A little disclaimer this is not a post for black women to grow their hair, since needs vary. I hope a black gyaru who is as hair addicted steps up and makes a post to help as well! If you do I’d be happy to link it! Until then all I can do is point to Long Hair for Women of Color forum for better advice than I could give.
Like a lot of things involving gal, I’ve had to educate myself about hair. Anz called me a hair geek and I think that’s what I’ve become…. with good reason.
This past summer I had hair loss, and we are not talking there was more in my hair brush. There was more on my floor, in my shower, everywhere. A combination of extreme stress and illness caused it, and luckily it has stopped. However I’m now extremely vigilant about keeping, maintaining, and growing long healthy hair.
Last week I was wearing my hair down and a friend asked if I got extensions again. The answer was no, but I couldn’t believe that’s what happened in 6 months. :superhappy: Falling out hair and no growth to imaginary extensions.
What’s even better, I went in for a trim after 5 months and my stylist only had to cut off 1/4 of an inch. Testament to less breakage and split ends! But that’s what can happen with simple steps to maintain your hair.
Let’s get healthy, strong, long hair!
Pictures of real gyaru with healthy no extension hair taken from hotpepper
#1 Rule: If your hair is super damaged. Leave it alone.
Right when you notice your hair is hurting it’s time to step back. This is one of those rules that you have to do when you’re ready, because I know it’s a hard thing to accept. I got into this cycle for 2 years. Hating roots and wanting so many colors. But the truth is, especially if you continue to dye your hair especially if you change colors it is extremely damaging.
Wigs are so wonderful and you can find one suited to your style and skintone. Or just wear your hair back with pretty braided styles or use hats. Both may feel awkward at first, but stepping back from dying and heat tools does your hair a world of good.
Don’t just take my advice, look at some awesome girls who are doing it. Pinksugarichigo rocks some seriously cute wigs and looks awesome doing it! Viivi has also jumped on the wig trend to save her hair and switch up her lock. Mika also recently bought some to experiment with.
#2 Rule: Stop washing your hair so much
Many people will read this and say but my hair is oily, I have to! Actually over washing your hair stimulates oil production. Your hair is constantly working to oil itself because you’re drying it out. If you cut down washing to once or twice a week you will see a change in a month.
Hair also at its most fragile when it’s wet. The less you fuss with your hair when it’s wet. The better.
#3 Rule: With heat tools – choose wisely
Stop using your blowdryer if you can, let your hair air dry instead.
One of my favorite hair tools is my triple barrel waver. $35.00 from Sally’s Beauty Supply, but it’s the best investment. Barrel waving lasts longer than curls because your hair only has to keep a wave not a heavy curl. It’s Monday as I type this and my hair is still nicely waved from Saturday. That means I did not have to use a heat tool for days, saving me from damage.
Barrel waving doesn’t require flat ironing beforehand to so you’re using even less heat if you blowdry or flatiron before you curl.
Tools for good hair
Most of these are $10.00 and under. I don’t think you should have to spend a lot of money or use chemicals to make your hair better. If anything I try to get away from chemicals as much as I can.
WIDE TOOTHED COMB
Cost – $0.90
If you have longer hair this is a must. Especially if you have braided in extensions. This brushes your hair without breaking as much. If you have a plastic one you can just wash it off if you comb in oils. Before you pick up a brush, pick up a wide toothed comb first.
NO Silicone SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
Talked about this in my Murua Shampoo and Conditioner review. Still using those bottles. Almost to 5 months using so I’ll definitely repurchase Murua. I love the scent and I feel fancy using it.
Whole Foods – $9.00
Lasts – 6 months
If there is one thing I could tell everyone to use on their hair it’d be coconut oil.
Studies have shown coconut oil is the best oil to put on your hair. One of the only to actually penetrate into your hair. You may spend a fortune buying deep conditioning packs, when a tablespoon of coconut oil does the same yet amazing job.
Argan Oil also works pretty well as does Sweet Almond Oil, but both are not priced as well. Argan Oil is great for touch ups on the ends since it spreads easier.
How to use: You can put it in 10 minutes before you shampoo and it provides strengthening and a barrier for harsh shampooing. You can also use a coin sized amount to rub on your hair after you’re out of the bath.
If you’re doing your hair in a braiding style, a light coating oil works well to keep the fuzzies down and works as a deep conditioning treatment throughout the day. Your hair in the braid will look shiny & healthy, too!
It’s also amazing on skin, even for acne (edit: At least for me, check out dissent below in the comments about coconut oil for skin)
TEA TREE OIL
Whole Foods 10.00
Lasts – 12 months +
A head massage with this is amazing. Want to show your significant other you love them? Massage their head with this. Invigorating yet relaxing. It also kills bacteria. Head massages are seriously underrated and they promote hair growth.
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Whole Foods $9.00
Lasts – 5 months
Smells good, calming. I often mix this into my hair just to give it a nice fragrance. Using my small bottle of essential oil for 5 months and there’s still some left. Value for your dollar.
BUMBLE AND BUMBLE DOES IT ALL SPRAY
Mini bottle $10.00
Lasts 2 months
A combination hairspray and heat protectant. It’s wonderful! It doesn’t have extreme staying power, but you can brush your hair after using it without tugging your hair out. The more you tug your hair with hairspray the less hair you’ll have.
If you want to stick with conventional tools for styling Bumble and Bumble do a great line of products.
Cost – FREE
I read it around hair care forums and it has something to do with endorphins helping growth. Honestly, I just notice it on my own. My hair grows so much better when I’m seriously working out (5-6 hours a week) than when I’m not. If you needed another reason to get in the gym, then use it.
$10-$25 for a month supply depending on the vitamins
This was the last step I’ve been undertaking and it’s only been for a month, but I’ve been using Phyto Phytophanere Dietary Supplements. I am still unsure whether this works, but I’ve got 2 more months of supplements left so I’ll see how it is after 3 months. Although it doesn’t hurt to have better nutrition.
But… but Mitsu I want to do even more!!
5 fruits or veggies a day make the hair grow faster and join or read the Long Hair Community forum. A lot of hands on experience and tricks can be found by ladies who grow their hair long and work on maintaining it. Lots of reviews and techniques inside that very wise forum.