i’m sure at this point everyone has heard the sad story about how in the summer of 2015, a large portion of my poor hair completely broke off, leaving me with what can only be described as guy fieri hair. if i didn’t blow dry my hair carefully, that chunk would stick straight up out of my head like a freaking troll doll. thankfully, there’s evidence of this on the internet for forever (and evidence of the time i ran clear across nisaan stadium to meet chip esten). the hair absolutely refused to grow back in that spot for FOREVER. the picture above was taken february of 2016, and you can definitively see the part of my hair i’m talking about. it was so so sad.
last year i finally decided to get my hair under control and what i did actually worked. i’m not actually a hair expert, i’m just sharing what worked for me! maybe these things will work for you, maybe not, but i think its worth a try!
(i realize this is a silly picture but you can really tell how blonde i was!!)
1. the first thing i (reluctantly) did to help my hair grow back was to stop dying it blonde. this still pains me actually. i LOVED having blonde hair. loved it. i was able to go much longer between washes because blonde doesn’t show grease as much and i just felt so confident with blonde hair. but, i know that all of the bleach is the reason my hair pretty much died, so i gave it up. sigh.
2. the next thing i did to really help my hair was to give up using heat on my hair for an extended period of time. i had read so many places that giving up using heat on your hair really helps it grow (i mean duh), so i bit the bullet and gave it a try. it was really hard to put away the blow dryer and straightener, but i started last april when it started getting really warm and humid here and stuck with it until about october when the humidity left. i put this air drying product every morning after towel drying my hair. i would scrunch the cream into my hair and then braid my hair into two pigtails while i put my makeup on, take the braids out and scrunch some more, and then actually braid my hair again for the drive to work. once i got the hang of it, my hair actually air dried pretty nicely! and the summer humidity helped give volume and a bit more wave. i’ll most likely do another “no heat summer” again this year because it made my hair so healthy.
3. the other thing i did that really helped my hair was to take obscene amounts of hair, skin, and nail vitamins. i took this one for a while and then switched to this one just because i’m a child and prefer gummy vitamins. when i say obscene amounts, i mean i took double the recommended dose, only because i’ve taken these things in the past and the recommended 2 vitamins a day did nothing for me. i should also mention that once i was satisfied with how long my hair got, immediately stopped taking the vitamins. i was worried if i took that many indefinitely, my body would get immune to them or something (really medically sound advice y’all are getting from this blog).
i started getting SO MANY compliments about my hair and how healthy it looked this fall and winter, and i was shocked. this was the first time i’ve committed to any sort of regiment that actually worked. so maybe y’all will have similar results? good luck!
ps-naturally after all of that hard work growing my hair out, i chopped of 6 inches of it last weekend. such a typical girl move, ya know?