Hair growth is something that a ridiculous amount of men and women struggle with everyday. Many people dont have a lot of natural compounds within their bodies that are meant to grow their hair. As a result, they are forced to use products or remedies that activitate their hair folicles. I am truly lucky because I personally dont have much of a problem growing my hair out. However, about three years ago while skimming through a magazine, I saw a picture of a woman with a bob hair cut. I thought it looked fantastic on her, so I made the tragic mistake of chopping my own hair off to about the length of my chin. Long story short, I've been trying to grow it out ever since. While it has taken a significantly long time to grow my hair back, there are a few things that I do daily to nourish my locks in the meantime. I know there are many different remidies on the internet, but these 5 steps work for my hair the best and I'll tell you why:
1. Don't wash your hair frequently
I know we’ve all heard that washing your hair everyday strips it of its natural oils and that’s so true! Instead, hair professionals will most likely advise their clients to wash their hair every other day. I love to follow this trend, however I usually stretch the advice and go 4-5 days without washing my hair. I know that sounds sort of gross because by the time I wash it my hair is extremely greasy. Nonetheless, it is super easy for me to do this because I’m required to keep my hair in a bun for work. A lot of women I work with slick back their hair with gel when I only use my natural hair oil to do so. I’ll then wash my hair every weekend and repeat the process. It’s easy for me and saves me money as well!
2. Use horse shampoo
I know a lot of you are thinking, "like actual shampoo for horses?". Yes. Actual horse shampoo. I got this advice from a friend I used to work with. She was Hawaiian so naturally she had long, thick, beautiful hair, and I remember always asking her how she treated it. She told me her family used Mane n' Tail horse shampoo, and that it was worth trying. Its easy to find. I simply buy mine from Target. Its found in the hair section. Some of the benefits of horse shampoo including increased thickness and shine. It never leaves residue in my hair, and ever since I began using it my hair has felt thick with less breakage.
3. Rinse with apple cider vinegar
If you haven't looked up the benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV) then I highly suggest you do so. They range everywhere from weight loss to heart health. Its a sour juice that can be digested as well as used on the body. I only recently just found out the ACV can be used on the hair as a natural conditioner. I liked the idea of that because I try to use as many natural things on my body as possible. I filled a cheap spray bottle with ACV and added tea tree oil for added scent and benefits. I only spray it on my ends and its amazing just how soft it makes my hair!
4. Coconut oil, duh
Okay, who hasn't heard about using coconut oil for damn near everything in the household? Since I keep my hair up almost every single day, I like to pamper it once every week or two. Ill do a full coconut oil treatment on my hair which incudes wetting it and then applying the oil to my entire head and throughout my hair. Ill then wrap up my hair and sleep with the oil in it overnight. This moisturizes my scalp, softens my hair, and stimulates hair growth within my follicles. When I wake up the next morning, I'll wash my hair out and rinse with ACV.
5. Oil for the ends
Split ends are a killer for healthy hair growth, so I use the Ritual of Ayurveda Dry Oil Vata on my ends whenever I get out of the shower. You're probably wondering how I found this oil and much less how to even pronounce it. Well I don't quite know how to pronounce it, but My boyfriend did introduce me to the store that sells it. The place is named Rituals, and it's located in NYC. They sell fragrances and body care products. While visiting there, I met a girl employed there who had me try several different products on my hands including this dry oil. Then she told me the oil can also be used on hair to help prevent split ends. I then naturally proceeded to rub the oil all over my hair in hopes that she was right. The effects of the oils seemed to work so great on my hair that I bought the product a few days later and brought it home with me. I've never regretted that purchase even to this day.