No matter the rapidly changing trends that sweep over and ignite our modern beauty-obsessed hearts each season, one particular motto has remained throughout the years. That motto is of course...long hair, don't care. And what's not to love? There's something about long locks that just screams summer beach days and youth. After all, who hasn't fallen completely in lust with Amber Fillerup's (The Barefoot Blonde) beautifully styled and seemingly endless blonde braids and beach waves?
Though I certainly haven't achieved her level of long locks, I have been growing out my hair for a few years. At first, this began not really in an attempt to grow out my locks, but simply as a by-product of a busy schedule. Seeing my hair dresser every month just wasn't a priority at the time. Now, though I'm still in the process of growing out my hair, I've reached a point where I'm actually satisfied. I've also had a lot of time to learn the ins and outs of caring for long hair, the right way (because there are right and wrong ways to care for your hair). Here's a few things that you need to know to keep those locks healthy and growing strong:
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1. Beat the heat
There was a time when I would straighten my naturally straight hair to absolute perfection every. single. day. Not only was this a colossal waste of time, considering that my hair was already pretty straight on it's own, but it caused a lot of damage. Try to avoid using heat on your hair more than a few times a week to avoid split ends and frizziness, and you won't need to cut off as much at your next appointment.
TIP: Try using a a combination of dry shampoo and sea salt spray to add texture and volume to limp locks. With a little practice, you'll be able to achieve an effortlessly chic look with no heat needed. Also, if you know how to French braid (tutorial here), you may want to pull your damp locks back for the night. This will add even more texture and style in addition to the dry shampoo and beach spray.
2. invest in a wet brush
A Wet Brush is an absolute essential for...well everyone. These special brushes help to detangle your hair and prevent it from ripping out as you're combing through wet locks post shower or swim. Long hair is great, but you need some kind of thickness and volume to really work it. Plus, the last thing you want to do once you've started growing your hair out is to actually rip some of it out.
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3. restore damage
Even if you follow Rule No. 1 religiously, damage is bound to occur sooner or later. This is especially true if part of your hair growth tactics include avoiding the hairdresser (like me, haha!). I like to use a restorative shampoo system every few weeks to help repair some of the damage I've done to my hair.
4. Use masks
In addition to repairing damage through different shampoo systems, I also use masks to keep my hair in check. There's so many options out there that remedy a variety of problems, but DIYing them can be more natural and cost effective. Try one of the natural hair masks in the guide below to restore, grow, detox, and/or protect your growing locks!
TIP: There's also a variety of products on the market to help mend split ends. Though these remedies can be a little pricey, this is a great option if you'd like to increase the time you can go in between hair cuts.
5. hone your diet
Believe it or not, your diet can play an important role in hair growth and overall health. According to this source, iron and zinc are just two minerals that can help hair follicles to grow. Try eating red meat, soy products, or beans at least twice a week to up your intake of these hair helping ingredients. Vitamin D, protein, and omega 3 also aid in hair growth, along with other essential vitamins and minerals. Will do some more detailed posts on how you can play with your diet to improve your beauty routine soon!
6. consider supplements
I'm a longtime fan of biotin gummies. They're a great way to get in a variety of vitamins that help to strengthen your hair and nails, and they're easy to stomach. It's definitely worth a try, especially if you're not willing to modify your diet to include more nutrients that aid in hair growth. You can check out the brand I take here.
So, what do you guys think? Have you tried any of the above tips? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!