A new client of mine the other day wanted to start growing her hair long, but she has always had problems in the past achieving that goal. I thought this would make a great blog topic.
I delved into her past experiences with growing her hair long and why it never reached her desired length. Actually, a lot of what she told me I’ve heard before and seems to be the thought process for a lot of ladies growing their hair long.
The first question I asked was how often she is getting her hair cut. She told me only every 6-8 months. The second question I asked was if she discussed her length goal with her previous stylist, which she said she did but she hasn’t found a regular stylist so she has been jumping from salon to salon. And finally, the last question was about her hair care regimen and styling routine.
Ok, I know only getting a haircut every 6-8 months would seem like a good idea to grow your hair long, but it’s not. After 6-8 months the ends are constantly getting abused by heat styling, wind, sun, pool/ocean water, etc… After 6 months your hair grows on average 3 inches and 2-3 inches of damage will need to be cut off if you wait six months. I suggested to my client coming in a little more often, say every 2 ½ to 3 months and we’ll do a “dusting”, which is cutting only the very ends. It’s about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. The hair is growing more than what is being cut and it always looks good because of the frequency of trims.
The second question is important because if you move from one salon to the next and from one stylist to the next you are never establishing a plan with anyone. Also, you need to find a stylist that knows what a dusting is so you’re not moving backward.
I asked the last question to find out how much heat styling (blow drying, curling and/or flat-iron) and what hair care she was using to protect her hair. I suggested using thermal protective products and a protein strengthening shampoo and conditioner to repair and protect the ends. When you flat-iron your hair you should make quick passes with the iron so you’re not over exposing your hair, especially the ends to unnecessary heat. When you curl your hair do not start by winding your hair up from the ends. Start at the midshaft and wind the hair through the curling iron until your ends are the last part exposed to heat.
Last, but not least…vitamins. A good number of my clients swear by Biotin. It is a naturally occurring vitamin that can be found in beans, breads, cauliflower, egg yolks, fish, kidney, legumes, liver, meat, dairy products, nuts, oatmeal, oysters, peanut butter, poultry, and whole grains. Of course with busy lifestyles we probably don’t get as much as these sources of Biotin as we would like so it can be taken like a vitamin. Besides Biotin, there are other vitamins that can promote healthy hair growth such as Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamins A, C, and D.
I think this is a solid formula to get your locks flowing down your back. Good luck!