My hair story- tips for growing long hair!


All my life, I’ve been obsessed with long hair. I just love EVERYTHING about it. My hair story is a bit of a lengthy one (no pun intended), so I will keep this relatively brief. I had lush long locks whilst I was growing up, and I genuinely thought I was a mermaid. It was my pride and joy and I loved plaiting it and swishing it about. Then, when I was about 14, I decided that I wanted to get my hair ‘feathered’ with blonde highlights, just like Rachel from Friends. This was the worst thing I could have done. The bleach made my hair weak, and the feathered cut instantly made my barnet a hell of a lot thinner. So, I then got hair extensions when I was 19 to balance it out. I wanted my lush long locks back again. Coincidentally, this was the second worst thing I could have done. I had bonded extensions, which I had reapplied constantly, for about two years. When I finally took them out, I had literally the thinnest, shortest hair ever. It was a little longer than a bob. The bonds and glue had obviously destroyed my hair, weakened it, and ripped half of it out.  I was devastated. I had made SUCH a mess of my hair, all of my own doing. I decided that enough was enough. For the next few years I would wear clip in extensions whilst I was going out to add length whilst it was still growing. These weren’t ideal; but I learnt how to apply them so no one ever really knew it was fake hair. Its only now, over ten years later, that my hair has finally returned to its almost original state. I don’t wear any extensions now; my hair is all my own, and is really quite long!
 I have made a few changes, which I think has contributed to the growth, and I thought I would share them with you.

Get Regular Trims. I would like to stress that my hair does need a cut. I’ve not had it cut for ages; I’m a bit anxious about doing so, but its something I am aware that I need to do- so I will. But, having regular trims is essential, as it get rids of the split, old hair at the ends, and stops it from splitting all the way up the hair to the root.

Ditch the heat. I know this is quite a challenge, as straighteners, tongs, and hairdryers are life, but by letting your hair dry naturally sometimes, it really is the best thing you can do for your hair. I often wash and condition my hair, add a hair oil or beach spray, and get on with my day. Ditching the heat makes your hair stronger and in turn, it will grow quicker. I still blow-dry my hair and straighten it of course, but only on special occasions.

Try some supplements. I have been taking Hairburst for a few months now, and I can really see the difference in my mane. I take two tablets in the morning when I wake up. They are a natural supplement, and you can purchase them in Holland and Barrett.
 They are meant to stop breakage, and nourish hair from within; hence making it grow quicker. Is it mind over matter? Possibly…but I can honestly say my hair has grown so much lately that I definitely think these tablets have contributed to it in some way.

Use a growth shampoo. I love Lee Stafford's hair growth range. I’ve written a full review about these here, but basically this protein-based shampoo enriches the scalp, and improves my overall hair texture.
 I also use the conditioner daily, as well as the treatment mask once a week. I also think adding a bit of oil to the ends massively helps- as you are literally sealing off the ends and giving them special attention, which all encourages healthy hair.

You are what you eat! Lastly, you don’t have to change your diet, but ensuring you eat certain foods will massively improve the general appearance of your hair. Eggs- contains biotin, which features in lots of hair supplements. Pass us that omelet! Salmon is loaded with Vitamin D and contains that all-important Omega 3, which makes your scalp super strong, which in turn makes your hair grow at a faster rate! Did you know, that yellow peppers contain almost SIX times more Vitamin C than oranges? Get munching! Sweet Potatoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which is the precursor for vitamin A, which again, is excellent for scalp therapy. It’s all about the scalp people! And lastly, almonds. Munching on these delicious nuts makes your hair grow, as they are very high in biotin.

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  1. I adore the Lee Stafford range & I absolutely agree with you about eating right & supplements. Have your ever tried Grow Gorgeous serum? It's brilliant! xx

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