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18 Apr '21

A Guide to Efficiently Cutting and Growing Out Your Hair

Posted by ISA Professional Blog

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This past year has been a total roller-coaster for the entirety of the planet. Luckily, we came out on the other side stronger, more resilient, and fiercely independent. We also came out with so many new skills to help us deal with a wide variety of situations we never thought we would have to face. Part of those skills, at least on our end, have been deepening our knowledge and understanding of all things related to TLC. Caring for ourselves first before helping others has become a mantra for many, in more ways than one. Without a doubt, having that extra time to make sure we are doing our best has been more than crucial to our mental and physical health. It has also been a convenient time to work on the health of our beloved hair and try a few different things to helps us be and look our very best; even when we can only count on being our stylist. We've gathered a few tips that our newfound experience has garnered. Hopefully, by sharing them with all of you, we can be of some help to your lovely locks and your peace of mind. So, whether you are looking to grow out your mane or desperately looking for a cut to try something new, you'll want to give this a read.

Facing The Cut

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Let's face it, it has been a terrible time to go to the salon lately. Many of us have, understandably, been unwilling or unable to take the plunge back into that chair. Even though haircuts are best left to the pros, desperate times call for desperate measures and there are a few things that can be done to mitigate the risk of disaster. We can come out the other end with something more manageable that looks and makes us feel good.

Be Real With Yourself

Managing expectations and thinking small is the best way to approach this situation. This is not going to be a simple task because this a job for the pros and good reasons. Nevertheless, if we think small, such as trimming our ends or a small amount of layering, then our chances of success are going to be much higher. If you're thinking of getting bangs or going from long to a short bob or pixie, then it's gonna be a smart idea to wait and leave it for a time when you can safely get back in the hands of your trusted stylist. Starting small and simple is the way to go; learn to crawl before you go for a marathon.

Proper Preparation

Another way to make sure you start things on the proper footing is to have the right implements for the job at hand. An old pair of kitchen shears, your kid's safety scissors, or that random pair of cutters that have been in a drawer for who knows how long are simply not going to cut it, pun intended. The last thing you want is for your tool to hinder your work by not cutting properly, as you try your best to not lose your cool. Your best bet is to get a pair of sharp professional hair-cutting shears. This will be an indispensable and worthwhile investment to ensure you won't be hindered. Having proper technique is also extremely important. Granted, this can take a long time to master, so practicing before actually committing to a cut is definitely in order. Sectioning your hair by using ties or clips is a useful idea that can help you approach this task, allowing you to not be overwhelmed by your hair getting in the way or by the thought of over-cutting. A comb will also be a huge help, so you can comb out as you go and use it as a guide to ensure that everything is nice and leveled as you go along.

Growing It Out

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Some of us have already mastered keeping it short at home and to those, I sincerely offer a rousing round of applause. Is it time for a change though? Well, if not now, then when? This is also the best time to experiment with growing your hair out, for those who are accustomed to having short hair. Surprisingly, there are a few things you can do to speed this process along. If you have already mastered the cut, then keeping your ends trimmed is a must. Make sure you don't take off more than what has grown but it would be wise to keep those ends nice and even as you start to grow it out. Making sure your hair's nutrition, along with your own, is the most important factor here. Make sure you are eating a variety of nutrient-dense foods that include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, to ensure that you have the perfect platform from which to start your hair growth quest. There are some nutrients you can apply directly to your hair as well, to boost your success. Applying healthy oils, such as argan oil, to your hair and scalp can be way more helpful than you think. This will not only keep your hair looking good but it will strengthen it by making sure it is well hydrated and able to stand up to everyday stress. We wish you nothing but the best in your hair journey and hope you found these tips useful on your route to gorgeous hair!

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