I’m Growing Out My Hair During Quarantine — & These Are The Products Getting Me Through The Awkward Stage
For the past five years, I've committed to a life with a bob. Although it limbos in length, from grazing my collar bone to hitting just above my chin, I've managed to remain diligent in my short hair status. And then the pandemic hit. Interestingly enough, the very weekend salons were ordered to close in Los Angeles was also the weekend I was scheduled for my monthly haircut, which was obviously canceled. Once I realized the socially distant season was going to run well into the summer and fall seasons, I made the decision grow out my hair while in quarantine.
Now, to be honest, I'd toyed with the idea of going back to long, waist-length locks for a while, but was always derailed by celebrities like Kaia Gerber and Lucy Hale who served as constant reminders of how chic short hair could be. But with hair appointments null and void, the path to long hair became wide open with no road blocks.
What I didn't quite think through in starting my hair growth journey was the awkward in-between phase that no one likes to speak of. That weird length that sits right at your shoulders and can't be described as short or long. While some may refer to it as a lob, I refer to it as just plain awkward. And, considering my hair is thick, wavy, and doesn't have layers to give it shape or body, this phase can feel particularly brutal.
Luckily, I've armed myself with some hair essentials that are making navigating my hair growth a bit easier. To help promote said growth, I take supplements from beauty brand Hairtamin packed with biotin, vitamins C, D, and B12, folate, and zinc. I also apply a coconut oil hair mask once or twice a week, as I've been told it can make hair grow faster (although there really isn't concrete proof of this).
Now, since regular trims (which are typically recommended when growing out hair to keep it looking and feeling healthy as it gets longer) are simply not an option, I've been relying on a number of products to help keep my hair as manageable as possible.
For the sleek updos that have become my saving grace as I white-knuckle the aforementioned "awkward phase," I rely on hosiery hair ties, which prevent hair breakage, and fun barrettes and accessories to makes the looks a bit more fun and playful. If I do let my hair hang free, I typically let it air-dry with its natural wave, reaching for texturizing sprays to keep my volume, sans frizz. And, to ensure my hair looks as healthy as possible, I sleep on a silk pillowcase, as they create less friction for the hair.
Yes, with some patience, discipline, and 10 key hair products, I'm managing to navigate this hair growth journey successfully — and can already see the results of my efforts. Ahead, check out the products that are working their magic on me.
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Quarantine Hair Growth Products: Hairtamin Gummy Stars
In addition to the biotin and loads of vitamins and promote healthier hair, these gummies are totally delicious.
Quarantine Hair Growth Product: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo
I only wash my hair once or twice a week, and this shampoo makes it feel squeaky clean without drying it out. Its charcoal and coconut oil combo also promotes a healthy scalp, which is the perfect foundation for hair growth.
Quarantine Hair Growth Product: Good & Gather Organic Refined Coconut Oil
As I mentioned before, coconut oil is rumored to promote hair growth, so I've used it as a homemade hair mask for months. While I can't guarantee its contributed to my fast-growing hair, I know it's helped in keeping my hair shiny and soft.
Quarantine Hair Growth Product: Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil
Formulated to help in nourishing hair follicles and smooth split ends, I like to massage this biotin-infused oil directly on my scalp to give my mane a little boost.
Quarantine Hair Growth Product: Night Beauty Pillow
In addition to a luxurious sleep, this silk pillow keeps frizz at bay, so I wake up with smoother, softer hair, which is helpful when you're fighting split-ends and breakage.
Quarantine Hair Growth Product: Sexy Hair Surfer Girl Dry Texturizing Spray
For days I let my hair roam free, this texturizing spray is everything and more. It keeps my air-dried hair from getting frizzy in the heat and also gives my natural waves some much-needed bounce and body.
Quarantine Hair Growth Product: Scunci Hoisery Ponytailer Hair Elastics
When you haven't had a haircut in six months, breakage becomes a common occurrence. These hair ties keep my updos, well, up and slide off smoothly when I let my hair down.
Quarantine Hair Growth Product: Urban Outfitters Zigzag Bobby Pin Set
When you're growing out your hair, accessories and styling products are good as gold, and these fun barrettes have made the journey a little more fun.
Quarantine Hair Growth Product: Diane Shampoo Massage Brush
According to some small studies, regular scalp massages can promote thicker and longer hair. I'm taking all the help I can get, so I give my head a little spa treatment whenever I can.
Quarantine Hair Growth Product: Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask With Prickly Pear Seed Oil
I've been obsessed with Christophe Robin products for a while, and this mask is a particular fave. In between coconut oil treatments, I'll work this prickly pear-infused formula in to keep the restoration going.
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