Real Talk: How To Grow Hair Out Over the Summer

No need to go to all lengths while waiting for your strands to grow in.

Maybe it’s a case of seeing your favorite celeb rocking that very same cut you gawked at on Instagram. Or maybe you’re going through a bad breakup—wine may have been involved—and you waltz into a hair salon demanding a cut that will “change your life.” Whatever it is, now you’re here, smack in the middle of the dreaded in-between stage and wondering how to grow hair out without looking awkward. What’s an ex-pixie cut lover to do?

Understand: Every girl who’s ever had both long hair and a bob (or an undercut or side-shave, even) has gone through that stage at some point in her life, so we feel your pain. Seeing your hair go through the motions and feeling like everyday is a crapshoot in terms of how your strands behave can be one of the most frustrating things in the world.

You wear your hair everyday, and it can feel like you have no choice but to grin and bear it, and just let a hair tie resolve all matters.

Before you resign yourself to just being a sassy short-haired gal for life (or at least until you can afford those celebrity hair extensions), count your blessings: Although that thing about summer being when hair grows fastest is mostly a myth, it is the season when you creative updos take center stage. Check out a few tips on how to grow hair painlessly this summer:

How to Grow Hair Out This Summer

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Uh huh, honey: You can keep those lengths healthy in the meantime. Photo credit: Dvora

Step 1: Keep it clean.

The dirtier, greasier and all-around gnarlier hair is, the harder it is to style—and the easier it is for you to give in to the temptation to just lop it all off. Commit to a moisturizing wash-and-care system that can give your strands a fresher, fluffier, bouncier feeling while also lessening annoying breakage—remember, every millimeter counts! A moisturizing daily regimen such as Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner also rids your hair of damaging product build-up and keeps the scalp clean and invigorated.

Step 2: Experiment with your hair.

What better time to try those edgy hairstyles than now? The one thing about in-between lengths—usually hair that hits below the ear to the collarbone—is that they’re very versatile. Medium-length hair lends itself to a variety of updos beyond the tried-and-true chignon: Baby crown braids, half-updos, bantu knots (they’re back!) or even a super-chic slicked-back ’do is available to you. Recent runway trends have also showed a resurgence of headbands as the accessory du jour. A restorative hair treatment such as Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment can reinvigorate locks after a couple week’s worth of twisting around.

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You’ll get there soon enough! Show off that shiny, healthy-looking lob in the meantime. Photo credit: Dvora

Step 3: Color yourself happy.

Don’t shy away from all the other things you can do while wondering how to grow hair out during the hotter months. Changing up your hue can keep your look on-trend and give you that much-needed confidence boost as well. Maybe now’s the time to try that pastel pink you’ve been toying with, or to finally get that head-turning shade of platinum you never thought you’d get. Just remember to nourish your strands regularly before (and especially after) you take the plunge and rotate your regular shampoo and conditioner with a system specifically designed for color-treated hair, like the TRESemmé Color Revitalize Shampoo and TRESemmé Color Revitalize Conditioner. They’re gentle on strands and help protect your color from daily damage.

Step 4: Make the cut.

No, it is not counterintuitive: You need to keep up your haircut appointments to ensure your tips stay in good condition and don’t fray on you. Styling- and color-wise, the sky was the limit up to this point, and your strands might now be showing a bit of wear and tear. A tiny trim every six to eight weeks is a good time estimate to make sure you don’t end up cutting off all your progress and bring you back to square one. It also snips off those dry, damaged ends that have the potential of turning into split ends as time goes by. Stick with it and before you know it, you’ll be rocking long tresses before you know it.

What other tips do you know on how to grow hair out during the hot months?