A lot has happened since August! For starters, all of my hair now goes into a ponytail or a top-knot—thank god. It’s crazy how much you can miss the ability to throw your hair up. The photos can only show so much, but according to my (very scientific) measurements, my hair has grown just over 2.5 inches since August—slightly above average (most sources claim .5 inches per month is normal). These are the tips and tricks I’ve stuck to the past 3 months:
1. Biotin: 5000 mcg per day.
2. Moroccanoil shampoo, conditioner & oil therapy.
3. Aveda Invati: I use the Scalp Revitalizer daily, but I use the shampoo & conditioner 1-2 times per week.
4. Hydration. I drink at least 100 ounces of water per day.
5. Scalp Massages: I try to give myself a scalp massage at least twice per week. I usually use coconut oil or the Moroccanoil Hydrating Mask and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
I’ll be back in February to conclude one year of regrowth with a final post. Here’s hoping my hair has grown an additional four inches by then! If you’re starting the regrowth process be sure to check out the first two installments: How to Grow Out Your Hair and How to Grow Out your Hair Part II!
More than one Beauty Bets contributor, including myself, has sung the praises of Moroccanoil for its ability to smooth, moisturize and tame the driest, frizziest of tresses. When it launched, MoroccanOil was a revelation. A miracle! But there were imperfections, too. Over time, the large proportion of argan oil created a film, weighing down finer hair like mine. And hard as I tried, I couldn’t love the perfume-y cocoa-butter scent.
My hair had begun to fall on hard times when dpHUE opened in the Twin Cities and graced us with its HAIR OIL TO END ALL HAIR OILS. Predominantly comprised of shea oil, a personal favorite for its rich yet lightweight properties, it manages to be all things to all hair types—without weighing them down. In fact, it’s almost impossible to overdo this delicately fragrant liquid gold, and yet a few drops will more than suffice to smooth, moisturize and tame the driest, frizziest of tresses. I run a dab through my ends to seal and protect before blow-drying, and a little more to finish the job. dpHUE Oil Therapy ($30) is available online and at the color salon’s two locations in Edina and Maple Grove—stop in and ask for a sample!
I’ve joined the club. The club of girls growing out an inverted bob. Oh, you didn’t know there was a club? Well there is. I’ve been growing mine out since February after chopping off my beloved but seriously damaged long locks. And good lord, regrowth is painful. Thankfully, I have gotten past the hardest part (when it’s no longer an inverted bob but not yet anything else) and am now sporting a long, shoulder skimming lob that I can definitely work with. The biggest benefit of this process? Seeing my hair grow back healthier, stronger and thicker than it was before. Here’s what’s made it more bearable:
1. Wen Conditioning Cleanser – I love this sulfate-free shampoo for several reasons, but its knack for keeping hair’s natural oils intact helps tremendously with regrowing.
2. Aveda Invati Scalp Revitalizer – Spray it on your scalp after a shower and then massage it in. I’ve noticed a difference in the thickness of my hair and definitely attribute it to this—and my stylist has commented on how healthy my scalp & follicles look! (I also alternate the invati shampoo/conditioner in with my wen, using it 1-2 times per week).
3. MoroccanOil – I use this on just the ends of my hair to keep it moisturized and prevent split ends.
4. Wide tooth comb – Keeps breakage to a minimum! Comb carefully from the ends and work your way up.
5. Hydrate – It’s no secret that drinking a healthy amount of water every day improves your overall health, but it also aids in healthy hair (and nail!) growth, not to mention that well-hydrated glow. I’m an 80-ounces-a-day kind of girl. I track it using washi tape on a 16 ounce tumbler.
6. Exercise – Did you know that getting your blood pumping helps your hair grow? It does, and there is no better motivation for me to go out and bike 25 miles than the thought that I might come home with longer hair.
Anyone else have regrowth tips? We’d love to hear what has worked for you (or what hasn’t). –Dani
Okay, so the plan was to share my favorite launches of 2010. But as I reflected on the past year in beauty (that sounds so melodramatic) I couldn’t overlook a few classics that I just “discovered”—and now can’t live without. Got your own must-have product of the year? Confess!
Griege Nail Polish – Few shades get me going in the nail department. Then griege happened and I can’t get enough of painting myself silly with grays and browns. They them make me feel a bazillion times cooler.