How to Grow Out Your Short Hair

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If you have been sporting short hair for a while and now fill like rocking some new longer lengths, then you need to be aware that there are no shortcuts to the luxurious mane you desire. It can be a long process!

We get that growing out your locks can feel tedious at times. But, with our top tips and the right treatments, you will soon be on your way to maximising your lengths!

Book in for regular trims…

It may seem counterintuitive to go for a regular trim at your salon when you are growing out your hair but having a micro-trim will get rid of split ends that are caused by environmental damage or hot tool use. If you do not cut split ends off on a regular basis, they can work their way up the hair shaft, and if this happens you will need to have more cut off in length.

To help with split ends between trims, try a split end treatment such as our favourite, Oribe Split End Seal (£44.50), and keep your hair protected when using hot tools too. An absolute must for us is ghd’s Bodyguard Heat Protect Spray (£18.00).

Give yourself a weekly treat…

A weekly deep conditioning treatment, such as Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer (£19.50), is a non-negotiable for all hair types. Just like with a regular trim, focus your treatment on the lengths and ends, especially the tips. The tips are the oldest and often driest parts of your hair, so giving them a little extra TLC will help to minimise breakage.

Give it a cleanse…

Cleansing is not something many people do when it comes to their hair, but it can be a great way to stop shampoo from stripping away too much moisture by giving your hair a pre-wash cleanse with a protective tonic, such as Oribe’s Lust Pre-Shampoo Intensive Treatment (£67.50). When it comes to your shampoo and conditioner, look for sulphate-free formulas that are not drying to help preserve your hair’s moisture.

You are what you eat…

Make sure you eat a good balanced diet filled with real, whole foods and one that is more plant-based. Food rich in Iron, Zinc, Vitamin C, B, and Omega 3 are commonly linked to stronger and longer hair.

An added benefit…

Adding a supplement to your diet can be a great way to help your hair. Biotin is often the go-to for hair supplements. As are follicle-feeding silica, repairing riboflavin, and Vitamin B2.

Sleep on silk…

Cotton pillowcases can be tough on the hair, so opting for a silk pillowcase can help to retain moisture and reduce friction, thus reducing damage. We recommend Slip, which is made from soothing Mulberry silk (£85).

Image: Hair by Royston Blythe. Photography by Richard Miles

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