How To Grow Out Your Hair In The Summer & Not Be Miserable

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
Generally, growing out your hair is a total pain in the neck. But, in the summer? Well, that's a whole other story. When it's 100 degrees and humid outside, you don't exactly want anything on your head or sticking to your sweaty neck. In fact, the very thought of that sensation is enough to make us want to chop it all off again.
But, don't forsake all the growth you've already got. After all, there are ways to make the process far more bearable — and possibly even shorter. Click through to see how you can turn your hair crisis into a hair opportunity with just a few tried-and-true tricks.
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Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
Take Your Vitamins
There are plenty of reasons to take vitamins, but obviously vanity trumps them all. Joking aside, your hair can reap the benefits of a routine spin down the vitamin aisle. Most of the structural components of your hair are made from a highly resilient protein known as keratin, so it’s possible that taking vitamins could encourage hair growth. Unfortunately, there's not enough independent research out there to claim that as a hard-science-backed #truth.

That said, in order for your mane to be healthy, shiny, and strong, you have to get the proper nutrients. While your daily intake of, say, spinach may rival Popeye's, supplements can help provide some key benefits if you're unable to get all your vitamins and minerals through your food. For your hair, you can take prenatal vitamins, or simply look for ingredients such as folic acid, biotin, and, of course, keratin. We like NeoCell's Keratin Hair Volumizer, but most stores will carry a selection of "hair, skin, and nails" vitamins as well.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Stimulate Your Scalp
Buy a shampoo with peppermint or tea tree oil, as that tingling sensation it leaves behind actually helps your hair out. Or, you can inspire growth the old-fashioned way by massaging your scalp. Both will stimulate blood flow, which increases circulation. The healthier your follicles are, the better condition they’re in, which in turn fosters hair growth. Our favorite perk? Both of these methods feel really, really good.
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Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
Get Experimental
We're all guilty of getting stuck in a beauty rut and styling our hair into one or two looks that work for us. But, growing out your mane is not a time to stick to your regular hair routine — especially if your locks are in that awkward phase where your old styles just don't work. Now, you need to get creative.

Load up on regular bobby pins, decorative ones, hair bands, hair chains, and wraps. Learn how to braid your hair. The more fun you can have with your 'do during this phase, the better.
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Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
Be Gentle
While growing out your hair, don't get too rough with it. Use a leave-in conditioner and a wide-tooth comb when you brush out tangles and knots, and take advantage of the weather by letting your hair air-dry whenever possible. Heat-styling tools are known to cause damage, and you want to avoid breakage now as much as possible.
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Photographed by Winnie Au.
Do Not Avoid Your Hairdresser
One of the biggest mistakes you can make while growing out your hair is not getting it cut. Take a lesson from Jennifer Lawrence, who managed to make growing out a pixie cut look incredibly chic: Work with your hairdresser to shape your current style into something manageable. That doesn’t necessarily mean chopping off more length, but cutting in layers or bangs could help make the transition into your new style easier. Additionally, regular trims will help minimize split ends and breakage.
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