Gone are the days of the Pob (Posh-bob), the Aniston layers and the boyish crop, today’s mane-conscious woman is all about thickness and length. Everywhere you turn thick haired lovelies are swishing their bountiful barnets, sweeping luscious locks out of their faces and twiddling thick rope-like strands around their fingers. Whilst this may inspire mad hair-envy in the best of us, all hope is not lost. Although hair only grows on average half an inch per month, there is action we can take to encourage growth and elimate breakage.
Let’s start with the basics. If you’re anything like me, getting your hair trimmed can be a traumatising experience. Seeing your painstakingly-grown hair falling around your feet whilst screaming: “ONLY THE ENDS!” never seems to get easier. However regularly having your hair trimmed actually makes your hair look longer by getting rid of split ends and thus reducing hair breakage. You should have your hair trimmed every 2 to 3 months to prevent those ends getting scraggy. What’s the good in having long locks if they look like rat’s tails?
Forget the old wives tails of administering 100 brush strokes a day to your barnet – you never saw Nora Batty sprouting lengthy locks from her rollers. If you’re not careful, brushing can do more harm than good. That’s not saying you should let your hair go wild, however, you do need to take care especially when the hair is wet. Use a wide tooth plastic comb to avoid creating split ends.
Another tip for styling TLC is to stop sizzling. Yes, I understand that stepping out without straightening one’s hair can be daunting, but applying hot tools directly to the hair can fry the cuticle and seriously damage – and even snap – the hair. For those occasions where using heat is necessary i.e. birthdays and Christmas, make sure you never fail to use a heat protecting spray or cream.
A good way to make your hair look thicker is to mousse it before bed and leave it to dry naturally. Sleeping with it in a plait will make it wavy and volumised the next day. Another option is to wear sleep in rollers, aka caffeine rollers.Don’t be fooled – you WILL notice them for the majority of the night and they will seriously affect the quality of your rest. They are very effective, however, if you are prepared to endure them – which I am. If you must blow-dry your hair, do it upside down. This simple trick does actually make the hair look a lot thicker.
Regularly conditioning your hair is essential. Dry and brittle hair will snap and ultimately look revolting. That being said, it is just as important to get ALL of the conditioner out of your hair. A build-up of conditioner can leave your hair seriously limp and lifeless. Avoid the roots altogether when conditioning and rinse with cold water to remove all residue.
Clip in hair extensions are a fabulous way to add volume and length for a special occasion without damaging the hair. They also have the added benefit of being very reasonably priced and readily available in a number of colours, from online stores like Buy Hair, or even on barrels in shopping centres.
So there we have it, follow the above advice and your transformation into big-haired-beaut will be well underway in no time. Let the swishing begin!