How to encourage rapid hair growth
I don’t know about you, but I get bored with my hairstyle very quickly. I love having long hair, but normally end up throwing it up into a ponytail every morning. It’s a stylish ponytail, if I do say so myself, not at all messy, but I don’t wear my hair up because of style, I wear it up because I’m lazy. When I get bored of wearing a ponytail, I go short very short. I’ve gone through the cycle of fashionable bobs and long ponytails at least three or four times, and while there is no way to make the hair-growing process faster, there are ways to make your hair look stylish and healthy, instead of awkward, along the way.
Phase 1: Your chin-length bob is now bobbing below your chin, at that awkward in-between length. At this first of the awkward growing-out phases, I like to get a perm. I know, I know, perms can be really damaging to your hair. But a nice body wave or tight spiral, depending on your personal preference and hair type, adds volume and makes hair look slightly shorter than it really is, which makes hair appear to be a chin-length bob again. There’s also the added benefit of perms being a very low-maintenance style. Just wash hair with a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for permed hair, comb it while soaking wet, scrunch it with some mousse or gel, and you’re good to go.
Phase 2: Once your hair is long enough (i.e.) a few inches above shoulder-length, you can put it up into a small ponytail. Use hair ties without metal on them to avoid damage. Use hairspray and bobby pins to get those few stray pieces up that are too short to go up on their own. Try and let hair dry naturally to avoid damage.
Phase 3: Shoulder length hair can be worn down or up, but you need to go to the hairdresser first to get a little bit of style to it first. Let him or her know that you are growing it out. If you are already bored with your hair again try bangs instead of reverting back to short hair. It’s a dramatic look without dramatic consequences.
To keep hair healthy, leave in leave-in conditioner in your hair once or twice a week. Most importantly, and I know this sounds counter-intuitive, get your hair trimmed every one or two months. Trims, not cuts, are essential in growing out healthy hair. They get rid of unhealthy split ends and can help your hair grow out better.
With patience and style, growing out hair no longer has to be a worry.