How I’m Growing Out My Hair

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I did a beauty post so today I am sharing how I am growing my hair out. Before I got my hair chopped off last August, I hadn’t gotten my hair cut in over 5 years! That’s crazy! As a teenager, I would straighten my hair or apply some kind of heat to my hair My hair wouldn’t grow because it was so damaged and broke off a lot. That’s why I didn’t cut my hair for so long. I thought it wouldn’t grow. I finally figured out how to best care for my hair that it would be healthy and grow quickly and my hair has grown so much since last August. I’m going to share all about how I’m growing my hair back long and healthy!

When I was a teenager, I would wash my hair every other day which is better than every day but not ideal. That would make my hair feel so brittle and dry because I was taking all the good oil out every other day and it didn’t have time to moisturize my hair. I also wasn’t using the best shampoo and conditioner. I didn’t even use a leave-in conditioner…who was I? To grow out my hair, I only wash my hair 2 days a week. If I have an event to go to or something, I will time my washes accordingly. It has made a huge difference in how moisturized my hair is! My hair doesn’t get super oily *blessed* so I can go a while (about 4 days) without washing it. Not washing it every day or even every other day allows you to keep the same hairstyle and not have to apply heat every day. It’s a win-win!

My hair when I first got my hair cut
My hair now

Along with not washing my hair every day, it’s so important that when I do wash my hair, I use quality products. I use products that don’t use lots of parabens, phthalates, and sulphates. Same goes for leave-in conditioner. The products you use don’t have to be expensive. A lot of salon brands have those chemicals in them which is why they work really well! But that’s not to say cheaper brands don’t work as well if not better. I really like this line of hair products. It smells just like Sweet Pea and makes my hair feel so soft. Occasionally if I want my hair to be super tame in the summer, I’ll use a salon brand to add that extra shine. I really like Redken All Soft for that!

It might sound weird but I rarely brush my hair or even comb it. I remember always brushing it with an abrasive brush right out of the shower which is one of the worst things you can do. Brushing your hair when it’s wet can break it more easily, especially if it’s knotted. I only comb my hair and usually only when I’m combing conditioner through my hair in the shower with a wide tooth comb. Aside from that, I only comb it if it’s really knotted from wind or something. I noticed that my hair breaks so easily when I brush it so I stopped that.

When my hair is wet from the shower, it’s tempting to just throw my hair up in my giant towel to let it dry. Instead, I bought a microfiber hair towel that dries my hair and isn’t heavy so it won’t break my hair. A giant bath towel is likely to put a lot of weight on your hair and potentially break. My little towel dries my hair without breaking it!

After all that washing is done, I air dry my hair. I don’t use a blow dryer unless I’m in a rush. Otherwise, I let my hair air dry. I also limit the amount of heat I put on my hair. I only style my hair 1-2 times a week. It has made a GIANT difference not frying my hair everyday. My hair isn’t dry and brittle and it’s very manageable now. This is huge in growing your hair out.

I have been drinking SO MUCH WATER! I have always struggled so much with getting 64 ounces of water everyday and I honestly don’t know why. Now I drink a lot of water and that’s so good for your hair. It helps to keep it from being dry and brittle. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

That’s how I’m growing my hair out!

XO, Gabby

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