Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How to grow long and healthy hair!


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I am by no means an expert on hair care but I get asked a lot of questions about my hair and how I keep it so healthy when it's so long. As well as the obvious how do you grow it so long?! There really is no right or wrong answer when it comes to growing hair, the main answer really is to persevere with it as it doesn't happen over night. However, along the years I have found many wonder products and tips which I use to this day. Just bear in mind that everyone's hair is different so I'm not saying that this will 100% work for each and every one of you but it will definitely give you a big help in seeking Rapunzel esque hair! Just to point out that my hair has not always been this long, I had a bob up until I was 16 when my mum finally stopped taking me to the hairdressers haha. What I'm saying is that your hair doesn't just stop at growing at a certain length and not grow anymore, that really is just a myth, well I think so anyway. This is a long hair care post but really not one to skip, I hope it helps!

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Its time I shared with you the main products and appliances that I have been using to maintain my hair. My hair is probably one of the things that I spend the most money on and you really do need to invest in good quality hair products if your hair is long as it really needs it. I don't even use a lot of products and they range in price, but these are the main ones that I currently use and love!
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When you are growing hair I would limit the heat damage to your hair as much as possible as it can be really damaging. I sometimes go months without using anything which really helps. But long gone are the days that hair straighteners bear no difference to a normal iron. So many come with special features, and protective agents now that we really don't need to be so scared about the damage they cause anymore. This is where the Cloud Nine Wide Irons* come in to play. I opted for the wide straighteners because of the amount of hair I have but they have lots of others which you can find on Look Fantastic. This is the only hair appliance you need, it can straighten, curl and flick. 
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I love the packaging of these irons, and the little slogan really is true to it's words. I just love how easy everything is about using these straighteners, especially if you're like me and hate reading instructions! You switch it on and off on the inside of the irons and also adjust the temperature control on the opposite side. The temperature ranges from 50-200 degrees which is fab as you can change the heat depending on what style you are going for. If I'm just straightening I will generally go for 150 degrees or above.
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This may seem like the smallest thing but this is the first pair of straighteners which have come with a heat guard. It is literally the best thing ever, it's a protective heat guard which can be put on over the barrel once you've finished using it. It makes the product much easier to store too.
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The straighteners also have a swivel cord so no more having to untangle it umpteen times because you've been curling your hair! My only small gripe about the overall design is when you shut the straighteners there is a little join. I've only ever used GHD's previously and with their overall flawless shape I didn't realise there was a catch which I jammed my hand in and which really hurt!! I should have been more careful but with the position of it I don't think I can be the only one that's jammed their hand in it!

Now you know how amazing the appliance and its features are, lets see the end result! 
I think the pictures speak for themselves really with how sleek and shiny my hair has come out. The straighteners also have revolutionary 'secret' plate technology which contains a unique, secret ingredient which gives the hair a shiny, natural finish every time you use the iron. I am literally so impressed with how shiny my hair did come out and it makes straightening my hair a much better and enjoyable process. Long gone are the days of having hair which looked like straw after using them. As a whole these are definitely my favourite hair irons to date. Cloud nine are actually made by the creators of GHD's so you can see why they are so amazing! The whole design, extra products, the secret plate technology and really the ease to use them is fabulous, and investing in a good quality pair of irons really is a necessity if you want to protect and maintain the health of your hair. I used to feel guilty about straightening my hair but this has definitely made the whole experience much less guilt free for me!

Now you've got the low down on the hair irons I use its all about my top 6 products you need to be using!
1. Heat protector spray: This is a MUST if you are using heat on your hair, this one in particular protects your hair up to 230 degrees, it really does save your hair looking frazzled and if you're using heat every day then it helps to reduce the damage slightly.
2. Hair masks: I enjoy these more than anything but they are great when your hair really feels like it needs some moisture added back in. I especially love the aussie 3 minute miracles ones but I use all sorts, Argan Dew, Mark Hill and Lee Stafford to name a few that I really like.
3.Dry shampoo: Okay, so this product won't help your hair grow and improve the condition but everyone needs this in their life for the days your hair is looking greasy in between washes. Washing your hair every day isn't good for your hair so this helps to keep it going! I usually wash my hair 3 times a week.
4. Detangling spray: If you have long hair you will experience a lot of tangles, as do all hair lengths really but a detangling spray is my saviour when I'm brushing it through at the end of the day. I'm currently using the Aussie one but I'm not too impressed with it. The one I strongly recommend is the Unite 7 seconds condition leave in detangler, it's literally the best detangler ever and smells gorgeous. Detangling your hair first means less snagging and pulling out hair.
5.Moroccan oil: If it's just one product you buy it has to be this one!! This product is a miracle worker, I started using this 2 years ago when my hair was really damaged. Not only does this nourish your hair and improve the condition over time it actually does make your hair grow. The initial price of £30 for a big bottle puts people off but one of these lasts me a whole year and you really won't regret it when you see the excellent results from it.
7. Tangle Teezer: This brush which can be used pretty much everywhere and on wet hair. It doesn't snag your hair like a wide toothed comb and it's much easier to detangle your hair too, just an odd brush doesn't cut it when your hair gets so long.

I literally sound like a sponsor for all of these products but I buy all of these myself and have been using them religiously for the last couple of years and I can honestly say my hair has never been in a better condition. You do need good quality products to maintain hair but they really don't cost a lot in the long run. I hope you enjoyed reading my tips on how I have grown and maintain my long hair, I would love to know if you use any wonder products or have any other tips too!

Did you find this post useful? Have you used cloud nine irons before? What are your top hair products to use?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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38 comments

  1. Those cloud nine straighteners really seem to have it all covered, look like a great item fir long hair. Also love all the Aussie products which are reasonabky priced too. Great post x

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  2. Your hair makes me want to cry it's so beautiful. I think a big thing for growing long hair is to lay off the bleach! Bleach absolutely killed my hair, every time it grew it just snapped off haha! I'm currently about below boob length but can't decide whether to cut it shorter or not eep!
    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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  3. ahh you have gorgeous hair ! i've been stuggling with growing my hair for the past 2 years, it seems getting shorter but not longer ahah ! i have to use heat on my hair every day so that's probably why, but still i'd love to have hair as long and gorgeous as yours ! x

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  4. Your hair is beautful! I'm growing mine too but it's not as long as yours yet. It seems like such a long time since it's grown. I need to get it trimmed but I'm scared! How often do you trim yours?

    Corinne
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  5. A South Wales BlogOctober 8, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Lovely post, I'm totally missing my long hair now. I think I need to try the Morrocan Oil!



    Ffion
    @awelshblog
    www.asouthwalesblog.com

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  6. You actually used to have hair as short as mine?! WOW Maybe I do have hope, it's beautiful!!! I want try the cloud nine irons they look amazing xxx

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  7. I love your hair! I have been growing my hair for what feels like years and it just doesn't seem to want to get past a certain length so I may invest in the Moroccan Oil - my hairdressers use it and it does make my hair feel incredible afterwards, but it has been hard for me to justify spending that much! But if it lasts a year, I might just do it :)

    - Taisie ♥ | Life by Taisie

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  8. Your hair is amazing, mine is pretty long but its a pain its so thick and naturally curtly it means its just a frizz ball.. I've started using moroccan oil again and seeing a difference so wont stop using that again ... Its amazing how much its grown since you were 16! xx
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  9. Your hair is honestly so stunning!! Long hair can be such a nightmare to take care of but so worth it when it looks as healthy and shiny as yours - I really need to try ALL these products to tame mine haha!!! Amazing post xxxx

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  10. Your hair is to DIE for omg. Mine is so damaged right now and I hate it. I really want to get it back to its normal health asap. Ohhh I'd love to give the Moroccan oil a go , I've never tried it but I've been hearing such good reviews on it x

    Caitriona Tighe

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  11. Your hair is CRAZYYY long!! So gorgeous!

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

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  12. Your hair looks gorg! And I love what you're wearing!

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  13. Your hair is amazing!


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  14. your hair is seriously so beautiful! <3 Mine is a bit damaged at the moment since I style it and use heat on it basically everyday :( I'll definitely have to stop doing that...
    do you trim your hair often?

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  15. Your hair is so gorgeous! Mine is fairly long but so thick! Love the look of the straighteners, I really need to get some wide plate ones!


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  16. Thanks so much Karen :) Mine is thick usually but these straighteners make it so sleek definitely worth using wide irons for lots of hair :) xxx

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  17. Aww thanks so much :) Yeh i used to be the same, heat is the most damaging thing so even if you can just half the amount you use each week that will help! I usually would recommend every 6 months but last had a trim in December haha xxx

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  18. Aw thanks so much! Fluffy jumper is topshop :) xxx

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  19. Thank you Daisy :) I know too long for its own good haha xxx

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  20. aww thanks so much hun! I have so been there with damaged hair, definitely or any hair oil for that matter it dramatically improves it within a few weeks :) xxx

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  21. Thanks so much :) I know its really is with the hair washes and tangles but deffo worth it in the end! Ahh you do , you have such beautiful thick glossy hair :) Glad you liked it! xxx

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  22. Thanks so much hun :) Yeh i can totally imagine curly hair being the same problem with tangles etc! Detangling spray is so worth it and obviously the oil which is such a miracle product! I know its so weird looking back at pictures with it so short now haha xxx

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  23. Thanks so much lovely :) Can completely understand the frustration when growing hair, i was exactly the same, i purchased the small bottle to start with which is about £12 which is really good and after that i was completely converted! There are soo many hair oils on the market that are cheaper too :) xxx

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  24. I know my hair was even shorter at one point haha! You definitely do its just taking the time to let it grow which is frustrating i know, worth it in the end though! Oh i know they are literally amazing even better than my trusty ghds! xxx

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  25. Thanks so much! Just remember hair grows :) Really do recommend it,amazing stuff! xxx

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  26. Thanks so much Corinne :) It really is frustrating waiting for hair to grow, ahh i know i literally fear the hairdressers as they always cut off so much more!! I would generally recommend once every 6 months just the split ends but not had mine done since last December lol! The moroccan oil keeps split ends at bay tho which is great :) xxx

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  27. Thank you so much :) aww no, i know what it feels like though it really is frustrating waiting for hair to grow! Give it time and I'm sure it will :) xxx

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  28. Aww thanks so much India, so kind :) Oh definitely mine used to be SO damaged when i used to get blonde highlights, really does help to lay of dye completely however boring haha! Eekk tricky decision, i am loving shorter choppy lengths atm but would instantly regret cutting mine anyway! xxx

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  29. They really do! Such a great pair of hair irons! Glad you liked it :) xxx

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  30. Yeah I've not dyed mine in ages, although I am bored of the colour! I think the reason I want it shorter is because mines been the same length for ages and I'm bored of it and I feel like it will never get super long! I'll persevere for now :) xx

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  31. Wow, your hair looks really good! I do have to add something, though. There is a terminal length so it's not correct that you can grow your hair forever and ever. At one point, it just starts falling out when it's too long, but that point is different from each person to the next. Some people can go to mid-thigh, some can go even longer. :)
    Elina | missblueeyes.com

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  32. Thanks so much :) Yeah totally agree it doesn't grow on forever i just mean in a sense when people can't grow it past their shoulders as i was there once and it takes time and also to strengthen the hair first. Exactly, as i said everyone is different so things might work for some whilst others not so much :) xxx

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  33. These are great tips. I haven't used straighteners for ages, but looking at the photos of your lovely straight hair, I am tempted to bring mine out of storage! x

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  34. I'm trying to get my hair into better condition and also trying to make it grow. This post really helped, thanks!xx

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  35. I may have to have a look at the smaller bottle first then! I have quite a few hair oils but I don't feel like they do a huge amount, plus I'd like to try the original, most renowned Moroccan oil :)

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  36. So glad you found it helpful :) I know i do it so rarely now that it's nice doing it once in a while :) xxx

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  37. Really glad you found the post helpful :) Good luck with growing your hair, honestly moroccan oil is a miracle worker in that respect! xxx

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