I've wanted long hair for as long as I can remember. I use to wear extensions when I was younger, believing I would never be able to grow my hair long and healthy. Mind you I had no idea that food & how you took care of yourself resulted in your physical health... I use to eat junk food, fast food, candy, greasy pizza, lots of dairy, slurpees, the list goes on. I also use to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, take drugs, blow dry my hair, color my hair, straighten my hair, curl my hair, and wash my hair everyday.
When my hair became very brittle, dried out and broken, I decided to cut it up to the bottoms of my ears (well..a little longer than that). I think I cried for up to two weeks about it. I felt ugly, open and exposed. I didn't like myself very much, so showing more of my face and skin brought up a lot of insecurities.
Anyway. After chopping my hair off (a good 12 inches or so?) I decided it was best for the health of my hair if I stopped using heat products. I also stopped coloring it. I let it grow naturally, and I don't think I trimmed it? I may have once and can't remember, but I usually do not get hair cuts.
There are a few products I use on my hair that has helped make it feel soft, healthy, and vibrant. Here's what I use:
1. Nature's Gate Shampoo & Conditioner
I've been using Nature's Gate hair products for a few years now and genuinely like how it makes my hair feel. The conditioner helps to reduce my tangles (and with my long hair, I definitely get them). I only wash my hair about 2 times a week, and that's typically because it needs a good cleaning from me working at the car wash, or I need to get the tangle out.
2. Deep Repair Masque
I use Macadamia Deep Repair Masque once every two weeks. I've used it for over 3 years now. After I wash my hair, I apply it to all of my hair except for the roots, and let it soak in while I rinse myself off and shave my legs. Then I comb it with a wide tooth comb, and rinse out the rest. This leaves my hair super soft and mostly tangle free.
(Marshalls sells them).
3. Detangling Spray
Like I said, my hair gets really tangly, especially at my job. So I spray Johnson's no more tangles all over my head almost every time I wash my hair.
I have one more bottle of this so I've just been trying to finish the product before trying out a new spray. If anyone has any recommendations, please leave a comment below!
4. Conditioning Mist
I use Alba's leave-in conditioning mist along side my detangling spray. I apply this to my ends to keep them soft and loved :) This just adds a few extra self love points to my hair care. It makes me feel good applying this to my hair.
This is my ritual, and I've been following it for over 1 year now. My hair has grown so long, longer than I ever believed it could. (It has taken me over 3 years to grow as long as it has, remember-I started super short)! I also stopped trying so hard, and just let it do its thing. Patience is a huge part of the process. It still takes time to grow, just like anything you begin to "water".
Eating well, exercising, breathing more, moving your body, having fun, healthy supplements, drinking water, all take part in the health of your hair (and body). So if you're trying to grow your hair, support it naturally and as organically as you can. Maybe stop blow drying it and let it air dry. Or stop using heat products. Let it breathe and find its way back to life through your love and care.
Hope this helps a bit.