Alyssa Tria
Alyssa Tria

The Hack That Made Growing Out My Hair Super Easy

To cut or not to cut my hair? I never thought I’d ask myself this question so soon—I’ve only had short hair for a little over a year—but I’ve recently been missing my long locks. So, after much convincing from my girlfriends, I’ve decided to grow out my asymmetrical bob. The only problem is, I totally underestimated how slow and awkward the growing-out process would be. Seriously, bad hair days are no joke.

But with the help of tons of discipline and a bit of inspo, I’ve been totally slaying it. As simple as it sounds, I’ve been parting my hair down the middle and styling it behind my ears. Inspired by Kylie Jenner, this hairdo is giving my hair life again. I really like how a middle part frames my face, and tucking the hair behind my ears gives the illusion of longer locks (from the front, of course).

This look isn’t new—I’ve rocked it before using bobby pins and hairspray. But I’ve recently discovered a much easier way to make it last throughout the day: the hair elastic. Yup, that’s it. Like other bad hair situations, leave it to the hair elastic to save the day.


Curious to know how I do it? Here’s how:

This look requires straight hair, and before straightening mine, I apply a few spritzes of Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector. Not only does this product protect my hair from the heat, but the argan oil in it enhances the shine. After straightening my strands, I then part my hair down the middle and secure the hold with TreSemmé Ultra Firm Control Gel. I apply it to my roots, focusing on the front parts.


With the middle part defined and secure, I clip my hair up and away from my face, leaving the two front parts loose. The next step is the fun part: I then grab the two parts to create a ponytail at the back of my head. This pulls the hair back to create a more secure and sleek hold. Then I let the rest of my hair down and just put in bobby pins where needed.


Can you see the ponytail? I didn’t think so. I love this trick because it’s the most surefire way to make this hairstyle last all day long. This look has really made this growing out process a lot more tolerable. I can’t wait to wear this do with my longer hair!