Making This One Small Change Made My Hair and Brows Grow Crazy-Fast

Shortly before the holidays, something inside of me snapped. I can't pinpoint the exact moment when it happened, but one day, I decided to start getting very serious about fitness. For almost a year prior, I'd work out maybe a couple of times a month (if that), but given the choice between becoming one with the couch or running on a treadmill, I'd almost always choose the former, and what's worse is that I'd eat like a complete garbage human while in my horizontal state: I was drinking almost nightly, eating way too many processed foods and sugar, and weighed the most I ever had in my life. The tipping point was probably when, after meeting with a personal trainer for a story, he told me, verbatim, "Your body fat percentage is pretty high, young lady." Not only did I feel like I was being scolded, but I also knew that I was actually deserving of it. I immediately started researching the best fat-loss exercises (cardio, resistance training, and HIIT) and meal plans for toning my body, which included eating a protein with every meal, lots of veggies, and whole grains. I started finally losing weight and am currently in the best shape of my life. But aside from the physique aspect, one surprising side effect of this new lifestyle was that I noticed my brows and hair were growing insanely fast.

You might remember my lob saga: I cut my hair shoulder-length and immediately missed the length, so I started wearing extensions daily. But after the significant uptick in protein in my diet, my hair started gaining inches before my eyes, and I no longer needed to wear someone else's hair. One day, I walked into a meeting with my hair flat-ironed, no extensions in, and senior editor Hallie Gould asked me, "Is your hair actually that long? What the fuck?" It was hysterical, but in reality, I was just as shocked as she was. See the transformation below.