Though the last several months of pressing pause on our “normal” lives have proven to be challenging due to inevitable uncertainty, there is a silver lining to this said pause. We have been given the room to step back, reflect, and make time for self-care that seemingly always fall to the bottom of our to-do lists. Whether it’s dedicating nights to applying face masks and meditating or indulging in the latest beauty products and rituals like dry-brushing, we’re finally able to take the time for ourselves.
Don’t laugh, but one of my silver linings, if you will, is accomplishing my biggest hair goal: growth. An aspiration that has felt nearly impossible the last decade or so has come to fruition due to years of intensive trial and error and a newfound dedication. As a blonde who will never sacrifice my highlights, I’ve resorted to alternative remedies to improve my hair’s overall health and to ultimately grow it. While my hair length has been stagnant since 2007 (the year I got my most dreadful haircut), 2020 marks the first time my hair has consistently grown, and I owe it to my strict product regimen and advice from the experts.
IGK Salon colorist and haircare guru Ryan Pearl, who also happens to do Hailey Bieber’s color, advises, “Use products, especially for color-treated hair or those with thicker hair! Products act as a protectant against the sun and a barrier when you are in the oceans or pool and against environmental stressors.”
Yes, it is about using the right products, but it is also about consistently using them. In my recent haircare journey, I’ve learned to make the time for minor things, like leaving a hair mask on overnight or avoiding heat altogether and actually staying consistent in my ritual, thus manifesting real results. I’ve essentially mastered the art of hair growth and have broken it down into three imperative categories: maintaining scalp health, applying nourishing masks and treatments, and focusing on the connection between my overall health and hair heath. Keep scrolling to discover the products that completely changed my hair for the better and how much my hair has changed in a year.