One of the most frequent questions I get asked about my hair is “how did you get it to grow so fast?!” My hairdresser even asked me what I was doing last time I sat down in her chair. In today’s post I’m going to address that and all of the recent questions I’ve received about my tresses, including my go-to hair products. If you don’t know about my “beauty favorites” page then check that out here. It’s where I keep up with all of my go-to products at any given time. There are a few hair items on there but I wanted to dive a little more in-depth and list out all of the products I love.
HOW TO GROW LONG HAIR
Before we get into how to grow long hair, here are a few outfit details for this look. I love this cross-back top! It’s lightweight, affordable & the back detailing is so cute. Plus, you can wear a real bra with it! I’m wearing it with my favorite jeans which are currently 30% off! They run true to size & I’m wearing a 27. I’m also wearing my favorite sunglasses and the espadrilles I’ve been living in.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS?
Shampoo & conditioners: I really love this Alterna Conditioner & Alterna Shampoo. The Alterna Caviar Repair Products are formulated with proteins that help rebuild your hair and keep it strong. Their anti-aging products are also great! My hair naturally pulls a little brassy so I use this violet shampoo once a week to tone my strands and keep my blonde from turning too yellow. Another great drugstore line that I use is the the Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as the Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm and this Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge Treatment as needed! It smells heavenly!
Dry shampoo: My absolute favorite dry shampoo spray is the Big Sexy Hair one and my favorite foam is made by Ouai. Both of those products are on the expensive side so I usually opt for TRESemme but any of them are great. The Oribe Texturizing Spray is technically a styling product but it also doubles as a dry shampoo. I use it religiously and it’s my number one hair item. Coming in a close second is this Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam. I use the spray dry shampoos to touch up or give my roots volume but when I need a true dry shampoo this is the product I use. It’s a foam and you put it on as if you were putting in a root texturizing foam. It will make your hair damp at first and you just continue to rub it in and then brush it dry. I typically will let it sit on my roots for a bit before I brush. This product is unique in the fact that it actually cleans your hair! Oh, and it smells heavenly! If you are looking for good drugstore dry shampoos I recommend Dove, TRESemme, Pantene, or Batiste,
Hair products: I typically don’t use anything other than the Oribe Texturizing Spray and this TRESemme hairspray. However, if I’m wanting a really good blowdry I will use the Caviar Satin or the Bumble and Bumble and if I want my curls to last all day I will use the Alterna Invisible Roller Spray. When I want some extra volume but don’t need a dry shampoo I will use the Big Sexy Powder Play and this Keratin treatment is my favorite leave-in conditioner!
DO YOU USE PURPLE SHAMPOO?
Yes! My hair naturally pulls a little brassy so I use this violet shampoo once a week to tone my strands and keep my blonde from turning too yellow.
WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO HAIR TOOLS?
Curling iron: I’ve said before that You should only curl your hair with a 1.25″ curling iron but I’ve recently bought this 1″ curling iron now that my hair is longer and I wrap my hair with it. I guess I could get a want but I just like having one product that I can use as a curling iron or keep the handle open and use as a wand. If you want the master tutorial on how I curl my hair then check out this post.
Straightener: I use this straightener and unfortunately it is expensive. Is it that much better than others to justify the price? I’m not sure. But if you use a straightener every day and want to invest in a good quality one that keeps your hair healthy this could be for you. It has an internal microchip to control temperature fluctuation and maintain even heat along the plates. Also, the plates have beveled edges which make it really easy to create waves and curls. The plates are also flexible and move with your hair without any pulling which decreases damage to your strands. The plates are also made of Tourmaline® and ceramic which help seal in the hair cuticle and gives your hair a frizz-free style. If you want to know how to curl your hair with a flat iron then you can check out this easy 45 second tutorial. Just repeat the same technique all around your hair to create waves from a styling iron. It’s as bare bones as it comes and shows you a really simple way to get pretty waves!
Hairbrush: If you want a stellar blowout and volume then use this large round brush! The only downside is that it is a pain to pack for trips. I also really love this brush that I use on myself and my girls!
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR HAIR CUT?
I go to Wilson’s on Washington and have since I lived in Greenville after college. You can visit their site here and follow them on instagram here. For the past 5 years, Emily Wilson has been my hair stylist. She is not only incredibly hilarious but also extremely talented. She is also one of those rare breeds of humans who doesn’t have social media so if you want to get in touch with her call the salon. I honestly look forward to going and sitting in her chair for 2 hours. That may seem like a long time but I have a TON of hair and Emily is actually one of the fastest stylist I’ve ever had. Nothing crawls my skin more than someone lingering while I’m on the clock. And by “the clock” I mean the amount of time I have arranged for someone to watching my girls. She knows her stuff, too!
HOW DO YOU COLOR YOUR HAIR?
I wouldn’t even dare try to describe this so I texted Emily and here is what she said: “When we color Cristin’s hair we alternate blonde and a low light that is two shades lighter than her natural color. If you lift the natural too much you can have a lot of warmth that could read “brassy”. Natural highlights are never uniform so mixing up the size is crucial. I always start with less highlights in the back and gradually place more towards the hairline. At the shampoo bowl we fade out the small darker foils so there is no demarcation line. This creates dimension without bringing the color all the way through. With this type of blonde I never bring a lowlight all the way to the end. If we needed we will gloss at the shampoo bowl with an ash color.”
HOW DO YOU CURL YOUR HAIR?
I have a couple of tutorials on my YouTube page but am working on recording a new one with my 1″ curling iron. Here is a tutorial of when my hair was a lot shorter and I spent a lot of time editing a YouTube video. This video is a short 45 second tutorial of the technique I use with my straight iron.
DO YOU WEAR EXTENSIONS?
I do not wear extensions because I have a lot of hair naturally and I think I would feel claustrophobic having even more hair all of the time. I think if you have thin hair or not a ton of hair then go for it but if you already have a lot of hair I would pass. I guess I just think a huge wig-head of hair looks ridiculous. I know instagrammers and all these monstrous manes are all the rage but that’s just my honest opinion. I do think that extensions are great for braids or special events when you want a lot of hair to style a look and I have bought some a long time ago at Sally’s for that reason. I just went to their clip-in extension section and found some that matched my hair shade. If you’re on the market for good quality extensions to wear frequently then Bellami makes really good extensions and I’ve also wanted to try these by Amber Fillerup. I think if I was going to buy one brand of clip-in extensions then I would probably go with Laced Hair Extensions but honestly they are just SO expensive! When you are shopping for extensions you want to get ones with a lot of wefts because those are the pieces that you get which will make your hair look fuller.
HOW DO YOU GROW LONG HAIR SO FAST?
I think maintaining strong hair that won’t break is the key to growing out your hair long. I swear by these gummies that contain Biotin, B-12 & a host of natural ingredients. You could also take straight Biotin which I did for a long time! I take collagen every day as well and I also air-dry my hair as much as possible and try to spread out when I get it color-treated. I push my appointments by at least 10 weeks if not 12 and I only get it cut or trimmed every other time. When my roots are bad I will over-part my hair, use a TON of dry shampoo and braid my hair a lot too.
If you have any other questions leave them below and I will get them answered!!