Earlier this year I damaged my hair beyond the point of no return. I had dyed it really dark and after a few months decided that I wanted to go BLONDE. After multiple failed attempts at bleaching it, I damaged it so badly it needed to be cut. I applied bleach a grand total of 4 times and applied boxed color 5 times.
To put it bluntly, I completely ruined my hair and I was devastated. It became so dried and fried that it was hard to brush. No matter how much conditioner or product I put in my hair, nothing could quench the thirst of my frail strands and it left me no choice but to cut it off.
I cut about 10 inches in total off my hair and I was devastated. I had been growing my hair for about 4 years and was heartbroken that I had to cut it off. My hair was the shortest it had ever been and I decided that I needed to just start fresh and let it grow back naturally.
After I cut my hair, I dyed it one last time to get rid of the blonde ends that started to show. There was still a good 6 or 7 inches of dyed, damaged hair on my head. The only way to completely start over was to go bald, and I wasn’t doing that. So I decided to cut off the worst of the damage, stop dying it completely, and just let it grow back and take really good care of it.
My hair was so short when I first cut it that I couldn’t keep it all in a hair tie. Not only did I chop it, I gave myself really short bangs as well. At the time I thought it was a great idea, but after a few days I regretted it.
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I originally cut my hair on June 12th, 2018 and within a few months it has grown faster than it ever has in my life. 3 months later it is now long enough, even the bangs, to wear in a bun. I have taken very good care of my hair and have been very proactive about keeping it healthy and helping it grow. The picture above was taken on June 12th, and the picture below was taken September 21st, 2018.
As you can see, there is quite a bit of hair growth in the span of just 3 months. At the rate my hair is growing, by the end of the year my hair should be close to the length it was before I cut it, but only if I continue taking care of it and following the hair growth regimen I created for myself.
In this post I am not going to tell you how you can grow your hair 10 inches in a week or 2 inches over night because it’s just not possible. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not being honest with you. It has taken me 3 months to grow my hair about 4 inches, which is a healthy rate and slightly above the average growth rate.
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How I Grow My Hair Quickly
Before I get into my routine and the things I do to grow my hair, I want to give a disclaimer. I am not going to guarantee any results to anyone who follows my routine. My results are based on my own research and my own body and I cannot guarantee you will have the same or similar results. What works for one person doesn’t always work for someone else!
The first step to growing my hair out again was to stop dying it and stop using heat/styling tools and products on my hair. I no longer use a blow dryer and have only used my curling iron a grand total of twice since cutting my hair. I don’t put any products on my hair. No gel, no hair spray, nothing. I use shampoo and conditioner sparingly and the days that I don’t use it, I use my ACV (apple cider vinegar) hair rinse by dpHUE, which is incredible and you can get here at this link for $35.
My all time favorite shampoo and conditioner (that I’ve been using since I was a teenager) is Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship. It smells incredible and I truly believe it helps my hair grow long! I’ve been using it forever and from my personal experience gives me great results. P.S. Get the shampoo here for $3.79 and the conditioner here also for $3.79!
My next step to growing my hair is taking vitamins. I’m not going to convince you that you have to buy an incredibly expensive, name brand vitamin in order to get results, because I don’t believe that’s true. I buy a generic multivitamin from the grocery store and it costs me around $5 for a bottle with 70 gummy vitamins.
*Disclaimer: I do not recommend taking vitamins or supplements without the advice or guidance of your doctor or primary care physician! This is not intended to be medical advice.
I take vitamins every morning when I wake up, but I don’t follow the directions on the bottle. I tend to listen to my body over general directions. The directions for my vitamins state to take two gummies once a day, but I actually take four of them once a day. I double the dose because it works for me and it gives me plenty of vitamins. I already know that I have some vitamin deficiencies, so taking double the dosage benefits me in more than one way.
I don’t recommend altering the dose without the advice or consent of a trained medical professional.
Vitamins, forgoing heat, styling and hair dye, and taking good care of my hair are a few of the things I do to grow my hair out. To really understand how to grow my hair out I did some research to find out exactly what hair is!
Hair is made up of the protein: keratin. What better way to encourage keratin production than to give your body the protein it needs to make it? I started eating a healthier diet with more protein and vitamins and also started making protein shakes daily to ensure I am always getting enough protein.
There are many many hair follicles on your scalp and at the base is something called the hair bulb. This is where the hair grows from and is nourished by blood vessels, vitamins and nutrients. Not only is it important to get enough protein, I make sure to give myself scalp massages and regularly brush my hair to stimulate blood flow and help my hair grow.
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I do a lot to grow my hair out and make sure it’s growing healthy and strong. I’ve been dying my hair and bleaching it since I was 14 years old, almost 12 years and it got so bad that I severely damaged my hair and even had chemical burns on my scalp. In the places where I had the worst burns, some of my hair started growing back completely silver. At 25 years old, grey hair is not normal!
It’s possible to grow your hair back and if you’ve struggled to grow it out, it’s possible to encourage better hair growth but you have to put in the time, effort and be patient! It does take time! There is no secret hair growth formula that can make your hair grow inches overnight, but there are things you can do to take better care of it and help it grow healthier and at a faster rate.
I found that when I stopped using heat, styling tools, hair die and hair products, my hair looked better, felt better, grew better and it doesn’t get very many split ends and there’s not much breakage. This is obviously common sense to most people, but once I actually stopped doing all those things, I was able to see firsthand at how true it is.
Using heat and a wide range of products really harms your hair. I’m lucky that I have lots and lots of thick hair because if I didn’t, I probably would have burnt my hair off at this point.
If you’re trying to grow your hair out, try skipping the heat, dye and styling tools for awhile and see how your hair reacts. I bet it starts to look better and feel healthy again, even after just a few days!
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