How I’ve repaired my damaged hair

Happy Monday everyone! Hair care is something that is SO important to me, especially since my hair has been through so much. I’ve spent hours researching and watching videos of how to repair damaged hair, how to make it grow, etc. and through it all I’ve found a few key things that have made a difference that I’d like to share.

First, I’ll start with my hair history: About two years ago I decided to bleach my hair. It was blonde a the time but I really wanted that icy/silver look to it and it seemed like that was the only way I could get it where I wanted it (even purple shampoos weren’t getting the job done).  My hair was also about shoulder-length at the time and never seemed to be growing any longer so I decided to have it cut near my collar bones to try out the lob look as well.

Fast forward to a year later, my hair was SO damaged. I was having my roots bleached about every two months or so and it really couldn’t take it anymore. I decided to have my hair dresser blend my root color with the light bleached hair and have been letting my hair grow out naturally on its own since, with the exception of one previous appointment where I had some balayage done to help blend the dark to the light.

To bring my hair back to health I of course knew the first step would be to stop blow drying and using heat and to use a good heat protectant whenever heat is necessary. I’ve been using this CHI Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray and it works great!

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Treatments have also played a huge role in restoring my hair. I’ve been alternating using this Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask  and hot oil treatments and have been pleasantly surprised with how much stronger my hair has gotten.

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I also take daily biotin vitamins. Biotin is essential for the health of hair, skin and nails and I have noticed a difference in the rate my nails grow, but it has been harder for me to be able to tell if it’s impacted my hair growth or not. It’s worth a shot though if you’re in the same boat as me! I take the gummy kind and I honestly look forward to taking them each day because it’s just like eating candy, haha!

When it comes to washing my hair I also only do so about twice a week. This is a tip I’ve come across a lot in my research since washing removes the natural oils that are actually pretty important for healthy hair. I also apply argon oil to the ends of my hair daily to prevent them from drying out.

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Consistent trims are another important factor many of you have probably heard about.  I try to get mine trimmed every few months and can always tell by looking at my ends when it’s time (split ends, breakage). This helps prevent the hair from breaking and splitting any more than it already has.

I can’t say that doing all of this has made my hair growth expedite but it has gotten a little longer and MUCH stronger/thicker. Ultimately I’d love to have longer hair but in the meantime I use extensions when I want to switch things up. Please let me know of any other tips I haven’t mentioned that you know work! I’d love to hear them!

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