Long Healthy hair tips??

posted 6 months ago in Wellness
Post # 16
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Blushing bee

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futuremrscat :  I didn’t read any of the comments but I chopped my hair years ago…I bleach it too… I did it all…masks, eliminating hot tools, cutting down washing… finally I started following one rule… NO PONY TAILS. It breaks your hair, causing split ends which make it weak so it SEEMS like it’s not growing. Give em up. Changed my life

Post # 17
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Worker bee

My hair is butt length and here are my hair tips to you:

-Read ingredients! Just like you would for your food. Look for shampoo that has very clean ingriedients (I use Live Clean Brand because it’s affordable and available in large bottles at my local Costco). Be especially wary of hair oils. Make sure you read the bottle because often times hair oils from the drugstore and even salons are full of alcohol, fragrance, and silicones. I use 100% pure argon oil as my leave in hair oil. I use it when my hair is wet and I will use it every morning just on the very ends of my hair to keep them hydrated until my next hair wash

– Sont wash your hair everyday. I wash mine ever three days

– use protective styles. I keep my hair in braids a lot (not too tight)

– Everytime I wash my hair I do some kind of hair treatment. Sometimes I coat my hair in coconut oil and leave it in for at least an hour before I wash it. Coconut oil doesn’t agree with everyone’s hair so if you don’t like coconut oil I’d try almond oil and avocado oil. If I don’t oil I do a hair mask. I like the Maui Moisture volcanic ash scalp detox mask. It’s got clean ingredients and is affordable. I like this one in particular because scalp health is very important to me. If your scalp isn’t healthy your hair won’t grow. Now I also do a clarifying treatment once a month at the end of the month. I start by using a scalp exfoliation (I use a scalp scrub from the body shop but it’s easy to make your own) I do this because I have a flaky scalp, and if you have flakes all over your scalp it can clog your hair follicles and slow down growth. I only use a physical scrub once a month but during the month before I wash my hair I give my head a good massage with my fingers and a scalp massage brush to break up the flakes to be washed away once I shampoo. So anyways the second part of my monthly clarifying hair wash is doing a apple cider vinegar hair rinse as my last step. I like this because it gets all the build up out of my hair. So in conclusion I always do a oil treatment or hair mask when I wash my hair, and monthly I do a clarifying treatment

– Amd lastly I make my own scalp oil that I apply the night before I wash my hair (I am a morning hair washer). I use castor oil, tea tree oil, rosemary oil, and peppermint oil. Use whatever ratio of essential oils you want, just be mindful that they are strong oils so start out with a small ratio and build up if needed. So I mix it all up and put it in a dropper bottle. As I apply it to my scalp I massage it in and use my scalp massager brush. Then I let it sit on my scalp overnight. I do this the night before every hair wash day.

– keep your ends clean. I get my hair cut twice a year and in between cuts if my ends are looking not as uniform I take hair scissors (make sure they are proper hair scissors) and snip my split ends and ‘dust’ the ends a little bit.

 

hooe this makes sense and gives you some hair care inspiration! Good luck with your hair growth journey 🙂

Post # 18
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Busy bee

100% pure aloe. Massage into scalp, leave on a bit, then wash. Can do coconut oil with it.

I am taking all these other suggestions to heart. My hair is so thin 😩

Post # 19
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Busy bee

I keep my hair between waist and hip length. It’s very healthy. 

I don’t use any heat or chemicals on my hair. I don’t style it or use any products. I use organic sulfate free shampoo and conditioner, washing my hair every other day. It’s also fine to wash everyday, which I did for many years and never had any problems. 

To keep moisture in my hair I do a hair mask every time I wash and when my hair is air drying I apply argan oil. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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cc33ammy :  Honestly, now is the time to do it.. take advantage of not having to leave the house! It was gross for about 2 months, but I was able to slowly stretch the amount of time between washings. The majority of the time I only go about 3 days because I work out or run almost every day, but I have stretched it to 5 days every now and then if I’m not doing anything involving me sweating much. 

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

For me, not cutting it often is all I have to do.  My hair is really thick and goes down to my lower back.  I find the advice I often see of getting trims regularly while trying to grow it out is really counterproductive.  I don’t take special vitamins or eat special foods and my hair is bleached and I use a blow dryer.  For me it’s really as simple as not cutting it and it looks and feels healthy.  I think how hair feels and looks is probably largely genetic. In the past I’ve occasionally tried random hair treatments and my hair always looks the same whether I put effort into it or not.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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brittnamrogo :  1) cheese. YESSS! I don’t know why, but I too feel like the copious amount of dairy I ate (up until very recently) helped my hair grow.

These two pics are three years apart to the day. I also had, maybe, 4 trims and 1 cut (over 3″) between the photos.

I believe healthy hair comes from the inside, so diet is key! 

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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RunningBookworm :  I had the same reaction. Getting off birth control really messed with me. I lost some weight that I didn’t know I was carrying around, was less bloated, and felt “clearer” somehow, but I also started shedding hair and cystic acne like I haven’t seen since before I got on Metformin for my PCOS reared its ugly head. 

I got off BC to TTC, and am now pregnant, so I assume the hair shedding would have stopped, but I don’t have personal experience. I do know that the acne went away before I got pregnant. 

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Don’t wash often. It’s toughest in the beginning because your hair isn’t used to it and it will get greasy faster. Usually when my days consist of being out in the world, I wash my hair every 4 to 5 days. It’s usually down the first two days, ponytail the second two days, and in a bun if I go for a 5th. But I’m taking advantage of quarantine and only washing it once a week. 

Post # 25
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Helper bee

My hair was halfway down my back til I trimmed it up a month ago and it’s already almost back to that length.  I rarely dye it (usually every 6 months back when I was more frequent about it).  I’m not super picky about my shampoo and conditioner, but I do suggest a good hair oil.  Also, go on Etsy and look up “happy hair oil” by Phoenix k creations.  I’ve been using that for years.  I rub it into my scalp and hair and put it up in a bun for about an hour before I wash my hair.  It has made my hair feel a lot stronger and soft.

i also got a bunch of clips and twist my hair into buns and clip it instead of tie it, which had somehow seemed to make a different.  Braids at night!

Post # 26
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Busy bee

This is a weird tip but I started wearing my hair down in bed because I felt like keeping my hair in a bun every night was contributing to my headaches. So I started combing (I only use wide tooth combs on my hair, less breakage) my hair every night before bed really well to minimize the shedding and I swear it’s made it healthier!

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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TheMrsTulip :  maybe it’s the calcium?? Either way, you don’t need to give me an excuse to eat more cheese! 

Post # 28
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Blushing bee

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knotyet :  I wish I knew how long the shedding would go on for. I am not seeing many ppl with thos experience  online 

Post # 29
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Helper bee

I give hair advice to all my friends because i went from dead shoulder length hair to long healthy hair in about 2 years! It does take time…. theres no magic cure to make your hair grow.

Heres my best advice:

– no bleaching!

– No styling with hot tools

– if you do blow dry your hair use: Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Primer

– If you do striaghten/curl your hair use: Goldwell Just Smooth Thermal spray

– Also if you need to style you hair, try curling and leaving the ends out because it uses less pull on your hair.

– Take Biotin. I take 5000mcg a day, some studies have shown this will improve hair growth rate.  Follow your bottle directions though!

Here a pic of my hair after three months of doing this:

Post # 30
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Helper bee

Hey bee!

I have very long thick hair! My secret? I never blow dry or straighten it. Special occasions only. Brush it every night, hair vitamins (I don’t use these, but I know they work) and never putting your hair in a tight ponytail overnight! I get my hair trimmed about 4 times a year.  I do think genetics is a part of It as both my parents have lots of hair. 

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