How Kaley Cuoco Bypassed the Awkward Stages in Growing Out Her Hair

Kaley Cuoco’s hair journey from lob to pixie and back again has been, for lack of a better word, a perfect ten. We’ve always been intrigued by how she made the transition between lengths so seamless because—and we’ve got the Instagram posts to back it up. Cuoco hasn’t had an awkward hair growing out stage in years. For most women, the hair-growing-out process is like going through puberty—all awkward stages and strange occurrences you just have to get past. Not so with Cuoco. Hers has morphed quite gracefully since its shortest point in January of 2015. So we turned to her hairstylist Christine Symonds to find out the secret.

Her strategy: “The trick to growing out Kaley’s pixie has been trimming the back of her hair every so often to let the front and sides catch up,” she explains. You can see the progression happen in front of your eyes in the pictures below. But the real secret? “To mask a lot of the awkward lengths and stages, we would give Kaley’s hair a ton of texture with the help of products like a texturing mist and Kenra Platinum Dry Texture Spray.”

That where she hooked us—it’s not that Cuoco never had the strange phases, it’s just that Symonds distracted from the wonkiness by giving her messy, bedhead-y texture. This is a crucial piece of information for anyone struggling in an in-between place. When you hit a bump in the growing-out road, grab some texturizer and a curling iron and add a bit of bend and movement. It’s like camouflage for bad hair days.

See if you can spot the awkward stages behind the gorgeous bedhead texture in the photo timeline below—spoiler alert: you can’t.

January 2015, at its shortest point:

kaley cuoco short hair stage 1

A bit longer on top less than a month later:

kaley cuoco grow out phase 2

By summer, some longer pieces emerged around her face:

kaley cuoco phase 3 pink hair

Evidence of the front pieces catching up to the length of the back pieces in the fall:

kaley cuoco hair phase 4

Her bedhead bob as seen at the ’16 People’s Choice Awards:

kaley cuoco peoples choice awards haircut

A slightly more collarbone-grazing version of her bob at the ’16 Grammy Awards, just three months later:

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PHOTO: Steve Granitz

Cuoco rang in January 2017 with her longest look of the past two years:

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Fast forward to late 2017 and Cuoco’s most recent look: a full-on shoulder-skimming lob:

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PHOTO: Jeffrey Mayer

Even though Cuoco’s hair is now that just past the shoulders, hardly awkward even if you trim off a few inches length so loved by Pinterest enthusiasts and celebs, the same styling tips still apply: You can trick anyone into thinking your hair is exactly the length you’ve always wanted with the right texture spray and a few rounds with a curling iron.

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