Post # 1
So….my hair is the longest now it’s ever been in my life. Which isn’t saying much, haha. It’s about mid-shoulder blade? Still a couple inches above my bra line. Here’s my question. Having never had hair this long before, I don’t know what’s normal. My hair is curly, but not crazy tight curls, ie. I could easily blow it dry straight if I wanted too. And it’s quite thin and fine. All this ends up producing very thin, dry ends. So the ends are super thin, kinda like 80s hair mental band hair??? Horrid.
Am I destined to have thin ends or is this a process of growing out? If I chop 2 inches off to the part that’s thicker, will it grow out thicker in the future or will the ends always be a thin, fine mess? And I don’t heat style so there may be old (a few years old) bleach damage from highlights at the ends but otherwise my hair is fairly healthy.
Post # 2
I am actually glad you asked this question. I also have fine hair that I have always had trouble growing out really long, so for the past few years ive been wearing extensions. Hopefully someone replies with some good advice for us fine-hair people!
Post # 3
Mine’s pretty long (about 6 inches below my bra strap, little above the small of my back I’m 5’6”). I cut it all off above my shoulders 2 years ago and it grew back about 1-1.5 years later. I put a leave in conditioner after each washing, which leaves it smooth and not oily. I only get my hair trimmed about 2-3 times a year because it really doesn’t look like it needs it and feels healthy. I usually air dry or occasionally blow dry and it’s stick straight, won’t hold a curl for anythingg.
Post # 4
I don’t have fine hair but I’ve struggled with growing it out since I did a major chop YEARS ago and get regular highlights/lowlights. If I were you, I would get a good trim but not 2″ because 1) most hair stylists will take off more than you ask and 2) if you don’t know if your ends will always be in their current state, test out what taking off 1″ does first. Get another 1″ cut off in a month or two.
How often do you wash your hair? I have noticed a huge difference in the health and length of my hair since I made the switch to only washing every 2-3 days instead of every day. It was tough to get used to at first, but your hair will get less greasy between washes over time as it adjusts.
Are you using deep conditioning treatments? You should be! However, make sure not to overuse them. Heavy conditioning treatments and masques should only be used 1-2 times a week. If you overuse them, the shaft of your hair will become overcoated with protein and too stiff, making it more prone to breakage which obviously stifles the length of your hair.
Good luck growing out your hair! I’m interested to read and try out other bees tips so I can get a couple more inches before my wedding 🙂
Post # 5
cdncinnamongirl: Honestly some peoples hair just doesn’t grown past a certain point. I have quite long hair and don’t really do anything special ( I don’t abuse it) . I have had many friends including a hairdresser gf and their hair wouldn’t grow.
Post # 6
I have had a cycle of long and short hair for the past 16 years, so I know a bit about growing it out.
Trimming your hair will not help it to grow in thicker. This is a popular misconception. It will make your hair look thick for a while, but eventually, it will always be thinner at the ends. The reason it is thicker towards the scalp is because that’s where the hair starts to grow. All the new hair hasn’t reached the longest point yet, so the ends will always be more thin.
I take Biotin, and now prenatals, every day. This causes (what I call) a Hair and Nails Explosion. It really helps expedite new growth.
There are other things you can do to keep your hair healthy while it is growing out. Avoid heat, or use sparingly. No straightener. Dry your hair on cool. Use a comb vs. a brush. Avoid coloring.
Post # 7
My hair grows pretty long fairly quickly, and the only thing I tend to do differently than others is not style or dye it. I simply wash it with shampoo (daily), occasionally use conditioner and let it air dry. I have to cut my hair 5-6 inches twice a year to maintain the length. I also take a multi vitamin which I think helps.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2018 - City, State
GIRLLLL. Everyone was always jealous of my super long curlyish hair and asked me what my secret was. Coconut oil! Seriously! Do a deep conditioning treatment with coconut oil like once every few weeks and your hair will grow long and strong! I also avoid dying it and always leave a dime sized amount of conditioner in my hair after I wash it.
This was before I donated it all. 10 inches off lol
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2015 - Hanover Grande Ballroom
FutureMrsHodgy: your hair is gorgeous im JEALOUS
Post # 10
I’ve had long hair forever. It’s usually around elbow length.
I highly recommend putting some kind of heat protectant on before styling and getting regular trims at a salon. (I say at a salon because I used to have my SO trim my hair with household scissors until I found out that salon scissors are the best for quality trims since they’re super sharp.) Trims are critical to making sure splits at the ends don’t travel up the hair shaft and cause even more damage.
Use the lowest heat settings possible if you have to use heat at all.
I wash my hair every 3 days or so (sometimes using dry shampoo at my roots to even last a fourth day — I recommend Batiste dry shampoo). At first, it’s annoying because your hair is used to being washed more often so it greases up more quickly, but with some time, your scalp gets used to it and doesn’t produce as much oil.
Use a wide-toothed comb on your wet hair and be gentle with tangles. The Wet brush is also a great and gentle brush to use.
Post # 11
I agree with the Biotin vitamins and drink plenty of water with Biotin. also add some peppermint oil or tea tree oil to your shampoo.
Post # 12
i forgot about horsetail vitamin. Please dont use horsetail if you are pregnant or planning to conceive in three months. it is like nicotine. sorry for the capitalization errors, I am on my android phone.
Post # 13
I have really curly hair that it’s somewhat hard to manage and grow past a certain point if I do not treat it right. Some people say it’s strictly genetics, some disagree.
I have been taking biotin and folic acid for the last 6 months and my hair has gotten stronger and longer by at least 6inches. The only downfall to biotin is that it makes hair all over your body to grow much faster than normal and some people tend to break out from it. I used to get a few small breakouts around my chin but I upped my water intake and it fixed that problem.
I also agree that coconut oil is great for hair. I mix it with avocado oil and do a deep conditioning treatment every other week (just a bit hard to get out of the hair). Instead of conditioner I use HASK keratin mask and for shampoo I use the blue bottle from herbal essences (coconut I believe).
I use Tresemme heat protectant along with argain oil for styling.
Of course different things work for different hair types, but this routine has helped me a ton the last 6 months.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2014 - Fort Lauderdale Beach
I’ve had trouble growing my hair for a very long time. I thought that I reached that point where it just won’t grow anymore. I take biotin 5,000mcg, used 3 types of deep conditioner’s to rotate it, I always massage my scalp a bit to stimulate growth and bought a hair dryer that won’t kill my hair. I have very thick straight hair so it has taken forever but it’s getting there. I trim my hair about twice a year…also I have’t dyed my hair in about 2 years.
Post # 15
- Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club
I’ve had trouble growing my hair too… it’s straight as a pin, but super super fine. I went from a chin-length bob 2 years ago to just above mid back now (and I’m 5’10” so my hair is 23 inches at its longest). The best combo I’ve found is not washing it daily (strips out healthy oils- a good, nourishing dry shampoo works wonders on days 2-3), using a good heat protectant when styling, and limiting the coloring (15 hair colors in one calendar year is not good!).
I was on Biotin and started having kidney issues, so the doctor switched me to food based prenatal vitamins- great for hair/skin/nails and getting my folic acid before we try to conceive. I’ve noticed that my hair isn’t getting longer necessarily, but seems stronger with the vitamins.