I recently got a blowout. The last time I blew out my hair was back in early 2014. So I didn’t know how long my hair actually was (shrinkage is real!). I was pleasantly surprised to see that when completely straight, my hair reaches below my shoulders. (I don’t have a good picture of this). I had to get it trimmed because it had been a while since I had done that too *insert see-know-evil monkey emoji here.* But overall I’m loving the new length. It’s a game changer for me. I’ve got a bunch of new hair options open to me!
So here’s what I did to make it grow…
- I waited about two years, which might be a lot for two inches LOL. The picture on the left was taken back in 2014 (the last time I trimmed my hair! shame on me!). The one on the right was taken in December of 2016. I’ve heard several people say that patience is an essential ingredient for hair growth and they’re right. For me, not thinking about the length of my hair at all has been key! With clip-ins and wigs at my disposal, length has never been something I actually thought about. But now that I have a little length, I’m not mad at it :).
- I did practically nothing to it. My hair routine is practically non-existent. I like to keep things simple because, I just don’t have the time or care to do much to my hair. Over the past year or so, I’ve generally stuck to buns, clip-ins and occasional braid-outs. I’ve also reduce how often I style my hair. So it’s not messed with so much.
Now that I’m starting to see more of the possibilities of my hair, I’m motivated to take better care of it. And ironically, blow outs are teaching me that braiding my hair every night isn’t so bad (more on this to come). That said, I have a couple new year’s hair resolutions:
- I’m going to start deep conditioning. I know, it’s bad that I don’t. I always intend to do it, but never get around to it.
- I think I’m going to start washing it more often, especially because wash day is the day I can really give my hair moisture.
So, net-net: you don’t need a crazy complex hair routine to grow your hair. You just need patience. But I do think that consistently doing the basics (washing regularly, detangling, wearing a scarf at night and deep conditioning) can keep your hair healthy, and increase your chances for growth. Hopefully, at the end this year, I’ll be writing to confirm this!