So you finally have some length to your locks, but every time you think it’s getting longer your hairdresser traumatizes you with the news that she needs to cut off quite a bit from the dead ends– which is basically all of the new growth. Sound familiar? Or maybe before you even get to haircut time your ends break off, leaving you back to where you started.
I’ve been there. I used to be convinced that my hair just couldn’t grow. It just always stayed around the same length. What if I stopped using heat on my hair? How dare you even utter those words. Styling my hair, whether it’s straightening it or curling it, gives me such joy. I could never give that up. So, how did I combat this problem? With my 3 hair commandments.
1. Get Regular Haircuts
Yes, I know. Haircuts are emotionally painful. Every time my hairdresser Brittany cuts my hair, I strictly tell her “cut off the least amount you absolutely have to”. The most she has ever cut is maybe 1/2 or 3/4 of an inch, but each time I still scowl at my chopped hairs on the floor wishing that we didn’t have to part ways. Regardless, it’s a necessary evil. Once, I went over a year without a haircut. I didn’t trust anyone to cut it after my last nightmare experience, where the hairdresser got too scissor happy and cut major inches off. But when I was avoiding hair cuts, my hair wasn’t growing because it was constantly breaking off.
Now I get hair trims every 3 months. It’s important to trim your hair regularly enough to keep the ends from becoming too dry and damaged. Still, you don’t want to trim your hair too frequently (unless your hair is extremely damaged), because then you’re going to be interfering with your hair growth. As I like to say, half an inch to an inch keeps the scissors away.
2. Actually Use Hair Products!
The next tip I have for you is to use conditioning and heat protectant products. Just like you can’t expect a plant to grow without water, you can’t expect to have any hair growth without nurturing your hair. The non-negotiable products that you must use to maintain healthy locks are leave-in conditioner and heat protectant spray. Leave-in conditioner helps hydrate your hair before blowing a ton of hot air on it with your hairdryer. Heat protectant spray is crucial before flat ironing or curling your hair, as it will help seal the hair cuticle and keep in moisture.
Back when I wasn’t taking care of my hair, I didn’t use leave-in conditioner and sometimes would forget to use heat protectant spray before styling my hair. This was another big reason why my hair was constantly breaking off. If you don’t use these kinds of hair products regularly, your hair is more prone to becoming dry and brittle, which leads to hair breakage.
I personally use Its a 10 leave-in conditioner and Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press heat protectant spray. I find that a lot of heat protectant sprays can leave your hair sticky or stiff, but the Paul Mitchell one works great!
3. My Secret
Nearly everyone knows to use leave-in conditioner and heat protectant spray, but I also have a couple of extra steps in my routine that aren’t as mainstream.
For those of you who regularly color and highlight your hair, use a lot of heat on your hair, have naturally curly hair (like me), or maybe have some sort of combination, your hair is probably like the Sahara desert– on the dry side. I started using Coconut Oil spray last fall and have found that it helps tremendously with hydrating my hair! I will use some after a shower when my hair is damp along with my leave-in conditioner, or sometimes I will apply some to my ends after I’ve styled my hair because it’s in need of some extra moisture. I have also used a serum version of coconut oil and it works just as well.
I’ve heard of coconut oil conditioning treatments that accomplish the same thing too. I just personally prefer the spray or serum. Olaplex is partially the reason why.
Olaplex is the second secret trick up my sleeve for maintaining soft, healthy hair. For those who don’t know about Olaplex, it’s a conditioning treatment that combats breakage caused by chemical and thermal damage by rebuilding damaged disulphide bonds in your hair. Most hairdressers use Olaplex products to mix in with hair color or bleach before applying to your hair. But, Olaplex also has a leave-in for use at home: the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector product.
Once a week after wetting my hair, I apply a quarter sized amount all over my hair and let it sit in for at least 10 minutes before washing my hair as normal The longer you let it sit in your hair, the better. The very first time you use it, you will really feel a noticeable difference. If you need a major boost of repair, leave it in overnight!
Stick to my 3 hair commandments, get haircuts every 3 months, use leave-in conditioner and heat protectant products regularly, and my ace in the hole– Coconut Oil and Olaplex, and your hair will be silky perfection in no time.
I’ve included a link to the Olaplex no. 3 product off of Amazon down below for your convenience. 🙂
Now take care of those manes!