4 Tips for growing out a short haircut

About a year and a half ago, I cut off all of my hair, Ginnifer Goodwin-style. I loved it! I wore huge earrings, did up my eye make-up and was repeatedly told how much more the cut brought out my facial features. If anyone out there is still on the fence about taking the leap, I would definitely recommend it.

But now I’m ready for another change, so I’m beginning the painful journey back to long hair (Britney made it look so easy!). It’s not a fun path, but I have the end goal in mind: blunt bangs with long layers, Katniss braids and Kardashian curls.

There are things that can make this journey a little easier though, and these personally-tried-and-tested tips will work for you just as they have for me:

  1. This first tip is no secret, but everyone takes it for granted: HEALTHY HAIR GROWS FASTER! Weak, brittle hair breaks off, preventing growth, and with only ½” per month, someone growing out their hair can’t risk any setbacks! So only shampoo when you really need it, deep condition once a week and…
  2. Lay off the chemicals and heat. When you make the decision to grow things out, also commit to all-over-color. I’m not saying lay off coloring altogether, but all-over-color is much more forgiving between touch-ups than highlights are. You can also try Aveda’s color shampoos and conditioners to brighten up things in the interims. And give yourself a break from the hair dryer and straightener by taking the weekends off. If you can’t manage this, at least remember a heat protectant beforehand.
  3. Get regular trims to keep your locks looking sleek and smooth. Split ends look as rough as they feel, so keep up trims every 6-8 weeks.
  4. ACCESSORIZE! Remember those huge earrings and crazy eye make-up I mentioned? Those were accessories for my short hair days. These days, I’ve (mostly) swapped those for feminine barrettes, huge and sometimes-glittery headbands, flowers, bobby pins, head scarves… everything I can get my hands – and hair – on.
  5. Tell your stylist about your plan. They can help you make a plan for future cuts to keep you out of soccer-mom-cut territory and provide moral support when you’re begging them to just chop it off again (been there, done that).

Your turn: Have you grown your hair out and lived to tell the tale? Share your secrets with us by leaving a comment. 

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