If you've ever tried to grow out your hair, then you'll know the entire process is just that: a huge process. Last August, after 10 years of having various shorter hairstyles, I decided to switch it up and let my hair grow out. Now, I'm not sure just how long I'll go, but I can say with great certainty that Rapunzel-like proportions are not in my future. It's been almost five months since I began the painstaking process, so to see how it's gone so far, just keep reading.

  • Hey shorty: Hair grows about a half of an inch every month, so according to that guideline, I should have about two and one-half more inches of hair. That seems (and feels) about right.
  • Top heavy: My stylist has informed me that the hardest part of all of this is getting the top, exterior layers to grow out gracefully. Right now, these layers are driving me bonkers, are feeling really heavy, and are starting to look mushroom-like. And that is why I thank you, inventor of the bobby pin.
  • Maintenance: While I suppose I could take more vitamins, eat more protein, and even massage my scalp more often, so far, I have done nothing outside of the norm to assist with growth.
  • Stay away: When I first asked my stylist about our growing-out-the-hair game plan, she quipped, "Stay away from me." She was right. I am used to frequent trips (as in every six to eight weeks) to the salon to keep my short crop in check, but now I stop in every eight to 10 weeks for slight cleanups around the front hairline and neckline in order to prevent the mullet from happening. True haircuts are few and far between.

Have you ever grown out a super short hairstyle? Have any questions about the process? Let me know in the comments, and stay tuned for more updates in the future. Oh, and be sure to check out my progress so far below: