Vivacious, Bodacious Tresses

Laura Cofrancesco


Yeah, I know. You've been trying to grow your hair out since forever ago! It takes so much patience for your locks to get to braid-able lengths. I know, because I (stupidly) chopped all of mine off one summer. I'm blaming Ashley Benson, because she had the cutest wavy bob in Pretty Little Liars. It's all her fault I wanted her hair! My mane had been almost down to my belly button, but I decided to take the plunge. At first it wasn't so bad. I used less shampoo and it didn't take forever to style in the morning. But then I saw so many cute styles that I wanted to try but couldn't, because I practically had a buzz-cut. Just kidding, it was cut a little bit above my shoulders. But still, any type of braid was undo-able and curls would fall out. I couldn't even wear a ponytail to the gym; it just looked like a little scrub brush which fell out within three minutes of jogging! So I had no other choice other than to... let it grow out.

Guys will never understand how annoying it is to wait for your hair to get to the perfect length. It took two years of battling with hair ties, pining over luscious Instagram hair, and patience for my hair to grow to a decent length. It was not easy.

Want to get the healthiest, longest hair possible? It won't be easy or quick, but it's a start to your hair journey. Waterfall braids, here we come!

  • I know it's hard, especially if you don't have the best hair, but please try not to use hot tools! The less, the better. I was lucky my hair looked halfway decent air dried. Even now that my hair is long, I barely ever touch it with heat, and it truly makes a difference. The more you use heat, the more split ends you get (even with protecting spray), and the more split ends, the more your hair falls apart which means more haircuts. Do you get where this is going? If you really must, style your hair with a blow dryer only, and try to use it on the cool setting. You can straighten or curl with the right brush and a blow dryer.
  • If you follow the no heat rule, you shouldn't need to get a haircut very often! Normally you should get a trim every six to eight weeks, however, if you don't use heat and your hair is in pretty good shape, you can go eight to twelve weeks. It honestly depends on how many split ends you have.
  • SPLIT ENDS: Many people don't know how bad these really are for your hair. Never ever ever (please pinky promise me) EVER pick or pull apart split ends! (Tell me I'm not the only one who enjoys the thrill of hunting and attacking split ends.) But resist the urge, because the split end will travel higher up and your hair will break and become really thin at the bottom.
  • Whenever your hair gets to a braid-able length, do it. I don't know if it actually works, but I heard braiding helps your hair grow. It's worth a shot, right? Also, after you shower at night and while your hair is still wet, braid it then as well. When you wake up in the morning take it out and you'll have pretty no-heat beach waves!
  • Make sure your hair is extra moisturized! Use sulfate free shampoo ( it won't strip your hair of its natural oils), argan oil, and hair masks once a week.
  • How often are you washing your hair? It's bad to cleanse it every day; once again, you're stripping your hair of its natural oils. Try to go every other day or longer without washing. If you tend to get greasy roots like me, dry shampoo will save your life!
  • Extensions are another good option while you're waiting for some length. Make sure you take them to a professional hairdresser so he or she can blend them in with your natural hair.
  • Sit back, log on to Pinterest, and start pinning your favorite hair styles. Before you know it, you'll have luscious Rapunzel locks.

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