Preparing Your Hair for the Chopping Block
I've always dreamed of having super long hair. I think it's because of all the Disney movies I watched growing up where the princesses have long, luscious locks that blow in the breeze. When my hair blows in the breeze, it looks like a bush. Long hair is just something that women have always been told, starting from a young age, is beautiful.
Now, my hair isn't that short, it comes to about my shoulders, but I've still always wished it was longer. Part of the reason it's so short is because I have really curly hair; when my hair is straightened it comes nearly halfway down my back. I've only gotten my hair cut three times in my life. Once because my brother decided to play barber and cut a chunk of hair out of the back of my head, another because I decided when I was young that I wanted it short and so my mom cut it, and the third time was about a year ago at a professional hair salon.
Recently, though, I've been thinking of getting my haircut again. I know, didn't I just say I wanted long luscious locks? Well, yeah I do, but at the same time, I know my hair isn't going to ever get to that idea I've always had in my head. So, I think it's time to get rid of the fantasy and do something else. When I got my hair cut last I enjoyed it. It was nice to have something different, although after awhile, I didn't care for the style anymore, but that's also because I didn't know how to style my hair when it was short.
It took me a year to decide to cut my hair the last time, that's pretty much the way I make any decision. I hate being rushed, and I like being able to think through every possible scenario. Plus, I had people telling me that if I cut off my hair it may never grow back and that I could wind up hating it. But hey, it grew back, and I'm sure it will again.
What I'd really like to do, is get it cut and then donate it to Locks of Love. I've always wanted to do that, but my hair has never been long enough. You have to be able to cut off at least 10 inches. That's a lot of hair! This has been my problem in the past and is now. When I mentioned it to my parents, they said I'd wind up with a military cut, because so much would have to get cut off. I think that's a little drastic, but I'm sure I'll need to grow my hair out more before I do it. My plan is to try and grow out my hair as much as possible, so I can turn around and chop it all off.
Here are some of the tips I've found in my journey for helping grow out your hair and just making it healthier.
Hair Growing Tips:
- Cut back on any heat producing instruments. This means straighteners, hair dryers, curling irons. It's best to cut them out completely; heat damages your hair. If you still want to hold on to the hair dryer, use the cool setting, and try to do half of the drying with the hair dryer and let the rest air dry.
- Stop washing your hair every day. I know this is a difficult habit for most people to break away from. I'm used to not doing this, because it's something that I started doing a long time ago, at the advice of my sister. I usually wash my hair every other day or less.
- Cut out hair care products. This includes shampoo, conditioner, hair gels-all of that stuff. I've started using less shampoo then I used to, and I use more natural shampoo and conditioners that don't have the harsh chemicals that most mainstream brands contain. Also, unlike we've been led to believe, conditioner does not always need to be rinsed out. Apply it to your hair, and when you get out of the shower, wrap your hair in a towel, and let it sit there while you are getting ready; this will help moisturize your hair. I'm still addicted to things like gel and cremes though, because I hate frizz.
- If you really want to be good to your hair, start making some of your own hair products. Here are some different recipes using food that's great for your hair.
- Don't put your hair back into ponytails or buns all the time. This causes breakage and is damaging to your hair. This is a problem for me because I like having my hair up, especially in the summer. Plus putting your hair up in a bun is so much easier when you're in a hurry. I also work where I have to wear a hat. One thing I've done to try and cut back on these kinds of hair dos is braiding my hair. At work, I do a tighter braid, but when I'm home I go for something looser. I also try to leave my hair undone when I go to bed.
- Make sure to get your ends trimmed. You don't want to do it too often, or you'll just be cutting off your progress, but you need to make sure you're getting your split ends trimmed.
- Try coconut oil hair masks. Simply apply about 2-3 tablespoons of oil throughout your hair, do not apply to scalp. Wrap hair up in a towel, and sleep in it for the night. In the morning, do your normal hair washing routine to remove the oil. Do this every one to two weeks.
- Argan oil is useful as a replacement for hair products you would have used to tame frizz or for making your hair look shiny. You could add some to whatever conditioner you use or as a serum to keep away the frizzies. It only takes a little to do the job. Make sure not to get it on your scalp, it will make it greasy.
- There are different supplements you can take to help your hair as well. Right now I take Biotin which helps strengthen your hair and nails.
- A wide tooth comb is better than a brush. Brushes will lead to more breakage and damage to your hair, while a comb pulls on your hair less.
- Keeping your body healthy will help your hair too. Drink lot's of water, get plenty of exercise, and eat healthy. There are a lot of different foods that can help lead to healthier hair. All the junk food we eat is not one of them. Protein is important for healthy hair, along with eating things that have naturally occurring Biotin in them. Eggs, dark green veggies, nuts, and other foods are good for promoting hair growth.
Now, I have to start applying some of these ideas myself and hopefully get that long flowing hair I've always dreamed of, so I can chop it off and give it to someone else.