Long hair has been a staple element of many a beauty standard throughout history. However, we in the 21st century reject stereotypes in favor of expressing our individuality. Therefore, whether you want to wear your hair long, short, or anywhere in between depends completely on your personal preference. You will look stunning regardless of how long you grow your hair. (Image Credit: Wayhomestudio/Freepik)
But if having a long mane appeals to your very soul, growing out your tresses is the way to go. Just be sure you know what you are getting into before you set yourself on this path. Also, consider the following to make sure you avoid disappointments down the line.
You might not be able to grow out the hairstyle you want
Unfortunately, it’s the truth. Modern hair treatments and products can do a lot, but they aren’t all-powerful. And studies prove that your genes affect hair growth greatly. Therefore, while you can dream of a long thick mane of luscious hair, your very body might oppose you. Your hair might be too thin, you might be prone to hair loss, and the speed of hair growth might be too slow.
Therefore, if you are determined to grow it out, it’s best to consult an expert first. Start with the stylist, but you might need to consult a medical professional as well. They will be able to determine your hair type and any conditions you might have. Therefore, they will help you devise the most efficient hair growth program.
But even with that, be aware that some hairstyles might be beyond you. However, this doesn’t mean you should despair. Look at Kim Kardashian and other celebrities who are rocking fabulous locks without them being 100% natural. You can do that too. In fact, you should have a long hair “test run” before you commit.
Try out extensions to get a “feel” for long hair
Using hair extensions should be on your list of things to do before growing out your hair. This simple tool will allow you to see how you will actually look with the style you want. But bear in mind that extensions add volume as well as length. Therefore, if your natural hair is thin, you won’t get a fully realistic look.
However, the most important thing is that extensions will give you some idea of what it feels like to have long hair. The easiest way to get this kind of “test run” is to use 24 halo hair extensions. The halo type is easy to manage on your own, so you won’t have to spend extra cash on applying the extensions in a salon. It’s also a very safe type, so you won’t damage your natural locks. Finally, it looks very realistic and requires little special care.
Wear these extensions for a few hours or a few days, depending on the type you choose. Get to feel the weight of hair as well as see how you can manage when your locks are long and try to get everywhere.
If you enjoy it, go right ahead and grow your hair! In the meantime, you can keep using extensions to have the style you dream of right now. But be sure to use expert advice on how to reuse your extensions or get them put in by a professional.
Long hair can be expensive
Do not forget that caring for and styling long hair can be quite expensive. First of all, if you color your locks or get any hair treatment like a perm or keratin straightening, the cost will skyrocket. The longer your hair is, the more product you’ll need. Also, the cost of the stylist’s work alone might increase. That’s because it’s more difficult to keep these treatments distributed evenly on long locks. So, overall, the cost of such salon visits will certainly grow.
On the other hand, if you embrace the natural look of your hair, you might actually save on salon visits. Long hair won’t require frequent trims. That’s a definite plus right now when a threat of another wave of lockdowns seems imminent.
Another consideration is the cost of your haircare products. Obviously, you’ll need to use a lot more of those if your hair is long. And don’t forget any extras you might need to help it become healthier so it can grow out in the first place.
Therefore, think about your budget and be realistic about whether you can afford to grow out your hair right now.