Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to waiting for paint to dry or growing our that lob you so desperately wanted (needed) a few months back. Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City, shares his tricks on getting through the awkward in-between stage and jump-starting the growth process so, you know, you don’t want to pull your hair out.
Scissors are your friend.
The key to boosting hair growth is ensuring that your ends are healthy. Though it may seem counterintuitive, resist cancelling your next haircut despite wanting to grow out your hair. Instead of going every six weeks, schedule a trim every eight or nine weeks. The extra time will buy you a little length, without risking a ton of dryness and breakage to your ends. Ask your hairstylist to cut the least amount of length possible while removing the split ends. In hair world, this is called "a dusting."
Approach different styles the right way.
How to grow a pixie to a bob.
If you have a pixie and want a bob, grow your hair out to one length. Avoid cutting layers with wispy ends, which can look dated. The toughest part about the process is letting your top layer grow, because as it does, it tends to look poufy. Manage this by getting a smoothing treatment at the salon (like keratin) or applying a straightening cream to damp hair then blow-drying it smooth.
How to grow a bob to long hair.
If you’re going from a bob to long hair, keep your layers as long as possible. If you over layer it, the style will look old-fashioned. If you have a round face, cut the back shorter than the front for a slimming effect. Invest in a texturizing spray to create rumpled waves, which will help disguise any weird lines in your hair. A good one: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42, birchbox.com).
How to grow out bangs.
Growing out your bangs will give the illusion that your hair is longer. Part them in the center or slightly off to the side. The less severe the part, the easier the process will be, so skip the side swoop. To prevent them from falling in your face, mist a lightweight spray gel on wet roots, then blow-dry them back with a round brush. This will encourage the roots to lift, and when your hair does fall to the side, it won’t be flat against your face. Once the pieces are long enough, twist or braid them before securing to the side with a black pin.
Up your conditioning game.
Maintain your typical shampoo schedule (thicker textures can go longer in between shampoos) and look for a strengthening formula, which will help protect against breakage, like Bumble and bumble Full Potential Hair Preserving Shampoo ($31, bumbleandbumble.com). When it comes to your conditioning habits, up the ante: Use a conditioning treatment in place of your regular conditioner a few times a week. Try GROH Ergo Boost Hair & Scalp Conditioning Treatment ($42, amazon.com), which contains coconut oil, argan oil, rosemary, lemon peel, and sweet almond oil to soothe the scalp and encourage hair growth. Massage it into hair, wait three minutes, then rinse.
Unplug your iron.
Frequent heat styling will eventually fry your ends and slow down the growth process. Air-drying is ideal, but a quick blow-dry is better than a longer one followed by a flat iron or curling iron session.
Don’t split hairs.
As tempting as it may be, avoid measuring and obsessing over your length daily. It might seem like it’s not growing, but it is and will continue to do so by maintaining healthy hair. Getting eight hours of shut-eye and eating a protein-packed diet will help your cause. For an extra boost, consult your dermatologist or doctor about taking Biotin, a coenzyme and a B vitamin (it’s also known as vitamin H) that when taken as a supplement, helps nourish the hair to promote growth.