How I’m Growing Out My Damaged Hair

HOW I'M GROWING MY HAIR BACK OUT

Like I said, I’m not good at taking selfies. And I don’t have the patience to keep taking them but this was the best I could capture of my hair on my own before I walked outside and melted on my way to an event last night.

This is the third update about my hair since “the incident” and to know where I’m coming from you need to go back and read the initial post, and then you can see a little progress in update No.1 and No.2 (which were done in collaboration with Living Proof).

But after yesterday, I thought it was time for another hair update. Yesterday was the first time I’ve been able to color my hair since the fall.

I knew I needed to find someone who was obsessed with hair on a deep level to help me get my hair back to healthy. Someone who cares about my hair more than I do, talks about hair, researches hair, dreams about hair. So I started seeing Winston in February.

Winston adopted me and my hot mess of a head of hair. He has done everything he can to help my hair grow faster, and look as good as possible in the process. Trims, masks, deep conditioning, etc. But yesterday my hair was finally in a place where we could color it again. The color turned out GREAT. I can’t go super light yet — still have to protect my hair — but I love it.

When I told Winston I had worn my hair in a bun for 18 months, he was on a mission to get me to wear it down. Even though I was skeptical, I let him give me waves with a flat iron after my color, and I finally liked it and wore it down for the first time in a year and half. So kind of a big night for me and my hair. I doubt I can recreate it as good as he did, but I’ll try.

My hair is still in the grow-out process. It will probably be another 6 to 9 months before it’s in a place that I’m happy with, and another year before it’s where I want it to be, but in the meantime I have to work with what I have so I’m dealing with it.

The one good thing about this hair fiasco is that now I actually know how to take care of my hair and I know its limits. I’m much nicer to my hair now.

 

Here’s what I’m doing and the products I’m using to help grow it out, restore the damaged parts, and keep the new growth extra healthy:

 

WHAT I’M DOING

+ Started seeing Winston at PR at Partners on K Street.

+ Letting my hair air dry as much as possible. Basically trying to not use my blowdryer as much as I can.

+ Using a hair mask 2x week.

+ Using Olaplex 1x week.

+ Using more conditioner (I never used much before).

+ Using oil in my hair.

+ Taking pills/vitamins to aid in growth and eating a lot of protein.

 

WHAT PRODUCTS I’M USING

+ Kérastase Bain Thérapiste Shampoo

+ Kérastase Son Premier Thérapiste Conditioner

Kérastase Masque Thérapiste

Kérastase Initialiste — Advanced Scalp & Hair Concentrate

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil

+ Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment

+ Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner

+ Living Proof Satin Hair Serum

+ Olaplex No.3

+ Viviscal (although I’m not taking very religiously and I should)

*Once I’m done with the Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste I’ll start using the Kérastase Résistance Force Architecte line. And no, this post is not sponsored by Kérastase or Living Proof — it’s just what I’m using.

 

WHAT I NEED TO DO MORE OF/START DOING

+ Get a silk pillowcase

+ Taking biotin and fish oil

 

So there you have it. I think my hair is over the hump of terrible, and on it’s way to getting much much better and I am getting happier with it. It just takes time to grow, and all I can do is eat healthy, take extra vitamins, and treat the hair I do have with as much love as I can.

Do you have a nightmare hair story? Favorite hair product? Tell me!

IN THE PHOTO: Black Halo 2 Piece Dress; Lizzie Fortunato Totem Earrings, similar black lamp