Whether we’re talkin’ Mel Gibson in Braveheart length (Freeeedom!) or Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born length, long locks on a man is one of the original power moves. Despite the fact that long, flowing hair is routinely associated with femininity, there’s also something so distinctly masculine and edgy about rocking long hair. It signals an IDGAF attitude coupled with a back-of-a-bike cool vibe, and it’s definitely something every man should try at least once because, well, the spicy senoritas love it!
If you’re cursed with a slow-growing scalp, you may feel banished to the close-clipped cut forever, but fear not! We’re here to help you cruise through the awkward stages so you’re left with long, luscious strands that you can cut or comb into the perfect ’do. Here are some of our favorite tips for men who want to grow their hair out.
- Wait out the Awkward Phases—Rule No. 1 of growing your hair out is this: be patient! You will inevitably go through a few awkward phases wherein your hair looks a little off, but waiting out the in-between phases will be well worth it in the end. One of the best ways to lessen the blow of these awkward lengths is to learn how to properly style your hair. Rocking slick-backs, buns and messy ’dos can help you love your hair even when it’s not at your ideal length quite yet. Make sure to stock up on some good styling products, like hair styling clay or hair paste, so you always have the tools you need for a stylish, attractive cut. And, whatever you do, RESIST THE URGE TO CUT.
- Stimulate the Scalp—At the end of the day, how fast your hair grows comes down to the health of your scalp. The scalp is home to your hair’s follicles, which is where new growth occurs. If your hair follicles aren’t properly stimulated or don’t receive enough nutrients, growth will be minimal. Stimulation is key to a happy scalp!
- Wash your scalp. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it’s best to wash your scalp rather than just the length of your hair only. Washing the scalp stimulates it and prevents the rest of your hair from becoming dull and coarse.
- Use stimulating shampoo. Choose a shampoo that’s going to enliven and stimulate the scalp for best results. We recommend using our tea tree shampoo for dandruff to keep the scalp healthy and flake-free. The pleasant tingle from the menthol wakes your scalp right up!
- Give yourself a scalp massage. Scalp massages aren’t just indulgent. They’re also necessary to hair health as they provide light exfoliation. Give your scalp a regular rubdown with a scalp massage brush and your favorite shampoo.
- Conditioner is Key—You don’t want to risk drying out those long, strong strands. Make sure you use a hydrating conditioner several times per week to ensure that moisture gets locked in at every stage of the game. Long hair is great and all, but it has a tendency to look extra-greasy, even if it’s actually pretty dry, so we recommend using a conditioner that won’t cause that greasy look.
- Get a Haircut—It sounds crazy and counterintuitive, but one of the best things you can do to keep the strands growing long and strong is to get regular hair trims. Though trims won’t ACTUALLY make your hair grow, they do eliminate split ends and prevent premature breakage, which can cause your hair to look shorter and prevent them from growing to their full potential. When your goal is to grow fast, stop by the barber once every two or three months for a trim. Consider starting long on top and short on the sides to ease into long hair. Make sure you change up the products use you use with different hairstyles and lengths to ensure that your hair looks deliberately styled even during those weird phases.
- Eat Right—You are what you eat, and that definitely goes for your hair. In order to produce long, healthy strands of hair, your scalp needs nutrients. Because hair needs protein and biotin to grow—in fact, hair follicles are mainly made of protein—foods rich in these compounds are thought to promote faster hair growth. Essential vitamins, fatty acids and minerals are also necessary for the hair-growing process. Fill your diet with eggs, fish, avocados, seeds and fruit to feed your hair all the stuff it needs to thrive.
Love Your Length
A man bun, a high-fade, a shoulder-length grunge cut—no matter your hair vision, some extra length helps you get there faster. Make sure you’re taking great care of your hair with top-notch men’s hair products and watch your locks grow long and strong right before your eyes.