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Protecting Long Hair for Growth


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#Post 1 of 4 OFFLINE   MissJessicaMary

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 08:36 AM

What products can I use to protect my hair while I am trying to get it to grow?

 

My hair about 2.5 feet long and usually hits at about my tail bone. It is fine stranded, but moderately thick. However, it will not get any longer. And for a long time I thought it simply was not growing past that point, but now I realize it is simply breaking off. I would like to add another 6 inches to a foot to my hair.

 

I am fairly gently when I brush it. I carefully pick out any snags with a wide tooth comb and my fingers and I brush with a boar bristle brush. I try not to over brush, but I do thoroughly brush it at least once or twice a day.

 

I very, very rarely use or allow any one to use heat on my hair. Maybe a handful of times a year. The only heat I use myself is a blowdryer maybe twice a year and the other times would be curling done by a hair stylist for a photo shoot. Same with any other types of styling (backcombing, etc), a stylist does them.

 

I generally wear my hair down or in a simply style like a braid or bun. I use very little product, usually a light hair oil (Organix Vanilla Silk) or a Garnier smoothing creme for flyaways.

 

My diet is fairly healthy, certainly the best it has been in my life, but if there are certain foods that would help I can try to work more of them in.

 

Currently, and for about two years, I use a sulfate free shampoo (Organix or BioInfusion to mix it up on occasion) and I condition my hair with the matching conditioner every time I wash (maybe 3 times a week). I have also started doing a second condition to my hair using a deep conditioner (either the Organix Argan Oil one or the EverSleek deep conditioner)

 

I have seen some things like hairdresses and coconut oil will protect, but I have tried oiling my hair before and that stuff is so hard to wash out and I just cannot deal with the oily look of it. My hair is already quite straight and flat and any more and I just look pitiful.

 

Here are a couple photos:

 

 

 

Note that all my hair is in front in these photos, so it looks kind of thick. Here is one with a loose fishtail braid to give another idea of thickness.

 

 

One final note, I am starting to use henna and indigo to dye my hair (the braid photo is the current color), but previously I was using regular blue black hair dye. Usually the Garnier. I stopped maybe 3 or 4 months ago now.

 

And again, because the pose is so long (sorry! just wanted to give all details I could think of), my question is: how can I protect my hair to prevent breakage so I can grow it longer? Product suggestions, simple hair styles (I usually like to wear it down), or different methods for doing things would be great, just with the products keep in mind that I am on somewhat of a budget. ^_^ Thank you in advance ^_^


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#Post 2 of 4 OFFLINE   Dalylah

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 12:58 PM

My hair is about the same length as yours (I occasionally sit on it) and I have found loosely braiding it, especially at night, really helps. I use macadamia oil or sweet almond oil on my hair after showers and use it quite sparingly. The sweet almond oil is super light so that may be best for you. I put it on the hair from about the shoulder down. If I use it near the scalp it gets too oily.

 

Once your hair gets too tushy length you have to really be careful not to sit on it and break or pull it. Latching your braid through a belt loop or pulling it up over your shoulder will reduce the chance of that.

 

The good news is that you already have gorgeous hair.



#Post 3 of 4 OFFLINE   paintwithglitte

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:33 PM

First off, you have beautiful hair ! One thing that I recommend would be to evaluate how you are drying your hair after washing it.  Although you rarely put heat on it, because hair is dead and does get old over time, towel drying it may cause breakage.  Additionally, if you use rubber bands or hair ties that could be causing breakage as well.  Do you trim your hair frequently?  This never fails to spark growth in my clients. 



#Post 4 of 4 OFFLINE   MissJessicaMary

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:30 AM

The way I dry my hair is as follows: I will very gently squeeze any excess water out of it before I get out of the shower (I do not wring it, I just gently squeeze), then I wrap a towel around the length and again squeeze. Sometimes I will wrap it up in the towel like a turban, especially now that it is cold and the wet hair down my back can cause headaches for me. Otherwise, I will usually just sit down and drape it over a towel and let it air dry. I never rub it dry with a towel. Thankfully I work from home so I have time to let it dry. I do not use rubber bands or the ties with metal parts. I use the ones that are all one piece and kind of the texture of rolled pantyhose. I do not usually see a lot of breakage with those. I probably do need to trim it more often. Do you have a recommendation on how often/how much to trim, paintwithglitte?
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