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Beauty Mark It! Growing the Hair Out Gracefully

We've all been there before — the dreaded "growing out the hair" plight. Perhaps you donated your tresses to an organization that helps women who have lost their own hair. Or maybe it's all because you were sporting a stylish pixie or the trendy graduated bob, and now you've decided that it's time to change it up a bit. Yep, been there.

Whatever your situation might entail, growing out your hair might not be so bad after all. In fact, I can't think of a more perfect time to experiment with new braids, accessories, and products.

To kick off this week's challenge, I'll get you started with one of my favorite (and fast) hair styling must haves: the headband. This three-banded, colorful Forever 21 Rainbow Headband ($6.90) would surely brighten you up, especially during those extremely frustrating awkward hair days. Whether it be products, accessories, or even supplements, what items can you recommend to make the "it's in that weird growing out" phase more graceful?

Share your choices by bookmarking items from around the web and tagging them with the phrase Growing It Out Gracefully. I'll feature your favorites here next Tuesday. To learn about Beauty Mark It challenges and how to add your picks, check out this how-to. To see some of my favorite online beauty stores,


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I think long bangs swept to the side is always the best look. You can leave bangs out until they are long enough to go back.
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 8 years
Headbands usually give me a headache, no idea why. Bella, could you please recommend one that's, I don't know, not painful? I've tried so many to no avail. Thanks =)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I cut my hair SUPER SHORT like 3 years ago (think Victoria Beckhams new crop) and wow, it's taken awhile but my hair is FINALLY getting long long long again!
scissorz scissorz 8 years
color! trying different demi colors helps me - adding highlights - any change while you feel like nothing is changing
Cheyannei Cheyannei 8 years
I'm about 9 months into my "growing out the pixie" cut. I get it trimmed every 10+ weeks and restyled to look good rather then a mess. Usually, when my hair is looking horrendous I go to get a trim and restyle. It's slowly growing. Usually, the back has to be cut so the rest of my hair catches up, coz mullets aren't chic.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I'm starting to grow out my shoulder-length hair to mid-bust. I cannot wait until my hair is long again (not that I mind short hair however I miss having long waves.)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ahh yes, growing out hair...can be quite the pain but fun when you think about all the accesories.
pss pss 8 years
yeah headband it´s really cool for long hair,and this one is so beautiful
swertygirl swertygirl 8 years
Ditto! I am recovering from a bout with Stylist Infidelity, so I am using a lot of combs, barrettes, and headbands. I have a hard time with most headbands, unfortch - I end up getting headaches from them. :( This one is so cute, too!!
meowalycat meowalycat 8 years
This post shouted my name. I'm finally growing my hair out long, it's been short for the past five years so it's time for a change.
SmileyFace26 SmileyFace26 8 years
I am all about growing my hair out right now.
leanneluvsu leanneluvsu 8 years
I'm glad you posted about this. I've been trying to go from a pixie cut to midback length hair.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 8 years
I really liked the two thin red bands that versace used a few years ago
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