I'm lucky enough to have hair that grows really fast, but for a few years (2007-2009 to be precise), my hair barely grew at all, leaving me with a bob hair cut I grew to hate. As my hair has now returned to normal, growing at a freakishly fast rate (not rubbing it in, promise!), I often get people asking how I grew my hair faster, so I'm going to tell all.
Let's go back to the beginning of my stunt in hair growth. Never before had I worried about trying new styles and colours with my hair. I'd often go to the hairdresser and instruct they chop off up to 20cm to try a new look, not because I'd been dumped or wanted to reinvent myself, but because I could and knew it would grow back in 6-8 months, max. But then I started doing this to my hair.
Yep, bleach ahoy. My hair does not like bleach it turns out, and started breaking like crazy. I had to dye it back to a closer-to-my-natural-brown shade and cut it into a super short bob (ear lobe length). I hated this and cried like a baby after a haircut that involved, at it's shortest, 5cm layers which stuck up like I was in 'The Little Rascals'. My hair was so damaged, it literally took nearly 2 years to grow it past my shoulders (something that used to only take about 6 months).
It was really starting to get me down, slightly superficial, yes, but something I'm sure others can relate to. So I tried to look into things that would make my hair grow faster, and weirdly enough a few weeks later someone from Seven Seas offered to send me Femibion Radiance. While I love a good multivitamin, I've never tried the classic hair, skin and nail tablets. After a couple of months of taking the tablets everyday my hair really started to grow again, I kid you not. And I didn't really post it at the time as it felt too much like a sponsored post (which this definitely isn't), and the product really did work for me. They seem a bit tricky to track down now, but I've found them here.
But that wasn't all I did, the other things that really work to grow your hair faster are:
- Don't use heat: Put down the hairdryer, the straighteners and the curling wands and let her dry naturally while using non-heat styling or curling techniques.
- Don't dye: Colouring your hair can add shine at first, but give your hair a break now and again. Try semi-permanents instead if you can't beat the bottle.
- Don't wash everyday: Act like you're at a festival and wash your hair as little as possible. I usually go 2-3 days between washes and use dry shampoo on the in-between days.
By Carina Sullivan