My Tips For Achieving Long Locks


Hello Beautifuls! Todays post is all about that annoying stuff on our heads called hair. I seem to always get asked questions about my hair so I thought I would do a 'top tips' sort of post on how I look after my hair, what I use and how I have managed to grow it fairly long. Now I am by no means saying I think my hair is amazing as most of the time it sends me flaming loopy but as I get asked questions about my hair more than anything else, I thought this would be a good post to do. My hair has always been a bit 'meh' to be honest and I have never been happy with it. When I was younger it was always that hair that never grew past shoulder length and I've never had any fancy styles. The only things I've ever done with my hair is dyed it brown and had it cut into a bob, both of which I hated by the way. However, in recent months my hair has had a bit of a growth spurt. As you can see in these very posy photo booth pictures above (cringe!) it is now around boobie length. Ever since I was around 15 I have always, always, always worn hair extensions. I have always despised my hair so much that I felt it needed that extra 'oomph' with some extensions. It is only recently that I have really began embracing my natural locks. A lot of people ask me how I style my hair into these loose waves but to be honest, this is it completely natural. If I leave my hair to dry naturally, it ends up like this. In the pictures above the only thing I have done is a bit of backcombing. As my hair has grown, the less wild it has become. When I was younger, I used to wake up looking like I'd been electrocuted or dragged threw a hedge backwards. Not a good look. The only time I really style my hair properly is when I'm going on a night out but I plan on doing a separate post on this soon. For big nights out I will usually go all out with rollers, extensions, GHD's and lots of backcombing to achieve that Chezza style hair everyone longs for. When it comes to colour, I have had my hair highlighted with bleach since I was around 13. I used to have white blonde hair when I was a child but it started turning a horrible mousey brown colour when I hit my teens. Since then I have always had highlights to keep it nice and light. I'm not one for big changes but I am going to the hairdressers next week to get it a more caramel blonde colour. I will be doing a separate post on my new hair but think Jennifer Anniston. Anyway, enough of my hair history and time for some tips on how I keep this bleached blonde barnet in good-ish condition.

These are just a few things I have done myself and find work well for me. I am not a hairdresser and probably have no clue what I'm talking about but if it can help someone out in any way I will be more than happy.

- Whenever possible, leave hair to dry naturally. This is my top hair care tip. If I don't use a hairdryer for a while my hair feels in much better condition. 
- Always use a heat protector - I find the VO5/Aussie ones work well but I have recently ordered a Joico one so I will have to see how that works out.
- Don't brush your hair too often, once or twice a day is plenty.
- When towel drying hair, don't rub but pat it instead.
- Use a wide toothed comb or tangle teezer when brushing wet hair. It will prevent hair from breaking.
- Use a deep conditioner a few times a month to stop hair drying out. You can use them more depending on how dry your hair is. I really want to try the Kerastase one.
- Get your hair trimmed on a regular basis to prevent split ends. You can even do it at home if you trust yourself with scissors.
- Use a hair oil or a leave-in conditioner before blow-drying. I have recently been using Babyliss Pro Argan oil and I love it. I have heard great things about Loreal Mythic & Moroccan oils too.
- Don't over-wash your hair. 2-3 times a week should be enough. Too much washing can strip your hair of its natural oils.
- Massage your scalp when washing your hair. You know how they do it at the hairdressers? It helps blood circulation to your scalp which can help hair to grow.
- Before getting out of the shower, blast your hair with cold water. It will close the cuticles and make it shiny.
- Use a dry shampoo between washes to keep hair looking fresh and prevent over washing.
- Try and use a defuser on your hairdryer so direct heat isn't being used on your hair. I must admit, I don't currently own one but I think its because I have been leaving my hair to dry naturally a lot lately so only blow dry when I'm in an rush.
- Give your hair a break from hair bobbles/tight hairstyles as too much pulling on the hair can cause it to snap.
- Try not using heat every day. Instead of straightening, use mousse to create messy waves or a hair donut for a sophisticated up-do.
- Don't use too many hair products such as hairspray as they can cause build up and fade your colour faster.
- Use a decent shampoo and conditioner, they make all the difference. I would recommend Matrix and Redken for high-end brands or Loreal for a cheaper option.
- Try and use hair products that don't contain silicone (my hairdresser told me this), brands like Tresemme are apparently full of it.
- Don't colour your hair too often. Especially if you are blonde. Bleach is the devil. Try and maintain colour with products for colour treated hair.
- Eat lots of fresh fruit and veg. It will do wonders for your hair. You can also take natural supplements that promote hair growth if you really do despise fruit and veg.
- Last but not least, BE PATIENT. My hair has taken years to get to this length but I find by doing all of the above I have prevented it from getting damaged which therefore helps it to grow faster. 

Even though most of you will already know this stuff, I hope it might of helped someone who is trying to get their hair in good condition and grow it. I really do know how annoying it is trying to grow hair but if you treat it with tender loving care, it will grow I assure you. I'm so glad mine is finally at a length where I don't need to bother with hair extensions and although I will still wear them when I go on nights out, I finally feel good about the condition and length of my natural hair. Yey!

Do you have any top tips or miracle products to help with hair growth?

Lots of Love,





58 comments

  1. Love this post, I am on a mission to grow my hair to boobie length so these tips will really help thanks hun! Check out my blog if you get chance xxx

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    1. No problem, glad it was helpful for you! Of course, I will have a look now :) x x.

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    1. It's a Lil Wayne quote :) It just means that we rock the long hair :))

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    2. I'm so sorry if it sounded bad! I sent you an email too girlie to apologize, I definitely did NOT mean it in a bad way! You are lovely.

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    3. Ahhh don't worry about it I was just a little bit confused! I thought you were saying 'Don't Care what you have to say about your hair' kind of thing!! Xx.

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    4. Not at all, it's just a really popular quote, I think Kim K says it too, and It didn't even cross my mind that it could be taken badly:/ I felt so terrible yesterday haha you are one gorgeous girl and I don't think I could find anything bad to say about your blog :)) I loove reading your stuff.

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  3. Kayleigh, my miracle product for hair growth.. are hair extensions. ;) xxx

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    1. Ahhh okay okay no need for the sarcasm hahaha!! Xx.

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    2. I used to have hair down to my butt, then worked in a hairdressers 3 years ago and within a week I had a bob. Worst decision of my life xxx

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    3. Both your hair looks lovely! Beautiful bitc- I mean girls ;) xx

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    4. Ahhh same Hannah, I hated mine too!! Thanks Natasha!! Xx.

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  4. Great post! I love your hair too! Got mine cut into a bob a while ago and now i'm on the mission to grow it to my elbows, gonna take a while but now i've ditched the bleach hopefully it'll get there quicker :)

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  5. I've had long hair for as long as I can remember, my hairs so hard to deal with, if I so much as cut it, it goes frizzy as hell! Will try out some of your tips though :)

    Rachael xx

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  6. If you want to try the Kerastase one then I really reccomend it! It's sooo luxurious and makes your hair feel like it's just been done at the hair dressers. Don't over-use it though because then you get product build up over a few weeks and it starts to weigh it down. Great post by the way :) x

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  7. your hair tips are amazing. i have really long hair swell and these tips really help... ill definitely be investing in a fair few of these products. http://thefashionistaobserver.blogspot.com/ xx

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  8. I have boobie length hair too! but i'm going to have it trimmed soon :/
    I love your blog :)
    xxx

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  9. Love your tips! But if you love really pampering your hair like me, try Fudge Dynamite! Its amazing, honestly amazing. I have a wee review on my blog, its my savior!

    http://kirstysparkle.blogspot.co.uk/

    xxx

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    1. forgot to say, just click 'hair care' on my tags section if you wana read it :) xxx

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  10. Love the pictures above, wish my hair was boobie length its just not growning at all x

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  11. You are gorgeous!!! I'm quite lucky to have long hair, but it took a good year to get it to that length! I try not to use too much heat :D xx

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  12. You have amazing hair, love how long it is and the colour! Do you colour your hair? I have noticed that dying my hair reduces the growth pretty drastically.
    xx



    The Urban Umbrella
    xoxo


    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com/

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    1. Yeah I do colour it! I get a mixture of bleach and golden blonde highlights!! Xx.

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    2. Oh right, but not your whole head - perhaps I should just go back to getting highlights... hmmm

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  13. I love this post, i want my hair abit longer as i keep chopping the ends off! I love your hair, your super pretty.

    http://thefashiondistrictnlc.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. I love Tangle Teezers, my hair would be such a mess without one! I really want to try kerastase too but I don't know which line to pick! x

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  15. Kayleigh youre so beautiful - i have serious hair envy right now!! :)
    I couldnt live my life without my tangle teezer! its a life saver for combing out any dreadlocks! haha
    had no idea about the silicone thing..will be more clued up on what im putting on my hair in future :) xx

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    1. Aww thanks Betthhhyy! As are you! Your hair is longer than mine isn't it? Yeah, try investing in a good Shampoo & Codnitioner - My hairdressers says it makes such a difference!! Xx.

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  16. your really beautiful, love this post

    xox

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  17. You have such lovely hair - great tips!

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  18. I'm In the process of growing my hair and Ive found intense conditioners and masks to work wonders! I only blow dry my hair every other wash Aswell to give it some breathing space :) I always massage the ends of my hair when conditioning too, it really helps split ends! I think silicone based treatments are good for instant night out shiny locks, but they are not a long term answer to dry hair! I need to try a hair oil next xxx

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  19. Great tips! Has anyone ever told you that you and Julianne Hough (she an actress/dancer) kind of look a like? :)

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    1. Hey! No, nobody has ever said I look like her but that is such a compliment so thank you! I think she is gorgeous, I'd love to look half as good as her!! Xx.

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  20. Thank you for this post!! It's my mission to get my hair longer by summer!! btw your gorgeous!!! Love your hurr! lol

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  21. Hey i love your blog! Please follow/visit mine everyone!
    www.crazed-passion.blogspot.co.uk
    thanks xo

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  22. Love your hair!! just to let you know I have nominated you for a versatile award :)
    http://obviouslyfeminine.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Love your blog! Thanks for the follow, definitely followed back!

    http://dugongsss.blogspot.com

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  25. Does hairspray actually fade your colour? I thought this to begin with but my hairdresser told me otherwise. Perhaps I should just steer clear of the Tresemme brand. I'm quite attatched to my hairspray!

    Oh and I do the 30 seconds of cold water at the end of a shower trick too! It works wonders. It's awful for the rest of me though! Especially in winter. Brrr!

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    1. Hey! No, I don't think hairspray in particular, I just mean styling products in general! They often contain chemicals and things that can fade colour! Obviously we all use it though, just try not to use it every single day! Xx.

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    2. Oh ok. Thanks for clearing that up hun, x.

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  26. I loved this post. I already do some of these things but may try the others you have suggested too. My hair is just above my boobs at the moment and I just want it a teensy bit longer. I was so pleased with my hair about four years ago and then stupidly got loads of it cut off and it's never been the same since. Boo :( You are so gorgeous by the way, give me your face!

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    1. Ahhh thank you Charlotte! Oh so annoying when that happens! I totally regret cutting mine into a bob too, it would be so much longer now if I hadn't! Don't be daft, why would you want my face but thank you! Xx.

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  27. Ahw you are so pretty and your hair is gorgeous! I´m so jealous! Your blog is amazing!

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  28. Ahh your hair is gorgeous and thanks for the great hair tips! For the first time in ages I'm happy with my hair, its growing really quickly (wish I hadn't chopped it just above shoulder a few months tho!)and it's taken awhile but I have a haircare regime that's working. Loving your blog, you just got yourself a new follower :) xx

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    1. I forgot to say, I've just started a new blog, would love it if you would check it out :)

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  29. your hair is wonderful! just spotted you on #bbloggers :) definitely going to invest in some matrix shampoo, my hairdresser uses their colour for my hair.

    megs xx

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  30. You don't need hair extensions hun, you have amazing hair!

    Thanks for the haircare tips, very helpful :-)

    xxx

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  31. Ive been using tresemme for ages no wonder my hair hasnt been improving or growing!

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  32. NononononoOOO! Don't use a hair oil before blow-drying! It fries your hair! Makes sense doesn't it? You use oil to fry food, and if you put oil in your hair before you blow-dry, you're gonna fry your hair. Otherwise, good tips!

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  33. Thank-you :) hopefully my hair will be long and thick by the time my prom comes around xx

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  34. Love this post. & my hair dresser banned me from Tresseme too because of the silicone! :)
    to be fair, I do a lot of the things you've suggested and I've noticed a massive improvement.
    I've heard good reviews of Lee Stafford hair growth shampoo too :)

    Kerys -xo
    www.littleboblab.blogspot.com

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  35. Just wanted to say that it's so nice to read one of your older post, it's inspiring to me as a blogger just starting out to see how much your blog has developed. I liked this post, and yeah I did know I majority of these things, I just find it kind of hard to put it all into action - baby steps I guess :D.

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