Growing Out Your Hair for Your Wedding

These tips from SalonCapri's Nicholas Penna Jr. put you on the road to Rapunzel.

Photo courtesy of SalonCapri

Photo courtesy of SalonCapri

You’ve always loved your lob. But then this crazy engagement thing happened and now your “mane” concern is: can your hair grow out in time for the wedding?

Here, Nicholas Penna Jr., owner and lead stylist at SalonCapri in Boston, Newton, and Dedham, shares five ways to give your hair some extra length.

Reduce Your Routine and Pick the Perfect Brush

You know the drill: lather, rinse, repeat. However, cleansing hair too often can strip away the natural oils that keep it healthy. This translates to brittle hair that’s prone to breaking. Penna suggests reducing the number of times you shampoo to three to four times a week. In between shampoos, soak up oil with a light coat of dry shampoo on your roots. Penna recommends a boar hair bristle brush like one from Mason Pearson to distribute hair oils from root to tip for extra natural shine and conditioning.

Swap Out Silicone Shampoos

Silicone-based shampoos can make your hair ultra-shiny, but they can also prevent vital oils from accessing your strands. To boost your hair’s natural conditioning abilities, Penna suggests opting for a silicone-free shampoo such as Kérastase’s Bain Crystal line. It purifies roots, rebalances hair fibers, and leaves ends smooth and polished (even sans trim).

Ditch Your Dryer

To achieve ultra-long locks, you’ll need strong and healthy hair. But if you’re always reaching for the flat iron aprés-shower, you can damage your mane and cause breakage, so avoid using dryers or irons as much as possible. If you’re not ready to part from your tools, he suggests using Shu Uemura Art of Hair Fiber Lift to protect your strands from heat, humidity, and UV rays while also keeping hair full and soft.

Grow Hair from the Inside Out

Eating nutrient-packed meals, staying hydrated, and minimizing stress are all key for overall hair health and growth. Salmon, walnuts, sweet potatoes, eggs, and spinach are all known to help hair achieve lushness from the inside out. They keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.

Explore Extensions

If you’re dying for long hair, but can’t bear to wait for your locks to grow, hair extensions are an option. If you’re considering them, Penna recommends going to a salon for a consultation with a stylist who can match the color and texture of the extensions to your natural hair.

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