My hair is officially the longest it’s ever been *happy dance*. Funny enough, it’s also the lightest it’s ever been – aka it’s been doused in bleach a few too many times. One of my most asked questions is “is your hair real?” (yes) and “are you wearing extensions?” (no). Today I’m spilling my secrets on how I’ve managed to grow my hair and keep it healthy along the way. I’ll be sharing 5 hacks – and yes, I apply them all to my hair! Having long, healthy hair isn’t the easiest – but it’s absolutely worth the time and energy I put into it. So, here are my top 5 hair hacks to growing long, healthy hair. Ps. make sure to keep reading until the end of the post – #5 is a hair hack you may be unfamiliar with!
Hack #1: Don’t wash your hair
Um what? Yes you read that correctly. Repeat after me: do not wash your hair every day. Why? Washing your hair everyday will strip your hair of its natural oils which keep it shiny and moisturized. Also, hot tools (hairdryer, curling wand, straightener etc.) will damage your extremely fragile hair. So how often should you wash your hair? Go as long as you can. I typically wash it every 3 days, but if you can go longer, you go girl! How do you keep your hair feeling fresh? Dry shampoo! This stuff is life changing. Apply directly to the roots to freshen up your hair and give it instant volume.
Hack #2: Leave in conditioner or bust
If you have long/bleached hair you need to use a leave in conditioner. Period. After every hair wash, apply a leave in conditioner to the ends of your hair. Why? This section of your hair is the oldest and most frail. It is literally screaming for moisture. Bonus tip: use a hair mask once a week. Apply your favorite hair mask to your dry hair and keep it in for 20 minutes. After, rinse and enjoy your rejuvenated hair!
Hack #3: The weird looking spiral coil hairbands actually work
When I first caught sight of “invisibobbles” it was a major eye roll for me. I was convinced it was a quick money grab – until I finally caved and bought a set. The darn things actually work, y’all! My hair is so long tangles are inevitable with hair bands – until the invisibobble. It never tangles my hair and doesn’t leave a dent on my hair! I’ll be honest and say the holding power isn’t as great as an elastic (if you have long, thick hair it may not work for you), but I make sure to loop it as many times as possible to secure my ponytail. Bonus hack: if the coils loosen over time, use your blow dryer to apply heat for 5-10 seconds and it will bounce back!
Hack #4: Get routine trims, girlfriend!
Let me start out by saying anyone who claims your hair grows faster by getting a trim is lying to you. Your hair grows from your roots – so that myth doesn’t even make sense. However, going for a routine trim will make your hair appear healthier. Why? A trim will cut off all those pesky dead ends. The ends of your hair are the most damaged, so cutting off an inch will instantly make your hair look healthier!