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The long way

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Are you trying to grow your hair out? Is it driving you nuts? We women are always changing our minds about our hair, aren't we? Cut it, grow it. Add layers, grow out layers. Cut bangs, grow them back out and tell yourself you'll never do that again. All of this indecisiveness is why hairstylists have a job.

Sometimes I think that the biggest challenge with hair is when it's time to grow it out. It just seems like it takes forever, doesn't it? Here are a few dos and don'ts of the grow out.

Dobaby those locks of yours. Your hair isn't going to grow if you don't take care of it. You need a regular trim of those ends to keep it healthy. If the ends get dry and split, they will just break off. Don't think that you can get away with avoiding a haircut during this process. I do suggest stretching out the time between appointments when you are growing. I recommend every 8-10 weeks. Your hairdresser can include a deep conditioning treatment at this visit to keep your hair strong and healthy as well. Listen to your stylist's recommendations on take home products to keep your hair looking good and staying healthy.

Don'tthink you can keep up damaging color processes to your hair if you want to grow it. Although today's professional hair color has a lot of great ingredients and less chemicals, it is still a damaging process. Repeated highlights dry your hair out and can make it brittle. I suggest giving your hair a break from the bleach. Try a demi-permanent darker color while you grow your hair. It is going to make your hair look healthy and shiny and doesn't contain harsh chemicals that will dry your hair out. This is not the time to decide you want to be platinum, ladies. Keep this in mind when it comes to heat styling as well. Daily blow drying and the use of flat irons or curling irons is going to do the same thing. Make sure you have some products to protect your hair from the heat and that you are using quality hot tools that won't burn your hair. Try giving your hair a break from your daily routine once or twice a week at least.

Doeat healthy and take your vitamins. What you put in your body comes out on your hair. Up your protein intake when growing your hair, and take a daily vitamin. There are also vitamins out there that are made just for hair growth and strength. Vitamin B, folic acid and biotin are a few. Lots of people like to take a prenatal vitamin, and I think that is a great idea. There is no worries for those not wanting to get pregnant. These vitamins won't make your more fertile; they just contain a double dose of many great vitamins. Take care of your body and it will show in your hair for sure.

Growing out your hair can seem like a super slow and difficult process for sure. I have been there before. Try these few tips I have given you and always consult your hairstylist for more tips and tricks. Enjoy the process by changing up how you style your hair as it grows in. You can pamper yourself once a week too by giving yourself some at-home deep conditioning treatments. Kick your feet up and relax. Your hair will thank you. Happy growing out there!

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