Toward the end of 2009, I decided that it was time to start growing my hair out. I had chopped it all off in 2000 and decided to keep it fairly short since then. Well, decided might be too strong a word.
You see, I would try to grow it out and then once it hit that not-short-but-not-long length that brushes your shoulders and refuses to hold a style, I’d chop it all off again. Grow, frustrate, cut, repeat. I’d managed to break this cycle, and grow my hair to just below the shoulder when it inexplicably seemed to stop growing.
My hairdresser and I were dumbfounded, and I was getting frustrated by the lack of progress. Then last Fall, I found a product by British hairstylist Michael van Clarke, called 3″ More Inches ($38) that promised healthier, longer hair with regular use.
Neither a conditioner nor a styling product, 3″ More Inches is a pre-wash treatment that infuses your hair with amino acids and cashmere proteins. Now, I know that any claims that it “makes your hair grow” are probably phooey. But, it does strengthen your hair and prevent split ends, which makes your hair strong enough to grow longer without breakage.
The theory behind the product is that hair exposed to UV rays, heated styling tools and hair color ages faster. This pre-wash rinse is tasked with protecting and maintaining your hair in the face of this damaging lifestyle. I certainly think that it’s done a great job of protecting my hair color, and it definitely increases shine.
Of all the products I’ve tried that claim to strengthen hair, this is one of the few that actually does it. And since it goes on before I shampoo and not after, it doesn’t seem to weigh down my hair. So if you’re trying to grow out your hair or you just want to stop split ends in their tracks, give #” More Inches a try.