As most of you may know, I am getting married next June! I am very excited but also nervous as I JUST cut all my hair off last summer. If you are one of those gals (like me) that seems to have hair that takes YEARS to grow back- you may understand my nervousness.
However, April 1st, my anxiety subsided when Redken launched the new Extreme Lengths line. The new Extreme Length primer is formulated with biotin and builds strength from root to tip, targeting split ends. The Extreme Length sealer, also formulated with biotin, seals the cuticle for maximum results. If you are a colour junkie, or obsessed with balayage (Team blonde!) and hate haircuts, this is definitely the product(s) for you!
But does it work!? I've been using it since the minute it launched (thanks Redken!) and I can honestly say I've seen a difference in my hair! The primer also doubles as your conditioner and gives you weightless moisture (I didn't believe this at first and used my conditioner in addition to the primer), leaving me with silky soft hair.... but my shampoo only lasted two days as opposed to my normal 4-5 days. I've learned my lesson and now I ONLY use my shampoo (either Color Extend, Extreme Strengthening OR my various blonde toning shampoos), the primer and then the sealer.
I truly believe that this system is something you'll need to stick with to see the difference. Don't expect to use it for one month and have luscious long hair. Be realistic and expect it to take the full year. The line boasts an additional 6" inches of growth in the year (we already grow around 6"). If used correctly, you could grow 12" of strong hair! Woo hoo!
Check back regularly for before/progress and after pictures!
There are other ways to effectively grow your hair as well, according to Harvard and Yale Medical School trained nutritionist Jayson Calton, PhD, and licensed nutritionist and fitness chef Mira Calton, CN.
1. Salmon: This fish is loaded with the strong hair supporters like Vitamin D and protein, but it also contains omega-3 fatty acids that promote hair growth by keeping your scalp healthy.
2. Yellow Peppers: Yellow bell peppers have nearly five and a half times more Vitamin C than oranges (341 milligrams, as opposed to 63). This is good news for your locks since Vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens the hair shaft and hair follicles, as well as prevents breakage.
3. Oysters: Zinc deficiency has been noted to cause hair loss and poor scalp conditions and oysters are loaded with zinc — just three ounces contain 493 percent of your daily value. But not just any oysters will do: Steer clear of the ones caught in the Gulf of Mexico, which may contain unusually high levels of Cadmium due to the 2010 BP oil spill.
4. Eggs: Eggs are an excellent source of those aforementioned omega-3s, and they are also contain biotin (which many people trying to grow their hair take in supplement form). But, just so you’re aware, it’s not the egg white that will make your hair long and beautiful, it’s the yolk. Eating too many egg whites can actually block the absorption of biotin into the body, causing a depletion of this micronutrient.
5. Sunflower Seeds: Just a few little seeds can supply you with an abundance of Vitamin E, which will enhance blood flow to the scalp and promote faster hair growth.
6. Sweet Potatoes: These are loaded with beta carotene, the precursor for Vitamin A that not only promotes a healthy scalp but promotes hair growth. But choose foods loaded with beta carotene over supplementing with high doses — like over 2500 milligrams — of Vitamin A from retinol since it can be toxic at very high levels.
7. Avocados: Due to their high concentration of essential fatty acids naturally found in skin cells (which help to keep your skin smooth and supple), avocados are an age-old beauty secret. When topically applied to the hair and scalp, they have the added ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Mix a little avocado with sour cream (which contains lactic acid to help exfoliate dead skin and clean up buildup on the scalp) and apply to your hair and scalp for about ten minutes before washing it off.
8. Almonds: These nuts will make your hair grow faster and thicker due to their high biotin content. One cup contains nearly one-third of your daily requirement. You should be able to see the results in a month or two of adding them to your diet.