The Grow-Out

After vowing to cut my hair regularly after my last haircut (three months ago), I've fallen into my old, effortless long-hair habits. And my hair's been growing fast, in part because my current low-maintenance routine works in its favor. These days, I don't bother with the blowdryer or any styling tools, and besides shampooing and conditioning, there are just three products that I've been using on a regular basis to promote healthy hair growth.

After shampooing and conditioning my hair, I spritz the John Masters Deep Scalp Follicle Treatment & Volumizer throughout my roots and massage it into my scalp with my fingertips. This product contains a blend of 17 herbs and essential oils, including thyme (scalp stimulant), arnica (anti-inflammatory), and irish moss (detoxifying). It's meant for "thinning hair," and although my hair fortunately isn't thinning, it does shed, and I have periodically suffered from an irritated scalp. John Masters is a natural, organic brand, and so far every product I've tried from them is impressive. This one has a faint herbal fragrance that doesn't linger around. After that, I take one pump of Moroccan Oil, warm it up between the palms of my hand and smooth it through my hair from the the middle of the follicles to the tips. As long as I avoid my roots, this magic potion makes my hair so soft, shiny and healthy without weighing it down. It's expensive, but a little goes a long way, and I haven't found a cheaper alternative that feels as lightweight as this.

As I mentioned, I try to avoid blowdrying my hair as much as possible. Summer's a great time to give heat a rest, and when I avoided heat last year I noticed a huge improvement in the texture of my hair. The only con about letting my hair air-dry is that it can go a little limp afterwards. To add body back into my hair, I've been using the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. It gives my super-soft, slippery hair some extra hold and makes it easier to fluff up throughout the day or tie up in a loose chignon and let-be.

Of course, there are plenty of other factors involved in how fast your hair grows -- genetics and diet are two of the most important -- but I find that my super-simple routine with this trio of products encourages my hair to grow longer and stronger.