Monday, February 13, 2017

How I Keep My Hair Long & Healthy

My hair has to be one of my most complimented features (my skin is a close second and y'all must be blind to be saying it is flawless haha) on Instagram and blog photos. Which is why, I decided to dedicate an entire post to it and in it give a few tips on how I keep it clean, healthy and protected. Back in 2015, I wrote about my favourite haircare products at the time and whilst the principles still stand, I am doing a few things differently and I believe these changes to have made a massive difference. Today I am much more focused on my internal well-being rather than on the products and something I learned recently is that whilst using the wrong products can result in hair damage and loss, the trick to truly healthy hair has more to do with what goes into your body than styling products and hours spent in front of a mirror. Hair loss, dullness, and slow growth often comes from the absence of nutrients in your body or bad habits. After a bit of research on my end, here are some tips I found if you're looking to keep your hair long and healthy like I am.

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I have come a long way with this one; I used to wash my hair every single day, despite hearing from hairdressers how unhealthy that was. Washing hair every day strips all natural oils from it and these are the oils that make it naturally shiny, promote hair growth, and prevent the ends from breaking. Like I said, I am still on a journey to change a bad habit and currently, I wash my hair around 4 days a week as I go to the gym often and I cannot feel clean unless I've done so. When I do wash my hair I like going for an anti dandruff shampoo to remove all sebum, dirt and itchiness, as well as prolong that clean hair feeling I love.

Biotin aka vitamin H, is of the B complex vitamins that help maintain your skin, hair, eyes, liver and nervous system healthy. Biotin deficiencies are rare but people with a deficiency often show symptoms of hair loss. Biotin can be obtained by eating a healthy diet; eggs, liver, nuts, cereals, bananas, mushrooms, salmon and even avocado are all excellent sources of this nutrient. 

When people ask me what I do to make my hair grow so quickly after a haircut, I believe I have my fish oil supplements to thank. The high level of omega3 fatty acids found in fish oil help keep a lot of health conditions at bay, and also controls the body's functions to generate hair growth. Not only will fish oils protect you from colds and the flu in the winter season, this guarantees proper functioning of the body and consequently stimulates healthy skin and hair. This is found in salmon, mackerel and herring and you should aim to eat oily fish around three times a week.

Vitamin D keeps the bones and skin healthy, and in recent years, it's also been linked to hair growth. Hair follicles are sensitive to hormones, and vitamin D is a hormone that plays a vital part in cell growth. Direct sun contact is the best way to absorb vitamin D, but if you live in the UK you will know sunshine is pretty much non-existent for most of the year. By sitting in the sun for roughly 10–15 minutes you can absorb about 10,000 units of natural vitamin D, but supplements are also available. To raise your vitamin D levels with food sources, eat vitamin D-rich foods like mackerel, salmon, whitefish, swordfish, and mushrooms.

If, like me you wish to maintain your hair length and your hair is collar bone or longer, a trim every 6-8 weeks is advisable. Given my hair is incredibly prone to split ends due to the use of styling tools and chemical treatments, trimming it every eight weeks help keep my hair healthy and also prevent further split ends. I've learned the hard way that the longer I postpone a haircut the more length I have to lose given how badly damaged it is. So, excuse me whilst I go book a salon appointment right now. 

What your tips for healthy hair? I'd love to learn more so let me know below!
Thanks for reading beauties and wishing us a good week ahead!


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  1. Very good tips :-) I think is easier to grow hair when when a woman is not dyed hair.. Happy Monday Pam :-)

  2. Definiately will be trying these tips - my hair grows so slow I hate that

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  3. Nutrition is key, as well as hormones. I learned how much they affevt hair health and growth throughout pregnancy and the dreaded time afterwards. A scalp massage helps me as well, not only because it is incredibly relaxing, but because it improves blood flow.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  4. Dear Pam, I used to wash my hair every day last year, but I noticed it was not a healthy habit. Mine is ultra thin and frizzy :((( Now I wash it 3 times a week with very delicate products. Your hair looks incredible dear!!!


  5. I am fortunate enough to have hair that grows quickly and thick without having damaged ends. I think that the most important thing is not wash it as often :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  6. Gostei das dicas! O meu cabelo é muito fraquinho por isso fica estragado muito facilmente. Ando a tentar lavá-lo menos!
    Kiss, Mariana Dezolt
    Messy Hair, Don’t Care

  7. oh yes, your hair always looks so healthy :) I have to do a little bit good things for my hair again tzo strengthen it after the dye :(

  8. Yay thanks for all the great advice!
    You are so gorgeous, and your hair! ♥ Love the lace up sweater too!

    Happy New Week!
    xoxo Suzy ( ˘ ³˘)♥

  9. I love your beautiful hair Pam. This post is very helpful especially for me because I'm suffering from hair fall. Thanks for sharing dear :)

  10. These are great tips. You hair looks amazing, Pam.
    Nina's Style Blog

  11. Totally agree Pam, especially about the fish oils and regular trims! Those are two things I do and my hair grows pretty well too!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  12. I love the Vitamin D tip! It's so true - great piece lovely!

    Aicha | The Fashion Heist

  13. Bellissimi! Kiss
    “L’Amore è come la fortuna…” ora sul mio blog

  14. Great advice! My hair is always a nightmare, it hardly grows and splits so easily!
    I'll have to start making more frequent appointments I'm terrible for just leaving it...

    Starlight & Stitches

  15. These are great tips! I am soooo bad about getting my hair trimmed. I KNOW I have badly split ends haha. But all the rest I am fairly decent with! Your hair is definitely gorgeous. :)


  16. Your hair is indeed very beautiful, dear Pam! I read the post with a lot of interest, because I also have long hair (all my life was that way, apart from 2 bad hair cuts long time ago :) and I like to know how to take care of it :) I must say that I agree with you, when I don't wash my hair it seems that my shower or bath didn't really "clean myself" :) I wash my hair from 4 to 5 times a week. That's the most I can compromise :) I don't eat very healthy things and don't take sun - aka, vitamin D :) and I don't trim my hair :) But still, it grows well. But I recognise that I should do all the things that you suggested! I really should change my (bad) habits! Hope you have a very nice week!

  17. Great tips, I deep condition 1-2 times a week and try to use the most natural of ingredients. My hair grows really fast too so I have to get it cut a lot!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  18. Oh your hair looks absolutely gorgeous! And those tips are great :)

    Love, Kerstin

  19. Regular trims are defo a good tip. In between hair cuts, I recommend a coconut oil mask, it definitely helps condition and lengthen the hair. Just be careful if you have oily skin as any residue can cause breakouts!

    I also try to only straighten/curl my hair with heat once a week too, and when I do I make sure I apply plenty of heat defence. This sorta stuff keeps my hair in pretty good condition and the hairdressers love playing with my hair when I go for a cut :).

    - Lubna | The Digital Review

  20. I have a hard time not washing my hair everyday but when I was blonde I would only wash it 3x a week to preserve the colour. It took a while but I was actually able to "train" it so it didn't get so greasey and gross... although the fact that it was super bleached and dry probably helped!

    xo, alison*elle

  21. I really want to try an prolong the days in between washing my hair but by day 2 it looks so greasy and I just feel like I have to wash it ugh x

    Beauty with charm

  22. You have such gorgeous hair! You're going to look so stunning on your wedding day xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

  23. Totally agree with all of these tips! Internal well being is so much more important for your hair and skin. It's not solely about the products you put on top, but a combination of both. Your hair really is beautiful!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

  24. Your hair is always soo gorgeous, but so is your skin and makeup! I am currently trying to grow my hair long again, and I wish it would just get there!
    I need to start taking Biotin.... definitely a great tip!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  25. Your hair looks beautiful! I definitely need to up my hair care game and take better care of it through vitamins and regular trims. Great post.

  26. Thanks for all the tips Pam! Your hair always looks gorgeous 💗
    I'm going to start to take vit D
    Have a great weekend besuty! Xxx

  27. These are great tips and I need to follow them. Considering I just lost half my hair due to bleaching, when will I learn haha!!

    I need some good vitamins and to stop washing my hair everyday. I know it's bad but I can't stand oily hair!!!

    Fix Me In Forty Five - A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
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  28. Your hair looks beeeeeautiful girl! I definitely need to have more regular trims cos' my ends are hating me for it right now, oops. xx


  29. An important and often overlooked aspect of obtaining and maintaining healthy relaxed hair is the choice of hair relaxer.

  30. I have to wash my hair everyday or i will be super uncomfortable, still don't know how to fix it :(

    xoxo, Best hat for women

  31. Wow your hair looks beautiful.


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