Hair Journey | Grow Long & Healthy Hair

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'There's more to life than hair, but it's a good place to start' - Aussie.

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I'm sure many of you will appreciate that hair is a 'big deal'. Thick, long, healthy, smooth, it's what everyone wants. Due to stress, I've unfortunately suffered from the condition Telogen Effluvium for the last year to 18 months, causing me to lose around two thirds to three quarters of my hair.

So now that it's the new year, I've been fuelled to do something about it, or at least try; I've decided to go on a Hair Journey. And I'm going to document it here on Barely There Beauty. Here's an overview of Telogen Effluvium and the methods and techniques that I'll be using to help restore my hair back to health.



Telogen Effluvium

A poorly understood and defined condition, Telogen Effluvium is the general term given to hair shedding in the resting phase of the follicle. Your follicles are either in the anagen or growing phase or resting/telogen phase. Usually, around 80-90% of your hairs are in the growing phase, but usually a stressful event or shock can push some of these hairs prematurely into the resting phase, causing hair shedding. It can be acute, chronic, it's usually a general thinning all over the head, moreso on top rather than at the back or sides, and sadly it can really upset your hair cycle, making it difficult to reverse the effects without a drastic change in behaviours. 

So onto what I'll be up to. 

1. Drink a lot of water.

A lot meaning something around the 2 litre mark for me. Water provides the basis of cell nourishment, including the cells that are responsible for the health of your hair. Dehydrated hair roots cause dry and brittle hair and slow growth.

2. Eat well.

Eating a diet of whole, organic and clean foods is arguably the single best thing you can do for your hair. Rather than focussing on topical treatments that mask the problem, being committed to eating for your hair will show the best results in the long run.

3. Hair oiling.

Carrier oils and essential oils are hugely beneficial to the quality of your hair. Even the process of massaging them into your head causes an increase in blood flow which induces growth. I'll be going into what I'll be using specifically in future posts.

4. Styling.

Ditch the heat. If you feel like you can't, at least cut down dramatically. Invest in good brushes. A brush with wooden pins detangles effectively and spreads your natural hair oils along the lengths of your hair. Boar bristle brushes are great for smoothing and shine. Wide toothed combs work wonders on tangles.

5. Supplement.

Get your blood work done. You need to see if there are any obvious deficiencies that could be affecting your hair. Iron or ferritin levels are most common. Vitamin B and D deficiencies and hormone irregularities can also affect your hair growth. Aside from these specific issues, a really good quality multivitamin is much more beneficial to you than a hair and nails formula without much potency. I'll be doing more detailed posts about this in the future too.

6. Hair massage/tapping.

A daily hair massage increases circulation and blood flow to the head, bringing oxygen, and can increase hair growth by up to 10%. Tipping your head upside down and massaging for around 4 minutes is all you need to do. 


If anyone has suffered similar issues or are having problems with hair loss, thinning or quality, please do get in contact and share your story; the bigger support network we can create, the better the chance of remedying our problems!

And remember to check back for updates on my Hair Journey, and if you've been inspired to go on one yourself, let me know!



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  1. Regular cuts really helps, and oils doesn't always help. People that use bleach shouldn't use Moroccan Oil as it can make the problem worse! Also wearing your hair up can cause breakage :)

    Francesca xo // EffStar Beauty

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    1. I so agree with you about Moroccan oil, you just need to look at the ingredients! Good tip with wearing your hair up :) xx

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  2. I have been using less heat on my hair and it's been so hard but I have noticed a difference.

    GreyWalls 

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    1. It does definitely make a difference, I barely use it anymore and my hair feels so much better :) Keep it up! xx

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  3. see i cut my hair oads before and the opposte effect happened with me so now i get one trim a year and its growing lovely taking a little longer though

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    1. Completely, cutting your hair is counterproductive to growth! Hope you get to the length you want! xx

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  4. I have suffered with patches since the age of 16, I've never spoken about about it, just grin and bear it. But recently the front corners of my hair line are thinning and I'm getting really upset about it! I have done so much research on it and tried so many different things! Usually it comes back on it's own, or due to vitamin intake and I kid you not tablets from a chinese herbalist! I recently read it could be due to a Iron or Zinc deficiency? So my next purchase will be on some iron and zinc vitamins!! I have been to scared to speak out about it on my blog! You are so brave and inspiring to do so! Definitely going to be keeping up to date on your progress! Good luck lovely!! Think hairy thoughts ;)
    LeviJade xx

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! Definitely, iron deficiency is a major cause of thinning. Go get your bloods checked, your iron levels need to be between 70-100 ng/ml to encourage grow back! It took me a lot of research and seeing specialists to realise this! I wish you the best of luck with your hair! xx

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  5. I only use heat on my hair at the weekend now and have really seen the difference! I always make sure I used heat defense products aswell when I do use heat! Some great tips xxxx

    Laura | Tease Flutter Pout

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    1. I think most of us have gone through the heat-everyday phase and suffered from it, but only weekends is a great change youve made! xx

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  6. Great tips. I'm trying to grow my hair too. I didn't know about drinking more water but it makes sense! I'm cutting down the heat and I'm taking a hair supplement too.
    Good luck with it!

    Jenn
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    1. Great job on cutting down the heat, it'll really help! Good luck with your journey, I'd love to see updates! xx

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  7. I have pretty long hair and I do all of the above so you will have long and healthy hair before you know it. I think it helps with my job that I have my hair up so much that I do not need to heat style it to make it look acceptable I just throw it up into a bun.

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    1. That sounds great and it's really good you look after your hair :) Glad to know the tips worked for you! xx

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  8. Essential oils are plant-based oils, and they're perfumed. Whilst most individuals utilize them for their aroma, these types of oils actually have high amounts of nutrients. These oils have identical kinds of nutritional supplements of the plant from which they're taken from. It simply implies that these oils are efficient products for the hair. The pure types of these essential oils are extremely strong; hence, they must be diluted with other types of oil called the carrier oils. Some well-known essential oils include sage, lemongrass, basil, jasmine, rosemary, rose, and also lavender.hair treatment

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