I have been a long hair kind of girl my whole life. I still remember watching the VMA's one year and when Miley Cyrus walked out with her gorgeous long, full hair and I was obsessed! Of course, at the time I didn't know extensions and hair fillers were a thing so I genuinely wanted my hair to look like that! From that point on I did everything in my power to keep my hair healthy and happy and boom, now I have the hair I always wanted!
So, after months of answering individual questions, I decided to sit down and write a little guide for you guys on how I take care of my hair. Now this isn't a guarantee for long hair and I am by no means an expert, these are just the weekly tips and tricks that I have picked up that work for me!
Here are my weekly Hair Care Tips:
1. I don't wash my hair everyday!
I know, this one seems basic but it is so so so important! If I wash my hair too often it gets really dry and worn out. Instead, I try to wait at least 2 days between washes. To avoid greasy or flat looking hair, I load up on dry shampoo and baby powder!
2. I use warm Oil treatments!
I have never gotten a professional, fancy hair treatment. I just don't believe in them. I do, however, believe in at home oil treatments! The longer your hair gets, the more likely it is to break off and frizz. So, at least twice, if not three times a week, I will do a DIY hair mask. Personally, I really like using coconut oil! Before bed, I will massage slightly warm coconut oil all throughout my hair and then sleeping with it in. I'll wash it the next morning and my ends will be good as new!
3. I am super picky about the products I use!
It can be really tempting to run to the drug store and just buy whatever is cheap or smells good! DON'T DO THAT! I research every shampoo and conditioner that I use to make sure it is organic and is proven to have no harmful ingredients. A huge reason my hair has stopped breaking off is because of the products I use, like Raw Sugar.
4. I sleep with braided hair!
I am a super restless sleeper. I mean seriously I toss and turn so bad I end up upside down in my bed sometimes! That constant movement means insane friction between hair and bedsheets. I always make sure to braid my hair before I go to sleep to avoid unnecessary knots and split ends.
5. I brush my hair… A LOT!
Long hair gets tangled super easy. Now I have read a lot of articles about how over-brushing hair is really bad for it. But for me, brushing my hair throughout the day has kept it stronger.
I don't think there is one secret ingredient for growing long hair. I think that factors, like taking proper vitamins and not over-coloring it, are a big reason that my hair has grown the way it has. But I think the way I take care of it every week is just as important. If you have any secret hair care tips I would love to hear them. I am always eager to try new ideas!