I’ve recently had a few of my friends and people from Instagram, comment on how long my hair has grown. Since dying it way too much during high school, I’ve spent my time trying to repair the damage I’d caused. Unfortunately, my hair is quite thin anyway, so just running my straighteners over it every now and again can cause lots of breakages. So, what have I done? 3 things: Firstly, I’ve stopped straightening it as much, secondly, use hair care regularly and lastly, get it cut every 4-6 weeks. Together, they’ve helped me to grow long hair.
This blog post will highlight some of the hair care products I use, with details of how and when I use them.
Hair Serum & Repair Spray
Hair serum is something I’ve been using for years. It started when my mum bought it for me in high school. I loved using it and still do, though back then as a “skint” teenager, I used to wait until she paid. (I used to spend my money on alcohol and charity shop clothes instead.) The serum wasn’t even that expensive. If it was on offer – which it currently still is – it costs £3.50, otherwise, it’s £4.00 which isn’t that much. I’m not too sure how long it lasts me. Back then, probably a few months but now that I use it every day (without fail), I’d say it lasts at least 1 month. I buy in bulk and keep my beauty draw stocked up so I never feel like I’m running out. It’s definitely a staple in my hair care routine.
How To Apply?
The directions for use state to apply it to damp or dry hair. I use 2-4 pumps and run it through the ends (and only the ends), of my hair once I’ve towel-dried it. If I’m straightening my hair, I will do that first before then applying another 1 pump again, only on the ends.
Tip: If you add too much after you’ve straightened your hair, it may cause it to curl and go wavey. That’s what happens to my hair, though mine is pretty thin and easily gets kinks.
The bottle is 30ml, meaning you can travel with it easily. I sometimes use the serum as a replacement for conditioner as it makes my hair just as soft and fits nicely into my beauty bag compared to a bottle of conditioner.
Avon stock more than 1 type of hair serum including those for frizz, daily shine or those with argan oil. I sometimes use the argan oil hair serum if my hair is feeling extremely dry but find that with having oily skin, it can make even the ends of my hair quite greasy.
Tip: After applying the serum to your hair use a clean comb to brush the ends. This will help ensure the product covers every strand. Avoid brushing the top of your hair to stop the serum from being brushed into the roots. This will reduce the potential of your hair looking greasy.
As well as the hair serum, I use the Avon restoring spray that I apply to damp, towel-dried hair. I use it instead of heat protection spray as I don’t like the smell of heat protector and if I decide not to use straighteners, curlers or even a hair dryer, I feel like the restoring spray is more effective for helping repair damage and to grow long hair.
I spray this all over my hair from my chin downwards. Again, this is to stop the roots of my hair from getting greasy quickly. It also ensures that the spray is going on the most damaged parts of my hair: the ends. My hairdresser explained that my hair was worst underneath and from the middle of my head, down. I now section my hair to make sure the problem areas are targeted and with going back for regular cuts, she’s started noticing a difference in it’s condition.
Tip: Ask your hairdresser to point out the most damaged parts of your hair. Make sure you then focus your hair care products in these areas.
I ended up buying root spray due to changing the areas of my hair that I straightened. To help protect the ends, I left the lower part of my hair natural and started straightening the hair around my face. I find that if I don’t curl the hair near my roots, outwards, it can make my face look really long and flat. It’s all because I have a big forehead. When the top of my hair isn’t styled, it accentuates my already-way-too-long face.
However, as of doing this, I noticed that my hair started breaking at the top instead and I’d be left with short strands sticking upwards from my scalp. Even though I’d never put a product on my roots after I’ve just washed my hair, I add this OGX root booster when it’s in need of a wash. You’ll find out later that I sometimes sleep in my hair masks and when doing so, I spray my roots with this product as well. It does look like it’s started helping my root breakage though it’s still early days.
I usually wash my hair about every 2-3 days unless there’s a special occasion where I need to wash it beforehand. On the 2nd or 3rd day, I tend to add this coconut milk to the ends of my hair and then style it in a slick back low bun. I find it’s slightly thicker than the Avon hair serums, so isn’t really fit for everyday use but more so for when my hair is looking limp and I’m due to wash it. (I wouldn’t have it on my hair for any longer as it can make it quite greasy after a day or so.)
Aside from making it slightly greasy when left for a while, it really makes my hair stronger and more supple to repair my split ends. Plus, it smells amazing with it being coconut!
Another Potential Use? I also used it as a moisturiser when I was on holiday. I found that when the sea salt crystalised on my body it made my skin quite dry. This coconut milk reduced the dryness, acting like a moisturiser. Although for the price of it, I would usually just buy a normal (and cheaper) moisturiser.
As I’ve just briefly mentioned, this product is slightly more expensive than the other hair serums/oils I use which is also why I tend to use it less regularly. I remember first buying it on sale for £4.00 from Superdrug, though it currently costs £6.99. Other than this minor negative, it’s worth the money as my hair has definitely grown longer.
Okay, so I haven’t yet used this product but with so much buzz around collagen in the beauty world, I have ordered some to try. Want to try it with me? You can buy it here.
“This lightweight treatment oil works double duty. It helps protect and heal tired strands of hair while it infuses them with a radiant shine.” – OGX Beauty
The final type of hair product I regularly use is a hair mask. Hair masks are definitely the number one product that have helped me to grow long hair. I use a variety of hair masks as my dad buys me lots at Christmas and on my birthday. (Yes, I know I’m lucky!) Currently, I use an argan oil mask but before that, I used this egg protein mask. To me, they all do the same job. The only thing that I realise is dramatically different is the colour of the mask and the smell.
The Liberex hair mask is pretty good. It smells nice and for the sale price of £7.99, it’s good value. However, because the tub can only hold 200ml it’s not the cheapest of hair masks out there. There are small beads in the mask, though I’m not sure what they are, they seem to “dissolve” into my hair and do strengthen it. I use it once a week – if I remember – and usually leave it in my hair overnight. If you plan on doing the same, wrap your hair in cling film to help protect your pillows. My hairdresser once suggested doing this but with conditioner to help repair my hair, so I’m sure doing it with a hair mask is just as good. My dad ordered this mask from Amazon so you also get fast delivery too!
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