I think at some point as women, we are always bored with our hair. And, whether we make the decision to cut our hair or dye it a different color it is just to express ourselves. In a sense it is fun to see how you look with new hair color or cut.
In 2007, I made a very bold decision to cut my long healthy hair that fell just below where your bra sits, into a bob. Think, Victoria Beckham, who was my inspiration. I loved my hair so much when I had a bob. It was so stacked and layered and I really had it early on in the bob trend so wherever I went women were asking me where I got my haircut and who I went to etc.
When you have all of the layers I had, growing your hair out is a real pain, to say the least. I don't really have many pictures because I hated myself and that is when I would say I was having an awkward stage. My hair was just a puff ball. I had some really unruly days which I remember wanting to cry and wondering why I ever cut my precious locks off !
That is just the waiting game ! You have to stick it out. And, being grumpy about it doesn't grow your hair ( I tried, it didn't work, lol ). So, once my hair reach my shoulders I still had layers that were up to my chin. I cut it all one length and then it became more manageable. But, I couldn't walk around with my hair all wacky looking any more and as much as I did not want to cut any length. It made a huge difference having my shorter hair be one length. As, opposed to shoulder length hair with pieces popping out of all sides.
After all of that ( I am probably forgetting to mention that this is years, it is not easy !) If you are bored with your hair , curl it if it is straight or straighten it if it is curly ! I don't recommend cutting hair after everything I went through. Unless, it is something you want for a long period of time or if it helps you with saving time. Other than that. I would dye my hair before I cut it (drastically) ever again.
I also had hair extensions (the kind that are glued in with strips) put in my hair to make up for my inadequate hair (lol) this was only about a year and a half ago actually. I loved my experience with the type of hair extensions I had. They were called " The Platinum Seamless Hair Extensions " I had them done at The Secret Garden Salon in Staten Island, New York.
Link above to the salon I went to. The girl who put in my hair extensions was named Lauren. If you go mention my name. She may not remember me. But, I plan on going back to her for a haircut when I go back to New York to visit.
Lots of people complain about hair extensions (semi- permanent) ruining their hair. I had NO problems with them done this way. The cost was $400.00 and it took 45 mins. As opposed to the individual bead hair extensions which at the time were $800 - $1200 and the process takes about 4-6 hours ! And, I was getting married so, I wanted long hair for the big day and didn't want to be bothered with clip ins possibly falling out. I removed my hair extensions myself with coconut oil which loosened the glue and they came out SO easily and I had no issues. If I were to recommend any hair extensions I would say see if anyone in your area offers this type of service.
|I adored my hair extensions !!!|
I loved my hair extensions. I wanted my real hair to be like that ! So, I started to really make sure I was paying careful attention to my hair. There is no " Big Secret " to growing your hair. My hair grew very fast considering where it was to where my hair is now. I would say my hair is back to exactly the length it was before I cut it. (bra strap length)
Tips on growing out hair -
* Drink Tons of Water - no brainer !
* I use a shampoo that is for thinning hair it is called Nioxin I use step 2. This definitely accelerated the growth of my hair !
Nioxin can be found at Ulta HERE
* I take a supplement called Viviscal which is also for thinning hair but it also promotes the growth of new hair. And, it really works !
Purchased this from Ulta as well HERE
* I do weekly deep conditioning treatments with Coconut Oil. It is good to massage your scalp to stimulate blood flow and thus, stimulate hair growth. So, I massage it into my scalp for about 10-15 minutes and throw my hair in a pony tail and either go about my day or I go to sleep and wash it normally the next day. I like to leave it in at least 8 hours, to reap the benefits.
Also, stating the obvious, I eat a diet high in protein I eat my veggies every single day and drink a green smoothie every single morning. I think that if I didn't follow this kind of lifestyle of eating well my hair would not have grown as long as it did.
Another thing, take your vitamins !
I was taking pre-natal vitamins for 6 months before my wedding (FOR MY HAIR, PEOPLE, lol) and it reallllllly made my hair grow like weeds. The only downfall was that all of my hair grew back quickly so wherever you shave or wax be prepared to step that up to double the amount you do now. But, to me the length of my hair was what I wanted when I was planning my wedding. So, I didn't care. But, now I just take a regular women's multi vitamin.
I am not telling you that you need to go out and buy ten bottles of shampoo and your hair will grow. I do recommend viviscal HIGHLY if you want your hair to grow and Nioxin if your hair is thinning. I shed like crazy ! When I use nioxin I notice a large difference in the amount of hair going down the drain.
Another tip , avoid brushing hair while it is wet. It will just break your hair and cause major split ends. Comb your hair from the bottom up when it is damp. This will lessen the chance that your comb will grab onto a knot and pull out a bunch of hair. * also use a wide tooth comb on damp hair, NO BRUSHING.
I think that is all I have as far as maintaining hair health and growth if anyone has any questions don't hesitate to leave a comment below or contact me via email !!
Have a good one !