Monday, August 18, 2014

7 Tips for Longer, Thicker Hair

Having long hair is the ultimate girl fantasy. Or what I had thought before I chopped my hair off last October. Subscribe to SGB here :)

Truthfully, chopping my hair off was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. If you knew me prior to my "chop", I would have sworn I would never, ever, ever cut my hair. It was my signature. 

But as Coco Chanel had put it, a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life

Besides the turn around in my life, it was the best thing I've ever done for my hair. While growing up, I didn't take good care of my hair. Bleach, split ends and overall dryness left my hair dead below my shoulders. Getting the chop let me have a fresh start (we only have a few of those) and has given me another chance to take better care of it. On top of that, it has actually been growing quite quickly and much thicker than it was before with some extra care! 

As of right now my hair is a bit past of shoulders, which is totally in right now. Everyone from Heidi Klum, Chiara Ferragni, and Olivia Palermo are rocking the shorter cut. 

I do catch myself wishing my hair would grow a little quicker, though. I have been doing a few things differently to speed up the process. Here are some tips for healthier, stronger, fuller and longer locks :) 

1. Supplements. Fish oil is the greatest thing for your skin, nails and hair. If taken religiously for a month (3 or 2 times a day, depends on the bottle) your hair should be noticeably longer. I swear by it!

2. Shampoo. Take caution in using shampoos that dry out your hair. I suggest asking the sales associate at your salon for the type of shampoo you need rather than grabbing something at Target. I use Oribe or Nioxin. 

3. Number of times you wash. Honestly, when I don't have to wash my hair, I don't. If I know I won't be seeing 'important' people for a few days, I use a shower cap when showering. Skipping washes lets your hair retain the "good oil" and helps it be healthier + speeds up the hair growth. 

4. Deep conditioner. Besides being uber relaxing and therapeutic, deep conditioner is amazing for your hair. It brings moisture, especially to the ends that are usually overlooked and fried with straighteners/curlers. I use the Drybar Mudslide Nourishing Hair Mask

5. Less heat. This goes without saying, if you're constantly using heat on your hair it's going to be damaged. I take advantage of the summertime and air-dry my hair on most days. I also rarely use heat on my hair. 

6. Regular cuts. Listen to your hair stylist. Healthy ends are life! 

7. Color. Again, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that hair coloring is extremely harmful, especial for blondes. After my bleach blonde days, I decided I want to maintain a natural looking-golden girl vibe. I let my roots grow out for a few months before getting them done again because I like the look and because it helps my hair!