A few weeks after cutting my hair to the lowest length I have ever had, my excitement at my boldness and new hair cut was suddenly drowned, by the realisation that my hair would not be long enough to wear in its natural state on my wedding day next year!
Now I love a well done weave, and could of course get a sew-in using hair similar to the texture of my natural hair, but how boring would that be? A hair growth challenge sounds a lot more exciting and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing for the new year, challenging myself to some serious hair growth [post on its way!].
In the meantime, whilst I make the final edits to my ‘2015 speedy hair growth’ post, I thought I’d share my recent hair inspiration and stalking antics. I’ve been following this group of ladies for some time now and it’s fair to say they are bosses when it comes to hair growth and retention! So get your pen and paper at the ready, what are these ladies doing that you could take into the new year?
Here we go…
I love finding long haired ladies who are open about sharing their tips and tricks for hair growth and retention, Ms Robin is one of them. Two weeks ago she told her insta followers what she felt had contributed to her hair length and retention. Did I mention she went from shoulder length to waist length in just three years and is an avid exerciser?!
“ I started a healthy natural hair journey /waist length hair challenge in January 2010. I was shoulder length at that time. I am 5 foot 9. I achieved waist length December 2012 (so it took 3 years). My new goal is hip length. Cut back on the direct heat – you can not flat-iron and blow dry your hair frequently and expect to retain length. Your hair is gonna grow and break right off. Be gentle – you can not man handle your hair all the time and expect it to last on your head for years. Also, be careful of anything that puts strain on your hair (ex: super tight braids and weaves). One of my favourite tips is leave your hair alone. I noticed early on in my hair journey that excessive combing, brushing and manipulation of the hair in general did not contribute to retention. In fact it does the opposite “
“I haven’t combed my natural hair in 2 years but it’s longer than hip length“
As crazy as it may sound several long hair ladies ,  swear by the results of finger detangling. I myself have seen my hair thrive over the past few months from only using my detangling tool once a week. I’m still on the fence about completely getting rid of it but I’m not far off, who knows perhaps I’ll give it a try in the new year. Detangling tools, as great as they are, can also wreak a lot of havoc on our strands if used too often. It’s definitely worth trying your hand at finger detangling as often as you possibly can.
Besides the occasional biotin supplement in the past, I was never brave enough to fully commit myself to hair supplements but Courtney may have just changed my mind! I don’t know about you but it’s not just the length that has me drooling but how healthy her hair looks, all of which she says is thanks to her own developed brand of Manetabolism Vitamins. I had a good gander on her site to find out how the supplements differ to that of brands such as Hairfinity. Here is what she had to say:
” Manetabolism was created and formulated by a physician and nurse team. To understand vitamin deficiency and its relationship to slow hair growth, one must understand the anatomy and physiology of the body. Manetabolism is a comprehensive dietary supplement designed to provide your body with the proper vitamin nourishment to maximize hair growth, thickness and health; while simultaneously boosting your energy level and strengthening your immune system. Every ingredient was selectively chosen not only by its beneficial relationship to what it has to offer the hair, but the body as a whole. Here at The Mane Choice we dig much deeper than hair. We understand that a healthier inside WILL show from the outside! ”
I came to learn about this holistic beauty after stumbling across her DIY Onion Juice Hair Growth Recipe. Of course I was immediately sold as to this being one of the reasons behind all of her gorgeous hair. I’ve been meaning to whip up a scalp treat containing onions, garlic and horsetail so that my hair can indulge in the cocktail of sulphur and silica. I’ve got a few weeks to figure out a low stink recipe… Wish me luck!
For those of you who have been here with me on this journey for some time you’ll definitely know this amazing lady already. Jen of JustGrowAlready is an absolute all rounder and her hair journey speaks for itself. It’s hard for me to pinpoint one hair secret or tip because there are so many! It’s her regimen on the whole that owes to her long and luscious locks, from her famous tea rinses to low heat regimen and commitment to protective styling, she really is the perfect one stop shop for everything you need to baby your hair to greatness. Definitely check out her blog!
So that’s it from me till my next post, I think aiming for waistlength by August 2015 will be too far a stretch but I’m definitely banking on some of these tips to get myself to bra strap length at least!
What do you think, anything new you’ll be taking into the new year?