In-Between Blues: Grow Out Your Hair in Style

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In-Between Blues: Grow Out Your Hair in Style
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Whether you made a drastic hair change a la Miley Cyrus, Charlize Theron or Anne Hathaway or have had short hair for years, the time may come when you’re ready to grow those locks out. Unfortunately, getting long hair isn’t a simple fix; it takes a lot of time, patience and, yes, salon visits. But with these tips for growing out your hair, you’ll have the luscious locks you’ve been looking for -- and look great while doing it.

Find Inspiration
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Find Inspiration

Before you start growing out your hair, determine what your ideal style would be when all is said and done, whether it's a shoulder-length cut or something long and flowing, like actress Sofia Vergara shows off at the 2013 Golden Globes. “This helps people stay motivated to keep their hair healthy,” says Naz Kupelian, a Boston, Mass.–based celebrity hairstylist and owner of Naz Kupelian Salon. Look online or in magazines and consult with your stylist for inspiration, he says.

Know Your Hair
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Know Your Hair

Does it seem like your hair takes forever to grow, while your friend can grow hers as long as actress Demi Moore's -- seen here at a movie premiere in New York City -- practically overnight? That’s because the rate your hair grows depends on everything from its thickness and texture to how healthy it is. To speed growth, keep hair moisturized and protected, as dead ends and dry hair can lengthen the growing-out process.

Decide on Layers
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Decide on Layers

To layer or not to layer: that's the question to answer when deciding on a cut before growing your hair out. Kupelian says, in general, going without layers -- like actress Jennifer Hudson does here at the 2013 Oscars -- can limit dimension and versatility. “Long layers are always the best option [and] help maintain the body of the hair,” he says.

Stay Healthy
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Stay Healthy

It may seem obvious, but for hair to grow, it has to be healthy. And while there’s no magical formula for getting hair as long, strong and beautiful as actress Lea Michele's -- seen here at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills -- Kupelian says quality shampoo and conditioners that nourish hair are a huge help and can keep hair strong while it’s growing.

Take It in Stages
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Take It in Stages

If you’ve got a supershort cut -- like the pixie cut singer and actress Miley Cyrus shows off here at Elton John's 2013 Oscar viewing party -- the key to growing out hair is to do it in phases, going from a pixie to a bob to shoulder-length and so on. To get over some of the awkward stages, you can also experiment with extensions, Kupelian says, which blend in seamlessly with natural hair.

Keep It Trimmed
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Keep It Trimmed

If you’ve got hair that’s medium in length -- like TV personality Nicole Richie’s, shown here at an event in New York City -- but want to go even longer, Kupelian says regular trims are a must to keep ends fresh and split-free. He suggests getting a trim every six to eight weeks to fight dead ends that slow down growth.

Grow Out With a Bang
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Grow Out With a Bang

If you like your hair length but just want to grow your bangs out, be prepared: There’s always an awkward stage you simply have to wait out, Kupelian says. To hide your sometimes-unruly bangs, he suggests sweeping and blow drying them to the side, like actress Anne Hathaway does here at the 2013 Costume Designers Guild Awards. He also suggests twisting bangs to the side and pinning with decorative clips for a fun look.

Survive the In-Between Stages
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Survive the In-Between Stages

For in between hair styles, you’ll have to work a little magic to keep tresses looking in style. When growing out a pixie, slick hair down for an edgy-cool look. If you’re working with a layered bob, like actress Dianna Agron’s -- seen here at the 2012 Met Ball in New York -- give it some texture while growing it out to your shoulders. And remember that accessories, whether it’s a headband or a cute cap, are great ways to disguise shorter layers and wild hair, Kupelian says.

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