I've been far more content with my hair since growing out my "lob" and although a lot of people are currently all aboard the shorter hair band wagon and say they prefer my hair shorter, I couldn't be happier. This hasn't been my first time of growing out a shorter cut, so I thought I'd jot down a few tips on how I approach growing my hair...
A GOOD DEFENCE: In my eyes your hair isn't something that you can repair too much once major damage has been done. You can use products to make it as smooth and manageable as possible, but once you've damaged it you'll never be able to truly re-wind and start over without a major chop! Because of this my number one priority is using a heat protectant on my hair, and making sure it doesn't get too mangled by everyday wear and tear. I very rarely have breakage on my ends despite having incredibly fine hair and I always put it down to my religious use of heat protectant and being kind to my hair.
BE PATIENT: I was told numerous times when I was growing my hair that it would get to a certain point and just stop growing. If only they could see me now! There is a point in growing out a cut where it seems like nothing it happening but your hair will grow! Even if we got all scientific and talked HAIR CYCLES - which range from 2 - 6 years - you would still be able to grow out a long bob as it generally takes around 12/18 months for most people dependant on genetics, environmental factors and of course, how long you want your hair. So as long as your patient and look after it you will get there - you might never be Rapunzel, but your hair will grow.
BACK TO BASICS: If you're looking to grow healthy long hair it may be worth altering your diet slightly. I often go through stages of long term healthy eating and then un-doing it all (not ideal, I know) and I always notice that my hair begins to grow much quicker after a month or two of healthy eating. Lots of veggies, fish and eggs have made a huge difference for me, and if nothing else you're doing your body a favour so there's nothing to lose!
Obviously these are just my tips based on personal experience. This is definitely not one of those "if you're not doing this it won't happen" types of posts because hair always grows regardless, but sometimes just being reminded of a few little basics can lend a helping hand!