Growing Out Your Hair

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Letting your short hair grow out will often give you some awkward stages to get through but there are several ways to glide through the rough spots. Whether you’re growing it out for a longer, overall length or just to get rid of layers, there’s still maintenance involved.

Of course, the oldest hair is on the ends and the longer your hair is, the more care it will need to keep it shiny and healthy. When growing out their hair, many people want to do it in the quickest manner possible, and that is, not cutting their hair at all. This is far from ideal and leads to breaking and splitting.

Why not make the decision to take it a little slower and keep it shaped and trimmed properly while it’s growing? This means trimming your bottom ends and also the ends of your layers regularly. The obvious trick is to cut at a slower rate than it’s growing. You can go to your stylist a little less often but make it clear that you wish to have longer hair and have her cut off only what’s absolutely necessary.

Life goes on and there are going to be special events to attend while your hair is in an undesirable stage. Besides a regular trim, there are several things you can do to ease the growing pains and still look good:

Hair Growth Tips


  • Be patient and squash the urge to get a full cut. This is a great opportunity to discover what length looks best on you.
  • Try out some new hairstyles. Take a cue from celebrities and enjoy diversity.
  • Invest in some hair accessories such as head-bands, barrettes, bobby pins, hair sticks, and ties. Use these to pin back awkward areas or wear a full-fledged bun or pony-tail.
  • When growing bangs out, you can pin them back or swoop them to the side.
  • If your hair is thick, ask your stylist to use thinning scissors to keep your hair more manageable.
  • Longer hair requires more time to maintain and style. Be sure to rinse out all of your shampoo and condition it properly.
  • There is no magic pill for hair growth but taking a multi-vitamin, eating healthy foods, and getting your beauty sleep is beneficial to both your hair and skin.
  • Avoid brushes and use only a wide-toothed comb on wet hair to avoid frizz and split ends.
  • If you really can’t wait, go to the salon and have a professional add some hair extensions. Keep in mind that this is not a permanent fix and can damage your hair over time. Better yet, buy some inexpensive, clip-on extensions and pony tails. These can be found at beauty supply stores and drug stores such as Walgreen's.
  • Take pictures of yourself every month while your hair is growing out. This will help you determine later on, which length is flattering on you.