It’s been some time since I’ve done both a beauty round-up and personal check-in post here. So let’s do that today.
So for about two years, I’d been experiencing little to no hair growth, as well as extreme damage to my hair. I’m attributing this to a few things – stress, over-processing and dying my hair, diet, and possibly even a COVID side effect? At this exact time last year my hair was only at my chin. Now, for about five years I’ve maintained a blonde bob which I have loved (my natural hair is thick and brunette). It would always grow, but it simply stopped. And to be very honest, this lack of hair growth really affected my self-esteem. As much as we may try to fight it, so much of our confidence comes from our physical appearance, and I was certainly feeling it. It’s funny, this was a topic I really wanted to write about and share, but was too self-conscious to even begin.
So after a great deal of patience and trying seemingly every product on the market (I’ve spent more money on hair products than I care to admit), I finally making noticeable progress. It may not look like too much and there is still a long way to go, but my hair is thicker, healthier and longer than it was a year ago. In the past few months, I’ve had more hair growth than I’ve had in a long time.
So with that being said, I wanted to share the things that have been helping me on this journey. I am obviously no medical professional (could you imagine???) and everyone is different, so just go into this knowing that. What worked for me may not work for someone else. And finally I wanted to mention that there are no affiliate links or sponsored products in this post – these are all my own opinions and experiences. <3
And as for my goals right now – just to continue growing my hair, get it to a healthier place and hopefully fully get back to my natural color (before deciding what to do next 😉).
We’ll begin with some of the more well-known solutions when it comes to hair growth and restoration. I personally would begin here before spending a ton of moolah.
- Washing my hair less
- No heat – I rarely if ever straighten my hair.
- Not dying my hair – I haven’t seen my natural hair color in probably a decade, as I have consistently dyed it. I would say now my hair is half of my natural color which is just insane to me. I’m just so happy to see growth I don’t mind the out-of-control roots.
- Diet – Like with skincare, I’ve found that with growing my hair working internally and on my gut health has been effective. This means eating foods like avocados, nuts and spinach. I usually get these foods in my system with a smoothie each morning.
I’ve been taking these gummy vitamins, which contain Vitamins A, C, D, E, Bs, biotin & folic acid, daily for +6 months.
And while we’re here, it’s also worth noting that the Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid is another fantastic beauty product.
I bought these after someone mentioned them in a Facebook group and I have noticed a huge difference in the three months I’ve been taking them. Perhaps it’s the combo of the Olly vitamins and these? Either way, I love these.
I use every time I shampoo and condition.
Olaplex – Nº.3 Hair Perfector & Nº.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
It has been a few months since I last used Olaplex, but I did enjoy these two products when I was consistently using them.
And finally, patience.
Below are some products others have recommended as having helped them in their hair growth journey:
- Rosemary oil
- Castor oil
- Vegamour – I actually have tried Vegamour and found that it didn’t work great for me, but others swear by it.
- Nu Skin
- Moon Juice
- Pre-natal vitamins – yes, even if you’re not trying to get pregnant!
Again I really want to emphasize that the items above are what’s been working for me and that these are my own opinions.
If you’ve had any success with these or any other items, shoot me a DM! <3