I have chopped off my hair three times, and am currently on my third try of growing it out. The last two times, I gave up at shoulder length, and went back to short hair. But this time, I will prevail! And I figured that meant it is time to share my tips on growing out short hair.
Tip #1: You are going to get a mullet. As your hair grows out, the first thing you’ll notice is that the back of your hair is getting longer than the front. Business in the front, not so party in the back. So even though you’re growing your hair out, you’re going to want to go to the salon regularly, or learn how to trim your own hair, to get those pesky hairs on the nape of your neck.
Tip #2: You will get split ends. Unless you never style your hair, never colour it, never expose it to the elements, it is highly likely that some of your ends will get ratty. This is similar to tip #1. Even though you are growing your hair out, make sure to take regular trips to the salon to get those split ends snipped. Otherwise, the split could spread up the hair shaft, causing more damage and the need to cut off even more hair when you finally get into the chair.
Tip #3: Use as many protecting products as you need. My hair has a slight wave, which means it’s straight when it’s short, wavy when it’s long, but has a singular kink when it’s in between. So during the awkward grow out phase, I tend to reach for the straightener more often. I have had the stupid problem of not using a heat protectant, and that was plain (like I said) stupid. Always, always, always protect your hair. You’re growing it out so that it looks lustrous and healthy, not fried and frizzy.
Tip #4: This may be the most important, but nonetheless it’s down towards the bottom. Get a
good amazing hair stylist. You want someone who knows the texture of your hair, who can sculpt it into a hairstyle that limits the amount of styling needed, and can be there through the arduous task of growing it out. Trust me, you’ll be way less tempted to just reach for the scissors and cut it all off.
Tip #5: Stay away from chemicals. I know some of us are bottle blondes, but if you’re trying to grow out your hair then stay away from hair colour as much as possible, except for non damaging semi permanents. This will reduce the amount of damage to your hair and keep your trims as short as possible. Plus you’ll save beaucoup bucks. Just focus on the fact that when your hair is long and silky smooth, you can dye the whole thing just once, and only touch up the roots once in awhile.
Tip #6: Use pinterest. Um, what? Yeah, I’m shamelessly pushing some social media here. That’s because pinterest is great for looking up hairstyles to hold you over in between short and long hair, as well as motivational pictures of girls with flowing, mermaid waves that will make you never want to cut your hair again. It may sound silly, but if it keeps you away from the scissors, then use it.
If you have any more ideas, or have questions regarding the process of growing out your hair, comment below! I’ve done it way too many times (hopefully this is the last), so I’ll lend my experience as much as I can. Happy growing!