Editor's note: For the past few weeks, hairstylist Tabatha Coffey, of Shear Genius and Tabatha's Salon Takeover fame, has been sharing her professional expertise with us. For this week's post, Coffey gives her top tips for growing out your hair:
Want to grow out your hair or bangs? Well, as the Guns N' Roses song says, you're going to "need just a little patience." Patience, or rather a lack of it, is what keeps us from growing out our hair; because let's face it, there are a lot of awkward in-between stages that we have to pass through on the way to the length you want.
However, there are a few things you can do to facilitate growing out your hair that will help time pass quickly and ensure you look great at every stage of the growing-out process. So, with that said, here are my top tips for growing out your hair or bangs the right way! To see Coffey's four tips, just keep reading.
- Get your stylist on board: Contrary to popular belief, your stylist can be your best ally during this process. Let them know your game plan so that they know how much hair to cut off and can also adjust their cutting technique to keep a stylish shape while retaining as much length as possible.
- Keep trimming: People who are growing their hair out often stop coming into the salon altogether, and this is a big mistake: number one, because ends will start to split and you'll end up having to cut that damaged-looking hair anyway (what's the point of having longer hair if the hair isn't healthy and beautiful looking?); and number two, because your hair will lose all shape, you'll become annoyed with your hair, and end up throwing in the towel. If you're afraid the trims will set you back (they won't!), scale back to every 12 weeks instead of the typically recommended every six weeks. Whatever you do, don't wait six months to get in for that trim!
- Accessorize: Now is the time to take advantage of all the great headbands and hair clips that are readily available. Just make sure to select ones that are more fashion-forward and chic rather than cute so that you don't end up looking like an older Alice in Wonderland.
- Treat it right: Longer hair gets drier at the ends than shorter hair, so in addition to regular conditioning hair at home, go into the salon every two months for deep conditioning keratin treatments to keep hair strong and healthy looking as it grows out.
Gotta run, kids! Check back next week for more tips from me.