Everyone once in a while, we all need a change when it comes to our hair.
Maybe that means going for a sexy lob that grazes your shoulders or a sleek, classic bob that hits at your chin. Or maybe you’re bold enough to go for a super dramatic pixie.
Whatever sultry short ‘do you prefer, trying something new with your hair every now and then can definitely be a good thing.
But for me, there’s one thing that holds me back from going for a shorter style – and it’s not really the fear of not liking how it turns out (well, that might factor in just a bit…).
What scares me off is the thought of what a hassle it’ll be when it’s time to grow it out.
Because, let’s face it – there are few hair-related things more frustrating than the process of growing out a short ‘do.
But if you’re contemplating a short cut or are getting ready to grow out a shorter style, don’t fret.
There are ways to make the process a little easier – and still look fabulous while you’re doing it. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you grow out any short cut in style.
1. Start Healthy
If you want to wind up with gorgeous, envy-worthy hair when you’re done growing it out, the key is to start with healthy locks. That’s because damaged hair that’s prone to breakage, brittleness and split ends is going to take quite a while to grow out. Start by making sure your tresses are properly hydrated by deep conditioning once a week or once every other week depending on whether you have thick or fine hair. The Nexxus Humectress Hydrating Treatment contains keratin to really strengthen and protect your hair as you grow it out.
Taking the right vitamins can help your hair grow a little faster too. Supplements like biotin, keratin and folic acid can keep your locks shiny and strong while you wait for it to grow. Try the GNC Women’s Ultra Nourish-Hair for healthy, resilient hair.
2. Keep It Long On Top
With a super short style like the pixie, growing it out is especially tough because the back usually grows faster than the front, leaving you with a seriously lopsided ‘do. To avoid an awkward mullet-like effect, ask your stylist to trim the back of your hair shorter while the top grows out. That way, you’ll wind up with a style that’s much more flattering and easier style so you don’t have to worry about bad hair days
3. Don’t Lose Shape
When you’re growing out your hair, you may be tempted to let your style lose its shape in order to get a little extra length. But if you do that, you’ll wind up with a bulky-looking mess that lack definition in all the wrong spots. So when you visit your stylist, ask her to cut your hair with an eye toward its overall shape, not just maintaining length. Have her remove any extra weight or bulk that might give you an uneven look too, so your style looks fresh no matter how long it takes to grow it out.
4. Trim Regularly
When you’re waiting for your hair to grow, getting regular trims can seem counterintuitive. But getting your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks helps get rid of weak, brittle and split ends so your hair stays healthy – and because hair typically grows between a quarter- and a half-inch per month, your ‘do will still grow out at a good pace.
5. Rock Some Accessories
Even if you take care of your hair as it’s growing out, there may be days when it’s looking a little awkward. At times like those, the right accessories can be your best friend. If you’re growing out your bangs, a sparkly bobby pin or cute satin barrette can keep them out of your eyes. Or use a tortoiseshell head band to push back layers that are growing out a little unevenly for a more polished look.
And if you’re just too impatient to wait for your locks to grow out, invest in a good set of clip-in extensions. Extensions can add both length and volume to your hair as it’s growing out, but be sure to take them to your stylist so she can cut and style them to better blend with your natural tresses.