Wednesday, January 20, 2016

How to grow (and keep) long, healthy hair

I have a love/hate relationship with the length of my hair. It's actually pretty funny when I think about it- because I function on a pretty predictable cycle. I grow my hair out long, then get bored and want to do something drastic. I wimp out of anything drastic and just go for a shoulder-length cut. Then I try to grow my hair out again. Actually committing that to words makes me realize how crazy it all is- but it's true! Each time I get to the long length stage, I'm flooded with questions of how I maintain my hair, so I thought I'd share some of my best tips on how to grow long and healthy hair with y'all!
Let me start by saying that I'm blessed with thick strands of hair, and plenty of it! So my specific approach to hair has proven to be successful for me but may be different in some ways for those with thinner hair or fine strands. Aside from those details, these tips should be universal to help you along the path to becoming a long haired goddess!

The type of shampoo and conditioner you use matters. This is a natural place to start, as your shower products set the tone for the rest of your hairstyle. I have used many different brands and kinds of shampoo which has lead me to the realization that the type matters. I recommend starting your hair off with an oil-based shampoo. I'm currently using an argan oil based shampoo (read a full review here) but I've also obsessed over my macadamia oil shampoo. This helps keep my hair saturated with moisture from the very start and works to smooth out its coarse texture.

Use a gentle blow dryer when you use one. I've heard that the #1 source of heat damage for your strands comes from the blow dryer you use. Not what I expected, but I understand it! I love my Chi blow dryer and can seriously notice a difference after use as compared to my previous model. It not only dries my hair faster, but it's softer and smoother afterwards. I try to use the low heat setting when possible, and use a large round brush to avoid blasting one section of hair for too long. However, I try to air dry my hair to avoid this damage all together!

Pick your products carefully. Currently, I'm using a couple different products throughout my styling routine that contribute to the health of my hair. I typically use a smoothing serum, a heat protectant, and a hair oil to finish off my look! If you use heat to style your hair, make sure at least one component of your style routine has some protection in it. Also- I try to find products that provide moisture without weighing my hair down. So I tend to stick with the oils and serums. But remember- a little goes a long way with these products. Mixing and matching here tends to give me the best results when I'm finished!

Schedule regular trims. While this is an important part of keeping your ends healthy, I have to disclose that I don't usually keep up with this. My hair grows slowly and I find that my hair routine prevents split ends for a long while. Depending on your own hair, trims every 8-12 weeks will keep your ends fresh and hair healthy. I should probably make an appointment soon!

Deep condition sparingly. There are some awesome deep conditioning products out there and some fabulous DIY options that can help keep your hair looking healthy. I am a firm believer in these, but my advice is to do them no more than once a week. I will do this in replacement of my typical conditioner and make sure that my hair is rinsed thoroughly after use.

Shop some of my favorite superhero hair care items below:

Did I miss any crucial tips? What are your favorite hair products?


  1. I loved reading all your tips. I need to be better about deep conditioning my hair more often and getting trims. I Think I'll go ahead and schedule a trim now that I am thinking about it.

  2. So true to these tips! It took me years to find the right shampoo and conditioner for me. :-) And for me personally- I never blow dry unless I absolutely have to! Air-dry all the way!

    xoxo A

  3. Thanks for sharing your favorite tips. I struggle with keeping my hair healthy and one of the biggest improvements I've noticed is skipping the blow dryer whenever possible. I love curling my hair so I try to only blow dry once a week to minimize the heat damage. Deep conditioners are definitely helpful, I like to add coconut oil to the ends every month or so for extra moisture too!

  4. Such great advice! I totally can say I could through that same cycle of long hair and short hair. Thanks for sharing!


  5. I love these tips! My hair is finally starting to grow after being basically a certain length for years and I love it! I never blow dry, straighten or anything; no heat!

    Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  6. You hair does look super healthy and shiny! I always get asked about how I grow my hair out as well but honestly it's just so thick it never gets damaged. I also take precautions like never blow drying my hair and using heat protectant before I curl it!


  7. I had no idea that hair dryers that are less-damaging existed! I'll definitely have to look into that because I use my blowdryer every day!

    Kayla |

  8. I really need this! I am growing my hair out for my wedding, so I'm ready to start doing this! Saving it so I remember to use try different shampoos!

  9. Love this idea and these products for healthy hair!

  10. I have heard wonderful things about both the Argan oil and Moroccan oil hair products, but always resist shelling out the money for them because of their higher price tag.

  11. This is such great advice! My hair is mid length right now and I really want to grow it longer.

    ​​xx katie // a touch of teal

  12. I use Oribe shampoo and conditioner and I swear my hair has been so much healthier and shinier! I love getting trims... they're therapeutic (haha) and I always get a blow dry after so thats good!


  13. Lovely lovely tips, I will definitely check your product recommendations as I also have thick hair :)

    Much Love Rx

  14. I swear by OGX Biotin & Collagen products! I've used them for two years now, and they make my hair grow so fast. I typically go to bed with wet hair, but when I dry my hair, I use Kenra blow dry spray! Loved these tips :)

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass


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