6 Ways to Get Your Long Locks Back After a Botched Hair Appointment

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently had a super traumatizing hair appointment. I'm not going to hash out the details again because, frankly, it just makes me feel like crap, but what you need to know is I walked into the salon asking for a trim, and I walked out of the salon with about seven inches of length gone and half of my hair density thinned out. So yeah, definitely traumatizing.

It may sound silly to be so worked up over the loss of something as trivial as hair, but some people ( myself included ) have a really strong emotional attachment to their hair. This is especially true for me since I've been growing out my hair for roughly three years, and it was  f i n a l l y  the length I'd been wanting it to be for so long. I was channeling my inner Ariana everyday, living my long-haired fantasy basically.

So now here I am with hair at a length that sets me back about a year-and-a-half in the grand scheme of my hair growth journey, and I am obviously very unhappy about it. Instead of just wallowing in my sorrows, I decided to do a few things to help my hair grow quicker and to make myself feel more like myself in the meantime.

Although it made a considerable dent in my bank account and made me even more annoyed at the hair stylist and salon for being downright catty toward me, purchasing the following six items has helped to jump-start getting my long locks back. If you're wanting to achieve long, healthy hair like me, I hope you'll find this insightful / helpful. It wouldn't hurt to send the hair gods some good vibes for the both of us, either!

Professional-Grade Hair Shears

As if having inches more than I requested cut off my hair wasn't enough, my hair was not cut evenly. Around my entire head, there were strands that were noticeably longer than the rest of my hair. I decided to purchase a pair of professional-grade hair shears from Ulta because of this, and because I'm determined to teach myself how to cut my own hair.

I've been cutting Tyler's hair for a year or two now, so I feel relatively confident that I can learn how to do my own as well. Plus, I like the idea of doing Tyler's and our kids' haircuts, so I'm motivated to learn in more ways than one. I also figure that if I mess up my own hair, I can't be as upset as I would be if someone else botched the situation. Aaaand I'll know exactly what I want in my cut and have control over making it happen. Control freak, I know. I'm a Capricorn, what more can I say? (;

Dacey Cash, an influencer I follow on Instagram and YouTube, cuts and colors her own hair and has videos on how she does it, so I'm planning on learning from her.

dae Shampoo, Conditioner, and Deep Conditioning Treatment

I wanted to invest in a new set of shampoo and conditioner because I felt like I didn't love any of the shampoos or conditioners I've been using... Like ever. Some were good, don't get me wrong, but nothing was doing exactly what I needed it to do. My biggest issues were that my scalp wasn't getting clean enough, but it was also really dry and itchy, and my hair was tangly beyond belief. No matter how much conditioner I used, I would come out of the shower with knotted-up hair every single time. I'd even brush my hair out before showering in an effort to avoid the tangles, but it would rarely work. It was that bad.

When Amber Fillerup Clark, blogger, influencer, and founder / CEO of Barefoot Blonde Hair and dae Hair revealed her new shampoo, conditioner, and deep conditioning treatment, I knew I needed to try them. After my dramatic haircut experience, I wanted to do everything in my power to nurse my hair back to health and to make it even healthier than it's ever been, so I decided to take the plunge and buy the dae trio set.

When I tell you that Amber has perfected shampoo and conditioner, I want you to know that I mean it with every ounce of my being. From the branding and packaging to the unbelievable citrus scents to the texture of each product to the way that they TRULY work... I don't see myself ever using another shampoo or conditioner ever again. My hair has zero knots in it after using either one of the conditioners. I felt like her products were going to be good, but I was doubtful that anything could be that good.

I want to do a more in-depth piece about Amber and her two brands, so I'll cut myself off here and spare you even more details. Keep an eye out for a deep dive + review of her products if you're into hair or want to learn more about hair-care like me.

Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum

I found this hair growth serum when I was shopping for shears on Ulta's website, and the main reason I decided to purchase it was to help revive my hair density. Like I mentioned, the stylist thinned out my hair, which I did not request. I didn't initially notice how much she had thinned it out until I put it in a ponytail a few days after the appointment, and boy did that send me into a spiral all over again. My hair feels about half as thick as it was prior to the hair appointment from hell, so I'm hoping that this serum, in combination with the rest of this list, will help to get that thickness back at a quicker rate than simply waiting for my hair to grow back on its own.

Satin Pillowcases

I've wanted to invest in silk pillowcases for a while; I just never have because they're a bit pricey, and I didn't feel the overwhelming need to buy them because I already have pillowcases that do the job just fine. However, now that I'm trying to do everything in my power to keep the hair that I do have healthy and to produce long and strong new growth, I wanted to purchase a silk pillowcase. While silk pillowcases have skincare benefits as well, they're supposed to decrease bedhead and prevent breakage as far as hair goes. I ended up going with a satin pillowcase from Ulta by a brand called Kitsch. Satin is a vegan-friendly alternative to silk, and I've been loving the pillowcase ever since I made the switch.

Halo Beauty Hair, Skin, and Nails Beauty Booster

Halo Beauty is Youtuber Tati Westbrook's supplement brand. I love Tati, and I have actually tried both the HSN and the Kiwi boosters in the past. I ultimately stopped taking them because I wasn't willing / able to pay the monthly price for the supplements, but I didn't dislike them by any means. I didn't feel like I saw a crazy difference while taking either of them, but I only took HSN for two months and Kiwi for one—it's recommended you take either one for a full three months to see results.

While I was taking HSN, I wasn't really looking for hair or nail growth / benefits; I was primarily taking them for my skin concerns. Any other benefit was a plus for me, at that time. Now that I'm wanting to grow long, strong, and healthy hair, I'm hoping to see results in that area! I will keep you posted with an update once I hit the three-month mark.

Barefoot Blonde 21" Hair Extensions

I've wanted to try hair extensions since high school, but I never have because quality extensions are not cheap. Like... really not cheap, lmao. Even though this put a cringe-worthy dent in my bank account, it seemed like the perfect time to finally take the leap and buy my first set of Barefoot Blonde extensions.

It's definitely been a learning curve for me—I'm not naturally talented in the hair department—but I can say that they're easy to put in and take out, they're EXTREMELY soft and silky, and BFB makes the color matching process really reassuring and simple by sending you free tester wefts. I also got a free hairbrush with my order, which was really cool. Again, more to come on BFB and dae soon. I've only worn the extensions once since getting them a few days ago, so I'll hopefully be able to give you a better synopsis of my experience in a few weeks!

Have y'all ever had a hair appointment go horribly wrong? I'd love to hear your stories below if so—we can commiserate with each other, LOL. Also, if you have any tips regarding hair-care or hair extensions, I'm all ears!

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