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A Grow-Your-Hair Cheat Sheet

You want it long. Really long. And you want to get there without resorting to all the tapes, beads, clips, and combs that extensions inevitably deliver.

But getting real (as in, real hair), means dealing with the unavoidable growing pains of waiting for length on your locks. The good news? Celebrity stylist, Paul Norton, has jumped in with some novel ways to speed things up…

Chart Your Course

You know your end goal. But the part that gets fuzzy is how you’ll look during the trip to destination Long Hair. One idea: Create a visual mood board of a few lengths and styles that you’d be happy sporting along the way; it can serve as a helpful hair guide (and a great tool to show your stylist) while you grow your length.

Just A Little Trim — NOT!

Everyone’s heard the you have to cut your hair in order for it to grow mantra, but there have to be limits to those trims, or you’ll be taking one step forward and one step back every time you set foot in the salon. Here’s a more productive route: Request that your stylist only trim the length of your hair (the bottom edge) every other visit. In between, ask for some simple shaping of the layers and bid a fast goodbye.

Just A Skosh, Please

When you do succumb to tiny trims, have your stylist just do a micro-dusting of the visual breakage post blowout. You’ll banish the damaged ends without sparing a single millimeter more than necessary.

I Need A Massage

Well, your scalp does, anyway. Give those roots a good, long rubbing with each shampoo to encourage blood flow and get those follicles moving.

Safeguard The Hair That’s There

Successfully maintaining the length means becoming practically manic about protecting hair as it’s growing out. By treating lengths twice a week to K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock — the most repair-driven conditioning treatment on the market — you’ll maintain the health of every single strand while it creeps its way down your shoulders. Want to go one better? Apply Luster Lock a third time each week to dry ends.

The Grand Illusion

Ask your colorist to strategically avoid going all the way to the roots when doing a retouch. Highlighted hair that appears to start several inches from the roots can actually give the illusion of grow-out and draw the eye downward.

Blow Off The Blowdrying

Giving strands a break from harsh exposure to daily heat styling maintains hair health and avoids breakage (which slows the whole grow-out process to a grinding halt). A fun alternative to your daily blowout? Air-drying hair, then cocktailing Luster Lock and your favorite Joico styling product — like JoiWhip Firm Hold Design Foam — to create some interesting texture and shape.

The Long And Short Of It

Try cutting bangs or sporting a lengthy fringe to give the illusion that the rest of your hair is much longer. One day soon…it will be.


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