Hello lovely! I hope you are doing well. Today we are going to be talking about hair- specifically my hair journey (it is quite something) and how to grow healthier and longer hair. I hope you enjoy the post!
My Hair Care Journey
First lets talk about my hair type. I have never had super thick hair, it just isn’t in my genetics unfortunately. Instead I have hair on the thin side, and by this I mean the strands themselves are thin. Usually I have an average volume or amount of hair, if that makes sense.
My hair is super dark brown, in fact a lot of people confuse it for being black at times, and it has a loose curl pattern that can look nice when I am taking care of and nurturing it. It is a bit on the frizzy side and because it is curly it also gets dry pretty easily.
Another thing about my hair– it is fragile and sensitive.
Where It All Started
So lets get into my hair care journey and what made me so interested in taking care of my hair and its growth in the first place.
A few years ago I got my hair professionally colored at a salon. I had balayage highlights done and this was the first time I had any professional coloring done to my hair. To be honest, I didn’t really love the outcome but it was a change so I was excited.
Fast forward a few months and I was starting to notice my hair was dry and so dead. Not only that but it was shedding like crazy which I was quite alarmed about. At first I thought this was happening because of the damage to my hair when it was bleached. I didn’t know what to do and it was honestly really stressful and discouraging for me. I was 16 years old and my hair meant a lot to me, it still does!
Then one day I realized that it wasn’t only my hair that was fairing badly, but also my scalp. It was super inflamed and had small sores…so I did some digging. I researched the shampoo I was using at the time and found out that there was a huge lawsuit about it creating the same issues I was experiencing. From what I gathered their was formaldehyde and an excess amount of Keratin in the shampoo and conditioner and it was severely damaging peoples hair–mine included.
So obviously I immediately stopped using that shampoo and conditioner, but unfortunately my hair was in a really bad state at that point and it took a lot of work and gentle care to nurse it back to health.
How I Restored My Hairs Health
At this point I knew I had to do some damage control. I did quite a bit of research on how to promote healthy hair growth and implemented several things into my routine.
Be Mindful of the Ingredients in Hair Care Products
Naturally I was very wary of the ingredients in shampoo and conditioners after the incident with the shampoo that caused damage. Now when I purchase hair care products I read the ingredients very carefully and there are some specific things that I try to avoid.
First, I always try to avoid harsh sulfates and parabens that can be damaging to my hair. There has been a lot of controversy on the use of sulfates over the years and I definitely encourage you to do your own research on the topic for your hair specifically. I really like this article on when you might want to consider ditching sulfates.
Second, for me personally I don’t buy any products with Keratin. My hair did not react well to Keratin in the products I used. However that’s not to say that Keratin is outright bad for all hair. I think a large part of the reason it had such a negative effect on my hair is due to the low quality and poorly executed product. However due to trauma and fear I will probably never touch a Keratin product again, lol!
Read Reviews Of Hair Care Products
This goes along with the previous point, but a few years ago I just snatched up any old shampoo and conditioner off the shelves. Now I am much more mindful for a variety of reasons. Not only am I careful of the ingredients in products I am using but I also read reviews before using any product.
No matter what hair care product you are buying hundreds of people have bought and used it before you. It doesn’t hurt to read their experiences and possibly save yourself some serious trouble and money!
Take Biotin Supplements
I am by no means a doctor but when I was doing research on promoting hair growth Biotin was mentioned very often. Biotin is one of those things where it is still inconclusive if it really promotes hair growth. Many say it does and then others disagree.
All I can do is share with you my own experience and encourage you to do research for your own sake. But, when I began my hair care journey I ordered these supplements and in my opinion I truly think they have helped my hair growth and overall health.
Coconut Oil Masks and Massaging My Scalp
If you have ever looked into hair care then you no doubt have read about coconut oil. In the hair care world many people, including me, use coconut oil to promote hair growth.
I will usually do a coconut oil hair mask once a week and leave it in for several hours. Of course I do this on a day when I have time at home because it makes your hair quite greasy. I will coat all of my hair in oil and then I will really focus on my scalp, massaging with the oil.
As weird as this sounds, I attribute a lot of my hair growth and restored health and thickness to this. Massaging your scalp increases blood circulation which promotes healthy growth. Take it from me, it works!
Limiting Any Sources of Damage
Another thing I did in my hair care journey was cut out any sources of damage as much as I possibly could. This mostly consisted of any dying or chemical treatments to my hair and any heat styling.
When I was younger I used to really adore pin straight hair and I would straighten my hair way way to often. As one would expect, it resulted in a lot of heat damage especially since my hair is sensitive and fragile. Eliminating the heat styling and just letting my hair breathe and do it’s thing was greatly beneficial.
Reduce Hair Washes
Another huge rule in the hair care world is wash your hair as little as you can get away with. Many people talk about “training” your hair to not need to be washed so often.
The logic behind this is that our scalp produces natural oils that our hair and scalp need to be healthy. When we wash it every day we are stripping our hair of those natural oils which in turn triggers our scalp into producing extra oil. When that happens you begin to become dependent on washing your hair so frequently because your scalp is in overdrive producing oil and you’re left with greasy hair.
So people “train” their hair and scalp to break that cycle. I am going to be honest this is something that definitely interests me and I would love to improve in this area of my haircare. I usually go two days between washes but I know ideally it should be more.
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinses
This is another slightly odd sounding one I know, but there is some logic in it. You can read more about it in this article. However the idea is that when we are using products in our hair it creates product build up. Apple cider vinegar is really good at removing that buildup and restore our scalps natural PH balance.
I am careful with this as it can be pretty drying especially if you already have dry hair. I only do this when I am really feeling like I have buildup that needs to be taken care of.
Continuing My Hair Care Journey
After my hair fiasco with the super damaging shampoo and conditioner I became super focused on my hair care. I have become relaxed over time but I want to start focusing more on personal care, including my hair care.
Right now my hair is almost mid-back length which is the longest it has ever been, but it’s quality and health always suffer some when it gets longer. My goal is to really take care of it so that I can improve my hair’s health and continue to grow it out.
There are a few things I am going to add to my hair care regimen, and I am going to continue research on how to improve hair health. I will definitely do an update post on my hair care and maybe a complete hair care routine in the future once I have nailed mine down completely over the next few months.
For now those were my hair care tips and the journey of my hair up until this point. I hope you found this post helpful and enjoyed it. If you did then please subscribe so that you never miss a thing! Plus, you’ll get access to exclusive content and freebies!
Thanks so much for reading!