From Cropped to Cascading in 4 Perfect Steps
Maybe, a while ago, you craved a short hair style like Rihanna, P!nk, Halle Berry, or Alec Wek. You went to the beauty or barber shop and got your perfect snip, and have loved the hair cut ever since…until now. Now maybe you want a new look – something a bit longer and more luxurious. But transitioning from short to long hair can be a drag. What do you do to help your own hair grow out, yet quickly achieve more believable length in the meantime? Try hair extensions, or course…along with these 4 steps!
Step 1: Get A Good COVER Story
During the very first stages of your transition, your hair will be very short. So short, in fact, that many traditional weaving methods won’t work for you. Depending on the length of your hair, sew-in, bonded, and even fusion weaves simply won’t blend in without the shorter strands sticking out awkwardly. So your best bet is to try different full-lace, human-hair wigs to cover your short hair for the first 2 to 4 months.
This is because human hair grows at a rate of about 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month. So if you’re starting from a buzz cut or other super-short snip, you’ll need time to realize the 1 to 2 inches of hair needed to do most weaving techniques. In the meantime, take care of your hair under your wig: keep it clean, moisturized, and aired out with at least weekly shampoos and conditioning treatments, and always remember to wear your wig cap.
Step 2: Start Weaving
Once your mane is long enough to cornrow comfortably (as in, not too tightly) you can start to add hair pieces and hair extensions to create an in-between look. While you can go as long, colorful, or wild as you want, this is a great opportunity to create a style that people will actually think is your hair. A medium-length hair style that adds more hair at the back than the top or front can look like you grew it yourself. Simply get your sew-in, fusion, or clip-on hair extensions applied and then trimmed to the proper length.
The trick at this stage of growing your hair out is to treat the hair gently, so it will continue to flourish. Don’t leave your hair extensions in for too long, and make sure to get high-quality human hair that will look and feel natural.
Step 3: Go Long!
After 4 to 5 months of sporting your medium-length weave hair style, your locks should be ready for the big time. Your hair will probably be long enough to wear in a chin-length bob, if not longer, and you might be tempted to just ditch the hair extensions and rock your natural mane – but don’t do it!
Why not? Well, simply put, medium lengths are probably the most frustrating lengths to style. Outside of wearing a wrap or simple bob, your styling options can be limited, and maintenance is considerably more time-consuming. The temptation to go back to your short, easy-breezy hair cut can be enormous!
So if you want to truly go the extra mile and achieve your greatest mane lengths, fake it. Take this time (about 7 to 9 months into your overall grow-out process) to indulge yourself in hair extensions and even wigs about the same length as you’d like to grow naturally in the end. Wear it down the there, girl! Your coworkers and friends will have time to get used to the new style, and the whole transition will look completely natural.
As usual, get regular trims and try to avoid braids, sew-in weaves, or fusion extensions that are too tight, as this can pull hair and ruin all the hair growth you’ve worked for.
Step 4: Let it Flow!
After at least a year, you should have reached your desired length, or at least be very close to it. So what does that mean? Ditch the weaves! You’re ready to rock your own hair…and no one will know that that’s not what you’ve been doing the whole time. Simply maintain your hair as you always have – with a few hair care tips from our archives, if needed – and you’ll have onlookers amazed at the new you and new look that you have created.
Take care of yourselves,