If you know me, you’re very aware that I’m not what you would consider a “stylish” person. I mostly dress for comfort, which entails a large number of hoodies, graphic tees and sneakers. I do love to get dressed up and fancy from time to time, but for the most part my days are spent in front of a computer surrounded by developers and no one cares how I look. Plus, who has the time these days? I know I don’t. And since I don’t put much effort into my wardrobe, the effort mostly goes into my hair and skincare. That’s not to say that my hair or my skin are awesome by any means, but they require the most attention and I’m willing to put that time in to them. They should feel special. Let’s start with haircare in this post – I’ll dive into skin care in the next.
Quick backstory: I’ve been trying to grow out my hair for the past three years and it’s been extremely slow-going. I chopped it to a chin-length style and decided it wasn’t for me. Despite how easy it was to wash, dry and style I realized I just really need to be able to pull my hair back in a ponytail. I get headaches from headbands so I don’t have that option and with short hair that’s one of the only things you can do to mix it up. At the time I was dying my hair with lowlights to keep it from being the glowing yellow-white that is my natural color, and about the same time I started to grow my hair I stopped dying it as well. Frankly, I couldn’t afford to keep it up and I figured that laying off the chemicals might help the natural growth of my locks. I also style my hair almost every day, so I know that’s not helping the process – but my hair is not very attractive without doing anything to it, so unfortunately the heat from the blowdryer and curling irons must continue.
|Day of the haircut.|
|About a year after the cut, slight curl.|
|About 2 years after the cut, super curly.|
|Almost 3 years after the cut, mostly straight.|
So, the journey to grow it out began shortly after that haircut. Because of this goal, I have tried an enormous number of different shampoos and conditioners over the past few years to try to help the health of my hair and encourage growth – cheap, expensive, easy to find, impossible to obtain… everything. While I haven’t found anything that seems to help it grow faster*, I have found two sets of shampoo/conditioners that leave my health soft and manageable and a hair primer to make it last.
TRESemmé Anti-Breakage Shampoo & Conditioner
*Side note: I’ve continued to take Biotin supplements to encourage my hair growth, which I can confirm have at least helped with the health of my nails as they’re noticeably more strong and less brittle. I’m going to keep taking them just for that benefit!