Hi, there! Today I’m here to talk hair because it is one of the most frequently asked questions I get and let me tell you, getting to this point has been a process. Hopefully, sharing what has worked for me will do the same for you and I can spare you a lot of trial and error (and panic?!)
In the summer of 2016, I made an impulsive decision to chop my hair off. Real short. This was before chopping your hair was trendy (ahem, ahead of the curve) and mostly the product of me being over having to deal with (i.e. wash, dry, and style) my long mane daily. I wasn’t stressed about cutting my hair short because I had cut it in the past and it always grew back fast. After a couple of maintenance trims on my new short ‘do, I decided I was ready to start growing it back out. However, this time around it was NOT growing fast and even when I did gain a little bit of length it was useless because my ends would be split and frayed and need to be trimmed. I was SO frustrated and still don’t fully understand why all of a sudden my hair wasn’t growing like it had before. I’ve put it in the over 27 problems category. From my experience, the world shifts at age 27- skin, hair, metabolism, etc. I understand that it’s supposed to only get harder with time but 27 was the first time I was slapped in the face (literally) with physical signs of aging. More on that later.
So, at this point I was stuck with hair that was growing at a snail’s pace, looking unhealthy as all get out, and stuck at that awkward in between length for about a year. I decided to try taking Biotin Supplements. Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin that is important for the health of hair, skin, and nails. I really went looking for supplements blindly and bought the first bottle I picked up at the store. I take Nature’s Bounty Biotin 10,000 mcg. I take one soft gel each morning with breakfast. I want to note that for best results you must be consistent in taking the supplement! I saw improvement in my hair in less than two weeks after I started taking Biotin.
Another change I made was using a hair mask each week. I did some trial and error with different brands but the one that really made an impression was the Living Proof Restore Mask. Here comes the “secret ingredient” in my hair regimen: the mask directions state that you should lather your wet hair with the mask and rinse after ten minutes. Well, I lather alright but I don’t rinse until the next morning. I take my shower at night and just wet my hair with water. After getting out of the shower I comb the tangles out of my hair and apply a half-dollar sized amount of the mask throughout my hair from the roots to the ends. After that I twist my hair up into a bun and secure it with a scrunchie. Sidenote- I only use actual rubber bands to secure my hair during workouts because I can’t stand the feeling of them ripping my hair when I take them out. Scrunchies all the time for this gal outside of the gym. I sleep with my masked hair in a scrunchie. When I’ve told people my regimen in the past they usually ask about my pillow and my response is that yes, the mask probably does get on my pillow but I have two pillow cases and either switch it out the next day or go ahead and do my whole sheet washing routine on Monday instead of Sunday. I usually mask my hair every Sunday night, by the way- routine. The morning after applying the mask I hop in the shower and shampoo and condition as I normally would. The mask leaves my hair feeling SO soft and it just really looks more healthy after each application. I have noticed a big difference in the health of my hair since I have been sleeping in this mask one night each week!
The last product I want to tell you all about is the BEST dry shampoo I have found, Elizabeth and James Nirvana White. Since dry shampoo has become more popular in recent years I have had my fill of trials with all different brands from drug stores to Sephora. I honestly don’t remember how I found this one, but I am SO glad I did! My hair can go up to 3-4 days between washes now (daily workouts included!) without looking ratchet all thanks to my dry shampoo and taking the time to work it into my hair each morning (hello, round brush!) The smell of this product itself makes it worth the purchase in my opinion. It’s actually stocked within Sephora along the fragrance wall and not in the “hair section”. I use the Nirvana White dry shampoo but they also offer Nirvana Black, Nirvana Bourbon, and Nirvana Rose fragrance options. A double win is that these fragrances are actual perfumes as well so you can just go all in and make one of these “your scent” if you want to! I wanted to include this dry shampoo in my lineup of products that have helped keep my hair healthy because it has minimized the amount of washing my hair requires meaning less stripping, drying out, and heat application damage.
I wanted to conclude this post by telling you about my local hair stylist, in case you are in the market for one! Lyndsey Hargis, currently at Clayton Keith Salon in downtown Little Rock, is my hair magician! I started with her when I moved to Little Rock in 2012 and since then she has become a dear friend! She always nails my color and has really helped me through this process of trying to grow my hair back out. By using the above products I am now at a point where we don’t have to trim my hair at each appointment due to dead ends (every 8 weeks) and typically trim it every other appointment instead (16 weeks in between trims). Even then, the main need for trimming is because my hair has gotten heavy and needs layers for the purpose of styling. It’s finally growing the way I want it to!
I hope you find this post helpful in your own hair health journey, haha! If you are interested in buying any of the products I mentioned just click the links throughout the post or within the roundup below!