Hair in a Year

I stumbled across a hideous webcam picture of myself from this time last year and was actually quite surprised at how much my bleach infested barnet had grown in 12 months. I’ve posted about my horiffic hair before here but in short through 2010 I became like a woman possessed on a mission for platinum hair and thought it would be an excellent idea to bleach it once a month until it started to snap off. I was left with a Tina Turner esque crop and the only option was to go natural for a year. So here’s my progress
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Not bad considering the advice I was given by Toni & Guy was to hack it all off and start from scratch! I thought I’d share some of the products I’ve been using that have seemed to help in my quest for long locks, here’s a snap:
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1) Umberto Giannini moisture mask– A "drugstore" hair mask that I usually use when I don't have time to leave a more expensive mask on for ages. It's around £6.00, leaves my hair feeling soft, and smells gorgeous.
2) VO5 Give me Texture - This helps reduce the damage of backcombing and gives my hair so much volume, although Tom keeps getting his mitts on it which is a pain for me but shows it works on shorter hair too!
3) Label M intensive mask – I actually bought my first tub of this from Toni & Guy but they charged around £15, I’ve since found it on lookfantastic for £12. It’s another intensive conditioner that I tend to leave on my hair for around 45 minutes, a bit time consuming but it’s really improved the condition and strength of my hair.
4) Lee Stafford treatment – I’m not silly so I know this wasn’t going to turn me into a Rapunzel, it’s really just a clever name for a typical conditioning hair mask but it’s a quick application and leaves my hair super soft. Boots put the brand on offer a lot so I’d definitely recommend getting it on 3 for 2.
5) Tangle Teezer – I lie as I’ve only had this for a couple of weeks but I couldn’t not add it as it’s amazing. I don’t know how it works but it does. I’m tangle free and I love it.
6) Tresemme Heat Defence - This seems to help with breakage on the ends of my hair and smells nice, plus it's purse friendly.

If anyone else has posts on hair growth please link me! I need to get it as long as possible before August.

39 comments :

  1. I wish my hair would grow, I had it cut in to a long bob last year and it just seems to have stayed the same length :( I think I'll have to try some of the products that you use since your hair has grown a lovely length. x

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  2. Oh how it's grown loads! Very impressive!

    Marie x

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  3. I think I need to get that detangler my hair when it's wet is a nightmare!
    Claudia xxx
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  4. I wish my hair would grow that quick!

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  5. Oh this gives me hope! I bleached the shit out of my hair last July and cut most of it off in November. It's now in pretty good condition, except when it was last bleached it snapped off from the tops of my head so now I have some sort of mini-mohawk thing going on. It's growing pretty quickly, all I do to get it in good condition is wash it once or twice a week and put in Dove hair oil. Can't wait for it to be long again arrghh.

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  6. Your hair looks great.. I keep thinking about stopping with the bleach because I want to grow mine about 4 inches longer but I can't bare the roots that you get when you grow it out. How did you deal with the roots?x

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  7. Oooh once a month peroxide does not sound like fun! Your hair looks really nice now :) you've done a good job rescuing it from snapping off

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  8. so this probably isn't the best advice but I honestly didn't cut/ condition/ straighten my hair for about a year & i didn't brush it all that often either! but it really worked my hair got soo long :) yours looks like it's in such good condition noww x

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  9. Laura recently did a post on how she uses horse shampoo to encourage growth! Bizarre but it seems to work. Here's the link: http://passionaboutfashion.blogspot.com/2012/01/horse-shampoo-secret-to-long-hair.html xxx

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  10. am defiantly going to go out and buy some of these products!!

    thanks!
    xx

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  11. I am buying these.. ha i've gone the other way and want long hair back :( xx

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  12. Ah your hair has grown so much! :) I'm currently trying to get long hair too...definitely gonna try these products xo

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  13. OMG your hair has grown so much and looks in much better condition. Looking fabulousssss honey. Ive tagged you over on my blog if you fancy a lil look :) x x

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  14. your hair looks in amazing condition! Really need to get my hands on a tangle teezer too! xo

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  15. Wow, it's amazing to see how much it has grown! x

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  16. totally need a tangle wotsit for my mop!

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  17. Oh wow your hair really has grown! It looks lovely and as a fellow bottle blonde thank you for all the product advice, I already use the lee stafford growth treatment but will have to try some of those others out! xxx

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  18. Hate you! I started growing my hair about a year ago too but obviously couldn't give up the bleach and it's grown NOWHERE as long as yours :( xx

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  20. I've been taking Sea Kelp supplements (I bought mine in Holland & Barrett when they were on offer) as my hair never seems to grow and is quite thin.

    I've been using them for a few months now and my hair is in the best condition it's been for years and it's growing! Hoorah!

    Maybe something to consider :)

    Clare x

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  21. My hair grows so slowly...yours has been growing a lot and looks fine, you can be happy about it =) you look good !
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  22. Ah love this! I had to stop straightening my hair & just tie it back for about a year to get it to grow! Definitely need to invest in a heat protection spray

    Christy X

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  23. Oh I use tresemme heat defence too, aaand loreal paris techni-art cream, not sure if it helps with growth but makes my hair feel a fair bit nicer than if I didn't.
    Your hair looks lovely in the second pic, the natural colour really suits you. x

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  24. That detangler sounds amazing! my hair is so fine I need it otherwise it just breaks off. I've got white blonde hair and i've been growing it and my fringe out for a year now and I use KERASTASE NUTRITIVE, it's quite expensive at £25 a go, but it is the best £25 I've spent on hair product EVER. I swear by it, as the hairdresser said I needed to hack all mine off too but I didn't listen and used that instead! And I only ever bleach my roots and just use purple shampoo to tone and yellowness out of it. Love your blog btw! xx

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  25. I adore your new hair, it looks so fresh and healthy <3
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  26. Hiya,

    I have tagged you in the eleven questions blog post!

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    xx

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  27. I did one a while ago with a more natural approach! They also say that massaging the scalp and warmth can encourage hair growth :) http://islandgirlinsights.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-to-grow-your-hair-long-and-strong.html

    I think your hair looks great now though! :) :) xxxx

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  28. I did the exact same thing last year, it's heartbreaking when you want blonde blonde hair and the only way you can get it makes it all snap off! I gave up and died it back au natural, determined this year to be Jennifer Aniston blonde! I used Redkens anti snap which really helped although, I don't think mine grew as much as yours has! Your hair is a gorgeous colour now xx

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  29. I wrote a post a few months back http://beautyramblings.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-grow-your-hair-long.html hope it can help you! I really want to try that VO5 product now, I cannot stand backcombing my hair X

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  30. Your hair looks lovely! :)

    I've been spending the past year/year and a half growing my hair from a very short asymmetric bob, although since having lots of bleach in my hair it's made it so try and it gets incredibly knotty! I'll have to give some of these products a go - I love the Lee Stafford mask, that helped a lot when my hair was in that annoying "in between stage" and I couldn't really do anything with it!

    The Macadamia Natural Oils range on cheapsmells is pretty good - the leave in oil and deep repair mask is AMAZING (although I think I've see their travel set on the "coming soon" bit on buyapowa so it might be worth checking that out) xx

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