Sunday, 15 November 2015

Growing Out A Pixie Cut: 7 Tips For Maintaining Healthy Hair

Sorry for the delay in the third post of the series, I've gotten off into other little tangents and added to other projects instead. This post, however, is one that I've been looking forward to as I love trying new treatments and ways to improve the quality of my hair.

Now, I'm no expert and I don't have any comprehensive research, this is just a compilation of things that I've learned along the way. Some of the things I'll say will be from what I've heard but others will be little hacks that I've picked up myself. It might be a little helpful, it might be a little bland... Just pick up on what you think will work on you and discount whatever you don't agree with, I just want to go through what I'm doing to help speed up the growth of my pixie cut.
  1. Don't wash your hair every single day, it strips the follicles of their natural oils which are needed to keep your hair smooth and luscious. Wash your hair every other day and use dry shampoo on areas that are super necessary, eventually your hair will catch up to the routine and your hair will be able to last longer inbetween washes.
  2. Since I was about thirteen I've been dying, drying, straightening and curling my hair... Basically it's been treated and frazzled to the point of no return, hence the pixie cut! The best thing you can do for your hair, and I know it's difficult when you're growing out a cut, is to avoid heat. It's a really obvious tip and it's constantly drilled into us all but if you're concerned about the condition of your hair you just need to wait it out and persevere! 
  3. I've just said that you NEED to avoid heat, so how do you dry your hair? With a plain cotton towel, you cry! Wrong. You can also damage your hair by doing that so you're much better off if you use a softer and less rough towel, either that or you can just wring out the water softly with your usual towel.
  4. Use a softer anti-static brush or comb like a Tangle Teaser to avoid frizz whilst on the heat ban, it's just about a lifesaver for naturally frizzy hair so it's a great investment piece when trying to improve the health of your hair for growth.
  5. Dye, unless it's ammonia free, should also be avoided. Mine has been bleached to hell and back but in the past it's been all sorts of other colours so I appreciate the novelty of switching up the shade of hair. It is, however, the reason I know that without a shadow of a doubt that hair is much healthier when it's virgin hair (not been dyed, not like, the hair of actual virgins).  
  6. The oldest tip in the metaphorical book, trim the ends! Whilst some agree that this is right and some disagree, an overgrown pixie cut will grow back in a super dodgy shape - it may even reach mullet status. As you hair grows back you'll need to trim the back and keep the sides looking half-decent so be prepared to cut even more off before your hair grows back properly.
  7. Warm oil, preferably coconut, makes a great deep treatment and mask for hair when it needs that extra bit of TLC. When done once a week it can vastly improve the condition of your hair, just be careful when heating it up and slather, or rather massage it on evenly when applying. Warm coconut oil is the most tolerable natural or household treatment, I'm not sitting around covered in mayonnaise for ANYTHING!
So hopefully these seven tips have helped, or at the very least you've enjoyed reading about my frustration with my my hair. Let me know in the comments if you've enjoyed this post, I'll be doing a few heat free styles for an over grown pixie cut next week so watch this space! 

4 comments:

  1. Just what I needed I had 11 inches off to send to little princess trust and growing out a super short cut is frustrating to say the least

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    1. My sister did that! I would have done it too but my hair was just wayyyy too damaged. Well done!

      As for the frustration, the struggle is real! The awkward stage is super annoying!

      Thanks for reading!

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  2. My hair becomes a pain in the ass when I wash it every single day. Learned that lesson the hard way haha. Lots of people say that coconut is really the miracle product.

    xx Izzy | Qthee

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    1. Yeah, it works for most things. Haha! Moisturiser, cleanser, hair mask...

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