We’ve all been there. You let your stylist talk you — or you talk yourself — into that super-trendy bob or pixie that just looks so perfect on the celebrity of the moment. Immediately after looking in the mirror, you regret your decision. The good news is that, of course, hair does grow back. The bad news is that it can feel like it takes forever, especially when you’re unhappy with your look right now. Luckily, there are a few tactics you can employ to speed up the growing out process. Keep reading for our top tips for growing out hair!
9 Ways to Make Growing Out Hair a Little Easier
1. Get Regular Trims
It may be counterintuitive, but when long hair is your goal, regular trims are essential.
While trims don’t technically accelerate hair growth, they do help prevent split ends from moving up the hair shaft. Visit your hairstylist every three months or so for a dusting (a very tiny trim that only cleans up the ends). Your stylist will also help to re-shape your style so that it looks good as you’re growing out our hair.
2. Break Up with Breakage
Even the most natural habits can lead to accidental breakage and damage to the hair shaft or the root. One big fix is to rethink how you brush. Brushing downwards, starting at the scalp, can turn little tangles into big snarls. Instead, start at the ends and work your way up, gently pulling apart knots as you go.
When you don’t like how your hair looks, it can be tempting to throw it in a ponytail every day. But too-tight hairstyles like ponytails can also be harmful. Pulling your hair back too tightly can cause breakage around your hairline, creating short hairs that are hard to style as you grow out your hair. And if you wear your ponytail in the same place every day, you could also be causing breakage at the spot where you place your hair tie.
Instead, keep your ponytail loose and use soft, snag-free elastics to minimize breakage. And change up your look occasionally by varying where you place your ponytail or where you part your hair to avoid causing excess breakage in one spot.
3. Turn Down the Heat
Daily heat styling does major damage to hair, leading to split ends and breakage that can seem to slow down or even halt hair growth. Your best bet is to avoid hot tools altogether, but we know it can be hard to quit your curling iron cold turkey!
If your addiction to hot tools runs deep, be sure to use a heat protectant product every time you blow-dry, curl or use a flat iron. Apply the protectant to wet hair, then comb through to distribute evenly prior to styling.
4. Choose Hair-Healthy Foods
Healthy hair starts from the inside, which is why eating a diet full of hair-healthy nutrients is so important for hair growth. If you want to boost your hair growth and get thicker hair for real, you’ve got to up your nutrition game. And since hair and nails are considered by the body to be “non-essential,” they can the first area to take a hit if your diet isn’t what it should be.
Not sure which foods are best to fuel hair growth? Try these:
- Lean meats (like chicken and fish)
- Healthy fats (like avocado)
- Vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables (like oranges, broccoli and bell peppers)
- Dark green leafy vegetables (like spinach and kale)
5. Take Hair Growth Supplements
If you cannot look at one more piece of fish or add one more leaf of kale into your blender, try Viviscal Hair Growth† Supplements. With a combination of AminoMar™ marine collagen complex, plus key vitamins and minerals, Viviscal is scientifically proven to nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth.*
It does take time and patience to grow out hair. But if you commit to two Viviscal tablets a day you could see results in as little as three months!
6. Dry Hair Carefully
Wrapping your hair up in a big rough towel after getting out of the shower can cause a huge amount of unnecessary breakage. Dry your hair gently with a very soft microfiber towel or even an old (but clean) cotton t-shirt. This will prevent tangles caused by the rough woven surface of most towels and it will help reduce friction to the hair cuticles that leads to breakage.
7. Care for Your Scalp
Your hair follicles are located in your scalp (duh!), so it makes sense that taking good care of your scalp is an important part of growing out your hair. Try adding a good scalp massage to your daily routine. A five-minute scalp massage can help invigorate the scalp, improving circulation and bringing more nutrient-rich blood to the hair follicles so they have more of what they need for optimal hair growth.
8. Keep It Clean
Go the extra mile and choose shampoos and conditioners designed to boost volume, and that will leave your hair shiny and manageable. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner gently cleanse & lightly condition with Ana:Tel™ complex plus the key nutrients Biotin, Keratin and Zinc to leave hair looking naturally thicker and fuller. Plus, they infuse your locks with a fresh botanical scent!
9. Embrace Your In-Between Lengths
Growing out your pixie means having a few months where your hair is at an awkward, in-between length where it’s not quite a pixie and not quite a bob!
Don’t worry! Your post-pixie life doesn’t need to be miserable. You can embrace your hair length now, even in the awkward growing-out phase. Add a cool accessory or get creative with styling wax. Take a cue from celebrities who have also grown out their pixie cuts. Spike your hair up, slick it back, or add shape with glitzy clips. Experiment and have fun with it!
Do you have any tips for growing out hair? Share your tips and tricks with other readers in the comment section below!
†Existing hair growth