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How to stay motivated when growing your hair long

/ 10.22.2014
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  • Looking at this model's mane will probably help...
  • Blake Lively with tousled waves
  • Long, messy hair
  • Hollywood waves with a wet look sheen
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  • Doutzen Kroes with sleek, straight hair
  • Julianne Moore with tumbling waves
  • Master the DIY blowout!
  • Tousled fishtail

Growing your hair can be a long and frustrating experience, whether you're patiently working towards Rapunzel-esque tresses or simply moving away from a short cut. So, how do you stay motivated?

Looking at inspirational photos is a good place to start. We've put together a gallery to help remind you just why you started this process in the first place...

Make the most of what you've got

While your locks are slowly snaking their way into something long and lovely, take the time to style them so they always look their best.

Playing around with varied styles like curls, waves and different parts will change up your look so you won't get bored looking at the same 'do that's growing at a snail's pace.

Go sleek

Distract yourself from the length issue with something shiny! Think like a magpie and make the hair you have look as glossy as possible. In the short term, apply L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray to smooth down your tresses and add shine.

For longer-lasting shine, get into the habit of keeping your hair well nourished and hydrated - this will keep it healthy which will reduce breakage which, in turn, will help you keep as much length as possible! So maybe it isn't so distracting after all...

Practice some updos

One of the myriad reasons for growing your hair long is that you can do just about any and every updo with it. Once you hit mid-length territory, start practicing French twists, braided crowns and vintage beehives to hone your skills and make sure you keep your eyes on the prize!

Just don't forget to finish each and every style with a generous mist of Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray for long-lasting hold.

After that, you should probably go back to looking at the long hair photos again...

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