7 tips for growing out your hair (when you're impatient)

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By Advice from a 20 something

Growing out your hair can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you're an impatient little butthead like me. As you may remember from this post, I've been dreaming of growing out my hair super long. I'm talking flowy, bohemian locks that fall just below my boobs (like a Mermaid!). While I love the long bob trend, I've done it a few times now and am ready for a change. I've also found that my hair dries best when it's long. My natural waves become more pronounced, and the length weighs my hair down so it's less poufy and frizzy.

But with my being incredibly impatient when it comes to changing up my look, I've been doing my research on how to grow out my hair as quickly as possible. Some of these tips you may have heard before, and some of them may sound a little crazy ... but I'm giving them a go!


I've always avoided brushing my naturally wavy hair to allow the curls to form. But I've done some research and brushing your hair often is a great way to keep it healthy, which can help it grow quicker. But don't just brush it with anything. I've recently been using this Tangle Teezer brush - it causes less breakage and works wonders.


While I've heard this trick before, I have to admit, I was really confused by it. I understand that shampoo dries out your hair (since it's basically soap), so only using it 2-3 times a week makes sense. But does it mean you need to skip showers? Or if you do shower, how are you supposed to manage tangled wet hair? I may be slow, but I finally figured it out. You can still take a shower - just skip the shampoo and go straight to the conditioner. Wet your hair as usual, then squeeze out the excess water and add your conditioner. Leave the conditioner in for a few minutes and rinse. Your hair will be soft and easy to manage.


We've all heard this advice before, but I never really knew why it was helpful until now. The real reason you're supposed to get a trim every few weeks is this: if you don't, dead ends will form causing breakage, and you'll end up having to chop off more than you want. So if you just cut a little bit at a time, you won't need to chop off a bunch of dead ends down the road. Make sense?


So I'm giving Chinese herbs a try. Sounds a little crazy, I know. But I've heard great things about these Yang Xue Sheng Fa Capsules specifically. I did some research and they seem pretty harmless, so I'll let you know if they work! The theory is that they promote healthy blood circulation and maintain the health of your hair. I've tried taking Biotin capsules, a supplement for healthy hair, skin, and nails, but honestly, I never really saw a difference (although some people respond really well to them). So I thought I'd give something else a try. Have you ever tried supplements? Which ones have worked?


My hair stylist tells me this just about every time I go to her - take a break from the hot tools! She said the hair dryer isn't as bad as your curling iron and flat iron, so try to put the hot tools away for a month or two and give your hair a rest from the heat. If you can avoid the blow dryer, too? Even better. But that one's a little tough for me!


I've said it before and I'll say it again. Always use a heat protectant spray before blow drying or using any sort of hot tool! Do whatever you can to prevent damage from heat. I've been a long-time fan of Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Protectant Spray. Just spritz a few times on wet or dry hair before using any sort of hot tool or blow dryer.


Sounds a bit drastic, but avoiding putting your hair up in a bun, braid, or ponytail is recommended for preventing breakage. The more you can do to prevent breakage, the healthier your hair will be, and the quicker it will grow.

Do you have any tips for growing out your hair quickly? Let me know!

See more at Advice from a Twenty Something, and take a look at these celeb hair transformations in the gallery below for inspiration:

Celeb Hair Transformations 2015
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7 tips for growing out your hair (when you're impatient)
Well that's a new look! Hilary Duff, 27, debuted an ocean-colored hue on Instagram and jokingly said, "Mermaids luuh sushi💙💚 #sugarfish."

Idina Menzel was apparently ready to let go over her dark tresses. The "Frozen" star took a page from Elsa's book and dyed her hair a bright, platinum blonde. Do you like the look?

Pete Wentz typically keeps his short buzz cut dark brown, but the Fall Out Boy rocker went for a bright bold fuschia color just in time for spring. The 35-year-old took to Instagram to share the news and said, "You're a cherry blossom. @michpugh for the hook up."

Talk about a scandal! Right before her guest appearance on the hit ABC show, Lena Dunham buzzed her locks in favor of a short coif. Of her new 'do she said, "Zero prep required with my new 'do by my hair's soulmate @rheannewhite ❤️❤️❤️"
Dunham wasn't the only actress debut a new spring chop! Jessica Alba took her shoulder-length locks up a few inches and took to Instagram to share the news. "Uh oh someone chopped off her hair!"
It looks like January Jones would love a role in "Grease." The stunning star rocked a light pink 'do and said, "Call me "Frenchie".. Thanks for the dip @jenniferjbeauty."

Kim Kardashian knows how to make a bold statement! Kanye's leading lady went from the dark side to the bright side with hew new platinum hairdo, which she debuted at Paris Fashion Week.

Nicole Richie is no stranger to playing with hair color. The House of Harlow designer recently hit the town with bright pink tresses. The look is a nice change from her typical lavender locks.
Whoa! We almost didn't recognize you, Chrissy Teigen. The supermodel switched out her light locks for a very 'dark, very voluminous hairdo!
Lauren Conrad didn't go for a super wild change this year, but the fashionista did stay on trend with her cropped coif.

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