by: Sara Altizer
It has happened to all of us at one time or another. We’ve taken the plunge into a sexy cropped cut, embraced that “lob” trend or gone edgy with an incredible pixie. And we loved it. We really did. But then… eventually… we didn’t anymore, and it was time to make that arduous journey of growing it out.
At this point, most women will start popping vitamins, like Biotin, but what may be surprising is that growing out your hair is more about your ENDS than it is about your hair coming from the scalp. It’s all about keeping the ends healthy enough to see those length results you are craving.
The photos above are exactly 1 year apart, and I am thrilled to share how I grew my hair 7 inches in one year and how you too can give your hair the best opportunity to be healthy the whole way there. It’s my grow out survival guide! Enjoy.
I am going to get real with you here. As a hairstylist, haircutting is an essential part of my livelihood; and, yes, keeping your split ends trimmed is vital, but you don’t want to keep the same haircutting schedule as you had with your cropped cut. I would recommend adding another 2 weeks to your regular routine (if you’re used to getting your pixie trimmed every 4 weeks, start doing every 6). YES this will make you a little crazy at first, your shape will be growing out and styling may be more challenging those last 2 weeks, but, adding a little more time between trims will allow your hair a chance to spread its wings. I am convinced that adding this 2 weeks into my haircutting routine really made the difference for me.
It is not a secret that repetitive motion is unhealthy for our bodies. The Ergonomics industry has exploded in the past decade with a plethora of products to reduce Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and help us do our daily tasks more efficiently.
Your hair is no different from your hands or your elbows! Repetitive styling is going to adversely affect your hair and cause breakage and damage much more quickly. This is why adding variety into your WEEKLY styling routine is absolutely key. Blowdrying your hair every day looks great, but will cause breakage- particularly around the front hairline. Curling or straightening your hair with hot tools looks incredible, but will cause breakage- particularly through your ends. Braiding your hair or upstyling it every day is elegant and professional, but again, will cause breakage due to the tension that is being placed throughout the hair strand.
Simply switching up this routine will give your hair the best environment to grow strong and healthy.
This may surprise you, but how you wear your hair to bed may be impacting it’s health more than you think. For collarbone length and longer, you want to be sure you are brushing your hair and securing it before bed, this can be in braids, a loose bun directly on top of your head (fastened with a large claw clip, bobby pins or hair ties can cause too much tension). I personally like to add a small dab of Redken’s Argan-6 Oil through my ends- giving me moisturized and shiny ends when I wake up.
The 2 biggest influencers of your hairs ability to grow out healthy are Protein and Moisture. Here are my favorites that I use religiously to keep my hair looking and feeling it’s best.
Argan-6 Oil which is enriched with Omega-6, reduces frizz and offers deep conditioning and shine.
Pureology Colour Fanatic which has 21 essential benefits to prime, protect and perfect my color treated hair. I love that it has protein and heat protection.
Extreme Strength Builder Plus which is a fortifying hair mask which makes my hair feel like SILK.
Extreme Length Primer and Sealer which are formulated with a liquid form of biotin which seals in split ends, builds strength and is GUARANTEED to get healthy hair 6″ longer in 1 year.
Cheers to being able to have healthy AND long hair my lovelies!