Get Growing: 3 Steps for Longer Hair
After a solid four years of short cuts, I've finally had enough of all the styling and just want long hair that I can air dry and throw up in a ponytail on a whim. But here's a fun fact: fine hair is the slowest growing hair type and my hair is super fine. Since it just refuses to grow, I live in a perpetual cycle of deciding to grow it out, getting bored because it takes so long, cutting it short and inevitably regretting it so I start all over again. I know, I know...
But this time I'm dedicated and my bob is once again a lob. This is not a passive process, people. Growing your hair out takes work. So in an effort to achieve mermaid-worthy locks, here's my 3-step program:
I really believe healthy hair starts from the inside, which means I try to eat well - lots of lean protein, greens and tons of water. But even then it can be tough to get every vitamin and mineral, so I make sure I've got all my bases covered by taking a supplement.
My longtime favorite is Phyto Phytophanère, which has Vitamins A, B's, C, and E, biotin, and lots of essential fatty acids from sunflower, borage seed, rice bran, wheat germ and fish oils. Not only does it really help my hair grow in faster and shinier, but within a week of taking 2 capsules a day my nails are really strong. The one downside is that because Phytophanère is rich in oils it can make me break out at first, but that usually subsides once my skin adjusts to the extra hydration. With that in mind, I tend to take this in the winter months when my skin is drier and needs those extra oils, so it's a great option if you have dry skin.
For a less expensive option, I really love Nature's Bounty Extra Strength Hair, Skin & Nails. I've been taking this since December and now have a full three inches worth of baby hairs all around my hair line. I've literally grown bangs! In each daily serving of three capsules you get 5,000 mcg of biotin, vitamins A, C, D, E and some B's, along with minerals like zinc and iron, and folic acid. It also packs bonuses like argan oil, hyaluronic acid and collagen - all great for hydration and good for skin. Not only is this stuff making my hair grow crazy fast, but it's also made it grow in much thicker and stronger. As someone who has always had thin hair, this is nothing short of a miracle. The extra bonuses have been thicker eyebrows and eyelashes, strong and smooth nails, and more balanced skin. I would highly recommend this supplement, and because it's free of gluten, dairy, sugar and fish oil it's a great option for people with dietary restrictions.
Oils are a great way to hydrate hair and scalp and encourage growth. I love slathering on coconut or argan oil, but for a more growth-focused approach my absolute favorite is Phyto Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment, a treatment filled with essential oils that helps to purify and balance the scalp and stimulate micro-circulation. Lemon, cajeput, rosemary, sage and cypress essential oils give this treatment a beautiful aromatic scent that I just can't get enough of. I dot this onto my scalp once or twice a week and leave it on as long as possible, usually overnight, before shampooing. Between the cooling sensation it gives my scalp and the relaxing herbal scent, I love the whole experience of this product. It leaves my hair shiny and bouncy and makes my scalp feel fresh and hydrated - the perfect foundation for good growth! Hair growth aside, Phytopolléine is also amazing for relieving tension headaches. Just apply to the scalp and...
Massage your scalp! Massage it when you do oil treatments, massage it when you shampoo, when you condition, when you're just sitting on the couch and binge watching Netflix. In an ideal world, I'd have someone who would be thrilled to give me a head massage for thirty minutes every day. Unfortunately, no such person exists, so instead I use this spidery-looking contraption that cost me all of $3! Scalp massage, like the Phyto Phytopolléine, stimulates circulation and relives tension and stress. Stress less, grow more.
So that's my current hair growth routine! Do you have trouble getting your hair to grow too? Let me know what your tips and tricks are in the comments below!