After a Decade, My Color-Treated Hair Finally Grew Past My Collarbone—Here's How

Although the last few months of the urgent hiatus in our "normal" lives have proven challenging due to the inevitable uncertainty, there is a silver lining to this said hiatus. We have been given the space to step back, reflect, and take time for self-care, which always seems to be at the bottom of our to-do list. Whether you spend nights putting on face masks and meditating, or indulging in the latest in beauty products and rituals like dry brushing, we can finally take our time.
Don't laugh, but one of my silver linings is reaching, if you will, my biggest hair goal: growth. A pursuit that has felt almost impossible in the past decade has come true due to years of intense trial and error and a newly discovered commitment. As a blonde who will never sacrifice my highlights, I have resorted to alternative means to improve the overall health of my hair and ultimately let it grow. While my hair length has stagnated since 2007 (the year I got my scariest haircut), 2020 will be the first time my hair has grown consistently, and I owe it to my strict product regime and advice from the experts.
The colorist and hair care guru from IGK Salon, Ryan Pearl, who also happens to be doing Hailey Bieber's color, advises: “Use products, especially for colored hair or those with thicker hair! Products act as protection from the sun and as a barrier when in the ocean or pool, and from environmental stressors. "
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Yes, it's about using the right products, but it's also about using them consistently. On my last haircare trip, I learned to gain time for little things, such as: For example, putting on a hair mask overnight or avoiding heat entirely and actually sticking to my ritual to achieve real results. I've essentially mastered the art of hair growth, dividing it into three major categories: maintaining scalp health, applying nutritious masks and treatments, and focusing on the link between my general health and hair health. Keep scrolling to find out which products have completely changed my hair for the better and how much my hair has changed in a year.
Maintain scalp health
According to Dr. Iris Rubin, dermatologist and founder of Seen, "healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. It is important to use hair products that respect your scalp, as the hair follicles are where the hair is made." I took this photo in May, two months after starting my meticulous hair routine, and when these products took my scalp health to a whole new level.
Kerahealth Follicle Hero Shampoo ($ 32)
This shampoo contains all the essential ingredients for hair growth, including keratin, biotin, and coconut oil, which are needed to cleanse the scalp and hair.
Skincare Shampoo Viewed ($ 29)
"Seen promotes scalp health as it has been clinically proven to not irritate or clog pores. The result is stronger, fuller, healthier hair," says Rubin.
Ouai Fine Hair Conditioner ($ 28)
Once you understand what type of hair you have - fine, thick, wavy, etc. - you can find products tailored to your particular hair type. Case in point: I have fine, color treated hair, so Ouai's Fine Hair Conditioner works wonders on my hair.
Act + Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox ($ 42)
One extremely valuable lesson I have learned is how to treat your scalp with the same respect and treatment as you would your face and skin care routine.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager ($ 16)
I use this massager every time I wash my hair to improve stimulation and blood flow to the scalp. I also like the versatility of this tool. You can use it with or without the product and on wet or dry hair.
Ranavat Mighty Majesty Fortifying Hair Serum ($ 70)
Expert advice: when I know I won't be leaving the house or need to attend Zoom meetings, I'll lather this into my hair and let it sit all day.
Crown Affair The Comb No. 001 ($ 36)
This year I officially gave up my brush. I'm totally focused on combs now as they won't pull your hair as hard and are more sensitive with fine, color treated hair.
Masking and treating agents
It sounds silly, but before 2020 I never felt like I had time for hair masks. I was either in a rush from dinner events or just too lazy. Garren, celebrity stylist and co-founder of the renowned hair care line R + Co, reveals the secret of hair health. "Healthy hair and thicker hair depend on your diet, hormones, thyroid, and your choice of shampoo, conditioner, and a treatment mask," he says. This picture was taken in late July. Until then, I was consistently using hair masks almost four days a week.
Repair mask by R + Co Bleu De Luxe (73 USD)
"If your hair is damaged and your scalp needs special attention, I would recommend De Luxe ReparativeMasque," says Garren. Bleuis from R + Co is a new, natural, vegan and clean formula and I am obsessed with it.
Crabtree & Evelyn Sweet Sap Hair Mask ($ 28)
Expert advice: On days when my hair feels ultra dry or dull, I use this hair mask as a conditioner to repair and restore every strand.
Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector ($ 28)
If you have blonde color treated hair this product is a must have.
Amika The Kure Intense Repair Hair Mask for Damaged Hair ($ 38)
I also use this hair mask as a conditioner when my hair feels distressed and the smell of this intense repair mask is one of my favorites.
Joon Hair Care Saffron Hair Elixir ($ 28)
According to Shiva Tavakoli, founder of Joon Haircare, "Consumers will see results as soon as Joon's saffron hair elixir touches the strand of hair. Within seconds, the hair becomes noticeably softer, less tangled, smoother and shinier. The benefits become more apparent over time Joon's antioxidant and repair properties allow changes to be made to the chemistry of the strand of hair itself. Over time, consumers will find that their hair is healthier, shinier, and frizzy. "
Sunday II Sunday Root Refresh Micellar Rinse ($ 31)
Try replacing your dry shampoo with this root freshener to avoid over-washing your hair. Washing your hair removes the hair's natural oils. Hence, it is important that the washes are not spaced.
Beauty from within
The big reveal: Before this year, my hair had never gone an inch above my collarbone. This picture was taken in early November and you can see it is a few inches below my collarbone. I'm an advocate of promoting wellness and beauty from the inside out, which is why I have used supplements like Nutrafol all the time (see my review of the brand). "Wellness comes from within. Your hair health is an indicator of your overall wellbeing, and Nutrafol is about promoting a healthy lifestyle that combines a holistic approach with a functional medical perspective," advises Dr. Sophia Kogan, co-founder and co-founder chief physician at Nutrafol.
Nutrafol Core for Women ($ 79)
"Hair wellness starts from the inside, and our supplements are effective because they target the causes of hair loss such as stress, environmental factors, diet and hormones. That being said, we are all unique bodies with unique biochemicals under unique stressors. We live in different environments and faced with a multitude of challenges. The more precise and targeted the formula, the more effective it will be for you. That's why we created our Hair Wellness Quiz, a tested algorithm of questions that guide your best recommendation for a core hair supplement and targeted boosters, "reveals Kogan.
The beauty chef Glow Inner Beauty Essential ($ 65)
This formula has become an essential part of my morning routine. Glow Inner Beauty Essential contains 18 whole food products, including bio-fermented maqui berries, pomegranate plums, pomegranate fruit peel extract, vitamin C to increase collagen production and zinc. It can be easily mixed with your morning drink for healthier hair (and skin and nails!).
Next, discover the little change that one of our beauty editors' hair thickened insanely quickly
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