Hair {and Makeup} by A.S.H.
From the ‘Growing-Out-My-Hair’ Nightmare to Your Dream Hair

It may seem like Mission Impossible to style short hair while growing it out, but it can be done.

About two and a half years ago, my hair was past shoulder-length. I started training for a half-marathon while dating a guy who liked short hairstyles, so I decided it was time for a change.

A pixie cut.

Shannyn Sossamon and Audrey Hepburn made me do it. They made it look fun, feminine, effortless, chic…

While I loved having hair that was fairly low-maintenance, I missed being able to style my hair, so I began the process of growing it out. My hair is very thick, with a medium-to-coarse wavy texture, so I had to thin out my hair every 3-4 weeks and, as I called it, ‘trim the mullet.’

The idea of getting regular trims while growing your hair out might seem slightly counter-productive to you, but I can assure you that they are very beneficial. In my case, I was trying to change the shape of my short haircut, so it was important to take a little bit of length off so the sides could catch up, avoiding a repeat of a fashion mullet or “fullet” I once had. Even if you are not trying to change the shape of your overall cut, it is still important to get your dead ends trimmed off once a month. If your goal is to grow your hair out, keeping your hair healthy at its current length needs to be a priority.

That was where I messed up.

Although I found creative ways to keep my thick hair from turning into a white girl fro, like using a comb when blow-drying and styling with Aveda’s Control Paste, I was not trying to keep my hair healthy. I starting getting heavy highlights and did not use any kind of overnight treatment to protect my hair from split ends.

But I have learned from my mistakes, so I’m sharing that knowledge with you.

Marlyn Formula 50 is a multi-vitamin that strengthens your hair and nails. You can find a bottle of 50 for around $30 at CVS. Take it daily. My other secret weapon is Redken’s All Soft Argan-6 Oil. I have gotten so many compliments on my hair since I started using it! It’s enriched with omega-6 and fair trade argan oil. I use it for everything: to achieve the perfect high-shine blowout, to smooth frizz, and as an overnight treatment (it doesn’t transfer to pillowcases!!!). The best part is the price point… it’s only $29.

With those three things: regular trims, Marlyn Formula 50, and Argan-6 Oil, AND a little patience, the nightmare will be over and your dream hair will be a reality!

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