How To Grow Long & Healthy Hair: Q & A With a Hair Stylist

Products she recommends: // Moroccan Oil treatment // Color Conserve Aveda Shampoo (color-treated) // Aveda Shampure (non-color treated) // Moroccan Oil Hydrating Conditioner // Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo (dark tone hair here) (light tone hair here) //

Today’s post is something that I’ve been really excited about!! I love being able to write content that truly helps my readers! So let’s talk all about hair.  In college, my hair was completely fried from straightening and curling it so often. So one day, I got so fed up with it, I called up my stylist, Julie Speidel, and told her that I was coming that day to get my hair chopped. She didn’t have any openings, so she actually ended up doing it at her house for me. Her first response was that I had to have been going crazy because I’ve had long hair since I was a little girl. Yes, I totally missed my hair when I did chop it (and cried like a child), but it allowed me to start from scratch to grow my healthiest hair.

Before my wedding, I did everything in my power to make sure my hair was as healthy as can be! I definitely didn’t want ugly split ends to be in my wedding pictures! Julie did my wedding hair as well as a few other ladies in the party. They all looked amazing!

So as I promised, I interviewed my hair stylist, Julie (She’s also happens to be my amazing aunt), and asked her questions about how to grow your longest and healthiest hair.

Q: What is the most damaging thing you can do for your hair?

A: Applying heat to naked hair is the worst thing you can possibly do for your hair. It’s crazy how young girls are flat ironing their hair without putting serum or lotion on before. Once the heat gets in the hair follicle, it damages it. You want to put a coating of a product to protect it, like the Moroccan Oil treatment, so it wont get into the cortex of the hair. Not only do these serums control frizz, they protect the hair as well. I can definitely tell when girls flat iron or curl with no product.

Q: What is the best thing you can do to make your hair as healthy as possible?

A: There are so many things. First, brushing your hair is very important. Not only does it get all of the dead hair out, it promotes blood flow to your scalp. People don’t really brush their hair anymore, but it really is crucial for the health of your hair AND scalp

Q: How often should you wash your hair? How often should you cut it?

A: Washing: The longer the better for washing. I would say 2-3 days. Washing your hair too often washes away the good oils. Also, if you have color on your hair, you’re going to strip the color out way faster if you wash it too often. Dry shampoo is good for that second or third day hair to keep it volumized, too!

Cut: This is a tough one. There are people who NEED to cut their hair every 6 weeks. If you chemically process your hair, you should get it trimmed every 8 weeks. If you have virgin (non-colored) hair and it’s healthy, then there’s nothing wrong with going three months in between trims.

Q: What would be the best advice for somebody with fried, unhealthy hair?

A: I would say to use Moroccan Oil, avocado oil, or even olive oil. If you’re using avocado oil or olive oil, let the oil penetrate the cuticle, and then shampoo it out. For the Moroccan Oil, you actually leave the oil in your hair. Also, you definitely want to get a good haircut. Once a hair is dead, it’s dead. It’s not going to repair itself. If it’s fried, you can add the oil to help the shine.

Q How often should you do a hair mask?

A: A mask is really important for the scalp, too, not just your hair. In the winter, your hair needs at least two masks per winter because our scalps get so dry. I would say once a month is sufficient, but doing more won’t hurt. It also depends on the condition of your hair. If you’re using Moroccan Oil conditioner, you could do a mask 2-3 times a year and be good.

Q: What are the best treatment oil, shampoo, and conditioner that you recommend?

A: I like the Moroccan Oil treatment. It’s simply the best. For the conditioner, the Moroccan Oil Hydrating Conditioner is my favorite. And then shampoo-wise, I like the Color Conserve Aveda Shampoo (for color treated). For non-colored hair, I like the Aveda Shampure for a daily shampoo. I use all of these products. And then I put the Moroccan Oil treatment after every time I wash it.

Q: Is there a certain temperature you should set your curler or flat iron to? Will making it hotter increase the length?

A: Using a setting spray is going to increase the length of the curl and increasing the temperature will increase the amount of curl. I never go over 400 degrees, even with a flat iron.

Q: What is the biggest myth you always need to clarify for your clients?

A: This one is SO easy — color does not lift color. No color will ever lift another color. So what that means is that girls will color their hair brown and then they think they can color it back blonde. Once you have color on your hair, you have to use bleach to lift the color out. It’s the biggest thing for sure. Some girls will go use box color to color their hair brown, and then later, use box color to go back blonde, and the color will only lift the virgin hair, not the color treated hair.

Q: What is the new trend for hair?

A: Dry shampoo for sure. Dry shampoo can be used to lift oil AND to add volume. If you spray dry shampoo at your roots, it’s going to extend the volume of your hair. Dry shampoo is basically a root boost for dry hair. Root boost is used when your hair is wet, dry shampoo is for dry hair. This will allow you to keep that same hair for day #3. I seriously round brush my hair every three days now because of this. This helps extend the life of your blowout. I recommend the Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo.


There you have it! That’s basically everything there is to get healthy, long hair! (I love how I make it sound THAT easy!) Those were all of the questions that I had along with questions I had from readers!

All of the links for the products that Julie talked about are linked at the top of this page! Most are even on sale — scoooore!! She just bought me the Moroccan Oil dry shampoo AND treatment for Christmas, which I was sooo pumped for when I opened them!!

A few weeks ago, I made the blog post, The Best Hair Care Products, which has almost all of the products that Julie talked about today, too. Check back to see if there’s anything you need!


About Julie: Julie Speidel has been doing hair for 20 years. There isn’t one other person in this world I let touch my hair besides her! For you Chicagoland ladies and guys, she works at LifeTime Fitness LifeSpa (455 Scott Dr, Bloomingdale, IL 60108). They do hair, facials, massages, waxing, etc (Hair, Skin, Nails, and Massage). They even have an AMAZING supply of MoroccanOil and Aveda products!!

Want to book her for your cut, color, or style? I have links for ya!

Click here to book Julie!

How to book:

Select IL- Bloomingdale > Salon > Hair, Cut, and Style > Service & Date you want > Service Provider-Julie > Time slot you want!  


Call LifeSpa Salon at (630)283-4224 and ask to book with Julie!


I hope you all found this post helpful! If anybody has any other questions, comment below!




  1. Thanks for sharing this. My hair is very fine and gets to a certain point then stops growing so I’m working on it this yar. These tips will come in very helpful!

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