Growing your hair out can be a process to say the least. And, many of us would classify this process as “not very fun”. However, if you can hang in there, it’s usually worth it in the end.
The first piece of advice that I would give is to totally commit to growing it out. As they say in sports, “keep your eye on the goal” and envision what the final product will be.
Secondly, I have had countless styles throughout my life. There were times that I had to grow out my hair so that I could wear a new style. I have also watched many of my clients do the same thing. I began to notice that when I would grow my hair out there were always weeks that I became discouraged. My clients would also experience these feelings during their process. Over time, I realized that it was usually because the hair could no longer be styled like it had previously been. The discouragement developed because the hair wouldn’t cooperate. It was too long, hanging wrong, lacking fullness, etc. My point is; when growing your out hair, the styling must continually be adjusted to work for the various stages of the process.
Third, don’t be afraid to reach out to your stylist via telephone or text. You don’t always have to make an appointment to get advice. Plus, many stages will be experienced as you grow out your hair and most of us don’t have time to go to a hair appointment every couple of weeks.
Don’t misunderstand me, growing your hair out doesn’t always mean that you should stay completely away from the salon. It’s still very important to get trims every four to six weeks. This will ensure your hair health is maintained. Your stylist will also be able to assist with maintaining a nice shape to the hair. And, the stylist can offer new styling advice at that time as well as encourage you.
Fourth, as your hair grows, new styling tools may be in order. Perhaps you always used just a blow dryer and a brush. Now, you may need a curling iron to get the curl that you want. Make sure as you upgrade or change your tools that you are purchasing ones that have infrared technology. These are tools that help your hair to grow by locking in the moisture and promoting hair health. I recommend my Tools by Gina line. Keep in mind that you may also need to purchase multiple sizes of brushes depending upon your style and length, too.
Finally, don’t underestimate the use of hair accessories during this time. Clips, combs, headbands and pony tail ties are all your friends. I actually find that using accessories can make the grow out process kind of fun. It provides an opportunity to wear styles and experiment with your hair in ways that you may never have before. These are really useful items especially if you decide to grow your bangs out.
Just remember that your hair is constantly growing. It may seem like its growing fast at times, especially at first. However, as it gets longer you may feel like it’s not growing at all or that it’s slowed down. I promise, it’s still growing at the same rate but it becomes less noticeable with length. Like I said, now is the time to focus. Remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint.