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Hello all! Thanks for reading and welcome back if you have been to my blog before! This week I want to talk about what I do (or don’t do) every day and the products I use to keep my hair healthy while I am growing it out for my wedding. I am notoriously bad about chopping off my hair when it gets to be too much to deal with. When it comes to hair, I am the laziest person EVER. If it takes me longer than 30 minutes to do my hair, I will most likely be in a bad mood for a little while. I know, so dramatic. Anyway, about two years ago or so I decided to stop chopping my hair off and to start growing it out. I knew I wanted to get married in the next few years, so I left my hair alone. I also knew that meant actually taking care of my long locks.
One of the most important things, I think, when growing your hair out is NOT washing it every day. I know some may think that’s gross, but hear me out. My washing your hair everyday, with the chemicals in most peoples’ shampoos and the harsh water coming out of most showers, your hair will thank you for not washing it all the time. Depending on several factors, including the weather, I will sometimes go anywhere from two to four days without washing my hair. In the summer, two days is about my max, if I even make it to that point. As I’m sure most of you know, dry shampoo is the eighth wonder of the world. I kid, but it’s seriously amazing! Although it can get pricey, so I find baby powder to be a nice replacement when I absolutely need to use it. I have used several different brands of dry shampoo, including NYM (Not Your Mother’s), but I haven’t had a whole lot of luck with them actually soaking up the oil like I want them to. My favorite brand right now is Batiste.
Another important, obvious factor when it comes to hair health is the kind of shampoo you’re using. Often, the more natural ingredients in the product you’re using, the better! I mentioned in another post my current favorite shampoo brand is Yes To. This brand, in particular has at least 95% natural ingredients and, as a plus, this brand does not test on animals. I haven’t tried many other shampoos lately, not that are cruelty free, anyway. I used to use OGX religiously, but they were bought out by Johnson & Johnson sometime last year. I have only found the Yes To Scalp Relief shampoo (I have dandruff issues) in two places so far: Target and Amazon. It is relatively inexpensive.
Recently, I discovered the holy grail that seriously keeps my hair SO soft: leave-in conditioner! I know, I’m betting I’m years behind in this discovery, but better late than never. My quest for leave-in conditioner started when I had so many knots in my hair after showering. I was almost in tears after every shower and I almost went and just chopped off my almost 3 years of growth… until I stumbled upon NYM Way to Grow Leave-In Conditioner.
I honestly swear that this product single-handedly saved my long hair. I was a phone call away from cutting all of my hair off, so give this a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I would say that the rest is (or at least, SHOULD be) basic hair care. Make sure you’re brushing your hair out every morning and every night. Get those knots out and stimulate that scalp. Also, while washing your hair, try to massage your scalp rather than just spreading shampoo throughout your hair. If you’re anything like me, your hair gets oil and greasy looking fairly quickly, so I NEVER put conditioner on my scalp. I keep my conditioner from my mid-shaft to my ends to keep them soft and to keep the split ends at a minimum. Of course, I feel that’s more of a personal preference, but I’m just sharing what I have noticed with my fine textured, easily greased hair.
I am, by no means, a hair expert, but like I said above, this is strictly from personal experience on what I have noticed has helped my hair grow and to grow strongly. I would love to hear your feedback and your personal experiences with growing your hair out below! All of the products I mentioned above can be found at places like Walmart, Target, Walgreen’s, etc. so be sure to check out your local stores, too. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to share this post!
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