Jim Morrison is famously quoted as saying, “Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts.” And I’d have to agree when it comes to myself. (I’ll consider myself lucky if this holds true throughout my life). There have been two mistake haircuts thus far: one immediately before my wedding when I got like four inches chopped off because my *former stylist told me it would look healthier for the big day, and another, more dramatic cut two years ago this September. I regard the first as more of a mistake than the second because when I look back at my wedding photos I don’t think I looked like myself. The second was probably necessary as a means of satisfying my unrelenting desire to trade my signature long locks in for a “LOB”. So I’m glad I did it but the novelty wore off quickly and almost since the day I got it chopped, I’ve been growing it out. Presently it’s nearly as long as it was pre-cut but not quite.
I think my obsession with long hair started when I was a kid and my head of natural curls never really got longer, but rather grew outwards into a big, fuzzy halo around my head. I wanted straight, sleek hair like all of my friends and would go to great lengths to plaster it down with gel, hairspray and barrettes. As I got older I embraced the curls but they were no match for what I could achieve with my first hair straightener, purchased for a crazy amount of money in about 2002–and I’ve never looked back. Once in a blue moon if I’m running short on time but absolutely need a wash, I’ll diffuse it into a curly mass but the rest of the time I wear it straight or in more relaxed waves thanks to either my straightener or my curling iron used as a wand.
My hair as a kid.
My hair us usually pretty low maintenance and I almost exclusively use drug store products in it save Moroccan Oil (it necessarily detangles and cuts my blow-dry time WAY down). In my quest to grow it out however, I also started washing it far less than I used to (to prevent it from drying). I am somewhere between proud and disgusted to admit that I wash it only once per week but it honestly doesn’t get greasy! I also started seeing a new stylist (hi, Matt!), at Brennen Demelo here in Toronto, who gave me a great cut and who I will continue to see to get my ends cleaned up every few months. Finally, I try to eat hair-healthy foods that stimulate growth. I recently attended a Viviscal event and although I don’t use the all-natural supplements (mainly because I feel like I already take a lot of vitamins and I don’t love the idea of swallowing another pill), I came away from the event with some great diet tips for healthy hair from their Nutritionist, Ciara Foy.
Her recipe for Lustrous Locks Protein Balls is now a staple in my house. Even my three year old loves them and is fooled into thinking he’s getting a sweet treat when he’s actually getting a nutrient-rich snack. The balls are rich in hair-loving nutrients including Omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, Zinc, Biotin, Vitamin E, and Copper. My hair does grow pretty quickly so I think there’s something to this favourite snack of ours!
– 4 Medjool dates
– 1 tbsp hemp hearts
– 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
– 1 heaping scoop of raw protein powder
– 1 tbsp walnut butter
– 2 tbsp sprouted ground chia and flax powder
– 1 tbsp raw honey
– 1 tbsp shredded coconut
– 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
– 2 tbsp warm water
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend.
2. Add 1 tbsp of warm water at a time and continue to blend. Assess the consistency (it may take 1 – 3 tbsp, just use your own discretion).
3. Form into 1 inch balls and roll in ground flax and coconut mixture or raw cacao powder.
4. Store in a container in the fridge.
*Makes a dozen
*1 serving = 4 small 1 inch balls
Disclaimer: I am not Martha Stewart and don’t usually have all of these products in my house so I have been known to substitute regular old Billy Bee for raw honey, or to use regular chia instead of sprouted and they still taste great!