Post # 1
I haven’t cut my hair in probably two years, maybe a year and a half. It came down to well below my waist- a little longer and I could have sat on it. Today I went in to get the dead ends trimmed and she took 8" or more off the length! Now it comes to below my shoulder blades.
I am horrified. I still have eight months until my wedding so I should be able to grow at least three or four inches back, right? I am so upset. I want to do really long spiral curls, and I have thick wavy hair so it would have worked. Now if I did spiral curls it would only fall to a few inches below my shoulders, which I did not want.
I know its no use crying over spilled milk, but is there any way to make my hair grow faster?
Post # 3
Hair grows at a pretty consistant rate. People will tell you vitamins or minerals will make it grow faster, but I am pretty sure there is no medical evidence to support those claims. Hair extensions are a good option.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
I agree with Niki about the supplements. On average, hair grows at a rate of ~.5"/month. If you find that your hair isn’t long enough for your liking, extensions are one way to go.
Post # 5
It just pisses me off so much- I have spent a fortune on conditioner for the last year just so that I wouldn’t have to wear anything like hair extensions. Those are not for me. I know there is nothing you can do to make it grow faster, and I guess I will be able to get at least four inches back by the wedding, but its still very depressing.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
I’ve had a couple of hack jobs in my life… so I know how you feel. (Ugh, writing this post reminds me of the worst one… "long layers" translated into 4", 10" and 15" lengths. I was mortified. (I ended up cutting it all short and loved it.)
Have you found your dress yet? I know you always envisioned ultra long, spiral curls. Perhaps your dress lends itself better to a different style.
Feel better soon!
Post # 7
Calm down, take a breath, you have 8 months and that’s plenty of time to have great hair again. With good hair care and regular trims (just take the dead ends off – so like less than an inch), you should have the tresses you love again. I always hate my hair right after it’s cut, even when it’s exactly what I asked for. It take s a few days for my hair to kind of "grow back into itself". My last hair cut in March I thought I had destroyed my hair with the cut (I also wanted the long curls) and when she finished (did not listen to me), I couldn’t even put all of it into a pony tail. Two months later, i have plenty of hair again and from now until the wedding, I’ll be following my own advice above to make sure my hair is plenty long enough for what I want. Who knows, in a few days, maybe you’ll love you hair again and decide you like the short-do.
Post # 8
I’m so sorry this happened! I think we’ve all had a bad haircut (or two), so we can definitely relate. I do think that 8 months gives you plenty of time to grow back a few inches before the big day. Like Crafty says, I think hair usually grows around 1/2 inch/month, so that should give you a little more length.
Post # 9
I am so sorry for the hack job. This is one reason I am paranoid about getting my hair cut. They always want to cut it. Don’t get me wrong, love the salon, but shorter hair requires more frequent hair cuts and a few us are tired of these haircuts turnng into hack jobs. Split ends are one thing but for them to decide to cut your hair so short is probably because they think it will look better, sadly it’s not really up to them. With hair as long as yours was, I’d suggest cutting it yourself, just trimming the ends or finding a really great salon that has someone willing to work with long hair.
Hair does grow about .5 inches a month. My growth slows way down in the winter but really picks up in the summer. So, I am going to be optimistic and say that you can recover some lost inchs. However, you will either have to find someone that is willing to just trim, a dusting of the split ends, if you even have them. If you are using great products and not drying or curling your hair on a regular basis you should have some pretty healthy hair.
Take extra great care of the remaining hair andpop a vitamin, it can’t hurt. Plus, the extra nutrients during the wedding planning process are probably a great idea.
Perhaps this is a good opportunity to teach the FH how to do trims?
You could trade him a shave for a trim?
Post # 10
Eek, what a shock to get that much trimmed off! I would give your hair a few days to recover before you pass final judgment on it at this length. I had a friend in college who had hair like you describe (could almost sit on it) and she got it cut to around her shoulder blades too. It was a lot shorter for her–but her hair was still really long compared to most people’s! It made her hair look so much healthier. She also started wearing it down more, whereas when it was longer she wore it in a braid or a bun almost all the time. You will have lots of time to get a few more inches of length on your hair before the wedding. Hopefully this cut will be a jump start for you to have some gorgeous healthy hair.
Post # 11
Deep breaths! My friend cut off all her hair (that was probably just a little shorter than yours) in December last year for Locks of Love the day after she got engaged (she had been planning to do it for a looong time and the proposal was of course a surprise). She got married in August and her hair grew out plenty just in time.
Post # 12
I had someone make the SAME mistake! "Trim the split ends" means "Eight inches" in some weird hair dresser language! I would just minimize producing new split ends, take some prenatal vitamins to encourage growth, and also use a great detangler. (I recommend Cowboy Magic.) You’ll gain back about four inches between now and then, and you wouldn’t be nearly as upset about losing four inches as you are now about the eight. I think it will end up working perfectly for you in the long run. Good luck!
Post # 13
How did your hair stylist confuse that?!?!?!? Every stylist i’ve EVER had shows me my ends and goes "is that ok?"
That being said, my hair was barely shoulder length last May. Now it’s down to my bra strap, and I’ve had one 1/2" trim, so fear not!
You can always have some fake hair added in if you’re just that distraught over it in 8 months. You’ll be surrpised how long your hair looks in 8 months. Gotta keep it in tip top shape so you don’t get split ends though. Yes, more $$ on conditioner. I hope you raised a big fat stink at the salon.
In fact….if you told them a "trim" and they took off 8", you should march yourself back in there and DEMAND that they do your extensions for you…for free, naturally
Post # 14
I am not saying that anyone is right or wrong here. Just playing devils advacate…. But since your hair was so long, maybe that is the length she had to cut to get rid of the unhealthy hair.. I know the longer my hair is the more in length gets trimed becuase of dead/split ends.
But it sucks that it had to be that much and it was such a shock. If you want it longer and it doesnt grow out in time, get some extensions underneath for the curls…
Post # 15
Not to worry… Your hair grows on average 1/2 every month/2 months depending on the person.
You will for sure have a beautiful style on your wedding day!!
Post # 16
I agree with kdlowery. It probably is amazingly healthy now and will grow back even stronger for the wedding. It may seem like a lot to you, but below the shoulder blades is really long for most people, so your ringlets will look long as well. It will be beautiful.