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I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to launch a series of beauty posts answering the questions you guys send me all the time but better late than never hey, and here I present you the answer to one of my most-asked questions on how I got my hair so long.

(By the way, if you missed the others posts in this new series, so far I’ve blogged about How To Get Whiter Teeth and How to Get Rid of Eye Bags). You’re welcome!

So back to my mane.

I’ve basically had long hair forever.

I was born with a big barnet (literally) and it was shoulder length by the age of two. True story.

The only two occasions I can remember it ever being short-ish was a rare bob around the age of 14 which grew out fairly quickly and an Edward Scissorhands incident with a stylist in Toni & Guy who chopped it into a shoulder length bob when I was 22, making me look 42. Literally everyone I knew told me how aging it was and mature I looked. Good times.

Again, thankfully, my hair grew quickly and more than anything, shorter hair made me realise how much my long hair reflects my bold and larger-than-life personality-that so much of my strength is in my hair Samson style!

I adore short hair on others though, but for me long locks suit me best and I don’t believe you need to cut your hair with age. I plan on having my hair long if I can in my 90’s!

Also footnote, but when it comes to my naturally curly locks, it’s quite the interesting backstory. Not as interesting as someone who once told their screwball curls was down to a mild electric shock their mother endured pregnant!

So, my hair was poker straight until I turned 13 and overnight, literally it became curly. I went to bed with straight hair and woke up like Cyrly Sue due to haywire hormones. The same thing happened to my Mum.

The ironic thing was, I spent my entire childhood desperate for curls, sleeping in damp plaits most nights, only to immediately miss my straight hair the minute my dream was met.

As crazy as it sounds, I used to save up my pocket money and pay for blow dries when I could, from around the age of 14.  I even tried a Brazilian treatment out in the salon. I was ahead of my time.

So that’s the history on my hair-story (get it)!

Now for some tips which might help you grow your hair, that have kept my mane in good nick.

Everyone’s hair is different of course, but on average it grows around an inch a month. Pregnancy was a fruitful time for my own hair and nails. My hair grew in abundance over that time, and whilst many notice hair-loss after kids, mine was so big, if I did experience it, I didn’t notice.

Below, are my top 10 tips which might help your hair. These chart the things I naturally do to my mane which helps keep it healthy, strong and long. Genetics play a huge part of course, as does my diet and the way I treat my locks.

I hope they help! Go forth and grow those locks.

  • Regular trims sounds nut but they are the key to long hair. Cutting little and often keep hair looking its best. Trims will also help prevent split ends from making their way up the strands of your hair so will prevent bigger chops down the line. Prevention is always best.
  • You are what you eat so ensure you get a balanced, varied diet, full of vitamins and minerals your hair loves and needs. Oily fish, fruit, vegetables, slow releasing grains, lean meat, nuts and seeds. Sugar and salt need to be on lock-down where possible to help your hair, skin and overall health.
  • Use products which are kind to your hair, opting for natural treatments where possible and even gentle kids’ shampoos and conditioners which I’m a huge fan of.
  • See a hair stylist you trust and keep going back. I feel the same about my brows-hair and eyebrows, shape your face so only let someone you trust, loose on them.
  • I take a high strength multi vitamin. The B vitamins and Vitamin E are vital for your hair.
  • Oiling the roots provides nutrition for your scalp and helps promote growth. I like to use natural organic, virgin coconut oil, leaving it in for hours at a time, as a hair mask, or even overnight before washing it out the following day.  It can also help rejuvenate dead hair shafts and my hair always looks silky smooth and shiny afterwards.
  • Equally once a month I slather on a deep conditioning treatment, usually in the salon to help nourish and protect my hair. Look after your hair as you would your face. Invest in top notch ranges like L’Oreal and Aveda which are worth their price tags ten times over. I also swim with a cap on when I can too, as chlorine isn’t the best thing for hair.
  • Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet as it’s at its weakest then. Towel-dry then use a hairdryer on a low setting before brushing through.
  • Let your hair dry naturally when you can (in the summer, ideally) and don’t always reach for the heat appliances.  Use heat protecting products pre-drying with a hair dryer or straightening irons, too.
  • My silk pillow from Silk Skin is everything, people and I never sleep on cotton pillow cases now. The silk pillow helps prevent wrinkles as well as frizzy hair so do invest in one asap.

I hope these tips are useful, let me know what you do to keep your locks flowing!

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30 Responses

  1. Cynthia Tores

    Thanks for this much needed advice. I don’t think most people realize taking vitamins and oiling your roots has a positive impact on hair growth. It’s the simple things that count. 🙂

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  2. Michelle Goodwin

    I need to invest in a silk pillow asap. My hair is neither straight nor curly just a bit fluffy with loads of it, I was actually thankful for postnatal hairloss haha #brillblogposts
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  3. the frenchie mummy

    I always let my hair dry naturally 🙂 People think it’s weird but there is nothing better! Love your photo! you look fab! #brillblogposts
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  4. Amy Leonard

    This was a much needed read for me as I’ve had very short hair for a year, towards the end of my pregnancy I had to stop driving as I had a couple of ‘passing out behind the wheel’ episodes, and this meant that sitting in the salon chair was also out! As such its now in danger of resembling Worzel Gummage and I need to get it longer ASAP so I can at least bundle it up if I don’t have time to do anything with it!! x
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh Amy so sorry to read you’ve not been well, are you better now. Really love a good mum-bun with my hair, it’s long but I wear it up a lot and always sleep with it in a ponytail x

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  5. five little doves

    I spend my life growing my hair and then I seem to give in and cut it because it just doesn’t seem to grow nicely! The only time I have ever had lovely hair was during my eldest sons pregnancy, and it was so long and thick! After my youngest three it all fell out and I’ve been left with a few wispy strands that I can never do anything with! Bleugh! #Brilliantblogposts
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  6. Caroline

    You have the most gorgeous hair! We actually have very similar hair history. I too had the dreaded ‘mum bob’ cut when I was 14 and it must have scarred me for life because I have kept it really long ever since! I’m seriously thinking of cutting it though – styling it takes so long and I don’t always have the time. x
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  7. Lucy At Home

    I tend to let my hair grow for ages, and then I have it all chopped off. My most recent chop was on Monday and I had about 8 inches taken off!

    I also always wanted curly hair (mine is poker straight), but having a toddler with curly hair, I have learned how much harder work it is to keep it looking neat. Your hair always looks fabulous though! #brillblogposts
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  8. Feeling Mum Yet

    Thanks for these tips – I might borrow the kids’ products 🙂 Sadly with 2 challenging adoptive boys and being the only woman in the house I don’t really have time to worry about my hair other than it’s clean or nit-free… Maybe one day…
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    • Honest Mum

      Hahaa nit free is a constant battle here too. Luckily they don’t seem to like my coloured hair but it’s relentless with my boys x

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  9. Eb Gargano / easypeasyfoodie.com

    Great tips…like you I wanted curly hair when I was a little girl, but sadly my dream never came true (boo hoo). Luckily when I was a teenager ‘Friends’ arrived on our screens and everyone suddenly wanted Rachel style straight hair…so whilst all my friends were spending hours desperately straightening their hair I didn’t have to do a thing…it is poker straight naturally! I did have it curly for my wedding, though (but my hair is so, so straight I my hair stylist had to curl it twice – really!!). Xx
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  10. Laurie Girl & Tonic

    Such great tips, thank you! I’m going to try adding oil to my roots & leaving it in – I struggle to get my hair to grow past shoulder length! #BrilliantBlogPosts

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  11. Hope

    I always wanted curls when I was younger too although for me it never happened! 🙂 Some great hair tips, thanks for sharing! Your hair looks great, I love having long hair whenever I have had it cut shorter it just doesn’t feel like me 🙂
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  12. Ally

    I have huge issues with growing my hair out. It has always been bad but over the last few years it has slowed down to almost a stop. There are a few of these I have never tried and I definitely wil be trying them, I would kill to have hair like yours! #brillblogposts

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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks Ally, definitely try then and maybe get an iron test at your doctors too as anemia can affect hair growth x

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  13. MumandStuff

    I love this, I have always been a ‘bare minimum’ kind of girl when it came to my hair. I’m very lucky in that I have thick poker straight hair that until a year ago was very long (I now have a long bob and am loving the novelty!) I rarely blow dry my hair, preferring to let it dry naturally, I don’t own straighteners or curling irons. I do have an excellent hair dryer for when I do need a blow dry though, I think that’s important. Also, I have an amazing stylist who has been doing my hair for years, he knows I am a fuss free person and gives me such amazing cuts that most people don’t realise how little I actually do to it. Have a fab holiday! x

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  14. Laura Wilson

    Thank you for sharing! I woke up about age 9 with sudden curly frizzy hair from poker straight and it’s been huge since but not nice curls so it’s been abused with products and heat 🙁 I need to get regular trims but have been scared off after going in more than once for a trim and coming out with a bob! I’ve darkened mine just lately though so I’m not killing it with bleach and I can let it grow a little, it’s doing better already. Long hair suits me so much better and my mum told me never to cut it short as it’s my ‘crowning glory’ she was so right! (Don’t tell her I said so) xx
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