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The story of why I've wanted to write this post begins 2.5 years ago when I last shaved my head. Since I started to grow my hair long, people have often made remarks how fast it grows or have asked me if I got hair extensions. I usually say that I eat fertilizer for breakfast or that my brain is obviously shit since my hair loves to grow on it.
Before the growing out phase, there was one question that was even more frequent (and annoying) and that was: "Why did you shave your head??" I made up a story that a bat got caught in my hair one night when I was walking my fart machine and the only way to save the bat was to shave my head. Would you believe me if I told you that some people believed that? You probably wouldn't. But they sure did. The truth is, I was never emotionally attached to my hair - it's there, you cut it, it comes back. What's the big deal? So I did just that: cut it, dyed it, abused it in so many ways for years until there was nothing left for me to do but to shave it. All. And I did. I shaved my head every week for 6 months. Why? Because I felt like it. As simple as that.
My boyfriend likes (or at least doesn't mind) the crazy hair but when he first saw my scalp exposed during my Rihanna mohawk period, he said: "You know, I'm never going to tell you what you can or can't do. But if you asked me, just hypothetically, I'd say: Do whatever you want with your hair, just don't shave it all." God and Santa were obviously both on vacation that day because he sure didn't get his wish.
You should have seen the expression on his face when he first saw me. It was the perfect mixture of: WTF, I♥U, OMG and you still look DTF. That's my third favorite expression on his face. The second one is when I waxed his armpits on a dare. I pulled that first strip and of course he took it like a man and screamed until he was blue in the face. But my most favorite expression is when I looked at him and said: "Now we have to wax the other one." Wax: 2 €. Waxing strips: 4 €. The joy, which fills my heart whenever I think of him screaming ... Do I have to say it? PRICELESS. But let's go back to the other hair.
Recently a friend of mine asked me where all of my hair is coming from and I thought: "Ok, what's the deal here, does my hair really grow that fast??" It takes a month for human hair to grow about 1.2 centimeters (or 0.5 inch) so in 2.5 years my hair should be 36 centimeters (14 inches) long. I measured it and it's over 40 centimeters (16 inches) but I've already cut and trimmed it multiple times so there should be at least 5 additional centimeters there (or 2 inches). Cool. I've always wanted a super power. Flying, x-ray vision or the ability to talk to dolphins would have been better but I guess super speedy hair isn't that bad either.
I last shaved my head in July 2010
and 2.5 years later:
So these would be my TIPS FOR FASTER HAIR GROWTH. Or better yet, this is what I've done (intentionally or not), which obviously helps my hair grow faster:
Don't wash your hair too often. If you're washing it every day, don't. If you're washing it every other day, don't. If you're washing it three times per week, don't. Man invented ponytails, braids, buns and hats just so you don't have to wash your hair like crazy. Think of Neanderthals - they had hair growing everywhere. That's because they didn't shower. Ever.
Don't use any heat on it. I NEVER use hairdryers and in the last 3 years, I used a flatiron once. If you think heat has nothing to do with it, google "no heat challenge" and see for yourself.
Don't comb your hair when it's wet. Wash it, let it air dry and only then comb and style it.
Use as little hair products as possible. None would be perfect.
Massage your scalp, it helps blood circulation and more blood means more oxygen and nutrients and all that good stuff for your hair.
If you want, you can get omega 3 fish oil supplements and vitamin B complex capsules. A lot of people recommend prenatal vitamins but don't get that - those contain other stuff (zinc, iron, etc.) a pregnant woman and her child need but you don't.
As soon as you see a split end, trim your hair. Don't use any masks or similar products to repair split ends, it's pointless, it cannot be done. You cannot glue split hairs back together, period. The longer you wait, the more hair you'll have to eventually cut.
And lastly, if you want your hair a certain length, you have to know that not everything is possible for everybody. Not all people can grow hair long enough to cover their nipples or down to their butts. Why? Because a life of a hair is divided into three phases, out of which the first phase is the growing one and can last from 2 to 5 years, after that the hair falls out. So if a person's hair grows only for 2 years, it can only be about 30 centimeters (12 inches) long, period. Compare bulldogs and Yorkshire terriers. Bulldogs can grow their hair out their entire lives (and they actually do) but their hair will always be short. So if you've been growing your hair long and you haven't noticed any "improvement" for a year or so, you should invest in hair extensions.
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