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Ever want to grow out your hair but you never had the nerve to go through with it? Just a few short years ago, only a certain type of man would be caught with long hair or an epic beard. These days, not so much. Long hair and long beards are as popular as they’ve ever been. And now that more people are receptive to them, you’re less likely to be judged for having either. What a time to be a man!
How to Grow Out Your Hair and Look Good Doing It
If you’ve been thinking about growing your hair out, there’s no better time than now to start. You’d be surprised how easy it is to pull off the long hair look.
Here are some things you need to know before you get started growing out that lion’s mane.
1. Shape your hair up
You could just let your hair start growing on its own without any styling whatsoever, but it’s probably not going to look nice. Imagine how you’re going to look if your hair grows faster on the back and sides of your head instead of the top. That would mean that you’re wearing a mullet, and that’s never a good idea.
So, how do you stop from growing out the infamous ‘80s mullet? Keeping your back and sides a little shorter than your top – just for a little bit. Once your hair on top has gained a few extra inches on the rest, you can stop having your hair trimmed and let nature take its course.
2. Get used to some friendly banter
Your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and pretty much anyone else that’s a decade older than you will probably tease you a little bit for your long hair. Don’t take it personally. They come from a time where it wasn’t as acceptable for men to grow out their hair.
3. Be gentle with your hair
You know what long hair’s worst enemy is? Your rough behavior. Constantly brushing and rubbing your hair, as well as drying it roughly with a towel, will weaken your hair over time and cause strands to break away. Also, if you’re going to pull your hair back, use proper hair ties only. Tying your hair with a rubber band is a recipe for disaster – your hair will break.
4. Think twice about those high-tension hairstyles
Are you growing your hair out so that you can wear braids, dreadlocks, or a man bun? You might want to reconsider, because hairstyles that pull your hair can cause baldness over time. It’s called traction alopecia and it can cause irreversible damage to your hair follicles.
The best way to prevent traction alopecia from affecting you is to stay away from high-tension hairstyles. But if you’re set on wearing your hair in a certain way that pulls it back, wear it as loose as possible. If styling your hair hurts then you’re creating too much tension and your hairstyle could cause hair loss (traction alopecia).
5. Shampoo your hair but don't forget conditioner
Shampooing your hair is obviously a good idea. It keeps your hair grease free, can get rid of sebum build up, and keeps you smelling fresh. However, when used too much, shampoo can cause your hair to dry out and become damaged. Typically, shampooing once a day after you workout is a good frequency.
Consider using a good conditioner as well. Not only will conditioner give your hair a radiant glow and a silky smooth texture, it’s also filled with valuable nutrients needed to maintain strong hair and a healthy scalp.
6. Always keep a hair tie handy
Once your hair becomes officially long, it also becomes more of an annoyance. Unless you enjoy brushing your hair away from your eyes every time you turn your head, you’ll want to be able to pull it back for those times when you’ve had enough with your hair. You can use a headband if you want (think professional soccer player) or you can tie it back with an elastic hair tie. Just remember not to pull your hair too tight.
Let it Grow
Now that you know a little bit about how to grow your hair out, you’re ready to give it a try. Virtually any guy can pull off the long hair look provided they stay away from two no-nos: the mullet and the moussed-up ‘80s rock star.