My secrets to growing long, thick, healthy hair

August 11, 2016

I’ve always thought I had the slowest growing hair and was so envious of friends who’s hair grew inches every month. It wasn’t until I made a few key changes that I realized my  hair grows plenty fast, I was just causing so much breakage it couldn’t get past my shoulders! I’m sharing my recipe for long, healthy, thick locks that helped me become a ‘long hair’ person. Enjoy!

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  • Stay away from coloring!

    1. Most of you are going to hate this first one! I know, I know…not all of us are willing to go au natural, but this one change can transform your hair! Unfortunately, when we color our hair (especially highlight), we are stripping our strands of their moisture and breaking down the protein. Our hair is left looking great, but so damaged! I always thought I had the slowest growing hair and was so frustrated it would never grow past my shoulders…I had been highlighting my hair since high school and didn’t realize how fried my strands were. I decided to skip the color the next time I went to the salon, and my hair started to bounce back! It suddenly started growing quickly and got it’s shine back after a few weeks.

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  • Use a wide tooth comb & soft brush

    1. One of the biggest mistakes I used to make was brushing my hair when it was wet. I used to get out of the shower and go crazy on my locks to get all the tangles out. Little did I know I was causing tons of breaks every time I did this…when our hair is wet, our strands can stretch easily and break with little effort. Now I use a very wide tooth comb to carefully comb my hair when it’s wet, and a ‘Tangle Ease‘ brush to use when it’s dry. This will help SO much in reducing breakage.

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  • Use the right products

    1. When it comes to products, there are so many out there it’s hard to know what works and what doesn’t, what’s worth the spend and what’s not, and what’s actually helping or hurting your hair. I’ll take you through a run down of the products I use to maximize my length, fullness, and hair health
      1. Pureology ‘Strength Cure’ shampoo and conditioner : Using a quality and premium shampoo and conditioner does pay off. I’ve recently switched to Pureology and noticed a change in my hair’s moisture, smoothness, and shine within a week. When we use low quality products, the shampoos can strip your hair of it’s natural oils and moisture and the conditioners lack the essential ingredients to put that goodness back in. You’re left with brittle, dry hair that won’t make it past your shoulders. Invest in a quality shampoo and conditioner that you’ll use 2-3 times a week.
      2. Not Your Mother’s ‘Way to Grow’ Leave-In Conditioner : I spray this liberally throughout my hair every time it’s wet before combing. This will nourish and moisturize your strands for easier combing to prevent breakage. Don’t skip this step!!
      3. Amika ‘the Shield’ style extending spray : Although we all want our hairstyles to last all day long, coating our locks in alcohol-based hair sprays is not good for our hair on many levels. The alcohol dries out the strand and the hairspray freezes the hair and limits it’s flexibility. This not only makes your locks brittle and dry and open to breaking easily, but makes your hair stiff and impossible to brush afterwards. I’ve switched to this extending spray by Amika instead of traditional hairspray which gives my hair hold and protection, but keeps it’s flexibility and moisture (and the bottle is super cute!).
      4. R&Co dry shampoo : Dry shampoo is a lifesaver for me that can help you grow long, healthy locks. One factor that can keep your hair from growing long is over washing, and dry shampoo is a great combatant of that. To avoid washing everyday, simply spray a little dry shampoo at your roots and comb through; this will absorb some of your oils and allow you to extend your hairstyle an extra day! Be sure to find a dry shampoo that isn’t sticky or chalky that will cause tangles and stiffness.

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  • Avoid damaging accessories

    1. Another thing that can prevent your hair from growing long and thick is using hair accessories that will physically break strands. When I was playing basketball in college, I use to use 2-3 heavy duty rubber hair ties to secure my ponytail, and then roll a piece of pre-wrap as a headband. I still have little hairs framing my face as a result of the extreme breakage these bands did. Use a soft, ‘no crease’ hair tie and head band when putting your hair up. You’ll avoid ripping your hair out every time you take down your hair and keep those strands intact. (ps. you can buy this elastic by the yard and make your own!)

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  • Let your hair air dry

    1. This tip may also be very unpopular with you guys but it’s a vital step! Every time we bring heat to our hair, we’re drying it out and damaging the strand. Then add a full bristle brush to wet locks and we’re in double trouble. Blowdrying our hair is extremely damaging and will cause a lot of breakage each time. When I have wet hair, I douse it with leave-in conditioner, carefully comb out, and then put it in a loose braid to air dry. This allows the weight of my braid to smoothly dry the hair close to my head and give my hair a little wave and curl from the braid.

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  • Supplement with collagen

    1. So we’ve talked about all the ways to help prevent breakage and condition those lovely locks from the outside, but let’s talk about what you can do to help from the inside! One vitamin that can help is BIOTIN (packed with Vitamin E and C to support nail, skin, and hair health…these Biotin gummies are tasty), but I’ve found better results by taking COLLAGEN tablets. Collagen has several benefits but I’ve noticed mostly that my hair grows much quicker and my eyelashes are longer! Collagen is your body’s key structural protein which is involved in creating strong and healthy hair, nails, bone, muscle, etc…all good things! I buy a large jar of YOUTHEORY brand collagen tablets at Costco and take 3 in the morning and 3 in the evening…then wait and watch your hair grow!

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Hope these insider tips help rescue your hair like it did for me! If you have any questions about products or styling, feel free to email me at Happy hair growing!



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  • Reply Paulina August 11, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Such great tips! I definitely love leaving my hair to air dry and I know for sure it helps a lot! I will be buying some of the products you shared because your hair looks amazing!


  • Reply Kate August 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Hannah, this is so amazing! I’ve been working on growing out my hair for a little while now + this might just be the little extra help I need! 🙂 How do you curl your hair?! I’m obsessed!
    -Kate //

    • Reply August 25, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks Kate!! So I use a wand and simply wraps small pieces around the wand away from the face…super easy!

  • Reply travel August 15, 2016 at 8:38 am

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