I realized that my hair has gotten quite long recently, and I attribute this phenomenon to either a) being too broke for a haircut, b) adopting a new hair-care regimen, or c) a combination of a and b. (C is probably the correct answer.) So, friends on facebook, without further ado, I give you: Steph’s suggestions for successfully growing out your hair! (Shucks, I couldn’t keep up with the awesome alliteration…)
1. Wash your hair less. And when you do wash your hair, use a clarifying shampoo (a clear shampoo will do just fine). Make sure you actually get your scalp clean- did you know that that’s where hair grows from?! So, get a good scrub going along with a good lather. Other reasons to wash your hair less: it saves you money, you use fewer plastic bottles, you take shorter showers (thus wasting less water), and this saves you time- probably your most precious resource (unless you are like me and are currently wasting your most precious resource on facebook during finals).
2. Brush your hair more. Back in my short hair days, I would go days, even weeks, without brushing my hair. I thought this was good for my hair, since it is curly/wavy and I feared that brushing might break the curls. I was so naive. Now, I brush my hair at least once a day (usually at night) and have seen significant improvement in my hair’s length, shine, and strength. So basically, if you don’t brush your hair, start brushing.
3. Start taking Biotin. I learned this from a former teammate who was extremely long and healthy hair (she’s also a nurse, if that adds more ethos here). Biotin is a dietary supplement that can be found in your grocer’s/pharmacy’s vitamin section. It promotes carbohydrate, fat, and energy metabolism (or at least claims to do so on the bottle I have). Biotin gives you energy, and really improves your hair, skin, and nail health. True story: I took a hiatus from biotin and my eczema came back. Shucks! (Disclaimer: these may be unrelated incidents; I don’t mean to commit the fallacy of post hoc ergo propter hoc. Also, I apologize if that was TMI.) With that said, Biotin is definitely a game changer. I didn’t start seeing real hair-growth results until I started taking this supplement just once a day or even every other day.
4. Stop putting crap in your hair. Ok, I’m sure no one actually puts ‘crap’ in their hair, but you know what I am talking about. Don’t use mousse, gel, hairspray, or any other kind of beauty gimmick that Garnier and John Freida want you to buy. These styling products might make you think that you are making your hair look fuller, curlier, smoother, straighter, shinier, or whatever- but from my personal experience, my hair just got greasier, crunchier, or frizzier; or the wonderful placebo effect has made my hair beautiful. Truthfully, though, everyone has naturally beautiful hair- let it show! Nothing is more perfect than nature. Just use shampoo and conditioner and ask Billy Madison which one is better.
Why wait until you are dead for your hair to grow when you can have that Mufasa mane you always wanted in this very lifetime?! (Disclaimer: hair doesn’t actually grow after you are dead.) If you just stick to Steph’s 4 simple suggestions, your hair will grow like you have never imagined. Consider yourself the next Chia pet. So, go on and get growin’.
(Disclaimer: If you are experiencing hair loss (i.e. male pattern baldness) these suggestions may be of little to no help to you. Sorry, Dad! Just kidding. But seriously.)