How To Grow Your Hair Out: 6 Tips For Long, Healthy Strands, From Experts

For those with textured or natural hair, you might want to rely on protective styles, especially as you begin the journey from short to long. As Branch has previously told us about hair growth: “Protective hairstyles are wonderful for growing hair out, transitioning between two different hair textures (i.e., textured versus straightened), minimizing the daily hair routine, covering the ends of hair, and safeguarding natural hair against harsh seasonal elements and damaging environmental factors.” 

Think box braids, flat twists, jumbo cornrows, and so much more; just remember to switch out the braids every two to three weeks (this prevents hair breakage, says Branch) and make sure they aren’t pulled too tightly—chronic too-tight hairstyles can lead to traction alopecia, a medical condition that causes hair loss.