Deciding to grow out your hair, to try a new style, or update one you're tired of takes patience. It can be tempting though, when working through the middle stages, to throw in the towel and chop it all off again. But with these tips you can stay committed to your new look while still feeling like your best self throughout the process.
1. Get professional advice
Growing out a style can be tedious. "Work with your stylist and make a hair journey, mapping out the haircuts you will have while the hair's growing out," says hair stylist Chris Southern from the Pro Artistic Team at Headmasters salon in London, UK. "This way you'll always have a great shape and skip that horrid growing-out stage." Chris advises appointments every 10 weeks rather than eight so you have a little more to play with each time.
2. Keep hair strong
Be careful not to wash your hair too frequently as this will strip away the natural oils that protect your hair from breaking as it grows. Hair that's been damaged at the ends by heat and styling products needs a conditioner that will strengthen the strands of hair and seal the cuticle to help prevent more damage, so hair will grow longer and look healthier.
TIP: A strengthening shampoo and conditioner like Head & ShouldersÂ Smooth and Silky will ensure your scalp is frizz-free, healthy and your hair is strong as it grows.
3. Boost your hair growth
The B-vitamin biotin boosts hair growth, and vitamin D plays a key role in hair production. In fact, most vitamins and minerals are essential for strong hair so it might be an idea to take a multivitamin every day. A healthy diet and exercise are just as important as the right vitamins and care, so no cutting corners. And rub some coconut oil into your scalp and through the ends of your hair, leaving it on overnight if possible, as it's known for helping grow strong, healthy hair.
4. Protect your tresses
It's vital to take care when you're brushing and detangling in order to avoid breakage. Use a wet brush or wide-toothed wood comb to detangle and avoid wire or metal round brushes. And never wear your hair in a too-tight ponytail, as a tight elastic has the potential to cause damage, or even break hair at the root. Wear in a loose ponytail and don't just yank off the band when taking down your ponytail, but take care to unwrap the elastic.Â
5. Massage Your Scalp
Many salons now offer a scalp massage after your shampoo, and this isn't just because it's relaxing. A scalp massage will improve the blood circulation to your hair follicles, encouraging growth. You can give yourself a scalp massage while you watch your favorite TV show or when in the shower.
6. If You're Growing Out Bangs
You can side-sweep them, or part your hair in the middle and blow-dry the ends away from your face with a round brush so they curve outwards (think modern day Farrah Fawcett) and stay out of your eyes. Alternatively, use a curling iron or round brush to give them a subtle flick. Once the hair grows past your cheekbones, it'll easy to blend it with the rest of the layers.
7. If You're Growing Out a Short Style
You can battle the in-between stage by brushing your longer layers to the side, or give yourself a whole new look by brushing the hair right back, pompadour style, using some styling gel to keep it in place. This masks new growth while you're approaching bob level. Keep your bangs long, but have your stylist taper the back into slightly-short, even layers.
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