How To Grow Your Hair / Why Long Hair Sucks / Hair Regrets
I found these pictures from a post I'd planned on doing some time last year maybe and it hit me with some inspiration to do the post again. So these pictures are quite old but still apply! It's essentially tips for growing your hair and why I regret getting an undercut, as well as why long hair is SO VERY ANNOYING. If you don't know what an undercut is I've put in an awful picture below from MANY years ago, but essentially it's that shaved bit on the side of my head. Please do not judge the strange lines, I was experimenting with patterns and I KNOW IT LOOKS AWFUL!
SO I'm going to start out talking about my undercut. I got it when I was around fourteen. They hadn't got big on tumblr or anything at the time (I don't even know if people really used tumblr at that point) and I just thought it would be fun to shave the side of my head. I'd seen it on celebrities like Cassie and Ellie Goulding and decided I really liked it. And I did like it, and I still do like them. The trouble was, I cut it myself and I was never completely happy with the way it was cut but it was already gone and there was no changing it. It was really fun to play around with it though. It grew back so fast so I was always shaving it and doing weird things with it (like that little longer bit at the front in the picture above - that was fun), I even had blonde *ginger* stripes in it at one point.
The only thing is, at one point you won't want the undercut anymore. And I did NOT want to cut my hair at all because I was trying to grow it. So for ages I had this awkward length piece of hair at the front. And trust me, it looked awful for at least a year before it finally started to blend in with the rest of my hair. I think that now, maybe I would go back and not have an undercut because I'm stuck with this shorter piece of hair until I finally decide to cut my hair to that length. You might guess that I'm reluctant to do that because my hair is so long. The picture below illustrates the difference in length. And so does the one below that... sort of.
How to grow long hair:
Now onto the hair growing part. People often comment on how long my hair is and ask me how I possibly managed to grow it this long. The only way to grow your hair really it to NOT CUT IT or only get it trimmed to get rid of the dead parts. That's all there is to it. Deciding that you do not want to cut your hair out of boredom and you definitely want long hair. I've always wanted long hair but always got bored and ended up cutting it before it was even below my boobs. It just got to a point where I decided I was just going to let it grow... and I did.
I also often treat my hair with oils such as coconut oil and other products such as the Alchemy Oils remedy. I definitely think that helps with keeping some of its moisture. I tend to leave them in for around 40 minutes, if not I'll leave them over night.
I use a boar bristle hair brush and a tangle teezer. I'm sure you'll all know about tangle teezers. They're essentially little brushes with soft, flexible bristles that won't rip or damage your hair which is what results in split ends. A boar bristle hair brush is made out of boar hair (I think?) and is basically sort of soft and doesn't do much in terms of getting rid of tangles. I use this to brush through my hair to distribute natural oils to the ends to keep my hair healthy. I would not recommend using this in the morning as it can end up making your hair look greasy. There's also no point in using it right after you wash your hair as there won't be much in the way of natural oils.
I never straighten or blowdry my hair. Like ever. I think I've done either thing twice in the last three years maybe. That definitely helps a lot. But if you do straighten or blowdry your hair, definitely use a heat protectant.
I rarely tie my hair up. This can cause strain on your hair and cause breakages. If I do tie it up I use hair ties with thicker coating rather than the thin ones as they won't harm your hair as much. If I'm sitting around the house I'll either use a soft fabric head band to tie my hair up or a big grip to hold it in place in a bun. Neither look is particularly good but both ways will not harm your hair!
I never ever brush my hair when it's wet. Your hair is more susceptible to breakages when it's wet because its elasticity is increased. Or something. I'm no expert. But brushing your hair when it's wet is bad. If you absolutely must, I'd recommend using a tangle teezer or a wet brush (as in the brand. not a brush that's wet). Personally I wouldn't use those either, I'd just wait for it to dry and then brush it.
And I think that's all I really do? I also don't colour my hair (though I'm planning to tomorrow). There are other ways like changing your diet and I've heard using horse shampoo could result in an increased rate of growth but I haven't tried that so wouldn't know.
The struggles of long hair:
It gets knotty SO quickly. It's ridiculous. Like within an hour or something. And if it's windy, you're done for. I can't even be bothered to brush it half of the time because it takes at least ten minutes.
It always gets stuck down the backs of tops / jackets and it's a right old job to get it out. Honestly, it takes longer than you'd think to free it from its trap.
It gets in the way. A lot. Of pretty much everything I do, but the worst is eating because then it gets food in it. Like I'm pretty sure I always have food in my hair if I don't put it behind my shoulders.
It's just so much effort to wash and brush and everything. I miss the easy days.
People always say "wow your hair is so long!" and then that's all they say to me. A fact that I already know and then they have no other conversation to make and it's the most boring thing in the world.
Volume is no longer a thing. It's so heavy and flat and boring. And yes, I suppose you can do more styles with it than short hair, but the styles take so long that I don't even want to do them.
So that's enough of me moaning about my hair! I'm sure there's more that I've missed out but that's all from me for the moment. While I do not dislike having long hair because I think it looks better on me and I kind of just want to see exactly how long it will grow to, it is maybe a lot more effort than it's worth and I constantly think I should just get it cut off to make life easier. I know I would regret that though!