You’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!
Well, 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.
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!