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3 Tips for Growing Out Your Hair

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Growing out your hairYou’ve all likely heard me complain about my hair on this blog before.

Back in April 2012 I made the heinous mistake of drinking one too many glasses of red wine and allowing my bff stylist to chop my long locks off.

I still wonder what the hell I was thinking. See, Long-Haired Sabrina laughs at Short-Haired Sabrina – and it has nothing to do with the ridiculous face she’s making…I swear!

shorthair longhairWell, fast forward 2 years and I’m still battling with my ‘short’ hair.

I suppose my hair isn’t exactly short anymore, it’s more midlength, but I find myself kicking myself for snipping it off in the first place.

Now, every single person who has ever cut my hair has casually reminded me that hair grows best when you get maintenance trims every 6-8 weeks. Thinking this was a scam, I never ever ever listened…until I got desperate.

Sometime in mid 2013 I began testing out this so-called maintenance theory. Turns out these hairdressers were on to something. After regular trims, I noticed how much quicker my hair seemed to grow out and it kept it looking healthy and free from split ends.

If you actively growing out your hair, I would definitely suggest regular trims.

Want to know what else I would recommend?

3 Tips For Growing Out Your Hair 

I’m sure you could scour the internet and find several, but here are tried and true tips that have been working for me!

1. Pick the Right Shampoo

I probably sound like a broken record these days, but let’s take ‘er for another spin.

Don’t use products with chemicals!

Shampoos and conditioners containing sulfates and silicone are doing your hair growth a disservice.

Ingredients like sulfates are actually used in industrial strength dishwashing detergent. Now, is that really something you want to be putting on your hair? Not likely.

Silicone on the other hand, is meant to add shine to your hair, but what really happens is it creates a build up and then can only be washed out by shampoos containing sulfates. What a vicious little circle that is!

Next time you’re in the market for a new shampoo, look for one that says ‘Sulfate-Free’ or make your own.

2. Change the Way You Wash Your Hair

Washing your hair every single day can be  incredibly damaging. It dries out your locks by washing away your natural protective oils, and therefore making your hair more likely to get split ends. If you’re growing out your hair then you definitely don’t want split ends and breakages. That just means you’d have to trim off even more.

There’s a quick fix for this issue. Rather than shampooing your hair everyday, limit your shampooing to only 3 or 4 times a week. If you are like me and your fine hair gets greasy looking quickly, try using some homemade dry shampoo. It won’t hurt your hair growth and slicks away the greasiness.

3. Eat Hair Fortifying Foods

Maintaining a healthy diet can directly affect your hair growth.

How?

Well, it’s simple really. When you are supplying your body with the nutrients it needs to reproduce cells, you are giving your hair what it needs. Just like calcium for your bones, hair fortifying foods can help when you are growing out your hair.

So what foods should you be adding?

Stock up your refrigerator with lots of proteins like, meat, fish and eggs. Add in lots of leafy greens and legumes and your hair will be long before your know it.

Now I want to know; have you ever cut your hair and instantly regretted it? What did you do to make the situation better? Share below in the comment section!

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  • On the advice of everyone I talked to I cut my hair short prior to moving from PA to AZ. After having long hair for most of my life, I hated my short hair from my first shower (when “Oh My God I have no hair” syndrome set in) on. My hair had always grown pretty quickly so I consoled myself with the thought that it wouldn’t take long to grow back. I never realized how much the moisture-rich PA environment had to do with how quickly my hair grew back until I moved to the desert and it seemed like my hair just stopped growing altogether. I used to love going back to PA for visits because it seemed like my hair grew more in a week than it did the whole rest of the year. I finally started wrapping my hair in a damp towel and leaving it on for at least an hour or two (re-dampening as needed) a few times a week. It didn’t make my hair grow back overnight, but it did certainly speed up the process a little.

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  • That is something I am definitely going to try. Fingers crossed it works for me as well :)

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  • Its really very useful for me thanx to Sabrina need more tips for my body and for the structure too

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  • In February of 2012, I chopped off my hair to be a short bob, which I actually didn’t ask for..but got anyways(no time to go into ugly details). So hop, skip and jump to the present time and I’m exactly where i was after it was cut. I love the ease of short hair, but I really, really want the excitement of being able to put my hair UP! Also my brother is getting married in July and I would really like to have my hair nicely done, but having it short won’t get me that! So I’m slowly and awkwardly growing it out. Thanks for the post! I really appreciate it! Also I’ve heard that scalp massages help your hair grow too… just like if you massage your nail beds, your nails grow faster.. interesting fact!

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