It was a nice Friday night when I decided to willingly walk into a salon and get a hair “trim.” That trim turned into cutting off three inches of my hair after cutting off two inches my last trim, three months prior. This is the story about my haircut gone wrong and my hair growth tips that are helping me boost my slow growing hair back and in fashion.
Honestly, there isn’t much to say about the experience. Since moving to Austin, I have been cutting my own hair. My hair grows slower than slow and I don’t trust anyone to give me a true trim every three months; hence why I do it myself. This experience lived up to my nightmare of getting my haircut shorter than I would like. But don’t you worry, I’ve done my research and can now help y’all who are looking to grow your hair like me.
9 Hair growth tips that changed the game (for me)
After this event took place, I researched high and low for all hair growth tips and tricks. Even though the real trick to growing your hair is time + patience, I did find a few things that keep my hair healthy and stimulated in the meantime.
1. Up your vitamins (I did prenatal supps)
Vitamins are dependent on the person and their natural vitamin levels. I recommend reaching out to your doctor and getting your blood work done to see which vitamins you should add into your routine. Directly ask your doctor what specifically they would recommend you take per your blood test + your want to grow long and healthy hair.
This is what I’ve been taking:
2. Increase your protein intake (whey specific)
I have read a lot about how protein can help grow healthy hair. And to be honest, I’m not a protein eater or drinker. But you can bet anything that I am doing my best to increase my protein intake. Not only for my hair, but also for my workout performance and overall health. If you think the same, you may want to do the same. Nonetheless, reach out to your doctor before making a dramatic change in your routine.
3. Take care of your body
To have healthy hair, skin, and nails comes from being healthy in general. When you nourish and take care of your body as well as you can, that will show positively throughout your body. During this time that I’m trying to grow my hair, I have been pushing myself to workout, drink more water, and nourish it with the right foods and nutrients. This helps me detox and nourish in all the right ways.
4. Drink your water + detox
Water helps you detox your body. But, you can take it a step further and try out a few other cleansers to strip your body of any toxins that could be damaging. Personally, I haven’t done many detoxes other than a liver cleanse from time to time. Take part in this on your own free will and make sure you do your research before doing so.
5. Manage your stress levels
Stress can cause a handful of health issues. One being, hair loss. If you endure stress on the daily, I would recommend trying different things to relieve stress. For instance, working out (low intensity), meditation, yoga, and even supplements like the stress gummies I eat all the time. To figure out what helps you decompress, test new things to see what peak your interest.
6. Test out new supplements that could work for you
I have heard a lot of good things about Biosil. Because of that, I wanted to try it out for my hair, skin, and nails. Personally, this has really worked for me, but it may not work for everyone. You can try it out yourself or research other products that could help you grow healthy hair faster than normal.
7. Buy the right hair care products
This is HUGE for me. I have curly, dry hair. I only wash my hair once a week and want to ensure that I use the right products to keep it nourished during and in-between washes. I have found success with Olaplex products. Since I got my haircut, I have purchased Olaplex No, 0, 3, 4, 5, and 7. Before my haircut, I used the shampoo and conditioner, but I invested in the rest post-haircut.
8. Consider extending your hair-wash dates
From the start, I have only washed my hair once a week. Every Thursday night I will put a hair mask on, tie it up, and sleep on it before my hair wash day on Friday. I normally will wash everything out after my workout Friday evening. That way my hair soaks up all the mask nutrients before washing it out.
9. Keep up your health routines
Consistency is key. With everything, consistency is key. Even though it’s hard, I will do everything in my power to keep up my healthy routines. To do this, make it easy. For instance, I leave my morning + night vitamins on the counter in places I look all the time. For working out, I will keep it in my mind that I workout the second I get off work.
If you’re struggling with keeping the right habits and breaking the bad ones, consider reading Atomic Habits. This is SUCH a helpful book for habit building or breaking. I honestly refer to this weekly (in my head LOL).
If y’all are dealing with a sad hair tragedy, leave it in the comments below. We probably have all felt the same at some point (even though I hope you don’t ever have to). I hope y’all love these tips and tricks to growing your hair happily and healthily. 🙂