I have been wanting to do this post for awhile & am so excited to share about my “hair journey” with you guys! It’s taken time for me to find what works, but after learning about the benefits of collagen & changing how I care for my hair, it has grown SO much!
“You have such fine hair”
This may sound silly, but those words have haunted me my whole life… Every hair dresser or friend that has touched my hair has always said that to me & to be honest, I let it get to me. Society has proven to be obsessed with long hair, thick curls, the sexy beach wavy look, etc. and for me that was something I never had. I wasn’t able to style it the way that I wanted because it was just so dead straight & it never held curls because of how thin it was. Again, I know this is a totally silly insecurity, but it totally effected me!
It wasn’t until college that I finally just embraced it & loved my hair for what it was. I never have colored it, but it has natural highlights & I didn’t have to deal with frizz or it being “too thick.” I basically just accepted my hair for what it was & realized I just needed to love me for me!
I have been wanting to share the products I’ve been using & the things I’ve been doing that I feel like have helped my hair get thicker & longer!
I am really proud of the fact that I just “let it go” & accepted my hair for what it was, but it didn’t stop me from trying to just be healthier in general. In 2015, Tylor & I changed our diet quite a bit & started eating more healthier fats, less sugar & less grains. This was also when I started looking for supplements I could add to my diet. I found Vital Proteins in 2016 & started replacing protein powder with their collagen peptides in my smoothies in the mornings. Now I LOVE their vanilla collagen creamer & put it in my coffee every morning!
I credit a lot of my hair growth to collagen as it is a natural occurring protein in hair, skin & nails. Collagen is what surrounds each strand of hair so you can imagine it’s important for the health of your hair. As we get older (I think after age 25), we start to produce less collagen, so it’s smart to supplement our body with it! The follicle cells in our hair are made up of keratin protein & collagen increases the production of amino acids that create this keratin protein. I’ve also read that collagen increases blood circulation & increasing blood circulation to your scalp is great for hair growth!
While supplements can be beneficial, there’s no reason to overdo it as your body can only absorb a certain amount of everything… so always follow the instructions of how much to consume or else you could just be wasting the product!
I have been using their shampoo products for years & swear by them! They are so gentle & help stimulate hair growth. When it is in stock I love the Grow More shampoo but because it’s so popular, it’s sometimes sold out. If it is, I will get the Kelp & Mint shampoo – the mint kind of gives your scalp a tingly feeling & I guess it’s really good because of the blood circulation/stimulation stuff I was talking about above!
I have been using a rosemary scalp oil about once a week – I massage small drops throughout my scalp & then sleep with it in. Then I wash it really well the next morning. Rosemary helps protect hair follicles from certain types of damage & has been proven to help with hair growth!
The oil I have been using also has black cumin in it. Unfortunately the specific one I have has been discontinued, but I linked something similar above that I am trying out now!
Although dry shampoo itself doesn’t necessarily have some ingredient that’s beneficial for hair, I use it because it allows me to wash my hair way less! Washing your hair too much strips it of its natural oils & has proven to be really bad for your hair. I used to wash my hair every day & now I do it every 2-3 days.
I have some friends that can go a week or longer – I am not quite there yet hah! I think because my hair is so fine, it gets oily pretty easily, so I can’t last super long without washing it & this is where dry shampoo kicks in. I love Batiste & swear by it (but remember I am very blonde!) – I have friends that are obsessed with Living Proof. I’ve been meaning to try it out to see what I think of it but I haven’t yet!
I try to allow my hair to air dry, but let’s be real, I have to blow dry it fairly often if I’m in a hurry to leave for work. So before I blow dry, I spray in this It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Conditioner & have found it has helped prevent my hair from getting that weird frizz after drying. The spray itself has a protectant against heat, so it is meant to help with protecting your hair when blow drying!
To some this may seem obvious, but I actually used to use a regular brush with the little millions of wire teeth for years! I started using a wide tooth comb & it has prevented so much breakage! I also don’t brush my hair when it’s totally wet. I will let it air dry or blow dry it first before brushing it out.
Once it is dry, especially if I am doing dry shampoo, I will use a tease brush (not necessarily tease my hair), but it is so much softer on my hair then a regular, traditional brush!
On top of all the products, simply eating healthier, drinking plenty of water & eating plenty of healthy fats will help with your hair & skin! We love using avocado oil to cook with & I add avocado, ghee or coconut oil to a lot of recipes!
I hope these tips help – let me know if you guys have questions! 🙂