Wondering how to grow out your hair as a fella? There are some smart and strategic moves you can make to help your hair grow faster, stronger, and fuller. If you are dreaming of a gentlemanly man bun, or a wild mane, but aren’t sure how to get there -- we’ve got you covered.
Keep reading for the best tips on growing out your hair as a man.
Well, guys, it doesn’t come quickly.
On average, hair grows about a ½ inch per month. So, starting from a short haircut, it will take around 8 months to have tousling length hair, around 4 inches.
Hair tends to grow a little unevenly because of varying growth rates, so you might see more growth in one area than another. (More on that later.)
So you want that Jason Momoa flowing locks look -- we respect that. 12 inches is a considerable length so it may take a good while.
If it takes a month to grow half an inch, it will take around 2 years to grow 12 inches of hair. That’s considering that your hair is healthy and able to grow that long. (Some hair has a ‘terminal length’ and it doesn’t grow any longer than that.)
Let’s talk about some practical tips for growing and maintaining your growing-out hair. You could just set it and forget it, allowing the chips to fall where they may -- but you could be a bit more strategic and focus on getting healthy, thick, and luscious locks.
Here are 7 tips for you guys growing out your hair.
Scalp stimulating massages can be a game-changer when it comes to growing out your hair. It only takes a few minutes a day and studies have shown that it can significantly thicken your hair and encourage new growth.
2-minute scalp massages a day is all it takes to support your hair follicles as they grow your hair long and strong.
At first, growing out your hair is going to feel and look a bit awkward. There are no two ways about it. But, stick with it. Once you have gained a bit of length, take a trip to the barber and ask for a cut for growing hair out. This will give your hair some body and shape without taking off too much of your length.
Also, before your first trim (after a few months), hats or styling pomade may become your best friend.
When you go in for a trim, it’s a good idea to get a trim that is shorter on the sides and longer on top. This is called an “in-between, head start cut.”
It’s recommended that you grow hair on top of your head to around 4 inches before growing out your sides. This is because the hair on the top of your head grows slower than the hair on the sides.
(Depending on your current length, it takes around 8 months to grow 4 inches.)
If you’re transitioning from shorter cuts to long hair, the first thing you need to adopt is a great conditioning routine. With short hair, scalp oil doesn’t have to travel very far in order to keep your hair nourished and happy. But, when you start growing your hair out, you’ll need more moisture -- especially at the ends.
After you’ve grown your hair out some, a little leave-in-conditioner is a must. And a little goes a long way. Apply to damp hair right out of the shower to keep your hair healthy and moisturized.
If your hair is wavy or curly, you might need to try deep conditioning once a week.
I know it seems counterproductive, but getting split end trims every 8 to 12 weeks can really help when growing out your hair.
We all get split ends, but we don’t have to allow that ‘split end’ to wreck the rest of the strand.
Split ends = hair breakage. Breakage causes a weakness in the hair shaft. Starting at the very bottom, these split ends eventually creep up higher and higher, making the whole strand weak and looking dull. Getting regular trims will stop that from happening, keeping your locks super healthy and strong.
You can support hair growth by making sure you are getting some important nutrients in your daily diet or supplementation.
For healthy hair growth, focus on getting vitamins A, C, D, E, biotin, B12, iron, and zinc.
Hair products like hair dryers, round brushes, gel, hair masks, and scalp treatments are not just made for your girlfriend believe it or not. Men should, and often do, use all kinds of hair products to keep their hair looking its best.
When growing out your hair check out products like texturizing spray, pomades, hair oils, hair ties, hair bands, and scalp brushes.
Also, don’t feel like you can only choose male-centric brands of hair products. We all have the same hair after all. Use what works.
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