Long Healthy hair tips??

posted 5 months ago in Wellness
Post # 32
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Check out jasmineraehairco on Instagram, she has highlight videos on how to train your hair and how to wash it

Post # 33
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Bumble Beekeeper

Honestly I think this pandemic will be great for people’s hair lol. I generally keep my hair around waist length, but it’s anywhere between waist and hip normally. Best tips are the simplest. 
-Don’t cut it. You don’t need to cut off ‘dead ends’, all hair is dead. Cutting the ends will not make the roots grow. Most hair grows 1/2″ per month. If you get a trim every 8-12 weeks, you’re cutting off at least half or potentiall all of your new growth.

-No dye/heat/etc. Heat damage is cumulative and may not show up right away, but it will after a while. I always chuckle when people recommend heat protectors. What liquid is going to protect ANYTHING from 450degrees directly on the strand? Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that your hair is safe bc you spray some liquid on it prior. 

 

honesly that’s about all. Biotin helps some people, but keep in mind it doesn’t just make head hair grow – can also affect all other body hair. Oils and treatments are great, but again won’t help anything if you’re chopping off all new growth. 

Post # 34
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Busy bee

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jellybellynelly :  The reason people cut “dead ends” off, is that your hair will start to split and then break off higher up than if you hadve got a trim earlier. 

So trims dont make your hair grow faster or better, but it wil prevent you from losing length due to hair splitting and damaging thus making it appear like its not growing.

Post # 35
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Bumble Beekeeper

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natasha0b : Personally I don’t think its worthwhile to cut off ALL my ends when there are only a few split ends. If you are being kind to your hair, split ends are much less common. Hence my second point of no heat/dye etc. Losing half to all of new growth of your entire head vs trimming a few split ends is totally backwards to me. 

Post # 36
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Helper bee

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futuremrscat :  I’m surprised no one has asked you what type of hair you have. Not everyone’s hair is the same and what may work for some will not work for others since hair has personality. Do you have straight hair? Do you have curly hair? Do you have damaged hair? Do you have virgin hair or has it been processed with perms, relaxers, dye? Do you have dry hair?  Brittle hair? Do you have high or low porosity hair? Do you have thick or fine hair? 

Post # 37
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Helper bee

My hair is pretty long and always sooo long. I think the tip to make it grow long is just forget about it. No joke. So many people asked me how I have my hair so long and healthy. When you don’t really pay attention much, time pass and boom it’s long already. But I don’t really do anything to my hair, I did permanent straightening because I have wavy hair, and I do blow dry after wash it. 
Sorry for messy bathroom shelf lol

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Nashville, TN

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cc33ammy :  I have horrible fine thin blonde hair and I just got shampoo/conditioner from Ulta and it AMAZING!! Totally vegan and sulfate free. Check out Noughty Pumped Up! Oh and washing every 3 days has been a game changer. 

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

“Hair washing hacks that will save your hair” by Brad Mondo on YouTube. He also has two videos of rating influencers’ hair routines; he explains when they do something wrong why it’s wrong (twisting your hair up in a towel, not using a nozzle on you’re blow dryer, etc)

 

As for good brands, I use Living Proof and Xmondo products. Yes they’re expensive ($24 for shampoo), but they should help restore your scalp’s oil production. If you feel like you have to wash your hair to prevent it from looking oily, chances are your scalp is actually dried out and stripped from your shampoo and is over producing oil to compensate.

 

By using a professional shampoo and shampooing correctly (only shampooing at the roots not all of your hair), you’ll be able to go farther between washes (I average 9 days on my fine hair). You’ll ultimately use less shampoo and the cost difference will balance out. I started by getting travel sizes first through living proof. If you order directly from them, they always have great little goodies once you spend like $30. I also have a subscription set up with them where my fourth bottle refill is free.

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008 - Toronto, ON

First of all please don’t mind my bathroom mirror, I have to clean it and also please don’t mind my robe and messy hair.  I didn’t style my hair after getting out of the shower and I let it dry naturally. My hair is longer than it has ever been and when I style it, it looks amazing. My only tips really are try to wash your hair every other day or wash even less often if you can, don’t dye your hair or at least try to less frequently. Another tip which I think helps the most is less visits to the hairdresser. I only get a trim maybe 2-3 times a year. 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008 - Toronto, ON

For some reason I am not able to edit my post properly. Another thing I wanted to add is I also spray my hair with a leave in conditioner to make it easy to comb my hair after getting out of the shower and to have less breakage. The leave in conditioner helps my hair feel silky and soft and if I do decide to straighten with a straightener it helps.

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008 - Toronto, ON

And here is my hair styled with my new Revlon hair dryer brush.

Post # 43
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

Everyone’s hair and scalp is different and the one thing I want to stress is that although some people swear by the “less washing the better”, “no poo routine”, etc, some people will have horrid reactions to these tips. Some people’s scalps can’t handle less frequent washing (let’s say 1x a week), and depending on how much sebum their scalp produces or how much their scalps sweat, etc, less washing can cause flakiness and hair loss from an over abundance/production of yeast and fungi growth (due to infrequent washing). Many people NEED to wash their hair/scalps atleast 2x a day to keep the scalp healthy for hair growth. Same with no poo shampoos- many people have bad reactions to the no poo craze, either bc the formulation is too heavy/silicone heavy/leaves residue, etc. Observe your scalp and hair and don’t stress if someone’s hair routine had the exact opposite effect on you. 

Extra things to consider: how is my scalp health? How are the follicles? Healthy/clear of pollutants/conditions that can inhibit hair growth and can lead to future hair loss?

Do you work out and sweat a few times a week? That’s the optimal environment for fungus and yeast to grow on your scalp if you don’t wash for a week.

Where do you live? Is it a polluted/dusty metropolitan area? Environmental pollution can wreak havoc on your scalp without proper washing more than once a week.

It’s not enough to last a week without washing, with a messy bun. I saw so many clients and friends like this, waiting a week without washing as if it’s the best thing ever, meanwhile they’re scratching their heads BC their scalp is irritated AF.

The goal should be a healthy, optimal scalp for hair. 

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I’m with some of the others in that I think it is largely patience and genetics, and minimizing damage helps. I use crappy drugstore shampoo and my only vitamin is a gummy women’s multi. Switching from traditional highlights to bayalage 2-3 times/year was a game changer for me in terms of damage. I also prioritize my heating tools…I don’t like the way my natural hair looks if it’s just dry and brushed, and a few minutes with a clipless wand and some hairspray makes a ton of difference. So my compromise is that I don’t blow dry it. 

 

Also, this thread has been helpful because I’m suffering the “I miss my blonde bob!” stage of hair growth, and this is usually when I give up and chop it. Being in a pandemic, unable to cut my hair, has been helpful!

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