My hair is straight up f*ed up, but it didn't use to be like that. In high school, classmates would ask me what I did to get healthy, shiny hair, and I honestly never did anything other than shampoo and condition it. I took my hair for granted, and in the last five years I've dyed my hair four times. The last time I did, my hair started falling out in the shower, about 6 or 7 strands at a time, and I realized that the condition of my hair had gone to shit. My hair is about shoulder blade length now, and I want to get it back to lower back length. It'll be awhile before I have a whole head of undamaged hair, but these are the tips and products I live by to get myself to that goal.
I'm not even really gonna talk about shampoo and conditioner. I've used a lot, and I always like to switch it up and try something new. A standby is always Pantene Pro V, because it's cheap and it actually works great. I've tried professional shampoos that did nothing for me (like Biolage), but there is a difference between drugstore shampoos and professional ones. Drugstore shampoos can have all the same ingredients as professionl, salon ones, but the ingredients are in smaller amounts.
What really matters is that you get the shampoo that's right for you're hair type. If you need moisture, then that's what you gotta focus on. Save the volumizing shampoo for when your hair is more hydrated. But , if you're hair is limp, don't over do it with moisturizing products, which can weigh the hair down more. You'll end up having to style your hair for more volume, and that'll cause damage. If you're hair is oily, what are you doing using a creamy shampoo? You'll have to wash you're hair more often to get that greasy look out.
Because my hair is damaged, I always use some kind of leave-in or hair treatment after I hop out of the shower. These are my favorites:
This is my favorite leave-in. I like it because it conditions, detangles, and protects against heat. Downside? Not fond of the small, and it's freakin' expensive.
Moroccan argan oil is da bomb for hair. I use to use jojoba oil, but this is way better. It makes my hair softer than any other treatment or mask can. It has a very (not to be racist, but) moroccan scent. The same product by Moroccanoil is more than double the price. I get this stuff from good ol' Sally's.
Nothing ultra special about this one, but it's what I'm currently using. I can never tell if heat protectants really are protecting my hair, so I can't say too much about how well this works. I just like it because it smells like citrus and doesn't make my hair stiff.
I bought this product thinking it would be a conditioning treatment, but it actually makes your hair dry if you use it a lot. The argan oil has replaced Biosilk as my treatment, but lately I realized that this product is really great for other reasons. It has reconstructing ingredients, like silk, and it adds shine and eliminates frizz without weighing down the hair, so I use this as a finishing serum more than a treatment. I love the smell, too.
I have this hairspray in the biggest size (that's why I have it priced so high). I never used hairspray because I've always hated that sticky feeling, but this one doesn't make hair sticky, and only a little bit stiff. Best hairspray ever. Period.
Number one tip is take care of yourself from the inside. Everything on the outside- your hair, skin, nails- are reflections of your health and what's going on on the inside. Just eat well and drink water. What else can I say. I hardly follow this rule myself... hehe
You can try to stimulate hair growth when you shampoo your hair by massaging your head. You gotta give yourself like 5 min. massages daily, which is so tedious, so I rarely do this, but I do think it works.
Don't go get your hair cut. I give myself trims when I really can't stand the condition of the ends of my hair, but I wouldn't let a hairstylist anywhere near it right now (they get scissor-happy). If you do get your hair cut, try to get only 1/4"-1/2" of hair cut off the ends. It takes hair about 2 months to grow one inch, so if you're trying to achieve great lengths, keep what you can!
In the end, I think the simple fact that you are even giving you're hair so much attention, makes it grow, because you're treating it more gently, trying to keep it moistured, and paying attention to you're overall health and appearance.
Aight, fools. That's it for now. Peace!