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Beauty 3 months ago

tips + products for growing your hair

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I got my hair extensions out about a month ago and not gonna lie…had a minor personal identity crisis feeling like I was bald haha. The kind of extensions I had were the LEAST damaging extensions you can get for your hair so TBH I had very little damage from them! BUT I went from having a TON of extra hair to feeling like “where in the world is all of my hair”.

I loooveddd having my hair extensions but I got them out because they were a lot of work in the summer. We have a pool so between swimming with Shiloh, working out, hot yoga, and 100 degree temperatures…I’m needing to wash my hair pretty often and extensions take a lot of time to wash and dry and style. In the fall / winter I loved having them because I’d only wash my hair 1-2 times a week and the extensions always looked great. BUT decided to take a break for summer and if I REALLY missed them…could possibly get them back in in the fall.

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ALL that to say haha since getting my extensions out I’ve been bound & determined to get my natural hair as long and thick and healthy as possible! I’m hoping that after being on this hardcore ‘lets get my hair healthy’ journey, maybe I won’t want to get extensions put back in in the fall. That’s the goal haha. I’ve had my extensions out for about a month and can honestly already tell my hair is feeling thicker and longer already. So today I wanted to round up what products I’m using to get my hair as healthy as possible. I did a lot of research and talked to lots of experts when I decided what to use! (A lot of these are products I’ve used for year that have helped keep my hair really healthy and repair damage).

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Before I get into the products I’m using, I want to share a few lifestyle tips that will help your hair grow faster + stay healthy!

  1. Avoid heat as much as possible! Like I mentioned I have to wash my hair probably 3-4 times a week in the summer just from swimming and working out. But, I try and let it air dry as much as possible. If we’re going on a date or I have a photoshoot, I will dry and/or curl it but for the most part, I try and just let it air dry! Avoiding heat will really help your hair stay healthy + grow quicker!
  2. Take a break from treatments. I love coloring my hair or getting highlights but if you’re trying to restore the health of your hair, try and take a break from color for a bit or just space your hair color appts out as much as possible
  3. Sleep + hydration. I feel like everything in life can be solved by getting more sleep and drinking more water lol but these things will also help with the health of your hair.

must-have hair products

This silk pillowcase takes your beauty sleep to a whole new level. Silk fibers are significantly less absorbent than many other fibers, so they help keep your skin's moisture + face and hair products where they belong: on your face and hair, not your pillow. Regular pillowcases can cause hair to pull and tangle throughout the night, leading to bed head in the morning and potentially damaging hair. I also feel like sleeping with a silk pillowcase allows me to go longer between hair washes!

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This is my holy grail hair oil that I have used for years now. I apply it to the ends of my hair (on dry hair) to help return moisture back to my hair. This oil conditions, smooths, nourishes and strengthens your hair without weighing it down or making it oily!

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This is a hair mask I've been using for 5+ years now and easily THE most effective mask I've ever tried. I use this mask probably two times a week and it's helped repair my hair from damage and give it so much moisture without weighing it down. This mask actually strengthens the hair cuticle and fills in weak spots, and rebuilds and fortifies each hair fiber. It's definitely pricy but you will not be disappointed. it works WONDERS on damaged hair!

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I started using this scalp treament spray about two years ago and it's been a must-have in my hair routine ever since. You spray it directly on your roots after washing your hair, and instantly you'll notice your hair feels fuller and has more volume. And over TIME this product actually thickens each strand of hair making your hair feel more full and dense. This spray energizes, hydrates, and balances the scalp which is key for healthy hair.

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This towel is a MUST-HAVE for my haircare routine and anytime I travel / don't have it with me...I CAN TELL the biggest difference in how my hair feels and how long it takes me to dry my hair! This towel cuts drying time by 50 percent, helps reduce frizz and breakage AND helps hair color stay vibrant longer! Total game changer!

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I just started using this scalp revival shampoo about a month ago when I got my extensions out and have been loving it. It really helps remove any product build up (like my 4 days in a row of dry shampoo lol) and gives your scalp a DEEP clean (which, again, is crucial for the health and growth of your hair). It also hydrates, soothes, and balances your scalp. I use this once a week!

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After using the shampoo above, one a week, I follow with this mask! It nourishes and soothes your scalp which will in turn give you healthier and stronger hair! It also just feels incredible on your scalp!

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This serum is under $20 and has made such a difference in the thickness of my hair. I've been using it for a few years now (after learning about how important it is that we're taking care of our scalps!). I apply it directly to my scalp before going to bed probably 2 nights a week. It's made with peptides which will help your hair feel fuller and more dense and also help promote growth!

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Whenever I asked on IG or just asked anyone I knew about tips / products / supplements for hair growth...9 times out of 10 SOMEONE mentioned nutrafol so I decided to give it a try. Nutrafol targets root causes of thinning hair like stress, environment, and nutrition with medical-grade, natural ingredients that support your whole-body health. It has 21 powerful ingredients in it for better hair growth, but also just for your overall health! I've been taking them for one month and I heard you really start noticing results after 3, but I've been happy with the results so far!

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I've shared this liquid collagen on my stories dozens of times now. I first tried it back in 2020 and kinda wrote it off after consistently taking it for 3 weeks and not noticing any results. THEN, I noticed one of my girlfriend's hair seemed to be growing SO fast and looked super thick + healthy and I asked her how that was possible. She told me about this liquid collagen and said she was super skeptical of it but that it was magic for her. I decided to give it another try and after using it consistently for a month...I noticed my hair was growing SO much faster! I was having to get my extensions moved up more often, my nails were growing super fast, AND olga who does my lashes was saying my lashes were growing like crazy. I've honestly never noticed more dramatic results with how quickly my hair and nails grow than I did with this liquid collagen! If y'all want to try it out you can get $10 off with code 2532781

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my fave products for healthy hair

rounded up all of my favorite products in the collage below! you can click or tap on any product to shop!

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Do you have any holy grail hair products that have helped grow your hair out or make it super healthy? If so, comment below and let me know! Hope these products help you feel super confident in the health of your hair!!

xo Lauren

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