How to Get Long, Healthy Hair


Ever scroll through Instagram and find yourself awestruck by pictures of girls on beaches with luxuriously long locks blowing in the wind?

Because, same.

A few years ago, I chopped my hair just beneath my chin… and let me tell you, that was a big mistake. I think just about every girl has been where I was: wanting a change, but then after a few months pass, wishing more than anything that you could go back and keep your long hair. Since then, I have been growing out my hair, and only getting the standard 1/2 inch trim about every three months. It took a while for me to see real results of growth, but now I am happier with my hair than ever before. It’s long (almost to my butt), healthy, shiny and thick.

Today I’m going to share my tips and tricks with all of you about how I grew out my hair to be healthy and long, and how I maintain it.

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Shampoo and Conditioner:

To be honest, I don’t have a specific holy-grail shampoo and conditioner combination that I could recommend. I have tried way too many to count, but some of my favorites are the Hask Argan oil, Matrix Sleek look, and Mane and Tail moisturizing duo. I have heard that switching up the products in your hair is important for new growth, therefore, I don’t stick with just one shampoo and one conditioner for more than a couple of months. I don’t think your choice of shampoo and conditioner matter a whole ton, but I always opt for ultra moisturizing and mostly natural ones.

Coconut Oil Hair Mask:

For the past few months I have been doing weekly coconut oil hair masks, and I feel like I’ve already seen significant results. Once a week, before I jump in the shower, I melt a generous amount of coconut oil between my hands and massage it into my hair, root to tip. It’s completely up to you the amount you use, but I like to saturate my locks in oil to the point that my hair looks wet. Then I flip my hair upside down and massage it into my scalp for a few minutes, kind of like giving myself a head massage. I leave the hair treatment on anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, but it’s all about your preference.

Lately, instead of using my hands to massage the oil in, I have been using this cool little hair tool from Vanity Planet. It fits in the palm of your hand, and has large plastic bristles that vibrate on the scalp to give your head a massage that helps with blood flow and hair growth. Not to mention, it’s the cutest mint green color. It feels so good and makes for a relaxing experience. It is perfect to use with any hair mask, or even just in the shower when you are shampooing your hair. (Yes, it is waterproof).

Gelatin Collagen:

Okay, I know, I know…. I have talked about this product way too much recently, but it’s only because I genuinely swear by it. The Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen has honestly made my hair thicker than ever (even though I already have ridiculously thick hair), shiner than ever and longer than ever. No joke. I take an average of three tablespoons a day, just diluted in either juice or a smoothie, and I’m telling you, it does wonders for the skin and hair. I’m obsessed. But don’t take my word for it, just go get some yourself and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

I know it’s nothing ground-breaking, but those are my hair tips and tricks for long, healthy locks. Also, I don’t brush my hair on a regular basis, which cuts down on breakage. And, I only wash my hair every other day to every two days, which is said to help with hair growth since you aren’t constantly stripping it of it’s natural oils. How do I keep my hair from not looking greasy you ask? Lots of dry shampoo.

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Thank you for reading. xoxo.

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feel beautiful.

pretty. what is pretty? If you ask me, it’s the describing adjective you use when you don’t want to fully commit to saying the passionate and meaningful word, beautiful. it only makes sense in my opinion for every individual to not just think of themselves so shallowly as pretty, but instead, as beautiful. that doesn’t mean you have to be the most attractive person alive, but you respect yourself enough to see your beautiful qualities instead of a body made of flaws.
trust me, I know it’s a struggle to not want to pick out everything you don’t like about your face, weight, hair or body. but it’s important to remember that you were made to be an imperfect being. within being flawed, you are still as beautiful as you believe you are. if you spend too much time and effort worrying about your imperfections you’re only tearing yourself down and being unhappy. and I believe beauty comes from happiness. be you, come to love yourself and stop using the word ‘pretty’ as if it means something. be bold and use vocabulary like beautiful to show yourself and others around you that what’s important isn’t only how others perceive you, but how you perceive yourself. love your strong qualities and come to love your weak ones. be different and unchanged by the twisted society we call our generation.
I was feeling beautiful just the other day, why should I feel ashamed? be confident and show your beauty off. don’t hold back. have a light inside you that people are drawn to, not one that turns them away.

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
– Dr. Steve Maraboli

“Confidence is the only key. I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”
– Emma Stone

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and no I did not shave half of my head. those are corn rows.
and yes I only paid $10 for that amazing necklace that makes me feel beautiful and sassy. treat yourself, girl. love all. love Madeline. xoxo

a chill day.

on this chilly autumn day I decided to dress comfortable and trendy. I wore a dark grey indie tank top, grey sweater and dark wash cuffed skinny jeans. my favorite part of the outfit are the white, cutout booties with silver buckles (not to mention, they were on a mega deal!!). I like how the booties made the look more up-to-date and chic. I left my hair down and straightened. and for the finishing touch I added staple red lipstick to bring in the festive fall feel.

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oversized.

when I woke up, all I wanted to was to stay in bed all day, but sadly, school prevented me from doing so. why not wear a giant, warm, cozy fall sweater instead? I mean, it’s just like staying cuddled up in bed, right? right. so I did. the chunky knit sweater made a nice duo with my straight leg, light wash denim. I wore my tribal printed Toms booties with the outfit. My hair was in a half braided updo. this look gave a warm welcome to fall without telling it to blow it’s coldness full force just yet. you can still be stylish while being warm and comfortable.

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sweet street style.

with this outfit I was going for a laid back look, wearing a beachy muscle tank, tied flannel and cuffed jeans. again I paired this duo with my sky blue converse (which need to be put to rest very soon) and a long statement necklace. I left my hair natural. the apple was a nice touch and it sure tasted delicious so why not include it in my picture, right? right. I could have gone for an even beachier look by wearing light wash jeans instead of dark, but I felt they added more of a chic side. I like how the colors pop in the flannel and sneakers, bringing in Fall, yet still holding the last drops of summer close.

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cozy florals.

with this look I matched a black floral, tiered skirt with a textured, crime colored sweater. since the sweater was oversized I went for a laid back, yet girly style. i paired the outfit with my sky blue converse to dress the skirt down and make it more casual and wearable.
I threw my hair in a messy topknot and wore square diamond earrings to pull everything together. my makeup was simple. i like wearing outfits like this, because they are out of the box and do a good job of expressing my style.

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beginner.

my name is madeline grace, but i’ve always gone by just maddie. ever since i emerged out of my “awkward stage” where, by solely looking at my style, it was hard to tell what gender i was, i have loved every aspect of the fashion forward world. looking back, my mom has never been the type to pick my outfits out for me or stop me from wearing what i wanted, probably because she likes her fashion freedom just like me. i think i was in the fifth grade when my favorite hobby became picking out tommorows’ outfit all by myself. i will say i had a unique style, i was experimenting with different patterns, textures and colors which sometimes didn’t turn out as planned (don’t be fooled, this still happens today). i will never overcome the thrill of piecing together the perfect duo for as long as i live.

fashion is liberating. nothing can make a woman feel as outspoken and vibrant as clothing. in my opinion, someone’s style can make or brake my first impression of them. there are so many different aspects of fashion, never to be fully understood by the average girl. i don’t particularly like the idea of having one “style” that your whole wardrobe follows, why not be spontaneous and not go by the rules? why not wear whatever you want whenever you want? i might be crazy, but this is america and we have the right to express ourselves through our clothing. you don’t have to be rich to by stylish. you don’t have to be an expert. just let your style reflect your personality and make it all your own.

i’m not a blogger, but i take joy in writing. so this is where my journey begins. from now on i am going to blog through each day and bring each post to life with pictures. if you’re interested in an average girl with big dreams and a creative mind, you can follow me on my journey…