How to Grow Long Hair. As a Guy
So, this is how long my hair is for now.
Here’s a few tips. For more, look here
- Be sure this is something you want to do. Most guys who grow long hair start from a relatively short style, and hair grows at about half an inch per month (that’s six inches per year).
- Identify your hair type. There are many different types of hair, but for the purpose of this article they can be classed in 4 broad categories; straight, wavy, curly & frizzy. This step is important as it will affect how you care for your hair later down the line. If you don’t know what type of hair you have, ask your parents. Chances are you haven’t always had short hair, and they can remember what it was like before.
- Don’t cut your hair. Some people believe that trims help hair grow faster. This is false. Cutting your hair makes it shorter, not longer. If you cut it, you only prolong the awkward stage. Don’t cut it for fear of splits either, you won’t have to worry about them for a long time. Even when you get a couple they won’t go all the way to the root and stop growth as some think, and good hair care will minimize the amount you have.
- Develop good hair hygiene. Keep your hair clean, but remember that the natural oils in your hair help to strengthen it, so every once in a while, it’s okay to go without washing it.
- Wash your hair. The basic routine for a guy is to thoroughly wet your hair, shampoo all over, then thoroughly rinse the shampoo out. Conditioner is a must, but only use it on your ends or your hair will get greasy. Let it air dry, since the conventional way to dry your hair with a towel can often damage it! Go easy with a towel if you use one, and dab it dry. Using heated appliances such as blow dryers can dry out your hair and make it more susceptible to damage.
- Pay attention as your hair lengthens, its type (see above) will become more important. Straight hair is easy, but curly wavy & frizzy hair can be troublesome. If you’re growing out hair of this type, make sure you brush it as best you can, to avoid unruly tangles. This can be a lot more uncomfortable than you can imagine if you’ve never had an obstinate knot in your hair before.
- Notice that the longer your hair gets, the more you may need to tie it up to keep it out of your eyes. A good way to do this is a simple ponytail behind your head. The main downside of this is your hair needs to be at least medium length to do this. If it is, ask your mom, sister or a friend to show you how, it’s not as easy as it appears at first. Other ways to restrain your hair are bandannas, & beanie hats. When your hair gets long enough, you can use braids, pigtails, etc. to hold your hair back. These styles are not feminine. They are just hairstyles. Do not restrain your hair with rubber bands or barettes, they may damage your hair.
- Be patient. Hair takes time to grow, and until it gets to shoulder length or thereabouts it will look very crappy. There are no two ways about it. Please realize that for anything from a few months to a year and a half, you’ll look fairly silly with your half grown hair. But don’t be disheartened, the important thing to remember is to be a man about it, no matter how crummy your hair looks in this awkward period, think how sweet it’ll look when its done!
- There you have it, the manly way to grow hair!
P/s: I hope I can get it to shoulder length comes September.