SO, this is what I've been doing. I went to Sally's and purchased Folicure Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner. It states on the packaging "Cleans and moisturizes dry, damaged hair, Imparts luster to damaged hair and Promotes fuller, thicker hair. Folicure Shampoo was was created to to clean gently without stripping away natural nutrients found on a healthy scalp. Daily use will help keep hair fuller and thicker. Moisturizing Conditioner is the first everyday use, rinse-out Folicure conditioner. It leaves fine, delicate hair smooth, shiny and full while stimulating the scalp with a refreshing tingle."
I also purchased the Folicure Vitamin Supplement for Healthy Hair. This states "Nourishes hair from within, Promotes healthy, full, lustrous hair. Strong, healthy, lustrous hair requires the proper amount of nutrients on a daily basis. Due to busy lifestyles and the resulting poor diet, men and women today often lack proper nutrition for healthy-looking hair. Folicure Dietary Supplement ensures that you take in the necessary amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients for your hair to look its best."
AND, last but not least, these amazing rollers. Caruso Professional ProSet Steam Hairsetter. These rollers are so much better than using a curling iron. It isn't like putting direct heat on your hair and hair spraying your hair and listen to your hair sizzle and burn. You fill this little steam pot with water, put the lid on, plug it in and wait for it to start steaming, then you put a roller on top of the pot where the steam is coming out, let it sit there for 5-10 seconds and put the roller in your hair. Whats in the sponge roller is the warm steam and moisture that is locking in the curl in a non damaging way. You let them sit in your hair for a minimum of 10-15 mins and you have great waves or curls :)
I started washing my hair with the shampoo and conditioner not using hot water, but lukewarm and then rinsing the conditioner out with cool/cold water. Then, I could brush it with a natural bristled brush/boar bristled brush. I use that instead of a plastic brush, which isn't easy on my hair and causes breakage. The natural bristle brush minimizes breakage and they also redistribute oils throughout hair, boosting shine. Then, I distribute a leave in conditioner in my hair and let my hair air dry. I may go to sleep with damp hair and wake up and distribute a heat protector on my hair, concentrating on the ends, and flat iron straighten my hair. Then of course, I take my supplements twice daily. (Sometimes I forget, I have to really get in the habit of not forgetting!) And I also try not to wear my clip in extensions as much.. as they do put some strain on your roots. AND, I let my hair go natural some days (curly) with very minimal products.. which I would never do before.
What have I noticed? I'm noticing that my hair is always soft and shiny, and that my split ends aren't 1/4 as visible as they were before. My hair is actually growing.. I'm not sure how much it has grown.. but at least a couple to a few inches. I can't tell exactly because I didn't take any before pictures.. and my hair actually was so damaged that I would never go without wearing extensions. I'm really convinced that I will get my long hair back.. I'm hoping I will get it below my chest by Christmas. I will keep you posted!
I found this web page really helpful! They have some good hair tips! Check it out. http://www.longlocks.com/how-to-grow-long-hair.htm
What are some of your hair routines to get your hair looking its best? What are your favorite products??
(By the way! By no means am I saying to go out and buy everything I use, I just wanted to share what I use and whats seems to be working for me.. there are so many similar products and brands that probably are better (I just haven't discovered yet :)) or work differently depending on the person.)
This was my long hair in high school... :)