Grow Your Hair Out Like a Boss

The hair growth process is a nightmare, and sometimes you have to talk yourself off a ledge. Click through for tips on growing your hair out like a boss + 10 ways to make your hair grow faster!

You may have noticed that although I am a licensed hairstylist, most of my posts revolve around makeup. There are two big reasons for this, the first being that I have a constant love affair happening with makeup, and there's such a big big world of things to try all the time. The second reason is that my hair is at a length right now that I don't love, and I'm in the process of trying to grow it out from a short, angled bob to collarbone-length (or longer if I feel like it's going well).

You guys, growing your hair out is miserable. I know you hear me on this.

When you're growing your hair out from a short length, like a pixie cut or an angled bob, there's going to be a really difficult period when your hair is between your chin and your shoulders. This is when so many people give up and cut it short again, because you wake up every morning and feel like your hair looks like poo. I mean seriously, it's really disappointing! For so much of us, our self confidence is heavily linked to how we think we look, and when you feel every day like your hair looks terrible, it's damaging. But if you can get past that phase and not let yourself believe that your hair won't look good long, you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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Getting past that phase, though, is the hardest part. I can't tell you how many times I've talked clients of the haircut ledge during the grow-out process. I understand what you're feeling, and you are not alone! Here are some tips to help you grow your hair out and avoid giving up before you get to your hair goals:

You still need to get your hair cut. This is for real. 

This is extremely important, so please, please pay attention: get your hair cut. Do not avoid the shears. It doesn't have to be a major cut, but the longer you go between cuts, the more damaged your hair becomes. This results in your hair breaking off — that means your hair is getting shorter — and counteracting the growth you've tried to achieve. Damaged hair does not grow out beautifully. Keep your hair healthy as you're growing it out by getting it trimmed every 10-12 weeks, and it will grow faster. I promise!

Related: How to get what you want from your hairstylist

Another point for getting your hair cut regularly is that your hair doesn't grow evenly (at the same speed) all over your head - this is part of the reason it looks awkward when it hasn't been cut in a long time. Some sections grow faster than others, throwing off what may have originally been a great cut. Getting regular trims will even out and "shape up" your haircut so that everything's in proportion like it should be in a good haircut. Sometimes all it takes is feeling like your hair is supposed to look the way it looks!

Do everything you can to keep your hair healthy in other ways

Make sure you're doing everything you can to keep your hair healthy in other ways: use sulfate-free shampoos, wash your hair less often (stop arguing, yes you can do it!), and use a conditioning treatment every two weeks or so. Healthy hair grows faster and better. Take care of it.

Related: Eight simple hair tips everyone should know

Learn to love the accessories

Pulling your hair back with a cute clip or headband will totally fix a bad hair day! As I've been growing my hair out, I've been embracing the bobby pin trend (it's totally okay to let them show now! Go crazy!) and pulling my hair back almost every day. Don't be afraid to get creative with braids, twists, and ponytails, because these will all distract from what feels to you like a bad hairstyle. A lot of inspiration can be found on Pinterest -- check out my board dedicated to growing your hair out (which is ever-expanding)!

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Try heat-styling your hair a different way

For example, usually an angled bob gets flat ironed so that it all bends under at the bottom, but it may reach a length where it's more flattering to flip some layers out, or to throw some loose waves in there. Curling your hair is a foolproof way to make your hair look fabulous despite its awkward length!

Make a goal and keep reminding yourself of it

Come up with a goal of how long you want your hair to be. It's a lot easier to be patient when you have a certain length or style in mind rather than just trying to get your hair as long as possible! Start with a goal for a certain length — say, collarbone length — and when you get there, make a new goal until you reach your desired length! Put a picture of what you're going for somewhere visible, like your bathroom or bedroom mirror — wherever you are when you're doing your hair and most likely to get frustrated with it.

Try taking vitamins & eating as well as possible

You could try prenatal vitamins, Biotin, or Hair, Skin & Nail vitamins (which are basically prenatals + Biotin). I've heard nothing but good things about hair growth on these vitamins! Just be sure you follow the directions. As for the things you eat, your skin, hair, and nails are a reflection of what you put in your body — the fewer processed foods you eat, the healthier your hair will be.

Last, but not least, try to be patient.

It sucks, I know, but you can get through it, and you'll be so glad you did! Giving up & cutting your hair short again won't make you stop wanting longer hair, it will just lengthen the process (see what I did there?). Push your way through the weeks of hating your hair, and you'll get to a few weeks when you love your hair. Then eventually you'll reach the length you were going for. You can do it!

Good luck to all you lovelies growing your hair out – I'm right there with you, and I'm not done with you yet. Enter your email address below for 10 Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster!

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Are you growing your hair out? What's your go-to style, and how long are you trying to get it?