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My hair is an ever going learning process. I have dyed it, bleached it, and chopped it off without thinking it twice. I’ve never been one to know how to do my hair. However, there was a point that I started losing my natural waves and my hair was damaged. Over a year ago I decided to take care of it and it’s been a journey. Now, my hair has actually grown extremely long rapidly and started feeling much better. Here’s how to grow healthy long hair. It’s going to be a long post where I talk about the products I use, my process, and tools. Buckle in and let’s get into it. Check out all the products mentioned on Amazon by clicking here.Get your dream long hair with these tips! Click To Tweet
The State of My Hair
I’ve been dying my hair since middle school. Box dye was my friend. My hair used to have a very nice wave/curl but then came my straightening phase. I did that for years which ended up ruining the natural waves I had. When I was 18 or so, I started using bleach. You bet I jumped on the ombre and balayage trends. Then in 2015, I went fully blonde which only lasted 2 months and then back to brown. And again in 2017, which only lasted for one month and missed my brown hair. I got tired of always doing something to my hair. If I left it naturally it looked like a crispy, frizzy mess. I decided to just leave it brown and deal with it. You can see the picture below this how damaged my hair was. My goal was to nurse it back to health and let my hair grow long which was a challenge since I always had shoulder-length hair. Two years in and I’ve definitely seen a big change and hair growth.
The right tools make all the difference. It’s not just the products you use. This is something I learned and did not expect. The wrong brush can make your hair frizzy or break it. Even the wrong hot tools, which already cause some damage, can do even more if you use the wrong ones. It’s interesting how even that is not created equal. What works for someone’s hair may not work for yours. I’ll be explaining and linking what works for me below.
My favorite round brush leaves my hair smooth. Since my hair has gotten longer I tried to find a bigger one but none compare. It doesn’t leave it static-y. For the paddle brush, I use it only for the days I blow dry my hair and just to brush my hair after putting product. I feel like any can do. Same with a detangler comb. As long as it’s not aggressive and breaking your hair, any can work.
- Round Brush: Spornette Ion Fusion Aerated Brush
- Paddle Brush: Wet Brush Paddle
- Comb: Detangler Comb (Similar)
Putting heat on your hair is always a risk. Regardless of how much product you use, there will always be some damage. Choosing the right tools that can at least minimize that can make a big difference. Hot tools can be very pricey. I tried to pick medium range tools that worked well but didn’t hurt my wallet. For me, Conair has always been a solid brand. I bought the blow dryer and straightener at Target and have lasted a few years. The blow dryer gets hot enough but not super intense even on the highest option. Since I try to do loose waves, I have a 1 1/2 inch curler. I don’t leave it on my hair too long since I don’t want a defined curl so I just got the first curler I saw was affordable.
- Blow Dryer: Conair Infiniti Pro Hair Dryer
- Straightener: Conair Flat Iron (Similar)
- Curler: Hot Tools Curling Iron (Similar)
These are more miscellaneous things that I use. I never thought about a shampoo brush before but I got one from Vanity Planet and I believe it made a big difference. In the shower, while shampooing, I use it to massage my scalp and make sure my hair is getting lathered. Some say it stimulates hair follicles so I believe that since my hair has grown tons. Another thing is headbands. I don’t use them for fashion. Instead, when I have natural hair and don’t want to pull it up (which can cause damage) I tuck my hair into a headband. It looks nice but also gives a nice curl once you take it down.
Products and Process
Products are a big thing when it comes to nice hair. It’s such a hit or miss process. I’ve gone through so many products and finally settled on things I know work for me. This is the hardest aspect to get right and can also get pricey. A tip is to get sample sizes and see how they work on your hair first so you’re not spending on full sizes that you won’t use. Finding the right products can make or break your routine. Also, I did get regular trims, which seems to be against the whole growing out your hair but trust me, it helps and keeps your hair looking healthy.
I’ve taken care of my natural hair a lot more since I want my curls to come back. This means I have applied a lot less heat and leave my hair natural 90% of the time. I got to work with SheaMoisture before because they have a line catered to curly hair. These are still my go-to products. The shampoo hydrates my hair without stripping it and the conditioner keeps it hydrated. I tend to keep it simple with my natural hair so it can do its own thing but want to make sure my curls are intact.
When it comes to curly hair, I make sure to do every process and follow exactly what the product directs. SheaMoisture makes products exactly for hair needs and it works amazing. In the shower, I only use shampoo and conditioner and don’t add anything else. During the shampoo, I use the shampoo brush I mentioned above. Then I use the conditioner as recommended and rinse out.
- Shampoo: SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo
- Conditioner: SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner
Immediately after my shower, I put products on. I squeeze out excess water before I get out of the shower and do not towel dry. After I part my hair down the middle into two sections and use the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I use a prayer hands motion to spread the product on my hair but not crush the curls. To end it, I spray the Garnier Fructis Beach Chic spray just to give it a tousled hold. Then I just let it air dry and let the curls do their thing.
- Smoothie: SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
- Beach Spray: Garnier Fructis Styling De-Constructed Beach Chic
Blow Dried/Styled Hair
Lately, I only style my hair if I have some important outing coming up. When I style it I put more product to keep it healthy and not get really damaged by the heat. Surprisingly, finding the products for heat/styling my hair was the hardest. This is because I really wanted to keep it healthy and make sure I wasn’t spending on products that didn’t really help. Here’s what worked for me.
For this, I also do just use shampoo and conditioner. Since my hair was fried and dried, Redken’s All Soft was my go-to and still is. It has kept my hair soft and manageable, which you can feel immediately in the shower. Again, I just use these as recommended by the directions and use my shampoo brush during the shampooing process.
Since I blow dry my hair after showering, it’s so important to start putting the products quickly. While it’s damp, I spray on the Bumble & Bumble primer and the Not Your Mother’s smoothing cream and brush out my hair. After a few minutes, I add my favorite Redken heat protection oil and begin to blow dry my hair. I blow dry my hair in sections until it’s silky and straight. Then I go in with a curler and curl most of it and shake it off to create looser waves. That’s my go-to hairstyle.
- Primer: Bumble & Bumble Tonic Primer
- Smoothing Cream: Not Your Mother’s High Moisture Smoothing Cream
- Heat Protection Oil: Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry
Hope my tips on how to grow healthy long hair help you out. It’s been a long process to get here and even a long process to maintain. But I have seen the big difference in my hair and how much it has grown.
What are some ways you keep your hair healthy?