My Hair Growth Journey with Hair Regime, Before & After Pictures and Hair Care Tips!

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Hey Guys,

 Finally, I am here with my hair growth journey!

A few days back, I shared a picture of my hair transformation on my Instagram and got so many requests to share my hair growth journey. This was the first time I got 100% ‘Yes’ in my stories too. Finally, after so much procrastination, I am here today to share my hair growth journey with you.

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This journey started off with this very blog. If you have been following me from the initial days of HCS, you might know that I used to have shoulder length hair.

I have had short hair since school days. My mom never let me grow my hair. As soon as I grew my hair a little, she would just take me to a salon and get my hair cut very short 🙁


Why Mom??? Why???

 I looked like such a weirdo 😉

Now coming back to my hair growth journey, here is before and after picture of my hair.

hair growth journeyCan you see a huge difference? My hair has not only become longer but also thicker and healthier too. If you might notice, my hair has become straighter and less wavy too. (That’s the difference of moisturizing my hair and scalp well. I am going to share how I made my hair silkier soon.)

My Hair Growth Journey

Here is everything I did in these 12 months, that totally was a game changer for my hair.

I Chose To Trim Instead Of Cutting My Hair

I know you must have heard it or read it somewhere that you need to get regular haircuts to grow your hair faster. It is one of the biggest myth and I am the live testimony of it. Cutting your hair only makes your hair shorter. Getting your hair trimmed a little, every 4-5 months is more than enough if you are aiming for longer and healthier hair.

In these last 12 months, I trimmed my hair thrice but just half an inch each time. This made sure, that I wasn’t losing the entire hair length that I grew while getting my hair cut.

Why trimming then?

Trimming prevented split/dry ends and my ends appeared healthy. My ends used to get very dry and that made me get my hair trimmed. If it happens with you, try this hair care tip.

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I Started Regular Hot Oil Treatment

This has been another big step in my hair growth journey. I used to be very hesitant to hair oiling. I hated the messy and sticky step. I still remember when it used to be weekend and my mom used to call me with hot oil in her hand, ready to do champi on my head and I used to make all kinds of excuses to just run and avoid it.

But trust me, moms know better.

Regular hot oil treatments with hair oil that suits your hair type work amazing.

Initially, I used to oil my hair with either Parachute hair oil or Bajaj almond drops hair oil because these were the oils in my home. Later I started researching more for my blog and followed so many Bloggers and YouTubers and discovered that there are so many hair oils that actually are much better than the normal coconut oil.

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Here is my all-time favorite hair growth oil recipe

DIY hair ol for hair growth


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Directions: Mix these all really well and warm them together using double boiler method. Now store these in a glass container in a cool place. I usually make this everytime I apply hair oil but you can make a bigger batch and store it for longer duration too.

Steam Helped Trigger My Hair Growth

After applying hot oil, I most of the time give them steam using my steam cap. This little steam cap was one of the best investments that I made for my hair.

Why steam?

What steam does, is that it helps the oil to better penetrate into your hair shafts and scalp. It also helps in stimulating blood circulation making hair grow faster and healthier from within. Thus, the thicker hair.

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Inversion Method and Head Massage

Inversion method is nothing but basically, a massaging technique where you just sit (or stand), invert your head with your hair facing down and let gravity work its magic while you massage.

inversion method

Along with the inversion method, I massage my hair softly every night before going to bed. This helps me relax and also helps the blood flow stimulation. This is extremely soothing. Try it and you will definitely see your hair grow faster.

I Started Eating Foods That Are Biotin Rich And Trigger Hair Growth

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I started incorporating tomatoes, broccoli and other things in my daily diet.

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If you eat eggs than they provide protein to your body. Definitely start incorporating these. I also started taking Omega3 capsules because my eye doctor recommended it to me and noticed it helped me trigger my hair growth too. If you are really keen to trigger your hair growth, then omega 3 definitely works fabulously. Just make sure you just concern first with your doctor.

I Tackled My Hair fall

This is a major step in any hair growth journey. You need to control your hair fall and regrow your lost hair at the same time. Here is what I did

I Applied More Natural Masks

I am a firm believer that natural masks go a long way. They do take time to deliver results but the results are more lasting and effective. I personally applied these hair masks more often

I Did Hair Spa Once A Month

Hair spa helps to not only make your hair more manageable but also keep your hair healthy from within. This is because the steam and that extra care helps your hair get healthier from within

Here is how to do hair spa at home with step by step instructions.

I Ditched Chemicals And Heat…

Well for most of it.

Being a blogger, I need to keep trying lot of different products that have chemicals but I always make sure to use as fewer chemicals as I can. Chemicals like SLS, Parabens, Silicones, mineral oils make your hair worst. Some of them strip off your natural oils while some just cling to your hair and build up a layer of chemicals making your hair extremely frizzy and damaged. So, I made sure to avoid them as much as possible.

I minimized heat styling too. And whenever I did use a straightener or a hair curler, I made sure to use a serum and hair protector before it.

I Went For Hair Detox Every Two Months

Now since I can’t skip chemicals entirely, I need to make sure to remove the layers of buildup from my hair and scalp with hair detox treatment. I personally detox my hair every two months either by using a hair detox mask.

I Tried Maintaining A Healthy Scalp

To maintain a healthy scalp, I did regular hot oil treatments, used hair rinses, and hair masks.

Earlier my scalp was extremely itchy and flaky. Dandruff was a permanent resident on my scalp but with a lot of care, my scalp is now healthy and clean. But since I have a dry scalp, I still need to take a lot of efforts.

Here is what I did:

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I Used Hair Rinses

Hair rinses made my hair what they are today.

Hair Rinse method is nothing but making a decoction using different ingredients and pouring it on your shampooed hair, leaving it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinsing it off with normal water. You can read more about hair rinse method here.

I personally change my hair rinse as per my hair’s need. For hair growth, I personally believe in

Wooden Comb Saved My Hair

Wooden combs are just the best.

Earlier, I used to use plastic combs and each time I used to run it through my hair, it used to pluck a few hair strands. But with wooden comb, it hardly breaks my hair.

I personally have experience that my hair fall has reduced and my hair growth has triggered massively because of this. What wooden comb does is that it basically distributes the natural oils from your scalp to your entire hair length. Plus, they stimulate blood circulation which in turn reduces hair fall and triggers your hair growth.

I am using this particular one and it has totally changed my hair for the better.

I Avoided Sun, Dust, And Pollution

Sun rays, dust and pollution damages your hair like they damage your skin. Make sure you apply good sunscreen or cover your hair well before you step into the sun.

Also Don’t forget to check: Hair Growth Tips: How to Increase Hair Growth In a Week! Reader’s Query + My Solution!

Hope you find this post helpful. Let me know if you liked this new series where I share my hair stories with you. And if you want to share your hair story with us, please do share it. I would love to have you onboard.

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327 thoughts on “My Hair Growth Journey with Hair Regime, Before & After Pictures and Hair Care Tips!”

  1. tysm for sharing. Hv been waitin 4 this post since your shared about it on insta. I use wooden comb u recomend and luv it.

  2. Hi Nimisha. That’s a great article. I agree that oil treatment is the best for hair growth. Now, I’m using Argan oils to treat my hair, the result is positive. Also, I’m thinking about wooden comb which safe my hair as you recommended. Thank you for your sharing, it would be very helpful.

  3. You could definitely see your expertise within the work you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who
    are not afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart and write as honestly as you do.

  4. Hi, what is a good mild shampoo and conditioner that I can use? my hair is a bit frizzy and tends to get greasy within 3days of shampooing.

    Also, how frequent do you do hot oil massages with the mentioned diy oil in a week? Do u only use this one diy or do u use other diy oils too? if yes, then how frequently and what for do you use the other ones?

    so sorry for the long comment .

  5. I want to to thank you for this excellent read!! I certainly
    loved every little bit of it. I have got you book marked for later. Just a quick request, can u share your detailed hair care regime?

  6. Don’t over do it dear. You will feel a little dizzy because of the blood that rushes to your head because of the gravity. Do it just for a minute in the beginning. I used to get dizzy first too. It happens because we are not used to it.

  7. Dear sounds like you have a combination of dry hair with oily scalp. Since, I don’t know where you are located, I am unable to tell you which shampoo or conditioner to go for. But this post will definitely help you pick your shampoo:

    As for hot oil massages, I do it every time I apply hot oil like twice or thrice a week. I personally use the DIY hair growth oil when I want to grow my hair faster. I change my hair oil recipe as per my hair’s current needs. Like if I want to color my hair naturally I make this hair oil and so on. 🙂

  8. can I skip the bhringraj oil in this diy oil? is bhringraj oil very important or I can just replace it with something else?.

  9. yeah I have a combination of dry and oily scalp. I live in Kolkata so its rly hard to choose a shampoo that is free of SLS, and is mild enough but would still clean my hair, especially becuz I’ll shampoo after oiling the hair

  10. How much hot the oil Shud be? I mean when I make d oil luke warm, by the time I apply it to some of my becomes cool…
    And is it mandatory to shampoo my hair after steaming or can I leave it overnight??

  11. Hello Nimisha 🙂 … Thanks for sharing such useful tips.Can you suggest me the oil brands for … coconut,castor,vitamin e,bringraj,jojoba,lavender, teatree essential oil ….

  12. Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my friends?
    There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.

    Please let me know. Thanks

  13. Hi Nimisha! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to give it a look.
    I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Great blog and excellent style and design.

  14. Love your writing. I found you because my hair is responding terribly to any oils I use. I managed to follow a 2 month regimen of oil every other night and spritzing to style or wash and go. At first my hair was rich and luxurious but then it was like I went through some sort of setback. My healthy hair became brittle and won’t curl. Oils make my hair straight and super dry. Leave-ins don’t work and regular conditioners make my strands as brittle as the oils do. I’m at a loss

  15. My grandmother used to say eat what god has given you the way he is given it to you and you will avoid 90% of problems. Thanks for sharing this. ….. What you eat shows in your hair and skin.

  16. I’m losing thickness in my hair and hair has really become scarce around the middle of my head. One of my thoughts is to completely move away from commercial shampoos and conditioners- and only use amla and shikakai as a paste thrice weekly, followed by applying hair oil thrice weekly. Wonder how that sounds to you.

  17. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your
    post thank you once again.

  18. I have fun with, result in I discovered just what I used to be taking a look for.

    You’ve ended my long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a
    great day. Bye

  19. Such great tips, thanks so much for sharing! I definitely try to use less and less shampoo as I can and more and more natural or organic products.

  20. I have been trying to sign up for your emails. Your site says I am not using a valid email address. My address is indeed as psoted below.

  21. I’m so worried if I could grow my hair.. Please help me out.. It just hinders my confidence to the core that my hair does not grow fast.

  22. Getting a lot of requests for splitends. Will share a detailed post soon dear. In the meantime, apply a good amount of conditioner on your ends and then shampoo your hair. This will help you keep your hair moisturised.

  23. I am in desperate need of growing my hair out I got a hair cut last october and it grown an inch since. I’m so embarrassed by my hair:'(

  24. Hi,
    I found your piece really interesting. I’m currently experiencing hair loss and it’s horrible!!What would you recommend

  25. Hair loss can be a depressing thing, and I’m sure you’re grateful that you were able to put a stop to it! Your hair looks great in the picture!

  26. Will the inversion method work? I got a pixie haircut I had to cut of all my long hair and I want to grow it back as soon as possible I’m also 15 if that helps but will this work? I don’t wonna try this and get my hopes up and if itt doesn’t work

  27. Do you have an update on how these things have worked for you in the last six months since your original post?

  28. I’m more than happy to discover your website. I want to to thank you for your time for this wonderful
    read!! I definitely appreciated every bit of it and i also have you bookmarked to look
    at new things in your web site nimisha

  29. I lost a lot of hair from dealing with Lyme disease for over six years and then just when I had some back and grew it long again, we got married and moved into an apartment with hard water and I lost a bunch of hair again. I’m looking for ways to try to grow it back and thicken my fine thin hair, and I love these natural options.

  30. Excellent post. Nowadays, many people are suffered from hair loss problems. Such type of ideas can be a great for them to minimize their hair loss issues & get a shiny, well managed and damaged free hair.

  31. These can be really good ideas for those people who suffering from hair loss problems and wants to have a hair growth faster in the proper manner.

  32. OMG!! Thank you so much for this information & more importantly responding to my request and sharing your hair growth story

  33. Nimisha, my hair is low prosity no matter what i do always dry and brakes espicially front side i always luke messy there is noting ica do about it i try many things can you please help me if you have any idea? Thanks!

  34. Hi Nimisha .
    I am Rajesh (age 42) happily married with 2 kids from Pune.
    Have been reading your articles since a long time .
    I have typical male type baldness,front hairline receding & also thinning at the crown.
    My father(72) has better hair than me.
    Due to travel not able to continue any treatment for a long duration.
    Require your honest opinion & suggestion.
    Best regards.

  35. Thanks for describing what kind of need materials for fast hair growth. The results show in your pictures.

  36. hi now a days hair fall is very common problem in male and female due to pollution and mental stress in our life but in females after pregnancy hair fall is a quit natural , so females are more effect to hair loss

  37. I love your article, I discovered it a while ago and did the inversion method. I couldn’t believe it when my hair grew an inch or so!

  38. I had hip length hair until mid-December, I cut it and it was shoulder length. I regretted it and have been trying to find ways to hide my hair including using a wig. Thanks for sharing your journey babe

  39. Just discovered your page via suggested articles. I love your blog girl. You are a breath of fresh air in this super crowded blogging world

  40. I have been told constantly especially by hair dressers that the inversion method does not work.But you changed my mind

  41. I have had problems with hair-fall, and I think it’s thyroid related. I started drinking almond milk with 3 tsp diatomaceous earth (food grade) a day and it really helped my hair to grow faster, but more than anything, I noticed less hair-fall in the shower. I tried hanging upside down before and massaging my scalp, but I didn’t know it was only supposed to be done a week out of the month. Thanks for the information!

  42. I went through a period of high stress a few years ago and my hair literally went from too thick to almost thin. I literally lost half my hair and it was horrible. Thank you for these tips. I look forward to trying some of these to help accelerate my hair regrowth

  43. I’m using most of the tips you’ve suggested along with massages and I think it’s finally working. Thanks so much for all the research you’ve done and I wish you all the best with your hair journey.

  44. Wow, this is really interesting. I also dealt with some hair loss when taking a medication for migraines last year, and was told to try Men’s Rogaine. I did it for a little while but hated the idea of it, so I switched to taking Biotin. I love that your suggestions are all natural and even simple. I’m going to try some of these out!

  45. I have always hypothesized that the reason your hair seems to grow faster after a haircut is the vigorous “massage” by the hairdresser when getting your hair washed…sounds similar to the inversion method. Interesting read!

  46. I also had never heard of the inversion method. I’m starting this first thing next week. GREAT post! Thanks for sharing!

  47. I have been trying to get my hair to grow out as well. I experienced a ton of hair loss struggling to get my thyroid levels balanced.

  48. Thanks for sharing your experience about how to grow hair faster – can’t wait to try some of these other methods

  49. Giving a 5 minute massage to our scalp everyday – now I am going to follow this tip regularly. First i used to give a massage to the scalp once in a week. But it doesn’t work.

  50. I like the tips you have shared with us to grow thick hair. I am also facing this problem from last few months and i am tired of it now.

  51. Wow, this is really attractive. I read your post and I believe that, your suggestion is 100% accurate to growth anyone hair again.

  52. hi,

    i`ve just got familiar with inversion method and i gave it a try last week, I must say it really worked and i got about an inch of hair growth!! that`s amazing.

  53. my brother is always worried about getting bald because he loses much hair due to stress, so I shared your blog link with him

  54. I was looking for a post like yours for so long that I’ve almost lost all hope. The information you provided together is a real masterpiece! Thank you for useful tips.

  55. I hope the treatment which worked for you will also work for others like me. I normally prefer to use hair concealers to hide thinning hair and bald spots.

  56. this is a great post… am definitely gonna try some of these methods… can u tell me how do I stop hair fall!!!!!

  57. I LOOOOOOVE this blog post! thank you!! I can’t wait to try a few of your methods. This is an excellent post!

  58. For good overall health, and hair, stop eating processed garbage. Stop eating dairy, sugars, wheat, nightshade food and coffee. These kinds of garbage messes with your gut, which sends the wrong signals throughout your body. Stop looking for miracle foods, there aren’t any! Eat meat (with skin) and green veggies and small amounts of fruits and smaller amounts of nuts.

  59. most honest hair growth journey on internet that didnt bash our faces with high priced products. loved ur honesty

  60. Hi Nimisha. Great look. You care of your hair so well. However, I’m curly hair I would like to ask you if you have some tips to care of curly hair specially. Now, I use conditioner for curly hair. It works so well. But I want more tips specially to take care of my curly hair for a great look. Thanks in advance for your help.

  61. Your hair is my new goal like omg I love everything about it the color the thickness just everything I really want the color you have but I’m so scared to dye or bleach my hair because I’m so far in being healthy with my hair

  62. for all the work u put into ur hair beautifully..I must say I turned out fabulous…u took ur time and I feel that was the best decision

  63. I had long hair when I was little but my mom relaxed my hair so it broke off. I dyed it blonde and it got really weak. Huh I’m about to do a big chop again. Im growing out my hair though I’m so ready honestly.

  64. I just decided to stop straightening my hair a week ago & have been watching all types of hair videos like this to see what kind of products I should use to combat my hair damage & promote growth. I’m only fifteen though, and can’t really order things online because…I’m broke. What are some products that I can get from local beauty supply stores & drug stores that won’t cost a bunch

  65. Your hair color/shape is perfect. I literally can’t find anyone to cut my hair in a voluminous style. I always end up with a long bob with long layers, it grows out flat.

  66. Sorry, but nothing makes the hair grow longer faster, the hair grows 1/4-1/2 inch a month regarless of what u do to it. The only smart thing2do is protect it and take really good care of it specially the ends so u dont have to trim it too often. Im a living proof of that.

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