About five years ago I was really struggling with my hair. It felt and looked thin and oily so much of the time, and it was long but didn’t look very healthy. And then I made some drastic changes and my hair is healthier and longer than it ever has been.
I want to share five things I do that has greatly contributed to my hair getting super healthy and growing really long.
Five tips for longer and healthier hair.
Take it easy on the color.
When I found my current hair dresser here in California, I’d been dyeing my hair for years. I liked it dark, rich brown, and thought my natural color was a gross, dishwater brown. She convinced me to try growing out my natural color and instead just adding some highlights and toner to frame my face, add some brightness, and play up my natural color. Her good advice paid off big time and my hair was instantly healthier and looked much more natural and flattering. I didn’t need a whole head of dye!
if you’re local and are looking for a good hair dresser, my girl is Jana and her instagram page is here.
Wash it less frequently.
Washing my hair less frequently has made a huge difference in the health of my hair. Plus it significantly cuts down on my getting ready time. I wash my hair once a week, usually on Saturday so it’s clean for church and the upcoming week, and then use dry shampoo throughout the week.
Also, it sounds strange, but you have to train your hair to go longer in between washes. If you wash your hair every day, try going to every two days for a 2-3 weeks. Then every three days. Your scalp will adjust and stop producing as much oil over time.
Use high quality shampoo.
Using a high quality shampoo was a game changer for me. I’ve talked about this Pureology shampoo so many times, but I just have to keep talking about it cause it’s so. darn. good. Besides a good dousing of dry shampoo each day, this shampoo is absolutely the reason I can go a week between washes.
It makes my hair healthier, fuller, stronger, and cleans it so well. It’s pricey, but it’s concentrated shampoo so a little goes a long way. I buy the large bottle and it lasts me over a year.
I swear it’s worth every single penny. I’ve had so many people try it and tell me it’s changed their hair too!
Note: I don’t use the Pureology conditioner. I’ve tried tons of different conditioner with the shampoo and it hasn’t made a difference. I currently use Tresemme conditioner and like it!
Shop the shampoo right here.
Limit heat damage.
A few years ago I started air drying my hair almost exclusively. I try to wash my hair on Saturday afternoon or evening, or Sunday afternoon after church, so it has hours to air dry before I go to bed. I can’t go to bed with it wet or I wake up with it looking oily. The next morning I straighten it so it’s smooth and flat, and then the day after that I’ll curl it. I touch up the curls each day until I wash it again.
Check out my hair curling tutorial here!
I used to struggle with my hair breaking, and since moving to air drying my hair, I have no split ends and my hair is less frizzy and much stronger. I have very little breakage anymore!
Also, I don’t use a heat protectant on my hair, but I’d like to! Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!
Take your vitamins.
Vitamins and hair supplements help a ton in your hair growth and strength. I take a daily women’s vitamin and a daily collagen supplement. Both help with hair, nails, skin, and joints, and if you’re looking to get stronger hair, this is a great place to start.
I take my collagen powder every afternoon and blend it in the blender with some orange juice. It’s like an orange julius!