How to Grow Out Layers

Posted by October 07, 2013 2:30 pm

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Considering the amount of celebrities with long, layered hairstyles, it’s easy to see why so many women cut layers. They’re swingy, they add volume and they give hair some bounce. But, unless you’re the queen of at home blowouts and you’re tending to you’re dead set on styling your hair every day, layers will almost never look as good as they do on Pinterest.

Once you fall prey to cutting layers, you’ll either be pleased with the results or you’ll want to grow ‘em out as quickly as you can. Though there are foods to make your hair grow faster and supplements for longer hair, layered haircuts are a bit of a different beast to deal with. To help you be happy with your hair sooner, below are five must know tricks for growing out layers.

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Trim the ends, not the layers: Hold off on getting a trim for as long as you can, and when you do, ask your hairstylist to only trim the ends, not the layers. This way, your ends will stay in good shape, but you’ll essentially help your layers “catch up” to the rest of your hair.

Razor the layers: If you’ve ever had your hair razored as opposed to cut, you know that it helps to thin out major thickness. Once you get your layers razored, they’ll be thinner and will in turn blend into your hair more, making them less noticeable.

Cut hair one length: This one’s a bit drastic, but if you can handle cutting your hair one length so that the second to bottom layer will be the length of all of your hair, you’ll help speed the process along. If you’re feeling extra gutsy, cut all of your hair to match the top layer (if it’s long enough).

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Ditch the flat iron: Not only is the flat iron damaging your ends and inhibiting growth, but stick straight hair also makes layers look very apparent. Try blow drying hair or working with your hair’s natural texture instead so that layers will blend in more with the rest of your hair.

Adjust the shape: As you get cuts, have your hairstylist adjust the shape of your haircut so that the layers can gradually become a different style altogether. This is especially helpful if you’re growing out short layers.

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