3 Hair Problems and How to Fix Them – Fast

by Viviscal Hair Expert on April 18th, 2017

If you’re over your hair, here’s how to fix it. See three big hair woes and the small tweaks you need to fix them fast, without risking a traumatic tress encounter.

This content is adapted from the piece “Over Your Hair? How to Fix It Fast!” Read the complete article in the May 2017 issue of Cosmopolitan, on newsstands now.

Fix #1: Go from Short to Long

If you are in the throes of haircut remorse and you need your hair to go from short or awkward in-between length to long and flowing — pronto — try one of these tips.

Pop Good-for-You Pills

Viviscal Extra Strength nourishes your hair follicles with biotin, niacin, iron, vitamin C, zinc and our exclusive marine complex called AminoMar, giving you healthy hair growth in 3-6 months. “A lot of my colleagues swear by it,” says Connecticut dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara.

Give Your Scalp Some TLC

Product buildup on your scalp can compromise healthy hair growth by clogging follicles and affecting circulation to the scalp. Detox once a week with a scalp rinse containing apple cider vinegar, such as dpHUE ACV Hair Rinse.

Bonus: Styles for Longer-Looking Hair

Trick the eye with a half-up style. “This puts the focus on the longest pieces, creating the illusion of longer hair,” says celeb hairstylist and Mane Addicts founder Jen Atkin.

Fix #2: Go from Relaxed to Natural

If you’ve been addicted to your flat iron and straightening chemicals for years, taking the plunge into natural hair can be daunting — to say the least. There are four basic rules every curly girl should know as they embrace their natural texture.

Cut Down on Shampoo

Wash your hair no more than twice a week to help hair retain its natural moisture and avoid drying out hair.

Deep-Moisturize with a Mask

The more you deep-condition your curls, the more defined they will be, says Mia Emilio, senior stylist at Devachan Salon in NYC. So use a deep-conditioning mask at least once a week, leaving it on your hair for no less than 30 minutes. For even more moisture, leave it on overnight. Try one of these DIY moisturizing masks.

Brush Off Your Brush

Brushes can cause breakage, which slows down hair growth progress. Plus, brushes comb out your curls, making hair big and frizzy, while minimizing curly definition. Instead of brushing or combing, de-tangle hair with your fingers while conditioning.

Have a Nightcap

Shield hair from your drying cotton pillowcase and sheets by sleeping in a satin-lined cap. Embarrassed about the look when you have company? Switch out your cotton sheet set for silk or satin sheets instead. This will minimize hair damage, while avoiding an unintended bedtime fashion faux pas.

Bonus: Blend Your Two Textures

If your roots are curly but the bottom of strands is still relaxed, try a no-heat technique (like pin curls, Bantu knots or two-strand twists) to encourage uniformity in your texture.

Fix #3: Go from Bangs to None

The secret to growing out your bangs overnight? Don’t. Here are three ways to hide your fringe during the awkward, growing-out stage.

Push Them Back

Run a high-hold gel through damp hair, then blow-dry it straight back into any style. Try a sleek ponytail or braids, or even wear hair down in a wet look.

Blend Them In

Once you’ve grown out your bangs a little, switch to a styling cream and blow-dry bangs toward your ears with a round brush so they blend with the rest of your hair.

Dress Them Up

Use bobby pins, French braids and headbands to disguise your fringe, recommends Matt Fugate, hairstylist at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon.