HAIR. It’s a big thing for the majority of us. I’ll freely admit my hair is a big part of how I feel good about myself. Since birth I’ve had a good head of hair and I have my mum and dad to thank for that (check out their luscious locks in this post). I’m also with a man with an amazing head of hair. So yeah…hair is a big thing in my life.
I’ve had long hair most of my life. I mainly wear my hair down but I like having the option of plaiting it and throwing it up into a top knot. I’m lucky that my hair is obedient. It’s naturally wavy but when I straighten it, it stays straight and when I curl it, it tends to stay curly. Also, I’m fortunate that my hair does not get greasy very quickly. I used to be able to go a week without washing my hair but now I will wash it every five days or so. A little dry shampoo at the roots on days 4 and 5 is usually all I need.
Lately I’ve seen alot of people chop off their locks, from celebs like Julianne Hough and Katie Holmes to bloggers like TarMar and Orchid Grey. And they all look amazing with it. It’s made me wonder should I do something different with my hair, shake things up a bit? I don’t feel I’ve changed my hair drastically for a long time. I was very blonde for a lot of years but once Phill and I bought our house I didn’t feel like shelling out big money to have my hair coloured every few months. Now that I’ve grown out most of the blonde I do like being back to my natural hair colour.
My blogger friend That Belfast Girl is currently trying to grow her hair and a few months back we were conversing via Twitter about how best to encourage hair growth. I gave her some advice and I thought I’d share some of my hair growth tips with you.
If you are trying to grow your hair, or maybe just trying to get it looking healthier, my advice is to:
–try not and wash your hair too much. A lot of my friends say they need to wash their hair everyday because it gets so greasy. If this is you, then try washing every other day, using dry shampoo in between if you need to. You might find your hair gets used to not being washed so often!
–get a good moisturising condition. I’m a fan of the Aussie three minute miracle conditioners. I put most of my conditioner at the bottom of my hair. You don’t need to put much as the crown of your head as that it the area that gets greasy first.
–give your hair a break from hair dryers, straighteners/curling irons. After I wash my hair I wring out as much water as possible from it and then I wrap it up into an absorbing hair turban like this one. I don’t even towel dry it. I’ll leave it in the hair turban overnight (or at least for a few hours). When I wake up it is still damp but generally I just let it dry naturally. If you can’t help but use heat on your hair then make sure to spritz your hair with heat protecting spray or something similar.
–get your ends trimmed every three months or so. You want your hair to grow but at the same time you don’t want unattractive dry, split ends. When you do go to the hair dresser ask them to take as little off the ends as possible.
1. Baby hair!
2. Blonde hair as a toddler.
3. Rocking a giant hairband and clip-on earrings circa 1992. I basically have the same hair then that I do now at 28!
4. Around 14/15 years old, looking a bit wonky-eyed and with medium-length straightened brunette hair.
1. Uber blonde in 2008. Hairbands are still a feature but this time I’m covering up my dark roots.
2. 2011 and I’ve been growing out my blonde after getting sick of spending big money on colouring.
3. Dark blonde in London in 2009. Check out my sexy hair accessory!
4. 2006 and I’ve lots of layers and plenty of highlights. Va Va Voom!