About a year and a half ago, I wrote a post about how I learned to grow hair faster, which detailed how I got my normally slow-growing hair to change course and start growing much quicker. (You can read it here.) This turned out to be the most popular post I’ve ever written for my blog. I surely wasn’t expecting that, but that’s great. I’m glad to have been able to help so many of you, and it seems this subject resonates with so many of my readers.
I want to be sure to mention first thing: I do not have amazingly perfect movie star hair. I don’t want to give the impression that I do. What happened is, my hair was shoulder-length, thin, limp, slow-growing, and damaged, and now it’s long, growing quicker than it ever has, thicker, and healthier. Some people are just blessed with genetically fantastic hair – that’s really not me. I just kind of tried to figure out a way to get my hair to look the best it’s ever looked, and I want to share that with you, in case you were not born with movie star hair either. It’s totally possible to get your hair on the right track!
In the post I mentioned earlier, I made a list of several things that I started trying that made a big difference in my hair growth. As I said, my hair was about shoulder length, although it wasn’t really in healthy shape. I had gone through some health struggles and wasn’t really taking much great care of my hair, but I wanted to change all that. So I kind of plunged in, giving lots of care and attention to growing out my hair.
I did that for about a year and a half. My hair is now pretty long, for me. It’s the longest it’s been since middle school. I have also had frequent trims, trying to get rid of the older damaged ends, and it’s still long. I’m loving my long hair. I feel like I can do so much with it, and on Pinterest/YouTube there are so many amazing styles and tips and tricks. It’s fun.
But here’s what happened. I believe all those things I listed in my previous post were beneficial to grow hair faster, but there were so many to remember, that I couldn’t keep up with all of them! I had to pare it down to what I could handle, long term. And I was hoping that my original post wouldn’t overwhelm people – that my readers would see it as a sort of cafeteria they could pick and choose from and see what worked for them.
So, this post is an attempt to update on my hair growth. Is it still growing fast? Yep. I still want to keep growing it too. But like I said, I’ve toned down my efforts considerably. And yet… it still grows.
A year and a half later, this is what is working for me, in a low-maintenance fashion. If you want to get down to the nitty-gritty on how to grow hair faster, this is it. These are what I would choose after many months of experimenting. This post might be kind of long, so be prepared for lots of explaining. My hope is to help you get the hair you’ve been wanting, as effortlessly as possible. It will take some effort, but make sure your efforts have the biggest bang.
How to Grow Hair Faster, Part II
1.) I told you about how I stopped using shampoo. Boy, has that been an interesting ride. Am I still no-poo? YES!!!!! I’m convinced that dropping commercial shampoo has been one of the biggest contributors to grow hair faster. I think commercial shampoo just hurts our hair and scalp in the long run. (I know, I know, some people are not going to like to hear that! But it’s just my opinion after finding out what has worked for me and seeing such a difference.)
I started off with diluting baking soda (like this one in particular) in water, and washing my hair, followed up with a diluted white vinegar rinse. This worked for me the best in the beginning, because I feel like I needed to do a lot of cleansing and removing buildup. And believe it or not, baking soda can be very cleansing to hair! Like, squeaky clean cleansing. Now I use a different method (getting there in a sec), but when I need to get some oily goop out of my hair, I go to baking soda/vinegar to get, like I said, squeaky clean.
I started reading about water only washing, and that really intrigued me. It sounded so effortless. Just rinse with water! Leave your hair’s natural conditioning oils in! No need to use any products for cleaning! Well, I tried that. There was a big problem with that. A big, oily, mineral-y, residue-y problem: hard water. Ugh! Water quality has a ton to do with your hair’s health. So, due to our hard water, I’ve been using a technique called Acid Only Washing that has worked really well for me, where I still retain a lot of my hair’s natural oils. I will detail my process some other time in a later post, so that this one doesn’t get longer than it’s going to already be.
So yes, a huge contributor in my efforts to grow hair faster is dropping commercial shampoo. So weird, but true. I would look into it if you’re desiring your best hair. There are tons of ways to clean and rinse hair, involving anything from vinegar to certain herbs and flours, to eggs, and even conditioner.
Even though I enjoy making homemade stuff, I don’t always have the time, opportunity, or motivation to mix something up. When that happens, I will use Morrocco Method products (SUPER clean and healthy shampoos, conditioners, serums, etc.), and sometimes Shea Moisture products for ease when I’m traveling. They have both worked wonderfully for me.
My favorite Morrocco Method products are actually their conditioners. You can find those here.
Morrocco Method makes a Diamond Crystal Mist conditioner, which is a leave-in conditioning spray. What I love best about this conditioner is that it actually has liquefied quartz incorporated into the ingredients along with some nourishing oils. I just love stuff like that. It really nourishes my hair. They also have a Sapphire Volumizing Mist conditioner, which is very similar, and my hair loves it! You can also use both of these sprays as a natural deodorant, or a makeup finishing spray. Cool.
Try any of these healthier shampoos or products out, homemade or pre-made, and see which work best for you!!
If you think about it, commercial shampoo which seems so normal to us, has only been around for the last hundred years or so. It’s absolutely not essential for having beautiful hair!
2) Rosemary essential oil. Again, I had to pare my routine down. I just went with what was quick and required little effort. Since I was already no-poo, that part was easy to keep up. So next I started simply massaging my scalp the night before I washed with a few drops of high quality rosemary essential oil. It can easily be diluted with a little coconut oil or fractionated coconut oil. This was only twice a week, but I could tell a difference. Also, I sell essential oils and was working with a lady on my team whose teenage daughter was dealing with her hair falling out in circular patches. She started applying rosemary (the kind I sell, NOT from Amazon or the health food store), and experienced regrowth, which was so exciting. Rosemary is so wonderful for regenerating hair follicles.
Pregnant and nursing women, and those prone to seizures, should NOT use rosemary essential oil, FYI.
Again, since this was used on my scalp, a very absorbent part of the body, I only would use the highest quality rosemary. Do not use Amazon or health store oils which are often adulterated or lesser quality. Please, ’cause I love you readers! <3 Click here to learn more about essential oils and the brand I recommend!
3. Hair, Skin, and Nails. I’m sure you’ve heard of the It Works brand, which sells supplements and wraps. I use their wraps and gels for help with my diastasis recti surgery site. (A little more information on that here.) So, I became a distributor many months ago and started trying out their other products, specifically Hair, Skin, and Nails.
This supplement was by far the easiest way to maintain fast hair growth. It is so very easy to pop a few vitamins. I stopped using the biotin and just started using this, and since I was a member I was getting the cheapest prices. It was so worth it for me. My goal of growing my hair longer, thicker, and faster, was easily realized by taking these.
In fact, when readers would email me asking what to do to grow hair faster, most often I would simply recommend the Hair, Skin, and Nails. It’s just so easy, and it works, and works well. Here’s a before and after I took. I knew I wanted to document so I could see if there was a difference. I was very pleased with the results. I didn’t trim my hair, and both photos were taken with wet hair so I could get a better picture of how long my hair was getting. I took these pics at different times of the day, so it looks like my hair is different colors, but it’s not. It’s just the lighting.
I was kind of shocked. Can you believe that difference? That is before and after a one month supply of Hair, Skin, and Nails. I can’t promise the results will be the same for everyone, but this was enough for me. So I just keep using it daily. You can order the HSN here, and I would sign up as a loyal customer, so that you can get my prices on it.
>>If you’re wondering how to order, or want to see the product, go to the above link and click: Shop tab at the top, SKIN tab on the left menu, then scroll down until you see the container of Hair, Skin, and Nails.
By the way, these also work wonders for your skin and nails. But I like to keep my nails short and I am always having to clip them.
That’s it. Those are the three MAIN things that keep my hair growing fast now. I love having hair that is finally growing faster and thicker, and it’s nicer now that I’m not trying to keep up with so many things. My hair had always been so SLOW to grow. Now that it’s getting to be longer, I can tell a difference between my older hair and the newer hair that has come in. Here are a few pics from over the course of the last year and a half or so, starting with shoulder length hair. Keep in mind I have trimmed off several inches of damaged hair. Yay for long hair!!
This is after a full day of wearing headband curls. I love headband curls. Takes five minutes, sleep on them, unravel them in the morning, and leaves me voluminous curls for several days. Yes!
By the way, I am horrible about cleaning bathroom mirrors. Sorry.
This is the most recent photo I have of my hair. Yeah, it’s true, my hair would be longer if I hadn’t trimmed several inches off, but I really believe regular trimming is more conducive to longer, healthier hair. Again, with the dirty mirrors.
Friends, it is totally possible for you to grow hair faster!! Take it from me, who always had the slowest-growing hair of all her friends. You can do it, and I am certain you will love your longer, beautiful hair!
P.S. I did stop doing the inversion method to grow hair faster since taking the Hair Skin and Nails, but I still highly recommend it for faster hair growth. I just realized I didn’t have to keep doing it.
Here’s a recent picture after a beer wash. I haven’t been doing the inversion method or anything else, I’m finally happy with the length of my hair! Keep it up, and hang in there! Your hair will get where you want it to be!
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