Growing Your Hair Out? Consider This A Must-Read

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By Justine Marjan

When it comes to the world of hair, ladies with long locks can feel at a loss for options. Short-hair wearers can easily switch up their cut and style every month, but especially while trying to grow out longer hair, it's easy to get stuck in a rut. If this sounds like you, get familiar with the transformative power of layers. We've got some words of wisdom that'll have you trying something new at your very next appointment.


Fine Hair
Adding layers to fine hair can often be intimidating. However, celebrity hairstylist Ric Pipino insists that you can get a "haircut that's layered in the right way so the cut is not taking out the weight of the hair, but is cut with the correct amount of layering and graduation to create more volume."

Be sure to go to a stylist who is comfortable working with fine hair, since it requires some special attention. If your long, fine hair feels limp, Pipino recommends using "products to enhance fullness and create volume and body without adding weight, including a good volumizing shampoo and conditioner." For styling, he recommends the Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume 48-Hour Volume Spray, which he says "is fantastic for fine hair."

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Thick Hair
Girls with long, thick locks can often leave an appointment with the feeling that their hair is just as heavy as it was when they walked in. Just as fine hair can be challenging to some stylists, working with thick hair can often be overwhelming. Prior to your appointment, make sure to inform the front desk that you have a thick mane, so they can ensure enough time is allotted to accommodate you. 

Be sure to have a thorough consultation with your stylist and explain that you feel comfortable removing weight. To avoid leaving with your 'do looking shaggy or choppy, Pipino suggests a technique called pointing. "Pointing is for taking out a little weight without losing the core haircut," he explains. "Once the cut is finished, and there are some long layers and graduation throughout, I point the hair."
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Curly Hair
Trimming curly hair can be a tricky endeavor, especially when it comes to adding layers. Just an inch too short and the hair can shrink up. We suggest keeping layers on the longer side to avoid winding up with an unwanted mullet, and asking the stylist to brick layer, a technique that alternates short and long pieces, for more random separation.
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Face Shape
Talk to your stylist about what kinds of layers best suit your face shape. If you have a longer face, adding bangs or shorter, face-framing pieces can round it out. If your face is round, avoid cuts that are too heavy near the bottom or triangular, as that can accentuate fullness. If your face is square, avoid layers that hit near the jawline. An experienced professional should be able to help you with specifics, or you can check out Layers 101 for more in-depth answers.

Before you go into your appointment, you should be armed with a few key terms:

Blunt
Do you prefer less movement and more weight? Blunt refers to harder lines and hair that is fuller near the ends.

Face Framing
There’s hardly a girl who doesn’t look great with face-framing layers. Just be specific about what you want: a few strands to subtly open up your face or a lot of movement in the front.

Piecey 
Are you looking for lots of texture and movement? Piecey layers are perfect. This can work especially well for curly hair types to remove weight and create random texture.

Long Layers
Do you like the idea of layers, but don’t particularly like seeing a lot of different lengths? Longer layers add movement and still look sleek.
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If you’re someone who always goes into a hair appointment expecting a big change, but are attached to length, it may be time to explore other options. Pipino explains, “It’s very hard to dramatically change your hair without cutting, so it’s very important to communicate with your stylist prior to any service. Sit down and chat for a good 10 minutes to better understand what’s possible and not possible in cutting your hair for a change that best suits your face.”

Of course, “even [if] you’re growing your hair out," he cautions, "be sure to get regular trims to keep the hair healthy, [and] maintain a healthy, nutrient-rich diet.”

Not happy with your haircut? Take a cue from Pipino when growing back your locks. He says to try “the Alterna Haircare Caviar Repair Lengthening Hair & Scalp Elixir — this treatment nourishes the scalp AND strengthens the hair to promote maximum length!”

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