Hair Answers: Growing out your hair


Posted in Answers on July 15th, 2010 by Reagan

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Q by Auro: I got (ummm … had) mid back wavy dark hair. Love it but mostly tie it in a bun on a daily basis. On special occasions I open it out, run a curling iron through it and feel fabulous :)
So I have been toying with the idea of chopping of my hair. ¬†Have done so two times in the last 10 years. Love it for a month or two and then can’t wait for it to grow back.
Anyway – fast forward to yesterday. I went in for a hair cut armed with pictures of long, medium, short styles and one that I did not quite like. Discussed it with my hairdresser and we decided to keep it long but shape it up so that it looked changed.
By the time she was done it was by my neck. She styled it and it flipped and looked exactly like a photo I told her I did not like :( Anyway – in the heat of the moment I decided what the hell, just chop the back so it does not look flippy like that !!
Now I have short hair :( And I sit her shocked and stunned 24 hours later. My husband is quite amused by my reaction and tells me its just hair ! I know there is no magic pill and I know it will eventually grow.
But is there any advice you have in the meantime. What would you tell a client ?
I know I am being super vague here – but as you see I am emotionally scared ;)
Much love,
Auro

A by Reagan: I bet a hundred people will read your question and cry and nod their heads because they are or have been there with you Auro. I am still in the honey moon phase of short hair, I am LOVING it, but let’s be honest, it wont be for long. Soon I’ll be pulling on my hair and brushing it 100x on each side in attmepts to stimulate my hair follacles so they’ll grow faster.

Here is a short list of ways to get your hair back.

~Keep it healthy. As healthy as possible. Dry, damaged ends will break off, making your hair shorter! K?
~Get regular trims. I like to yell at my clients *I don’t really yell at them ever* when they refuse to cut their hair because they are growing it out. If you keep, nice, healthy, moist, blunt, lush ends, they will continue to grow DOWN instead of damage and dry-ness growing UP your hair shaft, breaking off inches of your hair. That is where the confusion of “cutting you hair makes it grow faster” comes from. It doesn’t actually make it grow faster, it just ensures it will continue to grow in the right direction. Your hair will end up the length you want to achieve more quickly if it is (say it with me) kept healthy! Woohoo! Team Healthy Hair!
~Deep Condition. Buy a good deep conditioner at a salon or beauty supply and use once a week or every other week. Leave on for 15-30 minutes before rinsing.  Again, keeping hair healthy and preventing damage.
~Find a stylist you trust. There aren’t many things more frustrating (when it comes to hair) than having several months of growth cut off because the stylist doesn’t understand the difference between a 1/2 inch and 5 inches. It has happened to me. It has probably happened to you. PS I dont do that to people. It is my goal in life to be a trustworthy stylist.
~Comb, Massage and Brush hair. You thought I was kidding about stimulating your hair follacles. It’s a real thing! If you stimulate them, they produce more quickly. Before showering, brush your scalp medium to hard with a bristle brush to loosen up any buildup on the scalp and to stimulate those little guys. Top it off with a clarifying shampoo every few weeks. (never over do the clarifying shampoo!!)
~Finally, talk to your hair, tell it that it’s doing a good job. Tell it you’re proud of it. Caress it. I don’t know if that helps. But it’s just one of those things that is like a “why not?” sort of situation.

Hey, do you guys want to sit back and covet some pretty hair with me? Nothing like starting out your day in seething jealousy!

Dont cry guys. Your hair will be long soon.

Sorry I never credit my photos. I need to work on a better photo storing system…



9 Responses to “Hair Answers: Growing out your hair”

  1. Kelly Says:

    I have absolutely no medical background to back this up, just personal experience: about a year ago I went through a weird period where I was convinced that my hair was falling out (I’m pretty sure I was making it all up). In my tizzy I went to a dermatologist who (of course) didn’t see thinning hair but said I could try taking biotin supplements every day (5000 mcg). Even though I’ve since decided that I was making up the hair loss thing, I have kept taking the supplement because about a month and a half after I started taking it, I went to my hair dresser and she said she was shocked at how long my roots had grown since my last touchup.

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  2. kati Says:

    this had me cracking up. i love to start my days with seething jealosy!

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  3. Camille Says:

    Kay, ummm, hello? You are amazing. This post was hilarious. And it made a loyal reader out of me.

    Also, I am coming here from your other blog which I found from your post at CJane today, and your story is very inspiring. Just thought I should let you know. (Also, the fact that you are a real, live person living in New York makes you an instant celebrity in my book.) Thanks for the great read(s)!

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  4. Ariel Says:

    hey!!!!! you are hilarious!! j’adore!

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  5. Maura15 Says:

    Hey Reagan,
    I am so glad I found this post! I just got a pixie last week ( i REALLY needed a change) and it looks fabulous, but I want my long hair back! Right now I am trying my own deep conditioning treatment. Once a week: 1tsp organic coconut oil and 1tsp extra virgin olive oil. I massage that into my hair and leave it in for 20 minutes (put a shower cap over) and shampoo after. Is this good for my hair? It makes it soft!! I heard it supposed to make your hair grow 3 inches in 3 months! Hope it works… sounds IMPOSSIBLE!! :)
    Waiting for my hair to grow back….

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  6. Alexia Says:

    I AM A STUDENT CURRENTLY – I HAVE BEEN IS COSMO SCHOOL FOR WAY TOO LONG, AND AM LOOKING TO FINISH IN DECEMBER. I HAVE BEEN OBSESSING OVER YOUR BLOG ALL DAY LONG. ANYWAY, I’M IN THE PROCESS OF GROWING MY HAIR OUT. I’VE PROBABLY BEEN GROWING IT OUT FOR FOUR YEARS NOW. AND I JUST NEED YOU TO TELL ME THAT EVEN THOUGH ALL OF THOSE PHOTOS ARE OF BEAUTIFUL HAIR… SOME OF THEM HAVE EXTENSIONS, RIGHT?!

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  7. alexia Says:

    i’m not yelling… it posted in all caps. i can’t fix it. sorry.

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  8. alexia Says:

    omg. okay. it fixed itself!

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