1). Set A Goal
According to Aussie celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa, it's important to have a goal in mind for what you want your hair to look like. This will help you determine a time frame for your growing-out phase. "At the most, hair can grow up to 1/2-inch per month, so you need to be patient," she says.
2). Make The Cut
Just because you are growing your hair out, that doesn't mean you can skip regular trims. Be sure that you're clear with your stylist about your goals, otherwise a trim could turn into a chop. "When growing your hair out, ask your stylist for a light 'dusting' of the split ends, and remind them that you are growing out your hair every time you go in," she says. Curly girls should ask their stylists for a soft, blended-layer cut (like Reese Witherspoon, above), so that the curls move together in the same way that they grow. Straight-haired girls should ask their stylist to trim their ends to help even up layers. Got bangs like Heidi Klum? Potempa says to trim up just the exterior of the back of your hair and allow the front to skip the trim.
3). Protect What You've Got
The most important part of growing out your hair is keeping it healthy — this will reduce split ends and damage, which translates to less hair that needs to be cut off by your stylist. Potempa says to always use a heat-protectant (we like Sebastian Potion 9) when styling, and to apply a split end product, like Aussie Split-End Protector, daily.
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