Tuesday, 19 August 2014

How To | Grow your hair up to 3 inches in 1 week

Hey Guys,

Firstly, A Sorry in advance for the Maximum Essay with Minimum Pictures!

Today I thought I would do a post about Hair Growth, The length of my hair is something I have been obsessing over since I was in year 9 in school, As long as possible has been my aim. However, In school, we never listen to the good advise we are given and always think we know best, so I went against every good tip to grow my hair and keep in good condition and went it lone soldier! And of course, all the way through school, up until 2 years ago when I was just turning 17 My hair didn't grow whatsoever! So, When I was 17 I went for the Frankie Sandford look, cut all my hair off, and shaved on one side, and decided to look after my hair from there on out. I don't reccommend just cutting it all off, but for me, this was good and a clean streak, I cut off all the dead hair with split end and allows new, soft hair to begin it's life :P And now, 1 and half years later, after doing all the below, my hair is just on the underwire line of my bra!

This post is to tell you about the tips I have used to grow my hair, up to now, to achieve maximum growth, including one method which can help your hair grow from 1 inches to 4 in just one week! Just a little disclaimer before hand, this is a method that has worked for me (and many other people online) but it may not work for you, depending on your and your hair type!
This method is at the very bottom, don't worry! ;)

1) Washing Your Hair

The first thing is about washing your hair and how many times you do so, many people seem to think that by shampooing your hair every day or even two times a day and keeping it ridiculously clean and conditioning every day to keep it extra soft is the solution to growing your hair long. This is not the case I believe, yes your hair is clean, and soft, but just like your skin your hair needs to breath. 

I wash my hair every 3 days, unless I am going somewhere special and am in desperate need of de-greasing. 3 days may be too long for you, so you could start off by trying every two days and seeing how you get on! Your probably all thinking, but my hair will get really greasy and gross... yes, it most probably will, but this is actually good for you hair! Greasy hair is simply the natural oils in your hair coming out, your hair needs these natural oils, but to an extent, too much isn't good either. So basically, I would recommend not washing your hair more than 3 times a week! If you feel you really need to de grease, try rinsing your hair, rather than doing the full shabang and washing and conditioning.

So, Washing every day is bad for your hair (LET IT BREATH!), Wash your hair every every 2-3 days, Trying not to wash it more than 3 times a week, Hair Grease = Natural Hair Oils = Good for your hair... but not too much! 

2) Shampoo & Conditioners

There are 2 Shampoo & Conditioners that I would recommend and that I use every time I was my hair, alternating between them! The first is The Original, Mane n' Tail Shampoo & Condtioner: These products are actually Horse Shampoo & Conditioner, But have become very popular for the use of girls wanting to grow their hair long, This stuff is a god send! It is very rich, and makes your hair very very soft and feel well-moisturised. You use as normal shampoo and conditioner on a normal day, however, I don't use it if I am going somewhere just after, where I want to style my hair, your hair becomes so soft, shiny and smooth, that my hair would refuse to backcomb or stay in any form of style, it would just almost immediately drop! Since using this stuff I have noticed a dramatic change in the condition of my hair, so healthy, looking and feeling and just in general, and therefore healthier hair means more hair growth! 

The next I use is FAST Shampoo, it pretty much says it in the name, it is a shampoo and conditioner for making your hair grow 'Maximum Length in Minimum Time', the slogan pretty much sold it for me, but of course, I looked at many reviews before I bought, and most.. nearly all, were good! FAST Is used just like normal Shampoo and Conditioner, However, you leave them on longer on your hair, to allow the FAST product to do it's magic. I use this shampoo and conditioner less that Mane n' Tail, as I really don't feel it smells nice, and by using it too much, although my hair growth sped up raipidly (Crazy fast) it left my hair quite dry, which is why I don't use this product all the time; sometimes I will even just put the product on my roots to avoid any potential drying of my ends, which are quite fragile anyway! 

Both I would highly reccomend, however, they are quite very different price ranges, You can buy the Mane n' Tail from ebay, with the link I provided, for £6.49 for 12oz bottles of both the Shampoo and the Conditoner, and the FAST product is around £22.50 for 360ml (12.6oz) bottles of both the Shampoo and Conditioner.

3) Deep Mask

Once a week, on one of your hair washing days, try to apply a Deep hair mask onto your hair. Hair Masks are basically a really deep and intense conditioner, which you apply after you have used your normal conditioner. These are very good for your hair, and always keep my hair looking nice and shiny, as long as you keep up with using it once a week. Hair Masks are available everywhere, in anywhere like Boots, any hair Salon, or of course, online, And most of them will do their job, However, ones I have fell particularly in love with, are ANY Aussie Mask, (they have a few and are available at boots!) but they are all so good, keep your hair really soft and the best thing about them... the smell, oh my god... it is so damn beautiful. All of their products smell incredible and most of you will probably already know as they are a very popular brand! Another, more pricey one, is the Moroccan Oil Restorative hair mask, It's a little more pricey, at around £31.00, but it is just incredible, very good quality, smells great and leaves your hair looking great, I was recommended this by my hair dresser, and I am an avid user of the brands Moroccan Hair Oil any way, so I thought that It must be good, and of course, it was!

4) Heat 

Applying a lot of heat to your hair, as you know, is one of the main things that damages it. Curlers, Straighteners, Hair Dryers and Even Really Hot Water! Try to minimize using heat products as much as possible, I have literally gone 2 years having horrible hair, shoving it up in a loose ponytail, looking gross and very unglamorous to achieve the hair growth I have, but you don't have to go quite to that extent. 

If your not going out or seeing anyone you particularly want to impress, don't do anything to your hair! If this is the case with me, I don't even blow dry my hair, I towel dry it and shove it up in a wet bun with some leave in conditioner and Moroccan Oil! If you don't want to walk around with wet hair, Blow dry your hair on the medium speed and on a cold heat. Trying not to constantly brush your hair as your doing it, use your fingers, or go through your hair once at the beginning with a tangle teaser or paddle brush and just use the hair dryer. And then of course, don't straighten it or curl it, shove it up in a messy bun or high pony! 

If you are going out, repeat the Hair drying process above, it's always best! but try and do a style that doesn't involve much heat styling products, or any at all! If you do it right, messy bed hair, messy buns, sleek back ponies and smooth little top knots can actually look really great! I looked through endless Youtube tutorials, and eventually found various ways and styles I could use, that look great but involved no or minimal heat styling products!

So, Blow Dry on SLOW and COLD Heat, and Minimal Heat Styling Products. Or Keep Wet and put it off your face if your not going anywhere! and Go for styles that involve no or little styling at all!

5) Brushing & Cutting

Like I used to, many of you may think that brushing your hair constantly is good, for removing the tangles and making it look nice and smooth. But it circanly is not! I used to brush my hair ALL the time, the moment I had any sign of my hair being out of place or starting to clump into bigger sections, I would Brush Brush Brush. But by doing this, every time you brush your hair through, your splitting the hair, and creating more split end, almost like ripping it apart when you brush through the tangles and knots. As well as this, each time your brush through, all of the tiny split ends of hair on each strand are falling off, causing your hair to become, and look thinner and thinner the more you brush it. And of the course, the solution to long hair, is the root (not the ends)  keeping the ends nice, and avoiding split ends, will mean your hair will look thicker and fuller from root to tip, giving the look of thicker, richer and more beautiful hair. This is why people say to trim your ends regularly... This doesn't help your hair grow per say, it simply keeps it looking neater, thicker and in good nick! So don't go cutting your ends once a month, I haven't trimmed my hair since I cut it all off, (which I don't nessesarily recommend either, bit naughty ;P) But maybe get your hair trimmed every 3-4 months.

6) Finally | The Inversion Method!

This is a method, that I have used myself and have researched into, and it seems has worked for many many people! It's a method that quite frankly seems mad, and seems like a load of rubbish, but from personal experience, it worked for me. I cannot guarantee it will work for you, but It definitely worked for me, and what seems to be, many other girls. I have done this once a month, for 2 months now, and each time my hair has grown 2 inches! Apparently, you can't use this method every week, as your body will get used it, and begin to adapt and no longer work to the full extent! But anyways, here we go!

  • The inversion method involves, tipping your head upside down for 4-5 minutes, whilst massaging warm oil into your scalp for that time period. (I know -.-)
  • Start by warming Olive oil, or any Hair oil, in the microwave, Put a generous amount in a microwavable bowl, and heat for 30 seconds, feel the oil, and repeat until the oil is at the nice more than warm temperature. You can heat the oil more or less depending on your preference and how much you feel your scalp can take comfortably.
  • Brush your hair through with a tangle teaser, and sit on a sofa or the side of the bed. Bed your head down so that your facing the floor. Take your oil and with your fingers, put through the hair from root to tip (not too much and only briefly)
  • Next put more oil on your finger tips and massage the warm oil into your scalp covering your whole head. When their is no more oil on your finger tips, dip in, and apply more. After the 4-5 minutes are up, come up slowly, as otherwise you will feel dizzy and lightheaded (which is why you do it for no more and no less than this time limit)
  • The massaging of the scalp and tipping your head upside down caused the blood to flow to your scalp and got the blood to flow evenly around your head. (Apparently this is needed for good hair growth - I didn't question it, I just kinda did it :P )
  • Next, brush your hair through once, and put your hair in a tight pony tail, and leave on for 1 hour, This doesn't really matter, but if I have no immidiate plans, I do this at night, and leave it in over night, and then wash out with luke warm water in the shower, or sink in the morning.
  • Do this every day for 7 days (measuring your hair before the 7 days and after) and see if it worked for you, and if so, how many inches your hair grew!)
  • Finally, do not simultaneously do this every week, do it once a month or every 2 months!
If this didn't work for you, then I'm sorry that your time was waisted, as it may not work for everyone! But I can only go off my own experience. If it did work, then great!

I hope these tips helped with your path to Long and Luxurious Locks!
Have a lovely day xoxo

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