Confessions of a long hair addict.

My sister Rachel and I are OBSESSED with having long hair.

We haven’t always had long hair and I haven’t always been able to keep it long (sometimes hairstylists think you mean 8 inches when you say 2) or in Rachel’s case you break up with your high school boyfriend and think that means you want a bob. At any rate we have become masters at the art of growing it.

Today I wish to share that art and tell you EVERY SINGLE trick I know, so this is LONG but don’t get overwhelmed, just pick a few of the ones that you think will work for you and go from there!

Biotin & Fish Oil:

 Long hair starts at the root.
{get it here} 

Tangle Teaser

I understand that this brush looks pretty weird, but it’s INCREDIBLE! The whole theory behind it is that it doesn’t rip and pull out your hair it softly “teases” the tangles out. I have a lot of fine hair so it tangles up really easy…in fact my nick name growing up was snare hair. Which was rude…but…well deserved.
{get it here} 

Wen

The first time I saw this stuff was at my boyfriend’s house ( I dislike the word fiance, I feel like I am trying to sound fancy…or french when I use it). Anyway he told me it was a cleansing conditioner and the first thing I though of was

So I didn’t think twice about it until I found myself glued in front of the Wen infomercial months later.  Um, if Alyssa Milano says it’s magical than it must be.
It’s a sulfate free shampoo, meaning it doesn’t strip your hair and dry it out like regular shampoo. Which is great because you can have the best of both worlds. Clean and healthy hair. I ordered it and I have only been using it for a few weeks so I am not sure how long it will be before I want to throw a sulfated shampoo in the mix but after this long my hair still feels clean and soft and so healthy. Oh yeah, and it’s pricey but since it basically replaced everything else I use (conditioner, deep conditioner & shampoo) it’s totally saving me money!
{get it here} 

Stimulate your Scalp.

It’s like a work out for your scalp.
Massage it in the shower, don’t be shy. Get in there and loosen up your scalp.
100 strokes a night with the hair brush, focusing on the scalp not only feels lovely, it stimulates hair growth!

Never ask a Barber if you need a haircut.
Trimming isn’t always winning. 

I grew up with the myth that trimming makes your hair grow faster. Your hair is dead so the idea that trimming it’s ends will inspire it’s roots to put the growing in the high gear is pretty silly. I think the logic behind the idea is that if your hair is SO UNHEALTHY at the ends that it is splitting and breaking off it won’t be getting longer.

The problem is your hair grows about a 1/2″ a month so if you are getting a trim say ever 6 weeks you are probably cutting off everything you just grew. So my thought is: wouldn’t it be better to keep your hair as healthy as possible and then skip the trim? It might be excessive but I usually go 8 months between trims. Sometimes more. Usually more. This is probably the most useful and most controversial piece of hair growing advice I have for you.
The key is the keeping-it-healthy part so here are some ways to do that:

Flat Iron Fanatics BEWARE!

Flat irons scare the begeeses outta me. It’s like a miniature torture chamber for your hair! You really should use these as little as possible. I know for those of you with really curly/frizzy hair that is A LOT to ask but look deep into your soul and ask yourself “do you want perfectly straight hair today or long healthy hair tomorrow?” This applies to curling irons as well. Less is more.
If and when you MUST use one here are a couple tips on maximizing the heat and minimizing the damage:

1. Use a heat protectant
2. Run a comb down right in front of the iron so the hair is all laying the same direction
3. Iron small enough pieces that you only need to go over it ONCE.

Air Dry

If I wanted to invent a machine that’s purpose was to create split ends it would probably look a lot like a blow dryer. Lucky for us embracing your natural hair texture is pretty stylish right now. The key to a good air dry is this little formula I got from my lash girl (who is also a fantastic hairstylist) Latisha:

1. Brush your hair before you hop in the shower and again once you have your conditioner in.
2. Lightly towel dry and apply some hair silker to you hair while very lightly running your fingers through it. (no more brushing once you are out of the shower)

 
3. Leave it the heck alone! If you shower at night put a towel on your pillow and go to bed. If it’s during the day (and this might take practice) DO NOT TOUCH IT. That means: don’t scrunch it, twist it, twirl it, brush it, or fluff it. Hands free until it’s COMPLETELY dry. Then if you want to throw a few curls around your face go ahead. You will be amazed at what a difference it makes.



324 thoughts on “Confessions of a long hair addict.

  1. Thanks so much! I grew my hair out super long for my wedding and for some crazy reason chopped it all off after the wedding. And, I had a hard time using *fiance* too :) I’ll def be trying a lot of these!

    • Hi, I am working on growing my hair out. What I am having issues with right now is only washing my hair 2-3 times a week. I use Dermorganic cleansing conditioner and the hair masque that goes along with it a couple of times a week and I am trying to only cleanse my hair every other day, however, my hair gets really oily looking and it looks gross, please help me!!!! :/

      • You can rid the oils with baby powder! Your hair will look like its just been washed and will have volume..! But dont use too much especially if you have dark hair.. if it gets too much in spots just brush it out until it disappears!

        • i have a question – i HAVE to wash my hair everyday – i work at an aggregate pit and when i get home my hair is filthy and i have dirt on my scalp – iv put it up, braided it, worn hats but it doesn’t make a difference – any suggestions of what shampoo i can use? i also have hard water so i do the cider vinegar rinse and i do a hot oil treatment once a week – oh i have med length dark thick wavy hair if that make a difference – thanks!

          • Are you using your conditioner from root to ends? If so, try only putting your conditioner from mid saft to ends. It makes a difference.

          • Tammy
            Im a hairdresser and I often have clients who tell me they wash their hair everyday because they produce too much oil to skip. Your scalp is an extension of the skin on your face. If we over wash our face it overproduces oil. The scalp does the same thing. You have to break the cycle of over washing. start with one day, maybe a sunday when you wont be out in public so much, and try a million dry shampoos til you find one you love. I use suave dry shampoo and I also have thick wavy hair. Its 4 dollars at cvs. Find awesome thick headbands…. they will hide your roots. Also a product by Living Proof called Prime extends the life of your blow out by repelling dirt, oil and odors. Its one of my secret tools.

          • I read somewhere that if you have to wash your hair everyday try using shampoo and conditioner one night then wash your hair with just conditioner for a few night then shampoo again. I do it. The conditioner cleanses your hair without drying it out. Just make sure to rinse it all out completely or it will leave your hair greasy.

        • Hi, I have thinner hair but I have a lot of it! My hair produces oil a lot and I feel the need to wash it everyday. I know I shouldn’t but I don’t know how to make my hair look less greasy between washes. Do u recommend anything that would mask the oil AND make my hair smell clean?

          • For me, so I don’t have to wash it so much, use baby powder!! It does wonders. It completely gets rid of all the grease. Though for you brunettes out there, be careful and put it on very slowly, rub in, then add some more. Because it will make your hair color all weird. Blondes, lather it onnnnn(:

          • I have the same problem. My hair is thin but there is a lot of it and it’s decently long, but the roots get so oily and since I have brown hair and light skin it’s a little obvious. I wash my hair every other day with a shampoo (head and shoulders, nothing too fancy) and use about a pea-sized dollop of leave in conditioner. I dry my hair with a tshirt (it’s less abrasive and doesn’t dry out my scalp). And then once every week or two I prewash condition my hair with virgin coconut oil. It’s really all trial and error but this seems to work for me :)

          • I have the same problem. my hair is super thick but also super fine. its very very straight and silky. it also gets oily very quickly. i use to wash it every day as a result, but i find washing it every other morning works best. this way you’re only washing it 3-4 times a week but it looks cleaner longer.

        • It’s better to use arrow root powder. Baby powder is not good for you. If you have dark hair, you can mix in cinnamon and/or cocoa powder!

      • Im doing the same thing! I have wavy hair so it says im only supposed to wash it once a week but also said to try using a dry shampoo. They work really well if you don’t want to go with baby powder.

        • I had that problem before too. Just recently though I switched from regular shampoo to baking soda and vinegar. I know it sounds weird but shampoo strips your hair of its natural oil so you hair is less protected and less healthy. Switching to baking soda is probably the best thing I have ever done for my hair. I only wash it once or twice a week. It was a little greasy for a week when I first started, but my hair is thicker and healthier than ever. I still use a deep conditioner once every two weeks, but after the baking soda I use apple cider vinegar as a conditioner (it seals the ends and prevents breakage and splits).

          • So I have a question How do you go about washing your hair with baking soda and apple cider vingear. I am a total believe that it will work because my mom always used to tell me to wash my hair with vingaer for a healthier scalp. So is there a certain way you mix the baking soda? I totally need your help guys because my engagement is only 9 months away and my hair is sad :( HELP!!!!!

        • Or you can do what African Americans (with naturally long hair) call a “Co wash”. That’s when we only wash our hair with a light conditioner to get the oil out without drying your hair out. The other thing you can do is go get a tint bottle (from Sally’s or someplace), put in a few tbsp of a non sulfate shampo mixed w/ water, then lather your hair w/ conditioner and while it’s still on the strands of your hair just use the shampoo in the tint bottle to clean your scalp! Then rinse everything out! The conditioner will protect the hair strands from getting dry while the shampoo to the scalp gets the scalp clean and the shampoo run off will mildly clean your strands w/o drying them out! Try it! Good luck! :-)

      • For girls with oily hair….>>This will be a lifesaver!

        A little trick I learned from my sister & a friend of mine. Use BABY POWDER!! Put some into your hands then stick your fingers under the first few layers of hair/roots & rub upwards toward your scalp! and BAM. Instant clean look. TONS of volume.. works so Amazing…. And don’t be afraid to use a lot. At absolute worse you can always comb out. But it works Soooo Good!!!

        **dry shampoo doesn’t work for me, so this is what I started doing :] and now many of my friends too!

        -Use on either clean hair for VOLUME, or oily hair for CLEAN look!

        • Have you guys heard that if you mix prenatal vitamins in your shampoos I herd that works also rather then taking them by mouth because you sprout little hairs EVERYWHERE

    • im going to try all of the above – i ordered the pills off amazon so i should be getting them soon! – my hair always stops growing at my bra strap and it drives me nuts! i cant wait to see if this all works! its going to be hard not to touch my hair after i shower though wish me luck lol

  2. I just ordered Wen and can’t wait to try it. I hope it also helps my daughter (almost 3). She hates having her hair washed, brushed, touched, looked at or spoken about. Seriously she’s eyeballing me right now cause she can sence that I am typing about it. I hoping the Wen will help with the dryness and frizz.

      • Oh I know, I am obsessed with it! My son gets food in my hair from time to time (gross) and I use the tangle teazer to get through the rest of my day!

  3. Great advice!! I cut my hair short once and will never do it again!! I cried (and sometimes still do) about it because it has taken forever to grow back! Where on earth did you get your Star Wars sweatshirt!!??

    • Great tips – I totally agree about the trims! It’s so much better to keep your hair healthy.
      On a more important note (and to echo Jillianne!) where did you get the Star Wars shirt?! Love.

      • @forever 21…sadly we got them last year and they don’t have them any more :( But check in like a month cause sometimes they repeat styles.

  4. Cassie,

    Your daughter eyeballing you is absolutely hilarious! I bet she does in fact sense what you’re typing!

    When my hair was also super long, I focused on keeping it healthy instead of the regular trim. In my opinion, there is nothing worse (in the hair world) than damaged, unhealthy long hair. It’s better to have a healthy, cute short cut in those cases.

    At any rate, I found that using a very small amount of virgin coconut oil as a leave in conditioner really makes your hair feel great and protects it from damage. I would apply it when my hair was still wet and I would start at the ends. Use about as much as you would a heat protectant. A little goes a long way and gives your hair a nice, light hint of coconut :-)!

  5. Thank you for your insightful tips — your hair is proof enough for me! I love that everything is you suggest is realistic & achievable for all of your readers. One question: what do you think of only shampooing your hair 2-3 x a week as it relates to total hair health & stimulating growth (as opposed to maintaining color)? I’ve always been told to forgo shampooing every time I shower as it strips color faster & tends to dry my naturally dry hair. I’ve followed this advise despite feeling like my hair isn’t totally clean (I tend to use a good amount of product). Also, very interested in trying Wen… Please do a product review! Would be great if you compared it to other salon quality brands (i.e. B&B/Pureology). Thank you — absolutely LOVE your blog.

    • I think that shampooing 2-3 times a weeks is the best for hair health and for color maintenance. You can still keep your scalp healthy by massaging and brushing at night. I will do a review! I like to use it for a while first because I hate when I jump the gun on loving a product and then realize it’s not as good as I thought. Thanks girl!

  6. k i am so jealous of yours and your sister’s hair….. I’m in the process of growing mine out :/ i love these tips. i am a hair dresser myself and i agree 100% with everything. except i have never used wen. i have had clients ask me about it though. keep us updated on how it’s working for you! i’d love to know.
    ps. umm where did your sister get her BATMAN shirt?! love iT! my husband is obsessed so he has to let me buy it. :)

    • we got them @forever 21. i checked and they don’t have them anymore… BUT they had some other really cute ones! :)

  7. Hi! I look forward to trying some of these. I have tried Biotin and it made me sick! : / I am confused by your trim tips. If you do not get a regular trim, your split ends break therefore cutting your hair off. I think that is why they say it makes it grow longer because it is not breaking away. and it just looks better once its trimmed and you have less to cut off each time because you don’t have as many split ends.

    • I think her point was that if you keep your hair healthy enough, it won’t split at the ends and need trimming. This is something I’ve discovered too; I didn’t have my hair trimmed for 10+ months and my hair had no split ends when I finally went in to get it cut.

    • Biotin can react with other medications and vitamins if taken in large doses. Take biotin with food, and your other medications at a different time during the day.

    • Biotin made me sick when I first tried it too. Experiment with eating a little bit of food about 1/2 hour before taking the pill so your food has time to settle. If that doesn’t work, keep experimenting. That’s what helped me.

  8. I can only dream of having long hair like yours. My hair is not really full enough to look great long. I use clip in extensions sometimes in the front for special occasions. I always air dry my hair too. You have BEAUTIFUL hair!!

  9. L’oreal is making a cleansing conditioner to compete with wen. It’s about $7 a bottle, but generally drug stores like cvs will do a 2/$12 and then you can fine coupons to average them out to about $5 a bottle. It’s part of their ever creme line.

    • I have tried the Loreal EverCreme Cleansing conditioner, it made my already oily hair more oily… I even only used it on my ends.

      • There is a Loreal Everstrong OVERNIGHT hair repair! It’s just a cream you put in your hair before bedtime & wash it out in the morning! It works great, & it doesn’t smell bad! :)

    • The Wen product worked great with my straw-like thin hair–Loreal’s sulfate free cleansing conditioner is the same and worth it if $$ is an issue instead of Wen..
      i am going to try thr apple cider vin and baking soda…i just want my hair to grow past my neck bone–and not look so scragley!!!! lol

  10. Saw the info on Wen and been wondering about it. Good to know that you also like it. Would love to hear your feed back on it after a few months.

  11. You should give up the whole blogging thing and just be a model. Holy Moly you guys are so stinkin’ pretty. And really don’t give up the blogging because I love your tips. This is one of my favorite posts. I want long hair so… bad. Can’t wait to try your tips.

  12. Amazing information. I will be using each of those tips no doubt.
    But more importantly where did you girls get your shirts?? Those are awesome!!!! and I MUST have one!

  13. I’ve heard that Hair One (available at Sally’s) is a great comparison to Wen and at almost a third of the price. I’ve used it and it leaves my hair feeling so soft, my problem is that I have really oily hair so I feel I need a shampoo at least once a week.

    I can’t wait to try the brush, I did a quick search online and found it was actually cheaper at Sally’s.

    • I use a brush by spornette called the “original super looper.” it is made for extensions and fake hair pieces. I don’t have fame hair, but the brush is made so that it is gentle and doesn’t pull on your hair. I love it! It massages my scalp and doesn’t snag. It’s very affordable at about $6!

  14. Ok I’ve been wanting to try Wen but I have read horror stories of girls hair falling out!!! I can’t let that happen w my wedding 5 months away!!!! Tell me if youve experienced it! I’m eager to try it though!!! My hair is dry and damaged on the ends so any hydration/better way of doing things would help! I already take fish oil & biotin, wash every 2 days, use low heathair dryer and only straighten my bangs, use moroccan oil repair mask once a week and a hot coconut oil treatment 2 times a week. Should I splurge on wen? Even though I’ve heard awful stories?

      • I did 2 different natural at home clarifying rinses over the past couple months. One was using a vinegar, and the second, which I actually did 2 weeks ago, was a lemon juice one. I’m kind of at a loss for what to do! My hair is fine, but I have a lot of it, and its beachy waves but a little more intense. So frustrating

    • I tried Wen along with a friend of mine and both of us started noticing more hair falling out. I do a coconut oil treatment on my long hair two times a week and I love it!

    • Tried Wen over a year ago, bought into the hype. I have medium strand thickness, almost to my waist, TONS of hair. Wen not only did nothing to clean it (yes I followed the “more pumps the better” philosophy) and rinsed and repeated and did it numerous different ways. I even tried 4 of the different scents over a period of 4 months. I ended up with a severely damaged scalp that started producing weird “sand-like” pieces within 1 hour of “cleansing.” It started the week after I started with the Wen and I was told that it was “normal” and it was my scalps way of regulating it’s oil production. Well, 4 months into Wen, it was horrible, itching, burning, and the “sand” just kept coming. I stopped the Wen and guess what…my scalp is normal again. Never again will I recommend or buy that crap.

      Aside from the scalp issues, my hair was limp, looked oily and did not style at all, it also was not a smell my husband or I liked. I air dry, and use irons less than once every 2 weeks. Wen was horrible. You are better off shampooing your scalp as needed with a sulfate/paraben free shampoo available at any Sally’s or drug store.

    • Here’s my take on Wen..EXPENSIVE!! I used it for a year. I get the same results from using non-sulfate conditioner first and only a dime size amount of shampoo and then rinse it all out at once. But just because it says there isn’t sulfate in it doesn’t mean that’s completely true…you have to read the ingredients. I AM NOT AN EXPERT AT ALL…JUST A HOUSEWIFE (MOTHER OF 8) ON A BUDGET!! My hair grew six inches in 2012 and I am hoping it will continue at that rate because I am kicking myself everyday for ever cutting it off…but with all these kids who has time for a hairdo? (Just to clarify my kids range in age from 25-9 and I have 4 grandkids) so my house is always full of people!! People I LOVE NO DOUBT BUT STILL NO TIME FOR HAIR. I get up between 4 and 6 am just to have time for private talks with God and to do some gardening. So my hair is usually up in a bun/ponytail wrapped up like a bun. When it gets longer I’m hoping to be able to learn the herringbone braid thingy cause that is just beautiful. Hope this helps…good luck. (Ps. I pray and ask God to help my hair grow as well because I need all the help I can get!!)

  15. I so enjoy your website ! Thank you for all the great information ! I know u get asked this alot and I have watched how you dye your roots but your overall color is really good . I try to explain it to hair stylist but just curious about the actual brand and colors you use when you go to the salon ?

    • THanks Courtney! I hardly ever dye the rest of my hair (maybe like twice a year at the most?) which is why I have a kind of natural ombre but the last time I did dye it I used a Redkin 3NB shades EQ

  16. I have tried Wen but really don’t like it. It makes my hair feel super heavy and kind of greasy. Any tips? What am I doing wrong?

    • I am not sure, every hair texture is different and it may not be the product for you. I know I wouldn’t pay the 30 bones if I didn’t totally love it! What type of hair do you have oily, dry, thin, thick?

  17. Great advice! I have always had long hair but it seems to me it stops to grow once it gets to a certain point. I have been reading lots of blogs how to get it to grow this one is by far the best except the air dry I have to wash my hair daily or it looks like a hot mess…I work everyday so I have to blow dry my hair everyday but great tips! Thanks! Your hair is gorgeous! :)

  18. These are some great tips! Have you ever been to the forums at LongHairCommunity? They have TONS of information to help your hair stay healthy and grow long. Most of the members have extremely long hair. I’m growing out from a pixie, and am “arm pit length”. I use the Shea Moisture products mostly. They are sulfate-free. Anyway, I love your blog, and your hair is beautiful! :)

  19. i’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for tips on how to make my hair healthier and how to stimulate growth, and your blog is by far the most helpful! Your hair is absolutely beautiful, and i love the color. i color my hair as well…but it always manages to fade and change colors after just a few washes. i saw you said you don’t dye it often, you just touch up your roots.
    how in the world do you keep the color looking so awesome?
    any advice?

    oh, and do you think the fact that i have well water has anything to do with it?

  20. I’ve tried to grow long hair my entire life but it is so thin and fine that it always ends up looking stringy and just ugly…I’ve always washed my hair everyday because it gets so oily! I’ve ordered wen and everything else you’ve suggested…I’m going to give it a shot! Any other tips especially for thin/fine hair? THANKS!

    • If you stopped washing your hair every day and only washed it 2-3 times a week, the oilyness would decrease after a month or so. The more you wash your hair, the drier it gets which makes your scalp produce more oil. It’s a bad cycle.

      • I’m a hair stylist. Yes, well water has something to do with it. It strips your hair :-/ sorry… You should only put permanent color on the new growth (roots). If your color is looking dull, ask your stylist to refresh it with a Demi-permanent color such as Redken Shades EQ. It is way way less damaging AND leaves your hair very shiny!!! ……..love these girls’ long hair tips!! BUT if your hair is splitting on the ends you definitely do need a trim. Once it starts breaking it will just keep breaking no matter what until it is trimmed. The longer you wait the more that needs trimmed. Some stylists, such as myself, really do only cut JUST the ends… Like less than 1/8″ literally. Find a stylist you trust!!

      • i agree with this. my hair is thin and pine straw like– if i didnt wash it, it was nasty looking.. i bought the wEN… STOPPED WASHING IT EVERYDAY– WEN IS MORE OF a conditioning cleaner..and now, sad to say.. lazy bones over here more or less brushes her teeth as my bathroom time in the morning!!! i can go 2-3 days without washing it now!!! but, as for growing..still stuck at my regular neck bone length–cant seem to get past that..

  21. What is a good product to keep your hair tease to stay all day? Also, a good product to keep your makeup lasting all day?

  22. These are great tips! I will be the first to agree with the straightener torture chamber. I have used one since… well who knows when, because i have insane curly frizzy hair.. but I stopped using it 8 months ago because i committed to growing my hair out and taking good care of it. I have learned to round brush my hair perfectly straight if I need to, and otherwise let it do it’s own thing.. my hair has grown 6 inches in the last 8 months. I will never go back to my old ways. And I am excited to try these other tips you have! Thanks for all the amazing posts you do. You are on the top of my “must read” list ;)

  23. I have very long hair and also wash it only a couple of times a week. I use a spray dry shampoo from Tresseme that smells like bug spray when I first apply it, but then it goes away and really does work well for oil control. I love how much easier it is to fix when it’s a little dirty too! Unfortunately I have to use a flat iron after washing because I have a natural kink to my hair that dries looking like a cross between a bad 80s perm and a crimped disaster. Love your awesome blog and your fun and honest personality!

  24. Air Dry doesnt work for women with my type of hair! i have been trying to avoid any heat in my hair, but my hair is too frizy and too kinky for me to let it air dry, when i do i look like a poodle. so i need to use a hair dryer. I also use a lot of dominican products to get my hair very manageable. it works and i also use the curling iron with the clasp. works wonders too!

  25. I love the advice and I love your hair. Just one question. How did you get your hair to look like it does in the pictures. I have always loved that look, but can never seem to achieve it. My hair is fairly long right now, would just love to be able to recreate that look. Thanks.

  26. This is a nice blog entry. I had a horrible experience after growing out my hair my entire pregnancy where the hairdresser processed my hair over and over after using a red dye that CAN NOT be lifted. Finally I had to cut it short. I am now growing it out again but it is so discouraging. I am a make-up artist and love to style and color my hair so it is SO hard to leave it alone but your blog gave me an extra boost to continue on! :) I blog as well! :) http://fabulousmaternalblessed.blogspot.com

  27. Thanks so much for your blog! I love coming back here once in a while.
    I started reviewing Wen after I read this…
    Apparently there’s a product with absolutely the same ingredient, but for much cheaper (you can check out the videos on youtube). It’s call Hair One (sally beauty stores have them). I want to check out Wen though and maybe alternate the two. Post reviews about it after you’ve been using it for a bit longer.. I’d love to find out if you keep on using it. Congrats on the engagement :)

  28. Something I use when I want naturally wavy hair, is a DIY sea spray. (: I love the way salt water makes my hair wavy, but it dries out my hair like no other! So to moisturizer my hair, I mix some coconut oil into my salt water and then light spray my hair and pull it into a loose braid. When it’s dry, I take it out and spray it A LITTLE again. Works like a charm (:

  29. I 1000% agree about skipping trims!!!! When I would get my hair trimmed (somewhere between 6-10 weeks), my hair was always the same length. They would cut off EVERYTHING I grew (even after I plainly told them NOT to), and it wasn’t all damaged either. It really made me upset. I felt like it was counterproductive…you grow your hair, get it trimmed to “grow faster,” and the end result is where you started. By that logic, your hair would never be any longer than what it currently is. So, now I try to keep it as healthy as possible and don’t trim it at all. My last trim was in October 2011.

  30. Besides Wen what shampoos and conditioners are good for your hair, stuff you can get at the average store.
    your hair is gorgeousssss, i seriously wish i had my long hair back, i had to cut alot off because had a dye job go bad):
    any tips on getting longer/healthier hair is so helpful.

  31. Hey! I couldn’t agree more with your tips! In fact, Im 18, my hair is down to my waist and I have NEVER been to hairdressers to cut my hair… May be pretty sad for some people, I’m personally pretty proud! I just wouldn’t trust hairdressers with my hair :P I trim my ends myself when I feel they need trimming and try different styles with my fringe :) So far so good! I’m proud to say that I’ve only had my hair curled twice in my entire life! I prefer to put it in a sock bun or plats for the night and make it wavy/curly that way :) Sooo much better for the hair :) I never straighted my hair as it’s straight enough for me and I prefer a natural look…AND i never blow dry my hair, I always just let it down and let it dry on its own! I must say all of these tips REALLY DO work as my hair feels so healthy and smooth and everyone compliments my hair! Good luck with your hair, and I hope you will continue to love your long hair ;) Take care! xxx

  32. I have a pretty tight natural curl to my hair and I always feel like my scalp is neglected BUT I dont like to brush through the curl because I feel it breaks it more… My question: How do I get the scalp stimulation of nightly brushing without doing more damage than good?

  33. i love this i haave been doing half these thing everytime i grow my hair long and im tired of ppl asking me how i do it and i was told yest my hair is virginal haha ill have to repinn this so people dont have to ask me anymore:) thank yall for this!!

    Keri

  34. um, i have thick hair and i was wondering would all that work for my hair as well?? May you please get back with me asap; please and thank you.

  35. I use Wen religiously and love it! My stylist has told me at each appointment that my hair is always super healthy. It seems to preserve color also. I will say I have tried several of the drugstore sulfate free shampoos and conditioners. Please trust me when I say they are nothing like Wen! They tangled my hair horribly and it felt like straw.
    I am super curious about the Tangle Teezer. I will be getting one as I too have fine hair that knots like crazy.
    I have been using Biotin for about a month and I hope it works!
    I have to say the hardest part for me has been the air drying without touching it at all. Because I have fine hair it lays right against my scalp and has NO body. I use the InStyler and TopStyler because of the ceramic elements of them and the low heat. They arent supposed to damage your hair but I do use a heat protecting spray.

    • I have heard a lot about Wen and I recently bought the sweet almond mint re most intensive hair treatment. Are other Wen products very expensive?

    • Ok so I’ve been trying the air drying thing and I have super thin and fine hair that lays against my scalp too. I tried this the other day and it seemed to do the trick! My hair had a lot more body once it was dry.

      While in the shower, I use wen and flip my hair over and comb it with a shower comb so that all the roots are going up. At the end of my shower I rinse my hair upside down. When I get out, I towel dry it a bit and then put a very small amount of the silkener on the ends of my hair and lightly comb through it with my fingers. When it dries, it isn’t stuck to my head and looks MUCH better!

  36. Thank you for this! I’m also a long hair lady, but I’m currently dealing with shoulder length (my most hated length of all time!) after I chopped it into an adorable a-line a year ago. I am a cosmetologist so I already knew most of these tricks but seriously thank you for educating the general public!

  37. I love long hair and I try to get it so much but it grows so slow. I want to grow mine out so its to my hips one day (but I know that is going to take me forever!) I have almost pin straight hair and it doesn’t hold the shape that well and when I use a curling iron (with hair protectant) its not long curls (like Miley Cyrus has, but I’m sure she has hair extensions) the curls come up higher on my bust. I use heat products but I use a lot of protectant. I also air dry my hair, I hate hair dryers! :)
    Thanks for all the great tips!!

  38. Hello! I tried the only brushing your hair in the shower with conditioner trick and no touching until its dried and it worked great! My hair was much smoother and silkier than normal with no need to curl or flatiron!

  39. I agree with a lot of things on here.
    The only thing I don’t like I the Wen. I’m a licensed cosmetologist and my experience with Wen hasn’t been a pleasant one. I feel like it leaves a lot of people’s hair weighed down and/or greasy.
    A really good non-weighing down, non-greasy, AND sulfate free shampoo and conditioner is Joico Smooth Cure. It’s amazing.

  40. Honestly after reading your advice on trimming the ends of your hair I cant believe I didn’t realize that either. I agree with you on not trimming it. If you keep hair healthy, and strong then why not wait longer to trim it since hair isn’t the fastest in growing. Loved all your advice, and can’t wait to use it all (after cutting my hair into a bob). SO happy I landed in your blogs. :)

  41. My husband would love my hair to be long like it used to be. But honestly, I would be happy with it just being healthy and off my neck! I cut it off a couple of years ago for that reason but I promised him I would stop cutting it. I also have been growing out a relaxer, going natural. I do pretty much what you say, seldom trim it, massaging it, combing it out with conditioner in the shower, get out and throw in coconut oil and leave it! I have tight ringlets when it dries. The only thing is, being black with hair that has a tendency to be straw, I wash it about once week, so here is want I want to know. Any tips on how to KEEP it tangle free during the week without raking a comb through it? I do a conditioning rinse about mid-week,if I can get away from my four kids, but anything else?

  42. i get really bad product bild up in my hair to the point i have to us baking soda n apple cider vinager to stirp it but then its so dry any advice…….

  43. I swear by Wen products! I’ve been using them for years…. totally worth the money to keep my dyed long hair beautiful. Amazing how many of your tips I’m already doing…. I ALWAYS air dry my hair. I’m lucky it dries & looks decent. I brush my hair every night & wash my hair every 3 days. I use dry shampoo in between washes. My down fall is I use either hot rollers, a flat iron or a curling iron for special occasions. I started taking biotin about 4 months because of a stressful situation I was going through & it seems to have helped me with my hair falling out. Thanks for the great blog!

    • Yes! I am looking into the store brands…a few of the girls in the comment thread have suggested others but I want to try them before I suggest them myself! Before I had Wen though, I just focused on going as long as I could between washes!

      • okay thanks after i left this comment i did some investigating myself and apparently ‘hair one’ is a very good and affordable product compared to wen:)

  44. I was really a fan of the flat iron, but i really don’t find a good reason now. My hair is pretty straight, but with flat iron i just feel like it is longer, maybe this was the mean reason. Now, when i am out of school i have used the flat iron twice since for 2 months.
    – Have you got any tips for greasy hair? In the winter i washed every second day, but now in the summer it is more greasy than ever. I am 16 and mum says that this is because of my teenage years. If you have any tips, please reply :)

    • Oh my gosh! I know it has been soo hot this summer and I have had to deal with my fair share of grease! I thank the heavens for dry shampoo! Have you tried Pssst from walmart/walgreens?

  45. I have pretty long hair, its a little over 1/2 way down my back and i absolutely adore it! The thing is I have super thin hair and have been wanting to get long layers for a while now. The only problem is I am worried that when I go to get my hair cut they will chop it all off! Any recommendations on how to ask for layers similar to yours, and maintain my hair length?

    • it’s important to find a hairstylist you trust…if you’re looking for one, just try a few out by going in and asking for shampoo/style (usually a relatively affordable service) and while they are styling you chat with them about their ideas for growing hair out, how long layers would work, etc. then when you find one whose ideas you are comfortable with, schedule a cut. take a picture in with you. if you ONLY want layers cut in, tell him/her this. say i don’t want *anything* off the perimeter length, just some layers only. don’t be afraid to say what you want and if they won’t do it then you’re not obligated to let them. it’s your hair. hope this helps! (i’m a stylist and this is what i tell family or clients who are moving that need to find a new one :))

  46. Thanks for the tips. My hair is right at my chest right now and I love dying it (terrible, I know. But my mind changes so often, so my hair color follows). I want to grow it out, but my hair is thick and if I don’t wash at least every other day, it is completely greasy. I just bought the hair one at sallys and ordered that chi hair silker off amazon (totally cheap there). I am taking the vitamins now (I knew about Fish Oil, but not Biotin-thanks). Hopefully I will see results quick. I don’t use too many products and don’t do many things to it, but I have a habit of wanting it out of my face, so I put it in a ponytail or bun with a clip a lot, especially after a shower. I know better now. :) Do you color your own hair? I am naturally dark brown, but was thinking of going a lighter brown. ( I have olive skin and am half filipino/half white). Any suggestions of over the counter products? Should I just stick to a salon? Thanks.

    • Any time you are going lighter I would go with a pro, using bleach can be SCARY! That’s part of the reason I went dark in the first place:)

  47. I love your post Cara especially the ones about growing your hair long! I would love to have long healthy hair like you and your sister some day. Waiting for WEN to arrive in mail :) I am currently blonde and have been for years, how did you transition to dark and what is the easiest and the most natural way to do it?

    • To go from blonde to dark can go wrong in so many ways! I recommend finding a really good hair dresser and being VERY EXPLICIT on how you want it to look in the end. When I went from blonde to brown my sister did two processes she first died my hair bright red then covered it with the dark brown 3NB. That way I didn’t get green or gray looking hair in the end.

      • Thanks Cara! Unfortunately I have been to salons and they still don’t get me the right brunette so I end up going blonde again. Maybe a blog/video going light to dark!!

  48. Thanks for the tips, I been going by them religiously the past couple weeks. Started with the fish oil cause that was already in my cabinet. I ordered the Wen, still waiting for that to come in the mail. How is that product working for you? I also purchased the tangle teezer which works great!

    • Oh glad you like it! I am still LOVING the Wen! I was SO skeptical that it would really clean well. I was sure I would need regular shampoo after a while but it has been well over a month and I am still loving it! I think some of the negative feedback might be because people aren’t using it right so I am going to do a tutorial on using it correctly! Thanks Linda!

  49. Ok, I have a lot of super fine hair too but the thing is mine is really curly. I can see how much its grown if ! straighten it of when I have it wet, when its curly and dry it seems to take three times as long to see more length because it has to get long enough to weigh the hair down not just grow. Do you know of anything thing else that ladies like myself when really fine but really curly hair could do so help our hair grow?

  50. At Sally’s they have a product like hair one. It works just like Wen. A lot of people have said they actually like it better than Wen and it’s way cheaper :)

  51. Hi, I am working on growing my hair out. What I am having issues with right now is only washing my hair 2-3 times a week. I use Dermorganic cleansing conditioner and the hair masque that goes along with it a couple of times a week and I am trying to only cleanse my hair every other day, however, my hair gets really oily looking and it looks gross, please help me!!!! :/

  52. Hey Cara I came across your site on pinterest and I just love it! I had some questions related to hair. My hair is currently jaw/chin length and it’s going through it’s dreaded “grow out stage”…..And I hate it. Its too short in the back to put it in a ponytail but if I don’t use some sort of styling tool it looks boring and unflattering. Any tips for this awful grow out stage other than the “well you’ll just have to suck it up response?” I’m trying to get it to grow as fast as possible and I used africa oil on it every now and then. Seems to be helping. Thanks!

  53. I am an athlete and this summer on break I washed my hair about every three days, but I wasn’t having practice every day. Now that’s school starting my team and I have practice every day as it is a soccer team after practice we must shower. So what do I do about the whole washing your hair every other day thing? I keep my hair SO healthy and I do everything to keep it healthy I’m so OCD about it! so please help!

    • I would love to hear an answer on this, too as I work out about 5 times a week and am getting ready to train for a marathon… sweaty head isn’t really an option :)

      • I’m in the same boat. I work out 6-7 days a week, usually twice a day (I’m a yoga teacher and training for a marathon, so not quite as crazy as it sounds!). I have found that I can get away with washing my hair every other day (sometimes every three days) if I rinse out the sweat and condition on non-wash days. Hopefully that can work for you too!

  54. Love this post! I’ve been trying to grow my hair out for a while now. The only problem I have is that my hair is quite fine and if it isn’t straightened it can look frizzy and stick out at then ends :( Any suggestions on what I could do to stop my hair looking so frizzy at the ends if I allow it to air dry? Thanks! X

  55. I just cut about 14″-16″ of my hair off. I CANNOT believe it did that. Stupid Jamie Lee Curtis on NCIS and I just had to have her hair. Now I’m growing it out again. Thank you for the info!!!!! Def getting some Biotin and WEN.

    • wen is sulfate free which means it’s fine for color treated. :) But, you should research the ingredients and test it on a strand of your hair first. It works super well for some people, however, some people had scalp irritation and hair loss. :/ I read somewhere it’s the wheat germ. I’ve heard it works wonders for a lot of people though. :)

  56. Hi there!

    A few months ago I let a friend of mine do the ombre look to my hair.. awful idea should of been done by a professional because my hair which was as long as you lovely ladies died from the bleach! I have naturally dark hair 2 shades lighter than black. They had to chop my hair in order for keep it healthy and it is now just at my colarbone… need every tip possible to make it grow fast!!! I use morrocain oil shampoo and conditioner and started to use mane and tail which is horse shampoo heard it was suppose to help also any other tips to help it grow super fast anything helps!!!!!!!!! :) thank you

    Taylor

  57. I read your blog in desperate need of growing my hair out After some breakage last year , I’ve started taking the Bioten , & purchased the Wen hair care wich is absolutey amazing … I’m very optimistic about results I am already starting too see !!! Thanks ladies :)

  58. I want to try to detox my hair by using the Abba Detox shampoo. I would then start to use the Wen. Could someone tell me how do you use the Wen and how often should I? I have very oily hair. I can’t seem to go a day without washing it. I wash it literally every day. I’m in the process of growing it out though. It’s down to my breast & this is the longest it has ever been. Do you think this is a smart way to go about it?

    • If you wash your hair less, it will eventually be less oily. Our bodies are amazing at adjusting to chemicals, which is what yours has done with shampoo. Your head produces oil because it’s actually really healthy for your hair & scalp. Your body’s natural oils keep the scalp from flaking & your hair flexible (as opposed to brittle). You shouldn’t wash your hair more than 3x a week. You may be extra oily for a few weeks (think pony tails, buns, curly styles) but your body will adjust & your hair will be much healthier in the long run!

  59. Hi!! I cut my hair short (like above my shoulders short) and I hate it! My natural hair kind of frizzy and curly so I hate letting it air dry and going on with my day. My flat iron is my best friend and worst enemy. I’ve been recently trying to just wear my hair up so I don’t have to dry or straighten it. What tips do you have so I can calm the frizz and let it air dry? It needs to get healthy and grow!

    Thanks for any and all advice :)

  60. I been reading a lot of comments about not washing you hair all the time, Is that bad? I wash it everyday should I not be doing this? I’m sort of beauty clueless, I have healthy hair but I just cut it short hence my interest in growing it long.

    • Adriana, it all kind of depends on your hair and your other hair styling habits. Like, if you have really coarse hair that is very resilient you can get away with washing it often and even blow drying without seeing damage. Or if you have normal hair and you wash it often but don’t blow dry it and it seems healthy you are fine. Washing your hair just basically dries it out a little and some hair textures can’t handle that often. However, it has nothing to do with how fast your hair will grow so if you aren’t worried about your hair feeling or seeming unhealthy you are fine washing it as often as you feel necessary.

  61. Thanks for the great tips! I will be trying some. As for the wen, you can get the same natural sulfate free shampoo and conditioner cheaper. Organix is a fav of mine and you can get it at the drug store. Or search natural shampoo on Etsy. :-)

  62. How well does the biotin or the Hair, Skin & Nails tablets work? do they speed anything up or is it still just 1/2in per month? also does the Wen shampoo & conditioner really work that well? was planning on trying it just needed some more feedback before i did. Thank you!

    • i also have a problem with short hair is why i was wondering about all these things. i recently cut all my hair off (well, the beautician felt i needed shorter hair than what i asked for) & im wanting a quick healthy solution to growing it out fast.

  63. Do you have to use a brush for the last one?or can you use a comb?because i haven’t been able to find my brush for,like,a week..

  64. I have shoulder length hair and wanting to grow it at least 5 more inches.
    I wash at night and blow dry then wake up and flat iron. I would like to attempt this no blow dry/flat iron. I have just washed my hair combed it while i conditioned. It’s tough but I haven’t combed it since being out. So now what do I do with it when I wake up. My hair is super fine and flat. Any recommendations?

  65. Love this blog!! Great tips ladies :) you definitely inspired me to stop blowdrying/ flat ironing my hair everyday.. I haven’t let my hair air dry in years! And I’ve been going strong for 2 weeks now. I already have a few of the products you recommended, so far so good. I also just ordered the WEN products, but I’m a little scared to use it now… Hair loss? Really? That terrifies me.. I’m almost tempted to not even try it now because of that review. Thoughts?

  66. I have super oily hair, so bad that I have to wash it every morning…if I wash it before bed it looks really greasy by morning. Do you have any tips to help with that? I’ve kept my hair pretty short for the past few years and I really want to grow it out again. I can’t wait to start trying some of your tips!!

  67. So I might possibly have a suggestion to add to your hair tricks, but I’m curious if it is healthy or not for your hair.

    I have long fine dark brown hair. When my hair grows out, the like bottom three inches of my hair look lighter and get a bunch of split ends, so i go in to color my hair.

    My hair stylist (kristy) always dyes my hair before she cut it. One day, after she cut it I was like “Wait, it already looks so much better…..would it be okay if i just get a color instead of a cut and color” I was so happy with the results. All of my dead ends got dyed. I’ve been doing this for the past two years and my hair finally got to the perfect length.

    Thanks for the tips! By the way, I have a cut and color in two weeks and I’m going to try and use all of your tips so that I can hopefully cancel the appointment.

  68. Do you recommend fish oil for the Omega-3? I’m vegetarian so I don’t use fish oil but I have started taking flaxseed- just as good?

  69. I can’t possibly read through all the comments to see if someone already said this, but when I saw the infomercial about wen I did some research and found out you can wash your hair with ANY conditioner. Sounds crazy, but true. You should use organic so you’re not getting those chemicals that break hair down. You can google, WASHING YOUR HAIR WITH ONLY CONDITIONER and you will find instructions. You just have to use quite a bit more conditioner than you would for conditioning, and you have to take the extra time to really massage it into your hair and scalp. You add a little water as you massage it in and it actually gets foamy. Your scalp will be a little oilier when you first switch, but it will adjust. It makes your hair so soft and pretty. I have also done the baking soda/vinegar thing and it works too, but be warned that your hair will smell like vinegar until it is completely dry.

  70. I just wanted to say thank you for the air drying tips. I normally let my hair dry naturally, but your method has left my curls shiny and better formed! I used to scrunch it with mousse or curl spray, but this is far more effective!

  71. I have ALWAYS loved long hair! But I could never seem to get it that way. I have medium length hair (to my bra strap) but I want it to my waist. Both of my best friends hair is to their waist and it is GORGEOUS!
    It feels like I have tried everything in the book to grow my hair..but nothing ever seems to work. I have curly, frizzy hair (which I loathe) so I straighten it. I used to go to sleep with a wet head but when I’d wake up it would be extremely curly and messy. So I would have no choice but to straighten it. My mom ordered Wen a few months ago and has only used it once. So I will try that later.
    My hair has been this length for 5 years…and I trim it twice a year. And I only get half an inch taken off. I desperately need help for my hair. Help anyone? Any little advice would be great right now. :)

  72. These are wonderful tips and I will definitely be using some. I would make 1 little change with the air drying your hair though. I have fine hair that is curly if I use a towel to get excess water out the fibers in the towel grab my hair and make it frizz. So as an alternative I use a 100% cotton t-shirt, it’s a smooth fabric and soaks up water. Works wonders for girls who are prone to frizzies!

  73. So I’m going to be trying some of the tips you posted because I’m dying to have long hair again. But the only one I can’t get myself to use is Wen.. (I cant get myself to spend 30 bucks on a bottle lol)

    I just have one small question, which “hair silker” would you suggest?

  74. I’m having an issue, my hair is extremely frizzy and wavy.
    I also have the issue that I have been trying to grow out my hair and seem to get bored and cut it. So it’s been about a year since I’ve really cut it.
    I want to let my hair dry naturally, however… it looks awful. Any tips or suggestions?

  75. I trim my hair maybe once every 18 months. Maybe. It depends on our finances at the time I think I “need” a trim. With 4 babies, trying for #5, homeschooling, and living on one income let’s just say it’s not a huge priority. Nor is buying lots of product. Whether it’s for the hair, face, or body. I’ve learned to embrace al-natural with joy. (apathy at times. But mostly joy.) However I wanted to share my own tip with all of you from someone who has longer hair now than ever before, and healthier hair and skin than ever before!

    BAKING SODA! No joke!

    I haven’t used shampoo, expensive, cheap, organic, etc… consistently in over 3 year and it has been the very best for my hair AND scalp! Remember those days of washing your hair daily or squeezing into an every other day hair washing routine because the scalp would get so oily? I don’t. Remember those days of trying to wash your hair every other or every 3 days because you’re scalp was miserably dry? Nope. I don’t either. I wash my hair once a week (more if needed) and all I use is a few tablespoons of baking soda mixed with hot water, usually from the shower. (I’m too lazy to boil the water before every shower.) Then I scrub my hair and scalp as normal and rinse. Then at the end of my shower before I am ready to get out I rinse my hair with white vinegar. (I used raw apple cider vinegar on occasion) I don’t even bother to rinse the vinegar out. I just rinse my hair, get out of the shower and towel dry my hair. The vinegar smell goes away completely once my hair is dry. (I do however since the ACV when I use it before getting out of the shower.) My hair is thicker, longer, healthier, and wavier than it ever has been!! I’m the straight haired girl that tried a chemical perm to get curly hair only to have it literally fall out after 5 days!! My hair has NEVER been curly or wavy, nor has it ever held a curl! Boo. Not anymore! Everyday my hair has a natural wave to it. Can you say beach wave minus any effort or product! Love! I use Baking soda as a facial scrub, for a teeth whitener, and exfoliant in the shower. Not to mention a sore throat gargle! Just wanted to share!

  76. Hi! I have really oily hair–I can’t even go a day without washing it. I was wondering if the Wen products would work for my hair type because I’m trying to grow it out and I’m attempting to keep it as healthy as possible (it’s hard to keep healthy because it’s really fine). If you know whether the certain one you use would work, or if there are any other types of the Wen hair care products that would, please let me know as soon as possible… My anniversary is coming up and I may just make him get me this :)

  77. I absolutely LOVED this advise. I am soooo ready to try some of these tips. I’ve always had really short tangly frizzy crazy curly hair and recently i’ve finally got my hair to grow to about were my bra wraps around my body. the only sad thing is its nothing but split ends and frizz BECAUSE of my curling iron and flat iron. I dont have much love for my hair I’ve always wanted either really straight hair or really curly hair. But now that its getting longer I’m trying something new and all of these tips/advice are really gonna help me embrace MY true hair!!!! I cant wait!!!!! super excited and oober thankful for the tips!!!!!

  78. i have been using biotin for about 2 weeks now. i take 1600mg everyday. when will i start noticing its working? I always brush my hair when its wet out of the shower. maybe thats why i had so many split ends. i will try just brushing with conditioner in. i shower at night so it shouldnt be to big of a deal. thanks and you both are beautiful!

  79. I am a hair stylist by trade…I 100% agree with your advice here. Especially the one about breaking up with your flat iron. They are the devil and people become addicted to them. I have seen one “hot mess” after another caused by flat irons. One service I recommend…Keratin treatments. They help keep the integrity of your hair and build strength. I love those!

  80. Hi! I just wanted to know if you were still using the Wen products, or what shampoo and conditioner are you using? Thanks!

  81. I did all these before seeing this and just wanted to say they all work amazing!!!! And I have gotten way more compliments on how my hair looks when it air dries than I ever did when I tried styling it myself.

    CHI is amazing!!!!

  82. My hair is super long and need a layerd cut, and i love your hair. Can you tell me what kind of layers do i ask for that would give me volume and a look just like your hair has. Thanks a lot

  83. My mom is a Wen advocate. She loves this stuff. So of course she would push it on me, especially now since I went to being a blonde. It took a lil bit to get used too since of course I was used to shampoo lather. It left my hair soft and needless to say, I am sold.
    I do all these tips, except Biotin. I would also recommend if you use a flat iron or any heat implement, to use a low setting.
    I recently cut off 5 inches in the back for a semi stacked angled bob. I am always in a vicious circle of To cut or not to cut….I just love the srylish look of short/medium hair yet would love long hair too.
    You ladies are gorge!

  84. Two quick questions: What do you recommend to use as a heat protectant? There’s so much out there and don’t know what’s good and what’s not! Also, what are your thoughts on using prenatal vitamins for hair growth? A few of my friends swear by it, but I just think it’s weird taking them when not pregnant.

  85. If you don’t have the money for wen could using another sulfate/paraben free shampoo and conditioner? I’ve been using JASON Naturals Long & Strong Jojoba shampoo and Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian condititoner.

  86. These are great tips. I also chopped my hair last summer after my fiancé & I broke up. Now it seems like it won’t grow. Any other suggestions??

  87. Hey! So, my hair is ridiculously curly. Like….. it’s a bit shorter than bra strap length, and when I let it air dry it curls so much that it stays around the tops of my shoulders. This also means that my hair gets very dry very easily. I’m also in college, and in my dorm buildings we don’t have a water softener, so that dries my hair out even more! Any suggestions?

  88. I need help! i have curly thick hair and i want to grow it long but its so hard to take care of. It gets frizzy and tangled so easy and i have breakage and split ends. I don’t know what to do with it and its so frustrating!!! What should i do??

  89. Okay, I have to ask… Where did you get the Batman shirt? I’m a big fan, & other than that great tips. I’ll have to try!

  90. Hello ladies,
    I just recently got married and yes i cut and dyed my long beautiful dark hair and don’t like it. I miss my hair. I do however get spilt ends and usually never blow dry my hair, so i always wondered why? I’m a bit confused about the not using shampoo to wash you’re hair?? what do you use then in the shower? Please reply.

    • I use Wen, it is a cleansing conditioner so it does wash your hair it just doesn’t strip it like traditional shampoo, if you struggle with split ends I HIGHLY recommend this product! I have a link in the post, it’s a little pricy but I assure you it is well worth it!ALl you need for the shower is the one product, it does the washing and the conditioning.

      • I just posted asking if you used sulfate free shampoo as well as the cleansing conditioner from wen but then I read this comment. S to be clear when you wash your hair every other day all you use is wen cleansing conditioner? That’s it that’s all?? Lol and I asked about the the chi product but I see you answered that question below.

  91. Hey guys! I also have very fine hair, and not a whole lot but not a little. I had a question about the Wen product. Do you buy both the shampoo and conditioner? Also, do they have a best product for adding volume to your hair? And my final question. If I fall asleep on my wet hair at night, in the morning my roots are untamable without rewetting and drying. Flat spaces in the back, cowlicks, separation of hair in the back, haha. Is there anything I can do about that? Any tips or tricks? Thanks so much! Been trying to grow out my hair for like 3 years now, ugh! Only slightly past my shoulders now and I want it long so bad I can’t stand it! Hoping these tips work!

  92. Hi, so i have this problem. My hair kinda long, it’s wavy but it gets kinda puffy or frizzy! And agh i hate it! Also, my hair used to be in layers but i decided i was just going to let it grow more.. so about 4 weeks ago i went to get a trim b/c i had split ends so i told the lady to only trim the bottom and she told me that my layers also had split ends.. What can i do to fix both my problems? B/c like you said trimming it, is like cutting it and i want my hair plain not in layers.

    • OK I have a trick for this but I think it might take a video cause I don’t really know how to explain it without showing you, hold tight and if I can’t do it in the next day or two I will find one that shows it!

  93. Love your blog! Have learned TONS from you… I wanted to ask your opinion on something. I am trying to grow my hair longer (it is now shoulder length). How long do you think is too long for a 41 year old? I keep hearing my mother say that “older” women shouldn’t have long hair…

    • haha Don’t listen! I know of plenty of women over 40 who have gorgeous LONG LONG hair. As long as its healthy and pretty and you feel pretty it’s not too long. Period:)

  94. Hi! I’ve been taking Biotin for about a month, and I weigh about 93 pounds (I’m 16). So far, I’ve noticed no difference, and I take it twice a day. Help?

    • If it helps, I’ve been taking Hair, Skin and Nails vitamins that have 400% daily value of Biotin, and it took a good three months before I started seeing results.

  95. Hi! I’m 16, and I weigh about 94 pounds. I’ve been taking Biotin (1000 mcg) pills for about a month now. I try to do it twice a day, but sometimes I only do it once… or not at all. I haven’t noticed a change so far. Any suggestions? My hair seems to grow reaaaaaaaaaally slow. :(

  96. I have been using Enjoy shampoo and conditioner for a while now and I love it. I get the sulphate free shampoo and the Instant Reconstrustor conditioner. I can honestly say my hair has never been softer. I have thick curly/wavy hair that gets oily in like 2 days. I use summers eve body powder on my hair(it smells better than baby powder) or corn starch on the between days or when I just do not feel like washing. I buy the enjoy on amazon and it is way cheaper than wen. Also when I tried the wen stuff it did not work well with my super oily hair. I have tried the vinegar and baking soda method once, but I did not rinse the vinegar out fast enough and it stripped the heck out of my hair. I am going to try again since my shampoo is almost gone.

  97. My hair is not getting any longer, or prettier, and I am so frustrated cause even though I stopped flat ironing it or anything else and I am using natural masks and doing practicly everything from this post, It’s not showing me any good results and I am getting into the idea to cut it, but then it will never grow, and it’s not nice like this. I am losing hope :(

    • Don’t lose hope! It’s such a pain in the butt, I know, but you can do it! I’m also sure it looks nicer than you think- when you get in the mentality of growing your hair you, you start to hate it as it is and then it just seems to take forever

  98. My daughter and I have discovered a shampoo that works amazing for hair growth.It also makes it very soft and silky. we all have very long blonde hair and are always getting compliments on our hair. It is horse shampoo!!!! We are in Canada and buy it in the pet department at Walmart. Very cheap too. It’s called Mane and Tail. If you google it you will see that some celebs use it too.I also love some of you tips!!

  99. Heya, we all know that split ends are very hard to prevent for the most of us and basically cutting them off is actually the only solution… And for that’s what I do. Well I do have a fear of hairdressers for they seem to enjoy mutilating my precious strands. So now i do it myself. Its very time consuming but worth the effort for growing your hair out. If you are lucky you can get somebody to help you out preferably another long hair obsessor. What I do is take small strands of hair and scan them individually for spilt ends. With a small well sharpened (nail) scissor I cut them out of max 0.5 cm from where the split begins. When I’m finished my hair feels much softer but looks also healthier. I know this is something for wich you need a lot of patient but it’s worth it! Well definitely in my opinion. I do have a lot of hair for being a milkshake. My hairdresser described my hair a forgiving black hair. I rather have it straightened but because I want to grow it out I only straighten my bangs 2 or 3 times a week and my entire head maybe once a month. I just start taking supliments for my hair and nails hoping to support my hair growth. Hopefully at the end of the 30 days I can see some kind of difference! It definitely worked for a friend of mine!

  100. Hi ladies! soo I have blonde about medium length hair and I have tried the Biotin pills, took them for about ohhh like 2-4 months and I haven’t seen any change in my hair length :( I have been trying this new shampoo/conditioner by Suave with the Keratin in it and I just recently started to take prenatals to see if either of those work!
    has anyone tried either of these?? my wedding is in 6.5 months and I reallly was hoping to have my long hair back before my marine comes home from deployment and home for our wedding!! :(

  101. I have a question as well, my hair is curly and thick I absolutley live my hair, but of course I decided to cut it at one point and it has never grown as long as before. It’s like it won’t grow no matter what I do. wht do you think the best thing for me to do? Somebody told me horse shampoo? But I want more of a natural way. Any help would be deeply appreciated.

  102. I have tried going a couple of days without washing my hair, but my scalp breaks out in a rash. I even tried the “dry” shampoos – completely GROSE – left my hair sticky and looked like I hadn’t showered in a month. I’ve also tried the baby powder because my sister swears by it – nothing but nasty!! I have shoulder length, baby fine, straight brunette hair. My bangs grow like they’re in a foot race, but the back of my hair grows soooooo slow. My hair feels healthy (I try to alternate shampoos and conditioners), but I’m at a loss. My scalp didn’t like it when I tried a sulfate-free variety – made me itch. Curious about the baking soda and the vinegar – but how do you keep your hair from reeking of vinegar???

    • Hannah,
      I just started using 1 tbls of baking soda to 1 cup of water at the beginning of this week. For the apple cider vinegar you use 1 tbls and put it into 1 cup of water. You just leave the vinegar on your hair for a couple of seconds and then rinse. I don’t think either really left a huge smell on my hair, but if you’re worried about that you could try adding an essential oil to it. I’ve heard that tea tree oil is supposed to be good for your scalp but some people don’t like the scent. To me it smells pepperminty so it doesn’t bother me. I too have a problem about not washing my hair everyday. Today I’m going to try to skip a day. If you decide to try this method really rinse well. I’ve noticed a sort of buildup come on my brush when I brush my hair. I don’t know if this is from the baking soda or my scalp just reacting to the new method and trying to adjust. I’ve read that one girl had trouble going through the oily/greasy phase so she periodically uses two egg yolks with two teaspoons of lemon juice of vinegar. To mask the egg smell she adds a couple drops of essential oil. Just don’t use hot water on your hair with this mixture or it will apparently cook the eggs. Reading the post on Simple Mom might help. This is where I got my info. Hope this helps.

  103. Hey I love your guys hair it’s so beautiful! I am going to try and do the things on this blog because I want my hair long again but have been havin trouble growing it out since my haircut. I’ve always had long hair when I was younger but now that I am in college I can’t grow it out anymore! It’s so frustrating! I was also wondering what you guys do to your hair to have it so pretty and wavy without using any hot irons? My hair is naturally curly and get so frizzy. I always let it air dry but I usually have to touch it up with a curling iron or else it’s a crazy lions mane! Any products you can recommend for frizz and control?

  104. Love your tips! About a year ago I had a hair disaster and my hairdresser cut my hair above my ear when I had told her I wanted a stacked bob no shorter than my chin. I cried for days. I haven’t let anyone touch my hair since, except a couple trims (probably about 1/4 to 1/2 inch each time. My hair is just barely at my collarbone now but it stopped growing! I’m going to try your tips but wanted to know if you had ever used the hair, skin, and nail vitamins. I think they may have biotin on them, I’m not sure, but was wondering if they would work just as well. I’m willing to try about anything right now though! Thanks :)

    • i took biotin for a couple to three months and hadn’t seen any difference so i switched to prenatals! and i did that just a week ago and im already seeing a difference ! hope this helps!

  105. How, oh how did you do your hair in these pictures? Is it totally natural or did tease or use powder play or anything? Your hair has so much body without being frizzy.. My hair is pretty much just like your hair texture but gets sooooo frizzy =( I already do all the above. How to get more body without frizz? I also stopped using heat. I only use curling irons for special occasions. Love your blog =) Thanks!

  106. I have curly hair that is chin length. Every time I try to grow it out, the ends look fried and frizzy and the hairdresser chops it all off. I air dry my hair, shampoo once a week, use conditioner as shampoo the rest. I use leave in conditioner & either coconut oil or grape seed oil on the ends. What the heck am I doing wrong? I’m very close to chopping it all off pixie style. I also color my roots only. If I colored my ends, wouldn’t it cause more damage? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  107. Some other tips that I use is using a t-shirt instead of a towel to dry because it is gentler, and I braid or put my hair in a bun at night to protect it while I toss and turn.

  108. love this. i hate the in between hair length. i either like my hair super short or really long but i always have a hard time getting it 2 grow past my shoulders. feels like it takes forever. already started with massaging the crap out of my scalp when im in the shower. and just that alone is making my hair and scalp feel different. a good different.and as soon as i can im gonna get biotin and fish oil and ive already stopped using my hair straightener. cant wait to put everything else into practice. thank cara

  109. LOVE this info, My hair is colored (I gotta keep that up) and its always healthy til it gets about half down my back, then it suddenly starts splitting. Not just the back but my bangs and everything. I use conditioner, trim regularly and use only the best products and it still happens. So I have to cut it shorter than I want. What am I doing wrong??

  110. YES! Thank you!! I only trim my hair once or twice a year, usually once in late spring, and it grows very healthy and steadily!!!

  111. I used to have really long hair and I want to grow it out again. My hair is naturally curly, but thanks to heat damage, some of my hair will curl naturally and some of it won’t. So, wearing my natural curls is not an option because its so ugly! I blow dry and flat iron my hair every time I wash it (about every 3-4 days) since that’s the only way I can stand to have it. Would you suggest any options for styling my hair without using so much heat?

    • i have curly hair too and maybe you could not use heat and wear your hair in buns or braids until it gets healthy and luscious
      then
      YOU COULD ROCK THEM CURLS :)

      yea… sorry if it didnt give you any help

      • Thanks. I did that for two months straight this summer and then I gave in and brought out my flat iron. I just hate how short my hair looks now with my curls. I feel 99% less confident with my hair that way! lol I think I am going to alternate with curls and flat iron and give my hair some extra TLC in between. Thanks again for the advice.

  112. I have CURLY hair. Like it looks like i got it curled with a curling iron curly. And its taking forever to grow and as it grows, its a bit hard to manage. Do you guys have any tips for curly hair?

  113. I had a quick question .. I heard that throwing in some extensions can help with the growth? Since it pulls on your hair and once you take them off you see a huge growth difference.. Do you know if this is a myth?

  114. I have really long hair and I had always heard the myth about trimming every 6-8 weeks. But, I never did that. I go about 6 months between cuts and I have amazing long hair. My hair is also naturally wavy so air drying is so easy. I loved the idea of brushing your hair before you shower, and while you have conditioner. I am definitely going to try that. Thank you for the tips :)

  115. my hair is dull and a bit frizzy and a little curlier than yours
    i wash my hair everyday but i hear it is bad for you hair
    my hair isnt oily whatsoever and i can go about a week without the oils being noticed
    so how often should i wash my hair?

    please reply, i dont have a mother figure in my life so i dont have help with these kind of things :)

    • I only wash mine once a week..sounds gross but it is not i am a wildland firefighter and i used to wash my hair every other day because i would think it was “dirty” well i now know the true meaning to dirty hair and not being able to wash it for weeks on end. So when i am home i only wash it weekly and my hair is very healthy no split ends. There is no need to wash your hair so much unless it produces alot of oil than you might not have a choice. Good luck.

  116. My hair literally only grows and inch a year. My hairstylist even told me that! I starighten it everyday because it is very gross wavy. And I get my hair cut once every.. 5 or 6 months. It took about 5 years to get my hair from my chin to my shoulder. Any tips for hair that grows very very very slow?

  117. HELLPP! My hair is supper thin and it feels like i am losing more and more every day .. my hair is getting very thin towards the end and i don’t straighten nor wash it everyday! IDK what to do but its got me really worried on how thin it has gotten over the last few months.. what should i do

  118. To the gals who have a hard time not playing with their hair while its drying like myself i have found keeping it wrapped in a towel for the majority of the time helps a ton!! When i untwist the towel my hair is damp and i can contain myself from touching it for the last twenty. I love this blog so many helpful tips!!

  119. I’ve always had very, very long hair but it wasn’t until recently that I noticed more of it falling out. I went to the doctor because I thought it was health related but everything came back normal. I already have thin hair but it seems like the longer it gets, the thinner it gets. Does anyone have any tips on getting fuller, thicker hair??

  120. Ha, I laughed at your fiance comment! I feel the exact same way. I hate that word and soo wish we had a different one. I always want to say, “This is my boyfriend who I am marrying in June “, “oh so you mean your fiance?” “Um, nope, just my boyfriend who I happen to be marrying next year.” :)

  121. Hi Ladies,

    I love love love these tips. I wanted to throw my 2 cents in about Wen. The product smells great, and it’s easy to use. However, I have a lot of hair, but its also fine and naturally curly, I found that it made my scalp a little greasy. And I know I will be shunned for saying this, but when I straightened my hair with the blow dryer or flat iron (I have stopped using those tools since) my hair, the roots were horribly greasy. I called them and they said that I might be using too much product, or not rinsing it out enough. So I tried using less, I tried rinsing every last bit out of my hair and still didn’t see a difference. This could just be me, I know others who love it and will not use anything else. For me, I really really love the pureology in the green bottle. It makes my hair feel and smell great. And just between us, I buy it on Ebay for 1/2 the price, and yes, it is authentic. ;) Thanks for the great tips, I really want to try the tangle teaser and the Prime by Living Proof mentioned from another commenter. Happy Holidays everyone!!

    • Great choice on pureology!!!!! Just wanted you to know that it may be authentic coming off eBay, just make sure it’s not old!!!! That’s how places like Walmart get biolage and nexxus. Usually it’s expired!! Be careful!!

      • Thanks Bradie! Fortunately I was able to compare the ebay bottles with my salon bought bottles. They smelled, felt, and looked the same. I think when shampoos are old, they smell different than new shampoo. Is this correct? Is there another way to tell if the shampoos are old? I bought biolage spray leave in conditioner at Target… smells horrible, I am 99% sure it was old. Gross!

        Thanks for the tip, I will definitely keep that in mind next time I need shampoo! :)

  122. Hi Everyone,

    I’m finishing my first semester at college and I thought I’d be washing my hair less when I started in August. In reality, I take a shower every night and wash my hair every night. If I don’t my hair just feels totally disgusting to me even if my boyfriend doesn’t notice if he runs his fingers through it. When I first started puberty my hair got really thick and it was great. Now that I’m close to 19 my hair has gotten very thin. I cut it before my junior prom and it is maybe a total of 3-4 in. longer than back then and it’s been a year and a half. I’ve stopped dying it and and using heat except on my bangs which seem to grow at a faster rate. Being in college, I don’t have much excess money to spend on products or shampoos. I use Herbal Essence Honey, I’m Strong shampoo and conditioner. I was using Redken extreme CAT from my hair stylist but it wasn’t making much of a difference so I stopped buying it. I have thin hair with a few natural waves and I’m really missing my long hair.

  123. Hi all, just wanted to share about this amazing treatment called Liquid Keratin!!! I’m a hairstylist and we recently had a class at the salon I work at for this product!!! So here is what it is: all organic, 100% vegan keratin treatment. How it works is you clarify the hair four times to strip the shaft of any deposits or build ups. Then you blow dry 100% (can not be wet) then the liquid keratin is applied to the hair from root to ends. Now the awesome part comes in….. You flat iron the hair to SEAL the split ends back together! Last step is wash it out! Reduces frizziness, increases shine and as most of us know, your hair is made up of keratin so you’re rebuilding your hair!!! My coworker has frizzy Afro hair naturally and after this treatment her morning routine consists of jumping out of the shower and air drying to pin straight hair! ——- compared to Brazilian blowout but best part is no formaldehyde or aldehydes, just straight keratin and way less work!!!

  124. A good idea for those of use who have impossibly curly and frizzy hair. The K-Pak Vapor straightening iron is amazing. The vapor solution that is pushed into your hair while straightening strengthens your cuticle and is full of vitamins and nutrients for your hair! It makes my hair feel healthier when I use it :)

    Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Joico-Reconstrx-K-pak-Professional-Vapor/dp/B0038NMUOA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355524653&sr=8-2&keywords=k-pak+vapor+iron

  125. hi, I love your hair. You always look so beautiful. I have long hair as well but mine is not super thick, I was wanting to try clip in human hair extensions but am nervous they will come out or show. Have you or do you ever use them for some added oomph??? I need oomph! :) thanks for all your posts and videos! I love them and I love pinterest for finding you!!!

  126. Ok.. so I have thick brown hair.. if I leave it natural its a frizzy weird wavy mess. The only thing that makes my hair a little less frizzy is garnier futis (probaby spelled that wrong) serum. I have so many split ends but that’s bc I blow dry and straighten my hair A LOT. :( I’ve tried overnight no heat hair dos and my hair still turns out super frizzy. Help lol

  127. Try FAST shampoo from Nisim….it makes your hair grow so fast, its scary! YOu can buy it at trade secrets or from their web site Nisim dot com. Cheers.

  128. I’m probably commenting on impulse but I really really wanted to join in on this awesome discussion!! (followed the link to your blog via my Pinterest page). Firstly, reading over pretty much ALL if not MOST of the comments really made me smile! I love how as women we can band together and take such a united front even on such an ordinary subject matter as our hair!!! Hahahhaha.. Oh Sally, it cracked me up silly too, reading over Cassie Ilten’s 3yr old!! Lol!! eyeballing… how hilarious!! I so can picture that happening too!!! And Domi.. the part you wrote “awkward” when you thought the comment was directed to you & maybe it wasn’t….Hahahaa.. made me giggle!! ;)

  129. Caddie ilten Sally domi

    You are all such beautiful girls!! I love that!! it’s great to see how each of us has gone out of her way to offer advice and help for each other!! tickles me pink ;)
    So in all seriousness.. I couldn’t help but notice that most of the tips are, presumably, for Caucasian hair types..?? which is all cool and all, but I’m Afrokinician (my fancy way of referring to my Africaness… hehe) and my hair is in the most dreadful state ever! I get it, years of chemically straightening + braiding hasn’t really done my scalp/hair any service (but I haven’t relaxed my hair in what? maybe 5+ years now) but what use to be a full thick fro, now resdily keeps breaking (wven to this day) But from my own self-diagnosi I l know now this jas more to do wirh my diet than anything else (which I’m in the process of correcting). I just wanted to write and say I love the tips and might even try the good ol’ fashioned advice of using vinegar + baking soda + apple cider vinegar.. since these are regular household ingredients I can easily get my hands on! My sister-in-law in fact introduced me to that baking soda trick after this one bad experience I had when I severely scalded my scalp from the chemical relaxer (never again!!) She washed my hair with baking soda and said it acts like a neutraliser and to cleanse out any regiments of the relaxer. It worked wonders!! I had no idea it could also act as a regular treatment. I’m also definitely gonna try the tangled teaser comb & recommend it to one of my sisters for my lil’ neices… gosh! one of them in particular has tons of hair and I mean tons!! so beautiful though and thick! (I’m so jealous) but its torture for the lil’ Popette even if we so mention anything to do with hair!! haha.. they’re only 3 too!!!

  130. wow, so obviously your hair is gorgeous!
    I’m curios, how long have you been growing it out?
    And, you actually do all of these things you’ve listed here?
    It seems our hair is similar, I just don’t know anything about hair care,,
    and I reeally believe I could one day have lovely flowing locks like yours!!
    LOL. I just need adviiice!

  131. I haven’t read through all the comments but my question is regarding post partum hair loss. After my son was born two years ago I chopped off my hair to a bob to help make it look thicker. Well I’m due in a few weeks with our second baby and am dreading the hair loss that comes after baby. And I don’t want to cut my hair, my plan is to grow it long. It already grows pretty fast and I luckily have naturally wavy hair, so I find that helps to make it look thicker. I also go about 8 months between trims (just had one done) and I let my hair dry naturally quite often because its easiest with a toddler. Do you know any other tips or tricks? I’m afraid I’m going to get frustrated with the hair loss and then just chop it off again. I would love my hair to look like yours, plus I’m currently trying to grow out my bangs.

  132. I need help! I’ve been trying to grow my hair out, but about a year ago I let a friend dye my hair. It completely fried and burnt my hair to the point that it was falling out and ended up being really short. Now that it has finally grown out a little, my hair seems to grow so much faster in the back than in the front or sides. I’ve been using biotin, I do not blow dry my hair. I use a flat iron very rarely. My hair is fine and very brittle. Any advice on how to get my front and sides to grow?

  133. Hey girls,

    So do you use both Wen sulfate free shampoo and the cleansing conditioner and what product exactly do you use for chi? Thanks and awesome blog!!

  134. HELP! I have extremely thin hair so I have to wash it every day or else it is super greasy. I regularly dye it, but hardly ever straighten it. It’s actually quite healthy, but doesn’t seem to grow much. My hair is arm pit length, but I’d love for it to be in the middle of my back. Any advice? THANKS!

    • If you can stand it try to go a few days with out shampooing you hair. Washing it every day just makes your scalp produce more oil and if you skip a few days it stops producing so much because it’s not being removed.
      If you cant go 3 or 4 days without washing it then try to space it out as much as you can, at least every other day. You should notice a difference pretty quickly.

  135. So I have VERY curly hair! It’s also really baby fine and quite thin. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cried cuz it won’t grow ( I’ve been trying to get it long for 6 years now, even had a couple sets of extensions.) I don’t mind having it curly but I don’t know how the whole not touching my hair thing is going to work, it seems like it’s going to frizz out and not have any body to it. Also I don’t think I could handle ALWAYS having it curly. If you cant tell I’m a heat addict. I love my hair curled, And round brushed. Any suggestions to lay off the heat with curly hair?

  136. Hi, I have always had long hair.. until I got this bright idea to chop it off right under my ears in the summer of 2011. I havent had my hair that short since i was in 2nd grade.. Anyway, besides the point. Now I am growing my hair out. I have no problem with the getting outta the shower and not touching it thing, but I have swoop bangs and they always get the greasiest the quickest..I’m talking a 4 hour work shift after I had taken a shower right before, and my bangs look like I havent washed them in a day or two.. I am trying to do the not washing it but every 2-3 days but since my bangs get greasy I am having to wash my hair every day :( Any ideas what I can do?

  137. I’m a big fan of Wen but I’m too cheap to spend that much money on it. Sally’s Beauty Supply sells Hair One which is very similar to it and 1/3 of the cost. That’s all I use now and it works great.

  138. This is a great post and totally got my ass in gear for growing mine for my wedding. I got the amazing tangle twister brush for Christmas and swear by my Moroccan oil shampoo (no parabens has changed my life). I can see my hair getting longer but I’m wondering if you know about product build up, is it ok to use a cleanser (such as Redkin) every now and again?? Thanks
    Jen

  139. hello,
    i just recently moved to a new city and its on the ocea and my hair seems to be more dry and damaged than before! i keep trying argan oil, deep conditioning, trims and the ends still keep getting very dry and damaged! its driving me nuts! i stopped flat ironing my hair to help but nothing!!! i need some adivce! i am going to start taking biotin today!! but i cant afford wen lol any other ideas?? id like to note that my hair was not this way back on the mainland lol so i guess im assuming its the sea air!

    • Try using virgin coconut oil (not hydrogenated). Can find it at the supermarket usually. Either in organic section or even online. You lather it in your hair let it sit for 30 mins or put a shower cap and put a blow dryer on it (to open folicals) for 15 mins. Rinse and shampoo twice and condition as normal. I’ve noticed a difference after the first use! It’s so much softer. helps repair as well. You can read a lot of articles on it. On my container it actually says for cooking, hair and skin uses.. Good luck!

  140. Love this! My hair is to the middle of my back. My girlfriends alway comment on how I’ve kept such long, healthy hair and their’s doesn’t seem to grow. Well, like you shared…air dry. I’ve done it that way for years! I have naturally straight, pin straight hair. So no flat iron or blow drier for me. And I rarely trim it as well. Some of it could be genetics but it’s also how we take care of it. :)

  141. I found this site to be very helpful and I’m glad that there is hope for longer hair! Although my hair is about halfway down my back, it seems to always stop growing at this length. I did purchase 1000 mcg of biotin the other day, and I’ve been doing a little research on it. I found that biotin in larger quantities can make you break out! Some said that to stop the breakouts they also took a zinc supplement. Did you run into this problem? What do you recommend…:)

  142. I’ve been chemically straightening my hair for years but only do it once a year. The rest of the time I use a flat iron. My hair is naturally curly, but not kinky curly. It’s thick and dry! I wash it 2 to 3 times a week. I have a lot of breakage around my face and I’m sure it’s from all the chemicals, blow drying and flat ironing! I really want to strengthen my hair and make it look pretty without all those harsh chemicals. So I’m going to try not to get it chemically straightened anymore! I tried to let my hair air dry the other day and it looked horrible! Frizzy and damaged. I’ve been using wen hair products for about 5 months now and I don’t really care for it. Some days my hair looks really greasy and I honestly haven’t noticed any difference!! So what should I do to try and get my hair healthy again? I can’t stand how it looks when I air dry it, so I just don’t know where to start!! Thanks again for your tips. I’m going to buy the biotin this weekend and start with that!! Thanks again!!

    Lindsie :)

  143. Recently found you on Pinterest, Cara, and you have already revolutionized my hair! I can’t go 100% blow dryer free, but I now try to let it air dry at least 90% of the way and then just flip my head over and dry the roots for a little volume. My natural hair has absolutely ZERO body to it, unless you count tangles. I can already tell a big difference in the way it looks and feels, so thank you! Oh, and I’m so addicted to HAC-ing now :)

  144. I have long hair that is VERY healthy from top to bottom (it’s my one good feature!), so I sort of feel qualified to add a couple things. First, I do have my hair very lightly trimmed every 8 weeks or so to maintain some sort of style as I think a lot of times women chop their hair off from frustration that it doesn’t look nice. A stylist can texturize hair underneath without compromising volume or length and it really does make a difference. A few layers thrown in polishes up the look and adds interest. I have thick hair, so this may be only applicable to those with thick hair also, but I only wash it maybe twice a week. I try to go as long as possible between washings and use Dove dry shampoo which doesn’t run out as quickly as most and doesn’t clog, either. I squeeze it dry with a towel, I never scrub it dry, and I only use a wide tooth comb on my hair, especially if it is wet. NEVER brush wet hair! I don’t run a comb all the way through, either. I start at the root, comb down as far as I can before I run into a snag, and then grip my hair above the snag so I don’t pull any hair out when I am combing through tangles towards the bottom. The tension will stop where your grip is, not at the root if that makes sence. I have noticed a lot less of the inevitable hair loss using this technique. I also use this technique on my dry hair. I do use a hair dryer but only as the last step so it has air-dried a bit. I don’t use a brush to style it when I blow it dry, I use my fingers or a wide tooth comb and then will use either an iron on medium setting, or shape the dry hair with a round brush at the crown or ends to give it more polish. I also try to stay away from humidity control products, especially the hairsprays as they are MURDER on hair. Not to sound know-it-all, but I really think doing these things has helped my hair to grow out faster and healthier.

  145. I just wanted to say I’ve tried most of the tips and techniques mentioned above except the the baking soda/vinegar so I will try that next weekend. BUT I just wanted to warn all of the “soon to be married” and “curious about Wen” this product made my face break out horribly!!! I’d never seen anything like it, bumbs on top of bumbs :-( even worse it took close to 6 months to heal from it! Just a warning… I am prone to oily skin and hair and I don’t know if that made a difference but when I called to cancel future orders they transfered me to a skin reaction and whatever department. That left me with the impression it is fairly common. I will also say they did completely reimburse me so I am not complaining about the service but the disaster that my complexion became was a horrible experience!

  146. ok so im 13 soon to be 14 and I always try to grow out my hair n try everything but nothing works. my hair is a little past my shoulders. and mostly everyone taking the advices hair is already long so im not sure if I sould follow the advice. so plz HELP ME!!! I want my hair to be longer for prom and graduation.

  147. I was wondering since i have really thick hair i thin it out… what about thinning my hair out, should i just rule that out all together?

  148. I have a question. So I heard about Mane and Tails. Is that good for your hair? Or will it hurt it? And how do you do a scalp massage?

  149. So I know I am way behind here but I am trying all of these tips and actually seeing results when I never really have before! I was wondering if you had any new tips for a long hair addict part 2? :) love your blog!!!

  150. I’m late to the game to and stumbled across your blog from pintrest, and that was a few hours ago! I’ve always had really long hair too since I was about 3. I was lucky enough to get medium thick and straight as can be hair. Few things I’ve picked up along the way too. Biotin is a must, it also helps with your nails and metabolism. I can tell on the days I forget to take it and I’m actually sluggish in the afternoon like I need a cup of coffee. Always air dry, I didn’t own a blow dryer until part way through college and I might use it once a month now. I also have never in the era of highlights have had color or a perm and my stylist can tell. Eat a good diet! I could tell where in my hair’s life I was on this no meat kick and I want getting enough protein. My hair was stragly and I was getting these really weird, long split ends. I ended up cutting about 5″ off just to get back to the healthy part! One thing though is I do shampoo and conditioner on average 6 days a week. And the main reason is when I workout there is no going back that hair is gross! I do switch up the shampoos everyday though. I keep a dandruff shampoo, clarifying and either a coconut or jojoba oil shampoo. It does help to switch and the bottles last a long time. Curious on the Wen products though, I’ve heard such mixed reviews from friends that I don’t know if I want to pony up for the product considering how much of it I would need to use.

  151. Thank for all of the tips! I am in need of your HELP. I am really working on not using so much heat on my hair, but I’m in love with curly/wavy hair like yours. Will you please post a how-to video on your hair style? By the way, I saw you recommended Pssst and I LOVE that stuff. Another brand I recommend is Not You Mother’s Clean Freak dry shampoo. I’ve been using it for a week and it’s uhh-mazing. It’s a larger bottle and is $1 cheaper. Thanks for helping :)!

  152. These are really great tips! I didn’t realize, until you posted that fish oil really does make your hair grow. My hair had always been stuck about two inches below my shoulder. These past few months I’ve gotten into this huge health kick and started taking it, and WOW did my hair grow fast! I also don’t get my hair trimmed but maybe once a year. For those with thin hair who are talking about it being too oily, that’s because you trained your hair to be that way. My hair thinned out and became an oily mess after I had my daughter. I don’t have much time to get showers, and when I do it isn’t very long, so I had to re-train my hair so I didn’t look nasty when I had to run to the store. When you take a shower, put about a tablespoon of baking soda in with your shampoo when you wash. Then use conditioner from halfway down your hair, let it sit for only about a minute and wash it out. It takes a few weeks, but you’ll notice you’ll be able to go longer and longer without washing your hair. I can go a full week without washing my hair before it starts looking rough. I’m not saying don’t shower, but you can just get your hair wet in the shower or put on a shower cap. I also have been eating avocados which are good for hair too. You can make a hair mask with em, but I’d rather eat them so my whole body and reap the benefits.

  153. Oh my god all of these tips look amazing! I basically cutt all of my hair off last year in november cause i wanted the julie andrews look, but then decided to grow my hair out this summer because i feel like with long hair there are so many more options, and it looks rebellious, fun and sexy! It grew pretty fast and now is a basically shoulder length, but I don’t know if my regular hair routine is going to give me the best results….

    So i wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner (shikai i think u know the ones from whole foods) every other day. Then after I get out of the shower I use the towel to get out some of the water, then brush it, then apply the towel again, and then blow dry it until is dry and then put it in a bun. Since my hair looks weird down (well to me) and since I want to take it out of the bun one day and it to be really long, i keep it up until that day comes. i don’t brush my hair any other times and i keep in the conditioner for about a minute or more while in the shower.

    i want my hair to be long and healthy and full fast! i have waving brunette (honey i like to say) hair and it is only wavy because i got layers when i was in 7th grade, but when i was younger it was stick straight. i only use the blow dryer and i never use any type of irons, yet i still feel that my hair has reached a block, a wall, not allowing it to take that next step to grow long and lushish and thick.

    what do you suggest? should i apply cocount oil or the apple cider vinegar or baby powder (and when i might add and how much?), which i am totally up for! i don’t know why but i feel that when applying natural products to your hair it gets you in the right mindset, loving your hair, and feeling like rapunzel!

    please please please any suggestions! if possible i really want my hair to be long thick and its natural straight self by the summer when i go off to camp!

  154. Hi Cara. How did you go light form your darker shade?
    I have dark hair but really want to go lighter. Was it a base and a few highlights? Thanks!!!

  155. right! I was so baffled that my hair only grew a little bit between trims and it was all getting cut off anyway. I am getting really sick of my hair dresser giving me all this advice that does not work. I mean, really, she didn’t even know what moroccon oil was…

  156. Hi, I love ur hair growing tips Cara & can’t wait to try them out. I wantd tho to comment on the product “Wen”- I too was on a mission to get healthy hair, & was captivated by all the “beautiful hair’d” ladies on the infomercial, so I gave it a try not once but two times.On both occasions, I had hair falling out by the fist fulls. It was a gradual process where initially a lil hair would come out during the “comb thru” however, ovr time it grew to be more & more hairloss in the shower during this process. I knew it was from the “Wen” product when I changed my shampoo/conditioner & the problem disappeared. I re-tried the “Wen” hoping the experience wouldnt resurface, but once again hair loss started & I gave up on my “Wen”. I read so many reviews w/positive feedback, & I so badly wantd to love this product, but appearently it wasn’t right for me. Just wantd to add my experience & thank u for the wondrful tips.

  157. it’s so funny – AFTER I had my baby I stopped blow drying and stopped getting my hair cut on a regular basis – it grew sooooo fast!!!!! I basically was doing everything you said here except the supplement & it made a HUGE difference! I will NEVER have short hair again!!! Great advice! you all nailed it! I had figured out why my hair grew so long a year ago but didn’t put it out there like you all did. GREAT JOB!!!!

  158. HI! I am trying to grow my hair out andI know you say not to use a blow dryer or a straightener but! my hair is awful.. Its fluffy and huge and just gross. So in order to look good I either need to straighten it or defuse it with some moose to put it curly. Any tricks for a girl stuck in the middle of curly, fluffy, kinda wavy gross hair!!.

  159. Ok so I am totally trying to grow my hair out! It has never been very long and I’ve read tips that are similar to yours but I’ve never heard of not touching it while letting it air dry. . . I usually scrunch it after I comb through it. . .Is that bad?? What does it do when I use my hands to scrunch it while air drying??

  160. Hello, i was trying to get my hair grow faster by using coconut oil but it doesn’t make any different. Do you now anything about using coconot oil it or maybe it doesn’t help at all?

  161. I noticed in some of your pictures you’ve had blonde in your hair, has this changed any of these tips, or added any products to your routine? I want to grow our my hair, but I have been bleaching it blonde and its pretty fried :)

  162. LOVE! THANKS!! What to do with my wet hair (because it’s sweaty/gross after my AM workout) before work tho? You said DON’T TOUCH IT, but I have to make it presentable for work. During the dry winter I have blow dried it (but that damages it) and the hot summers I like leaving it wet but in a bun (but don’t pony tail holders or pony tails damage it too?) It’s fine, a little wavy, thick blond (sandy/I call it dishwater blond!), but it’s too fine to hold curl or to hold most clips. What to do what to do?:) I have been trimming it but it won’t grow! I take SoySentials (a natural supplement for women) thinking that would help it (it has helped my nails grow) but my hair won’t.

    I’m also just starting products to help my blond short lashes. Smart lash is one that I heard helps. The OTC Loreal and Revlon “growth” products haven’t seemed to do much. THANKS for your help.

  163. I have fine blonde hair and an oily scalp. Until recently I was a daily shampoo gal but now I only wash my hair 1-2x a week. I had tried dry shampooing before but a few small changes made it much more effective for me. If I know I’m not going to wash my hair the next day, I dry shampoo before going to bed. I sprinkle a liberal amount of baby powder or shampoo powder onto my palms and massage it into my scalp, particularly the crown and back of my head where I tend to get the oiliest. In the morning I may need a touch up but not the full treatment. My hair is fuller and has more texture than ever before. If I wait until morning to do anything, I have to be very careful to use enough without making my hair look “powdery”. Brunettes may want to get the colored dry shampoo for morning touch ups.

  164. Only cheap shampoos strip your hair. Get a good quality one from your salon and you’ll be amazed at the difference.

  165. i use wen and it is literally the best thing ever my hair gets really frizzy in fall winter and spring and i use wen every sunday in those months(cuz it can create build up)it also makes its texture way softer and it looks softer too!!! i would totally recommend it!!!! <3 good luck guys!!! :)

  166. I have very curly hair, and I also had a VERY oily scalp a few years ago. I used a cleansing shampoo, and it got rid of the oil, but it dried out my hair to the point where the minute I got out of the shower, it was already frizzy. I used to towel dry my hair too. Recently, I started using Pantene Aqua Lite and not towel drying my hair, and it’s helped SO much! My curl has gotten better and I have cleaner, smoother, softer hair. The one thing I’ll say is that the frizz is still somewhat an issue, so I use Bed Head Spoil Me deffrizzer and smoother. It eliminates frizz without making my hair oily. I wash my hair every other day, and on the day that I don’t, I use the Sauve dry shampoo. It smells fresh and it makes oil less obvious. It reminds me of baby powder in a can (;

  167. I’m a hairstylist and I want to tell you that you don’t have to get a trim every six weeks. If you do three months in between trims, I won’t bother you. Eight months is simply too much. If you leave your split ends on, all the vitamins from the bioten and the food you eat will go straight to your ends rather than to growing g your hair longer. Make sense now? Every six weeks is if you are trying g to Mai rain a certain haircut. I.e. a Bob. If you have short hair, like I do, you would understand that half an inch can completely change a haircut and make you look stupid. Just saying.

  168. Great tips!!! I already follow most of these, and they work wonders!! Ladies, don’t let anyone (your hair stylist included) convince you to cut your hair if you don’t want to. I am really interested in trying Wen, but I have a lot of hair, so I fear that I will be spending too much money. As of right now I use the Brocato line and I just stocked up on the Miracle Repair products during the Beauty Brands Liter Sale. I take Biotin, never brush my hair when it is wet, and use no heat products EVER. I haven’t tried to stimulate the scalp in the shower or before bed, but I will definitely start! That is a great idea!

  169. Hello, I know this is not the correct forum, but in your brown eyes makeup tutorial, where you did “ice blue” eyes, where did you get the conatcts from? I have been looking for conatcts like that for ages. Thank you so, so much! This is my new favorite beauty blog!! Thanks for all the tips!

  170. I am obsessed also growing my hair longer, that why I take vitamins supplement called Hair Obsession daily supplement . I love your hair hope to get there buy next year 2014, I am taken Hair Obsession vitamins supplement that help me , I getting 2 inch per month I just got to remember to take them , but my hair is so much health and stronger , thicker to because they have 5000 mg biotin, and 800 mcg of MSM and alot more ingredient that cause the hair to grow faster. I purchase them at above website http://www.hairobsessionvitamin.com
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  171. Hi, have you ever heard of or tried Percy & Reed no oil oil? It’s meant to give volume but and not weigh hair down and at the same time help hair. I’m not sure whether it’s worth the money and wanted to know if anyone had heard or tried it. Thanks

  172. Hi,
    I love your blog! You’re tutorials and tips are so helpful, especially for someone like me who is not good at doing hair and makeup at all!

    I have very thick hair, and I’ve grown it out to be pretty long, but I feel like I always have to blow dry it (into a frizz ball) and flat iron it. Usually I do this every few days, mostly because it takes forever to do, but lately I’ve been doing it more often because I’ve been working out more lately. My hair seems like it is getting very dry and my ends are totally split.

    Any suggestions? Any chance you’ll do a post one day on the right hairstyles for specific hair types? lol

    Thanks!

  173. I’m in the process of growing my hair out. I had long hair (almost to my bum lol) but when I went in for a TRIM my ex hairdresser cut 8 inches off ! After four months it’s finally to my bra strap, but I take biotin (5000mcg) and wash my hair every other day which is hard because I have oily hair /: I started using dry shampoo (Aveeno) & it works pretty good. I also take a multivitamin everyday too. My hair grows about an inch + a month so I should be where I wanna be by the summer. I don’t get my hair trimmed though, maybe once every 8-10 months and I’ll get an inch cut off. I’m seriously scared to get a trim because the last trim I got took all my hair off :( I have extremely thick hair too, and have to get my hair thinned out every 3-4 months (I should do it more often) and I usually wear my hair up because I feel it grows faster when it’s up and stays less oily because I don’t touch it. I use conditioner only on the ends and that helps with my oily hair, and I put a little lotion (yes, bath & body works) to make my hair less frizzy and it works for me. I do blowdry my hair probably 2-3 times a week & use my straightener maybe 1-2 times a week. I have naturally straight hair so I don’t have to straighten it much. Every two weeks a take egg whites and mix 1/2 cup of water with it pop it in a spray bottle and drentch my roots, and use the yolk and 1 cup of water on my ends and the rest of my hair. The egg whites make my roots less oily and the yolk makes my hair soft and shiny. You can mix olive oil with the yolk to help if your hair is frizzy or mashed avocado.

  174. First off, I have to say, I love your blog SO much & think you’re gorgeous!! But now, about me. ;) I had to chop my hair because a colorist fried my hair…like only about an inch of hair in some places. Very Kate Gosselinesque, but the rest of my hair was past my bra strap. I ended up cutting a ton off, so now it’s probably just an inch or two longer than Julianne Hough’s hair in Safe Haven. I have NO idea how to style it correctly. Can you do a post on how to do shorter hair? Seems like everything is different. I can’t even curl it the way I’m used to. Air drying has also been different than it was before. I used to air dry and look kind of beachy and now I just feel like a sloppy mess, but don’t want to blow dry because I want my long hair back ASAP. Would laced hair work for hair that length?

  175. Nice blog Cara.. I really liked your blog. Very much useful tips. I’m sure these can work better. I’d suffered with severe hair loss problem, and really i heck those days. I’ve searched on internet and decided to go for a Vegan diet with a product named Provillus, which contains minoxidil with biotin supplement. These two worked better for me, i’ve taken a lot more leafy greens, veggies, fruits which are high in vitamin C and proteins eggs, nuts, almonds, and diary, also i’ve used fish oil for omega 3 fatty acids. And now my hair is growing healthy.

  176. I have worked with hair products as a stylist for 30 years. I have use a;; expensive to inexpensive products! After using the Shielo Sealing Mist on my clients for the last 2 years – I noticed that it was also healing their split ends. Even on really short or really long styles. Besides the fact that it smells great, my clients hair soft and alot easier to comb through.

  177. This blog is wonderful. I have a lot of issues w my hair I’ve always had a dry scalp with build up but now it’s greasy too I try to not wash it for a day or two. It’s become very thin and feels like it’s falling out do you think these tips can help? I want to try the baking soda n vinegar hoping it doesn’t dry my scalp.

  178. Hi
    Ive just fallen across your blog, all I can say is thank goodness. I’ve got really baby fine hair which just doesn’t look good once as it grows past my bob style. Last few months I’ve stopped washing it every day and now down to shampooing 3/4 days.This is helping but my main worry now is colour. I have it coloured every 3/4 months.the back and the bottom loses colour compared to round the top and front which holds its colour and I guess it must be porous. I’m reading the post about baking soda and apple cider vinegar and thinking of trying it. What type of hair colour brands should I be looking for with my type of hair?

  179. Im using it in my roots because i got a short hair cut. I WANT IT TO BE SHORT BUT I LOOK PRETTIER WEITH IT LONG IM 10 AND HA MAKE ME GIVE IT UP -_- I Have a short neck and its shoulder link -_- I BUT A WHOLE BOTTLE OF CONDITIONER AND ANOTHER BOTTLE OF CONIDITIONER IN MY HAIR AND A WHOLE BOTTE OF SHAMPOO.. AND A BUT LOAD OF SOAP… the suprising part is that i ehh so what

  180. Hi ladies!

    I love all of these tips! I am working on growing my hair long as well. My hair is very fine AND thin, so I need to use every trick in the book to make sure it grows in healthy and all.

    I have a question regarding the dry shampoo’s and/or the baby powder in between washes. I purchased a couple of bottles of dry shampoo, and they all have strong ingredients in them including alcohol. I wonder if this would be counter productive as alcohol is drying, plus some of those other ingredients might also be damaging to the hair. It seems that the dry shampoos are counter productive to growing healthy hair, considering I would want minimal use of damaging products.

    Baby powder is drying as well, but I wonder if it’s a better route to go in terms of being less damaging to the hair.

    What are your thoughts and experiences with this? My hair looks greasy very quickly, so I’d love to use one of these, but don’t want to defeat my purpose.

    Thanks in advance ladies!

  181. Long and beautiful hair has always been my dream. I’ve tried a lot of shampoos, conditioners and other recipes for increasing hair growth, but my hair was not so thick and healthy, so I had to cut it again and again. Eventually I understood that the best effect comes when nutrition is done from inside out. Basic nutrients should come from food, but there are seasons when we strongly suffer from the lack of vitamins. Recently I’ve started taking nutritional supplement Hair Gain Formula by Military Grade. This product is the only nutraceutical which possesses prostaglandin D2 blocking properties. I must say, result was above expectations! I detect lots of short hair on my head and it grows quicker. I hope my dream of a long hair would soon come true.

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