Throughout my early twenties, I was platinum blonde. Yes, horrible. I'm very aware of this now lol so needless to say my hair was a bit damaged. I then decided to get extensions (which I honestly didn't need) between fusion extensions, the weave and tape extensions, I pretty much ruined my beautiful hair. I assumed I would always wear extensions so it wasn't necessary to focus on healthy hair. Wrong. Oh so wrong!! I dyed my hair back to brunette about 3 years ago and 2 years ago, I took my tape in extensions out. I decided I would never wear permanent extensions again and just use clip ins when needed. This truly saved my hair! Between that and dying it once a year, my hair started to grow fast.
Basically what made my hair grow was a combination of a few things;
1) not wearing permanent extensions. It allows your hair to grow without causing damage and breakage
2) minimal dying. Last summer I put highlights in and I dyed it again in December, all one color (dark brown) on Sunday I had highlight put in again but I'll be going back on Monday to add more, then I'll post a pic! I don't get highlights at the root, it's more of an ombré ish look (balayge I believe it's called) so as it grows out, it still looks great without having roots. So I try to go as long as I can without dying it (unless I'm craving a change lol)
3) I wash it less. Every 3 days instead of every day or every other day. The natural oils your own hair produces is great for your hair. If you can go longer, the better!
4) I always use an argon oil after showering onto wet hair. Our hair needs nourishment and oils so what better product to use than argan oil! In the past I used Moroccan oil but I was going through it quite frequently so I switched to "One n Only" argan oil. I purchase it from Sally's beauty supply. It costs between $8-$15.
5) I always air dry my hair. The only time k blow dry is if I'm pressed for time or I want a lot of volume. Then I'll blow dry upside down and use a round brush but that's not very often.
6) I only use a straightener or curling iron
a few times a month. Heat is horrible for our poor hair. I'm lucky that I work from home and don't have to do my hair and makeup but I know most women do have to style their hair but to use less heat, I would air dry my hair and rock a bun or pony tail. Stylish and classy while sparring your hair of heat.
This is my hair last week!
Here's a little hair diary of how my hair was 2 years ago right after I took the tape extensions out and current photos!
I hope this post was helpful to any of you fabulous ladies trying to restore the beautiful hair you once had before dying and extensions lol