hope this blog is somewhat of a help to your hair journey as it did for mine. Remember if you want your hair to grow long, shower it with love and nourishment and lastly, be patient, it will grow!
Thank you for reading this and till next time.