OK, I'll stop talking abut myself in the first person now...
Prior to starting at Adore Beauty, I had no bloody clue how to look after my hair, let alone how to grow healthy hair. I have dry, course, curly hair, which I'd try to tame with hundreds of passes with my straightener on the highest heat setting. Ouch.
And hair care? There wasn't any. I just used whatever supermarket shampoo was on sale and hoped for the best.
Then, my Beauty IQ Uncensored podcast co-host Joanna convinced me to chop all my hair off on my 30th birthday. I consigned myself to the fact that I was going to have to rock a lob for the rest of my life. Case closed.
Long, luscious locks just weren’t in my future. Neither was Prince Charming, but that’s a story for another day...
I’ve learnt a lot since I turned 30 - that I am capable of achieving anything I set my mind to. I can go on a walking date wearing a face mask. I can bake bread from scratch. I can watch every single TV series ever created.
And I can also grow long, luscious hair, just like Rapunzel. I just needed the right products. Here's a before and after shot showing my progress over the last six months from April to October.
Now, onto what you came here for. My haircare routine for growing longer, thicker, healthier hair.
Before I get into the products, let’s be clear: You cannot make your hair grow faster.
What you can do, though, is use the right products to encourage your hair to grow healthier. Here's how.
Step 1. My Healthy Haircare Routine.
I used to try to straighten my hair into submission with heat. But I’ve changed tactics. Like a good romantic partner, I listen to her needs. I communicate. I compromise.
And the biggest compromise is investing in high-quality hair products (and they aren't cheap).
These are the three products I swear by for healthier, stronger, more hydrated hair.
1. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a pre-shampoo treatment, and I SWEAR, my hair has never been the same.
It’s a cult favourite for a reason. It’ll help to prevent breakage, and you’ll get the most incredible bounce of your life.