Women always think short hair is super cute until they are the ones with the bob or pixie cut. Two summers ago I chopped all my hair off and then immediately regretted it. I spent not days, not weeks, but months and months growing it back out to the long locks that I have always loved. I’ve picked up a couple hints but Refinery 29 has a better list than I can put together, so here is there top 6 tips for growing out your hair the healthy way…
1. Protect Before Bed
A silk or satin pillowcase may seem frivolous to anyone who hasn’t used one, but it’s well worth the hype, even if you have to shop around to find one you can afford. Why? A pillowcase with some slip allows you to extend your hairstyle overnight, so you can limit heat styling come morning. And because there’s no harsh friction with your hair tugging and pulling against cotton, you’ll also wake up with fewer knots that need to be worked out.
What you lay on is vital, but it’s also important how you style hair for bed. It’s best to wear hair in a loose braid, bun, or ponytail secured with a soft scrunchie. They wont tug or snag your hair and they’re cheap, so you can grab a $5 pack next time you’re at Target.
2. Avoid The Elements
The same way you slather sunscreen on your face to ward against sunburn and premature aging, it’s important to protect your hair before taking a dip in a pool, lake, or ocean. Your first line of defense is, believe it or not, filtered water. Your hair can only soak up so much liquid — like a sponge — so if you wet your hair with clean, filtered water before swimming, the less it will soak up drying ingredients like salt or chlorine. We also recommend coating hair with leave-in conditioner with a UV shield to create a physical barrier between your hair and the chemical-y water, so make sure you pop one in your beach bag with your SPF.
3. Find A Stylist That Appreciates Your Hair Goals
important to have a good rapport with the person holding the scissors, but when you’re really trying to grow your hair long, it’s vital that your stylists knows and appreciates your vision. “Make sure that you’re in the hands of a stylist who understands barely-trimming,” says Teddi Cranford from NYC cool-girl salon White Rose Collective. She tells us that a stylist who trims for growth will be able to cut into the hair in a way that maintains length, and doesn’t just slab off a few inches.
L.A.-based stylist Tim Dueñas echoes the importance of client/stylist teamwork to make long hair goals a reality, adding that it’s important to recognize that it won’t happen overnight. “It takes both time and collaboration to achieve a good healthy, grown-out head of hair,” he says. “I talk to my clients to manage expectations of the grow-out process, then we agree on the ultimate goal, and plan each haircut to meet that goal.”
4. Pull Back With Care
You might not be giving your gym ponytails much forethought— yanking your hairhigh and tight, or any way that will keep it off your sweaty forehead for your 45-minute spin class. But if you’re on mission grow-out, you need to be stocking soft hair elastics, something like a scrunchie, silk-wrapped elastic, or an Invisibobble, so you’re not pulling out hair every time you take down your ponytail, which causes damage no matter your length or hair type.
5. Know When To Say When
Like vitamins or exercise, there’s a healthy amount, as well as too much of a good thing — and hair treatments are the same way. Products labelled with words like protein, strengthening, and keratin can have a negative impact on your strands when overused, which can lead to protein buildup that causes breakage over time. That doesn’t make them bad, it just means you have to follow the instructions. What’s more, in-salon treatments marketed as “smoothing” might seem endearing, but they can actually fry your hair if your stylist applies too much heat, which is all too easy to do. Stick to the directions on the packaging, talk to your stylist, and read everything you can about your favorite products if you plan to use them on your grow-out journey.
6. Don’t Forgo Seasonal Trims
Cutting your hair can seem counterintuitive to growing it out, but it’s important to go back to your stylist every few months to make sure your hair still looks great at each stage. This is a morale move: You should be enjoying having different lengths along the way, not hating your hair until it reaches the length you envision making you happy.
“It is important to allow the hair to gain length, but we want to evolve the haircut to avoid any awkward stages,” says Dueñas. “I usually recommend that my clients come in every 10-12 weeks when trying to grow out their hair.”
Cranford is a little more low-key with her timing. “I tell everyone to think in seasons,” she says. “And if you can afford to skip a season, it’s not the end of the world.” Basically if you’re not hating your hair, you can leave it alone for a few months. Bonus, you’ll have some money to parlay to your colorist.
Hopefully these tips will help you grow locks stronger than your white wine tolerance these days. Contact us at Salt to make an appointment and we’ll match you with a stylist that fits your needs! If those locks just won’t grow check out our new Davines line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products to help strengthen your hair and make your scalp healthier. Or make a consultation for extensions. Our stylists are certified in tape ins and fusion extensions. Whatever your hair type or length we can help you get to the style you want!