In August of 2011, I had a temporary moment of insanity and chopped 9 inches off my hair.
I think I was itching for a change. A “new me” if you will. Well, I liked this “new me” for about a week. It didn’t take long before I started looking at old pictures of myself and missing my longer locks. I’ve been trying to grow my hair back ever since.
This is me about a year later, August 2012. I guess that’s pretty good growth for a year, but it doesn’t seem like it to me. See, right now my hair doesn’t look any longer than it did in that picture. And it’s March 2013. Does anyone else find that their hair hits a certain length and just does not seem to grow past it?
On the plus side, my hair has grown back much healthier. I went through a disordered eating phase (I supposed that’s what I’d call it) during my sophomore/junior years of college and subsequently lost almost half of my hair. I’ve always had thick, naturally curly hair and I used to consider it a pain when I was younger because it was so hard to control. Going through that bout of hair loss made me appreciate having thick hair in the first place. It probably would’ve been/looked a lot worse if I didn’t have so much of it to spare.
I probably sound really dramatic about my hair right now, but oh well. Losing some of it a few years back was a real wake up call. Initially I thought that it was caused by stress or some other condition, until my doctor told me that my weight was too low and I needed to gain. It was then that I realized that my diet needed help.
Thinking back to that time in my life makes me sad. Not only was I not eating enough calories in general, I was eating virtually NO protein. And that’s what hair is made of, after all. Now I try to incorporate protein into almost every meal. It’s still a struggle for me, though. I don’t eat as much meat anymore and I won’t go near protein powders. I avoid processed protein as much as I can. Nothing against anyone who uses protein powders, but they’re not my cup of tea.
I’ve heard people rave about biotin supplements for hair growth. I’m not interested in taking biotin because I hear that it breaks you out, and I have acne-prone skin. I’d rather not deal with that. I took prenatal vitamins for awhile after my bout of hair loss and they did seem to help some, but I’m not sure if they’re necessary for me anymore since my diet is much better now.
Any hair growth tips for me? I feel like there are so many “old wives tale”-type tips out there and it’s hard to know which are legit.
Do you prefer your hair long or short?