The Pro's Guide To Growing Out Your Hair

Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Personal growth can be challenging, sometimes even painful. And, few growth processes are more frustrating than patiently growing out long hair. You need the inner peace of the Dalai Lama to grow out your locks past the collarbone without caving in and running back to the salon with a picture of Michelle Williams.

Whether you’re transitioning from a pixie cut to waist-length strands or feel like your hair is stuck in growth purgatory, there are ways to ease your journey through this painstaking process. We consulted some hair-growth gurus on their best advice for full hair that’s longer than a Real Housewives reunion special.

Follow these tips on what to eat, how to style, and when to cut your hair, so the growing-out limbo feels like a breeze.