Post # 1
Hey there ladies. I’m doing the old cliche and growing out my hair for my wedding. I have about 9 months left. Right now it’s at my shoulders and I really can’t afford to lose any length cause I want it to the top of my boob or longer at least.
But there’s a BUT..
I stupidly died my naturally dark brown hair black a few months back, in order to get the color out I put bleach on it a couple times along with some hot oil treatments to remove color. Now its a very dark auburn and I’d love to get it back to something like the color of angelina jolies hair in Mr. And Mrs. Smith (that length too, actually).
Problem is I have some split ends all the way up to my ears. I have been doing hot oil treatments, conditioners and avoiding heat styling to the best of my ability.
Anyone out there have any better tips for trying to improve the condition of my hair without cutting it? I know what’s done is done but I’d love to get it to the best it can be from here on out. Maybe some of you bottle blondes or double process girls out there with long hair have some experienced suggestions?
Thanks a billion!
Post # 3
I take Biotin daily and love it. It helps with hair, skin and nails!
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
some salons offer keratin treatments that might help–they can get expensive though (bummer). you have 9 months, so you’ve got some time–good luck!
Post # 5
You need to deep condition it at least once a week and try to wear it up as much as possible to ease the stress on the split ends. Also, sooner or later you will likely have to bite the bullet and trim the splits or they will just continue to split further up the shaft.
Post # 6
For your hair to grow out healthy it NEEDS a trim every few months, getting 1/2 inch cut off isn’t going to make much of a difference, if anything it will help it to grow faster.
I got to a salon (Experience Salon & Spa) in Jersey City by the Newport Path Station, they do Keratin treatments there for $200, go see Sara, she is AMAZING!
Post # 7
Definetly try Flax Seed Oil. That will help with hair, skin, and nails.
Post # 8
You said it yourself what is done is done. Get the dead ends cutt off and start with fresh, healthy ends. Then go and get some vitamins and move forward. If you don’t the ends will just keep splitting and you’ll never get anywhere.
Post # 9
when you trim your hair, trim it on the waxing of the moon (when it’s getting fuller) not waning (getting less). trust me, this is TRUE.
your hair grows faster on the waxing of the moon than waning. it’s worked that way for me, my son, my daughter, my mom, etc.
try it and see. 🙂 sure as heck can’t hurt!!! especially if you have it trimmed….
Post # 10
Thanks for the great tips ladies. I’m definitly not gonna cut the ends off. They are too high up and I would rather have long slightly split up hair than the same short boring hair I’ve had the last couple years (my hair hasn’t been long in a while. I love short hair but want a change for me wedding). Its not so bad it looks terrible. Its just not perfect and needs to be handled with care. Perhaps I will try one of those expensive treatments closer to my wedding day.
Any other tips?
Post # 11
Whatever you do, don’t deep condition your hair more than once a week. There is protein in it and people think because your hair is made of protein, more can’t hurt right? It actually does the opposite and makes it more brittle and breaks off. So beware!
Post # 12
Well, cutting doesn’t actually make your hair grow faster as PP have said – it grows from the roots, and is dead after it breaks through the skin. Cutting WILL decrease breakage of fragile ends and keep it healthy. Honestly, i’d cut some legth off now to stop the breakage and then continue growing. It’ll keep the split ends from getting even worse. I don’t know that you’ll get to the length you want, but you should have decent length if you do that now. At about 1/2 in a month average growth, you can hope for around 4.5-5 inches of growth, not factoring in trims, before your wedding.
Post # 13
@Zinzerena: I’m about 100% sure that the moon has no effect on how frequently the cells in your hair follicles produce the protein matrix of hair.
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Nothing is going to “unsplit” your ends. Your best bet is to get the split ends cut off and then grow the healthy hair out. It won’t make your hair grow any faster, but if the hair is healthy, it won’t break off.
Post # 15
I swear by Aussie 3 minute miracle. You can use some silicon smoother the day of wedding to keep split ends at bay. Just don’t use every day. It can ultimately dry out your hair more.
Reference for any other brides looking to get rid of color. Try ColorOops. It shrinks the dye molecules and lets them be washed out. It will not take you hair back to your natual color if your used a permanent dye (permanent dye strips original color before laying new color), but it will allow you to re-color in a lighter shade. It smells strong, so don’t use it the day before wedding. You’ll need to rinse for a long time to get dye molecules out. The more you rinse, the more dye comes out. DO NOT use the color remover by L’oreal or Revlon. Those will trash your hair. Bleach does the same. Same with Prell/dishsoap method. When you re-color, choose a new color 2-3 shades lighter than you want because your hair will be very porous and soak up new dye like crazy.
I’ve used ColorOops with great success. After many years of coloring my hair, I wanted to purge the dye (I had been using permanent colors that kept building over time). My hair had verged on Elvira black. After ColorOops, I was left with Auburn Hair. I used a demi-permanent color in Light Ash Brown (to counteract Red). I ended up Dark Brown with slight golden undertone.
Post # 16
My hair was severely damaged from having bleached highlights, I had to chop it to my chin:-(( When it was growing out, it was still damaged though, I started using Aveda’s Damage Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner – it worked great! It grew in healthier. Now I use Aveda’s Smooth Infusion line to protect my hair from heat tools. So I suggest, getting a trim, just to clean it up, and then use the Damage Remedy line.