We get it, summer hair just seems to call for, well, length. Whether it’s for braiding, glittering, or rainbowing, long hair just seems to wear it well. Which is easier said than done if you are rocking short to mid hair and currently in a hair-growing funk. Don’t worry, if you crave Kardashian style locks, all is not lost – while hair doesn’t grow overnight, there are things you can do to accelerate it (and much fun can be had in the meantime). Read on to learn more about growing your hair long this summer.
The fact is, hair only grows about a quarter to half an inch each month – so, it’s important to be at peace with this and not covet waist-length locks by Fall. Once you accept this, understand the importance of cutting your hair to encourage it to grow longer. That’s right, scissors are actually your best friend in the hair growth quest since they serve to remove broken ends that can actually work their way up and split the very hair you are trying to grow. We recommend a trim every 10-12 weeks.
Treat Your Hair Like It’s Rare
Constant brushing puts your hair under enormous stress, so try and brush like it’s made from spun gold. When brushing hair, work from the bottom up – many people start from the scalp but this only serves to brings knots and tangles further down to the delicate ends of the hair.
Switch to Silk
Believe it or not, as you are resting – your hair is at risk of damage. This is because cotton (or, dare we say it, polyester *shudders*) pillowcases cause friction and puts hair at risk of tangles and breakage. To overcome this, treat yourself like the Queen you are and invest in Sateen or Silk bedding and never wake up with bed hair again.
Stop the towel tower
It’s probably totally instinctive to wrap your hair in an oversized towel the minute you step out of the shower, but it actually causes so much breakage. This is because hair gets caught in the woven fibres – especially the fragile strands around the face which are more prone to breakage. To overcome this, invest in a soft and thin microfiber hair towel and wrap like a turban (but not too tightly).
Slick Back Styling
As your hair grows, you might find it causes you some frustration which can cause you to continually adjust it or run your hands through it. We urge you to avoid this, it serves to add grease which makes for a non-optimal hair growing environment. Instead, to keep hair out of the distraction zone , work to slick it back at the sides with gel, grips, half up/half down ‘do or even a hair band.
If you really don’t have the patience to grow your own locks long then remember that we live in the era of hair extensions. Just sayin’.
To manage your hair through the transition phase, pop by to Sixth Sense Salon (the number one salon destination in Sutton Coldfield) for your hair management consultation!