So, I had a chat with Lamphane, one of the Senior Stylists at the incredible Michael Van Clarke hair salon in London’s Marylebone about why so many of us just can’t seem to grow our hair. Since having Mia my hair is growing like wildfire and having left it 4 months between cuts, my ‘long bob’ had totally grown out. My hair looked awful at the bottom too. As we talked about my broken ends, I asked him, “what’s the secret to growing your hair?”.
Like millions, I’ve become attached to my heated stylers, hair colour and using silicone-rich products. Pile on top of that the damage that the UV light can cause as well as the sea (although who has time for the sea?) and there you have your recipe for brittle hair. Hair that is constantly under pressure. It causes the hair shaft to damage and age, leaving it both looking and feeling tatty.
Why is silicone bad when growing hair?
We’re fooled in to thinking that many shampoo’s are good for us. It’s typical marketing to consumers. I was surprised to hear that silicone is found in lots of shampoos and whilst it may leave our hair feeling better, it’s actually a ‘better’.
- Silicone sucks moisture out of the hair shaft.
- As we age our bodies are less able to hold water so our skin sags, our bones become brittle, our hair thin and frizzy. Most silicones are hydrophobic (meaning they repel water).
- Our precious hair moisture content (just 3%) is reduced and the protein bonds that make up 97% of hair become less stable and more liable to break.
- Hair shaft breakage is accelerated.
Go silicone free. Products like 3”’ more inches are packed with cashmere proteins, amino acids and UV protectors. It will transform dry frizzy unmanageable, weak-feeling hair into smooth, strong, resilient hair that shines with health. At the salon, I had a scalp treatment and a pre wash treatment from the 3”’ more inches range. Both made such a difference.
* Thank you to Michael Van Clarke for my gifted hair cut and scalp treatment. All opinions are my own.