Looking to grow out your hair for the tail-end of this work-year? Besides twiddling your thumbs in impatience as you wait for your follicles to flourish, there’s a lot you can do in the interim as you embark on the months-long road towards hair redemption.
Here are some pro pointers on how to ride out the “wave” of gawky in-between-ness when growing out your fringe, Korean-style:
1. Consider your face shape. If you have a heart-shaped face, you’re in luck, sweetheart: The transition period ought to be smooth sailing for you. Take it from an expert, who recommends that damsels with heart-shaped faces should ask for side-swept bangs even as they grow out their hair. “A longer fringe will help direct attention to your eyes and away from your pointier chin,” notes Ark Lin, creative director of Air Salon.
If you’re square-jawed, get your stylist to give you lots of soft, feathery layers around the ears to soften the hard planes of your face. Meanwhile, round or oval shapes should consider keeping length on top to add height and elongate your face. Easy-peasy!
2. Consider your hair texture and colour. Hair texture makes a ton of difference, so ask your stylist to tailor your cut to suit your hair type. Straight-to-wavy hair will require the least amount of styling and upkeep; simply rake a volumising mousse through the roots and you’re good to go.
On a related strand, Ark says that it’s probably best if you stick to a solid hue over your entire head, as this will make your bob pop. A good stylist should also be able to layer the sides and back so that your hair doesn’t pouf up on you even as you’re waiting for it to grow out.
3. Space out your appointments. The first cut is the deepest: As paradoxical as it may sound, you should prettify your post-pixie cut by trimming it regularly. “Growing out your hair is best done in stages,” advises Ark Lin, creative director of Air Salon. “Visit a trusted stylist at least once a month, then space your appointments out gradually.”
4. Break in your bob. To make the transition as painless as possible, Ark suggests snipping the sides and back to mould your fringe into a longish Korean-style bob – hey, you can even experiment with the Beyoncé wob while you’re at it! – then layer the bangs and strands around the ears at the four-month mark to create the illusion of sleeker, longer hair. Then, once the top has grown to a decent length, you can gradually space out your hair appointments.
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