How I Grow Healthy, Long Hair

Fur shoes and gem-encrusted handbags are fall must-haves. But there's one accessory that rises above the rest. For the chicest one that will instantly elevate any outfit, look higher. A woman's hair , when it's cared for properly, can define her sense of style. And while colors and styles come and go, healthy, glossy hair will always be in style. After all, it's the one crown we never take off.

I've become so addicted to buying and using the best products, I've literally run out of space to store them! And it's paid off: I can grow inches of hair in a single month. How? Just by following these simple steps that would make even Diana Ross proud!

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My routine:

1) Wash your hair in warm water using minimal product. Sulfate-free shampoos are ideal for African American hair because they won't dry it out. My choice: Klorane mango butter ($20) or Ouidad Super Fruit Renewal shampoo ($26).

2) Once a week, do an apple cider vinegar rinse to remove product buildup.

3)  Once a month, use Olaplex (this can be purchased on www.amazon.com) after shampooing to help strengthen strands.

4)  Deep condition once a week. I like to saturate my ends with product and a teaspoon of olive oil and then sit under a dryer to allow the product to penetrate. My faves: Ouidad melt down hair mask ($44), Joico Moisture Recovery treatment balm ($18.99), Dry Bar mudslide nourishing hair mask ($38) or Pureology Nano Works Gold conditioner ($125)

5)  For oil, which I put on my ends only, in addition to olive oil, I use: Living Proof No Frizz oil ($38), Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil ($40), L’Oreal Mythic Professionnel Oil ($40) and It’s a 10 Keratin oil ($25.73). 

6)  My last step: using one capsule of Bali’s Secret Hair Vitamin on my wet ends immediately after rinsing out my conditioner. (This can be purchased on www.amazon.com.)

7)  I NEVER blow dry my hair. Air drying is best. I also get my ends cut once every 8 weeks, and I take a biotin and collagen supplement daily.

Except where it's mentioned otherwise, all these products can be purchased at Ulta Beauty Supply.

 
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A recovering TV producer, I'm working fastidiously--yet unsuccessfully--on my addiction to politics.  I'm a hopeless Miles Davis enthusiast, who enjoys gallery-hopping and Nutella cupcakes. I owe my green eyes and gumbo-cooking talent to my Creole genes. And when I'm not blogging all things chic, me and my fur baby Lola Bean Pod are living it up in Atlanta.