They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results every time. Well, call me Crazy because I keep cutting off all of my hair and expecting to love it when short hair just does not work for me… The first time was in first grade. I showed the hairdresser at Fantastic Sams a photo of a young Aaron Carter because I liked his bowl cut. I have a distinct memory of wishing and praying that my hair would grow back overnight. Then, when I had waist length dirty blonde hair in 5th grade, I had it cut into a short bob. The vicious cycle continued for the next decade, but as I got older and I’d cut my hair, I would immediately invest in hair extensions after the fact. It was a waste of money and my self-esteem.
I love hair extensions (duh, remember this?), but they’re too much work to wear everyday. Plus I know I can get my hair to grow on its own, it just takes a little work…
At my wedding two years ago, my mom had shoulder length hair but by the next summer it was well over a foot longer! What sorcery! How did she do it? Besides taking biotin and fish oil everyday, she also stopped dying her hair. She embraced her gray highlights and just let it grow.
I took a page from my mom’s book and have started taking biotin religiously and I haven’t gotten my highlights done in a looooong time. For a bottle blonde, that’s not always a good look, but my hairdresser friend told me that with my grown out roots it looked like I had gotten Balayage, which is what I was intending to do anyway. In addition to taking supplements and not getting my hair done, I’ve also started bi-weekly at home hair masks. I took to Pinterest to research all natural techniques for growing and thickening hair and have tweaked my own version of an oil mask. Holy crap, my hair feels amaaaaazing!!
- coconut oil- full of fatty acids, vitamin E and vitamin K
- apple cider vinegar- removes build up from products
- castor oil- stimulates new hair growth and thickens existing strands
- rosemary essential oil- natural stimulant that boosts blood circulation when absorbed into scalp
- in a microwave safe bowl, melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (30 seconds should do the trick).
- add 1 TBS of ACV, 1 TBS of castor oil, and a 3-5 drops of rosemary essential oil to the melted coconut oil and mix with a spoon.
- secure a section of your hair on top of your head.
- starting at the roots, apply the oil mixture with a spoon or your fingers and massage it into your scalp.
- take the top section of hair down and repeat the application process.
- use your fingers or a comb to distribute the oil through your hair.
- dip the ends of your hair into whatever is left of the oil in your bowl.
- secure your hair on top of your head and leave the mask on for at least 30 minutes (I left mine on for a few hours and because I had other shit to do)
- ~optional~ let your cats get a whiff of your hair… our kitties go crazyyyy for coconut oil!
When it’s time to rinse your mask, rinse your hair completely with just water before applying shampoo. You’ll need to lather, rinse, and repeat for sure. One time I didn’t completely rinse the oil out of my hair and it looked like shit, so make sure you’re thorough in your shampooing.
Along with my oil mask, I’ve also started using a leave in conditioner, which I apply to damp hair after showering. I used this Shea Moisture kind while at my sister-in-law’s house in Nashville earlier this spring and fell in love with it.
Fingers crossed that by Christmastime, my hair will be down to my butt sans weave. Let it grow! Let it grow! Let it grow!!!!