Post # 1
So I am trying to grow my hair long for my wedding in june and have been taking biotin, not as much as I should/could though.
I am wondering what else there is to do that can a) help my hair grow and b) make it look healthy, since I am trying not to cut it.
Also, I just got highlights because I am in the process of trying to get it to the right color (lighter, less brassy, I am naturally brunette but I wear my hair lighter) and now I’m very upset because the color made my hair look *really* damaged.
Post # 3
You need to trim your hair every 6-8 weeks while you’re growing it out, or the ends will start to look ratty and damaged. Regular trims will make your hair look a lot healthier. Try taking Biotin. Drink tons of water. Condition a few times a week, and lay off products and heat styling. GL!
Post # 4
@Mrs Grape: Agreed.
Not sure what you already do beyond the biotin, OP, but I give myself scalp massages in the morning before my shower and then when I’m home for good (you get a little ‘bed head’ look) and again at night. It helps stimulate circulation and growth. I also don’t use heated styling products or even blowdry my hair. Take a day (or two) off of washing your hair and use a natural bristle brush (think boar bristle) to spread the natural oils through the length of your hair. The ends need it most. Shampoo just the roots (the ends are drier) and condition just the ‘ponytail’ part of your hair. Carefully comb out wet hair with a wide tooth comb to prevent breakage. My last tip I use is that if you have longish hair already, sleep with it in a braid on the side or a high bun on top of your head to prevent tangles and sleep on a satin/silk pillowcase.
Post # 5
all super helpful, thank you so much. there’s so much more I could be doing!
Post # 6
I wash and blowdry my hair every day, and I’m growing mine out as well. I’ve been doing this since July and my hair has not yet sustained any damage from all the abuse I put it through 🙂 It’s all about protecting the hair you already have from becoming damaged, rather than having to mask or repair damage after the fact.
I swear by Redken Extreme products — look for them in Ulta, the drugstore doesn’t carry them.
I use Extreme CAT treatment (no idea why it’s called that lol), Extreme conditioner, and Extreme leave-in conditioner afterwards. As soon as my current shampoo is empty I’ll switch to the Extreme shampoo too. What I do is shampoo my scalp/roots, rinse, squeeze out extra water, then spray in the CAT treatment, work it through (concentrating on ends), put conditioner on over that (concentrating on ends), and leave it in for the rest of my shower (5-10 minutes). If your hair is long then you should put it up in a shower cap or clip it up so the ends don’t get rinsed out accidentally while you go about the rest of your shower. At the end of your shower, rinse it all out.
After shower I put in the leave-in conditioner, again concentrating on the ends, and then any styling products. I find that using a serum on my ends before I blow-dry really helps to protect from heat damage. And if I flat-iron (which I only do sparingly), I use Chi 44 Iron Guard.
I don’t take any biotin or anything, and I haven’t even trimmed my hair since July, and my ends are perfectly healthy. If you had to pick just one of those Redken products I’d say the Extreme CAT treatment makes the most difference on its own. I freakin’ love that stuff.
Hope that helps!
Post # 7
Try to minimise how much heat you use on your hair. Hair is a protein (keratin) and you’d be constantly denaturing it and returning it to its original state if you were to straighten it/curl it every day.
I suggest horsetail and sea kelp supplements. Sea kelp has a LOT of protein, and it’s wonderful for hair and nail growth, whilst horsetail contains silica, which is again very good for growing your hair. And vitamins and minerals, remember to take those, as well as drinking lots of water! I’ve been taking those supplements and my hair (though it normally grows fast) is growing really quickly and looking healthy! Just make sure you’re not double dosing anything.
As for trimming your hair, it depends on how quickly you get split ends. I don’t need to trim all that often because I haven’t had split ends in a long time. If you’re the same way then there’s very little point in getting a hair cut (unless it’s to reshape layers etc). But of course, if your hair gets slpit ends quickly, I’d get it cut every 6-8 weeks. Good luck!
Post # 8
I take biotin, and folic acid. I also dont dry my hair all the way when I wash it. Using less heat has helped.
Post # 9
I put coconut oil on my hair once a week. I have curly hair and I use an old cotton t-shirt to dry it instead of a towel. I detangle my hair with a wide tooth comb while it’s still dry before I get in the shower & then I just run my fingers through it when I get out. I’ve been weaning myself off the hair straightener and just trying to love my curls.
What type of Biotin do you girls use?
Post # 10
I have been using Mane ‘n Tail shampoo and the 3 minute miracle Aussie Conditionar as recommended by the bees in this thread http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-hair-is-so-sloooowwwww. I have felt a significant diffrence in how my hair looks and feels, it’s much healthier. I haven’t measured my hair so I can’t quantify how much it has grown.
What supplements are you taking?
Post # 11
I use L’Oreal Everstrong Overnight Repair Treatment on my ends, and it’s fabulous! I have thin hair, so product usually weighs it down, but this doesn’t, and it really helps my ends look fresh and it helps with static frizz in the winter too. Sometimes I even use it in the morning if my hair is on the dry side. It definitely allows me to go a little longer in between trims.
Post # 12
If you have access to Morroccan Oil products at your salon, I would highly recommend them. The difference in the look and feel of your hair just after shampooing/condtioning with their products is amazing. They also have a scalp treatment and another oil treatment that you put more on your ends. I’m telling you, I would go broke to own this stuff as it is a bit pricey… but so worth it.
And, I do not work for Morroccan Oil… just a big fan. LOL
Post # 13
Eliminate or cut back on smoking, caffeine and carbonated sodas which weaken the body and block maximum hair growing potential.
Eat a healthy diet. Avoid foods that are high in sugar or fat.
Treat your hair like a piece of fine old lace. Treat it carefully avoiding any unnecessary brushing, combing or handling.
Avoid use of hot water, hot blow dryers or other hair care tools that may stress the hair.
Have a weekly scalp massage to provide stimulation to the hair follicles.
Do a series of ongoing hot oil treatments to protect the hair’s shaft.
Have regular trims to eliminate split ends and allow the hair to look and feel healthier.
Get plenty of rest and sleep to allow your body to grow hair.
got it from google.hope it helps.
Post # 14
I’m also trying to grow out my hair. I’ve sen on many hair boards that you should wear your hair up in a bun in order to protect the hair from breaking due to wind, brushing it out of your face, etc