Here’s a Simple Guide for Men Growing Out Long Hair

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Have you ever thought about how you would look like with long hair? Growing your hair out is not as easy as you might think. It requires a lot of dedication and time since hair grows very slowly. Don’t worry though, this simple guide for men growing out long hair below will help you guys out and will probably answer many questions you have. While taking hair growth supplements like Biotin, will help speed up growth, it alone is not enough to help you reach your goal of having awesome long hair like Chris Hemsworth from Thor.

Knowledge is power. So when it comes to growing out your long hair, there are certain things to do, and certain things to avoid. Be sure to revisit the blog each week for tons of great new information and tips on getting gorgeous long locks. One thing you should keep in mind is not everyone looks their best with long hair. But hey, you only live once (yeah I know it sounds cliché), and guys usually start balding or thinning around the age of 35, so you might as well give it a shot before it’s too late! The following are 8 steps to help you get a basic understanding of what to do while your growing out your hair. I will go into further detail in my other posts.

STEP 1 : Have Patience and Knowledge

Before you make your decision on whether or not you want to grow out your hair, you should understand that it takes a lot of patience. Most guys who decide they want long hair start growing from a relatively short style. You need to realize that hair grows at about one inch every two months. That equates to about six inches every year. You may be wondering, how long will it to get shoulder length hair and the answer is 16-20 months, depending upon on how fast your hair grows.  

STEP 2 : Don’t Cut Your Hair!

For some reason people believe that trimming up your hair speeds up hair growth. WRONG. Cutting you hair makes it shorter, plain and simple. The only way to have long hair is to stop cutting it. Trimming it up will only prolong the awkward stages.

On the other hand you should visit your barber or stylist about every six to eight weeks. Let them know that you are growing out your hair. MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR, I’ve heard a lot of people going in for a trim, walking out feeling devastated because their stylist or barber took too much off. Proper trims will keep your hair looking neat and healthy, but remember it will also take longer for you to get your final result.

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STEP 3 : Develop Good Hair Hygiene

Having good hair hygiene is extremely important. Everyone is different, so it’s important to identify your hair type (STEP 4). It’s important to wash your hair along with conditioning it. It’s okay to go without washing it every once in a while, as long as it doesn’t look real dirty or smell funky. Don’t over wash it though, remember that the natural oils in your hair and on you scalp help strengthen it. 

Wash your hair: The basic practice for a guy is to wet your hair entirely, shampoo all over, then thoroughly rinse the shampoo out (shampoo twice). Conditioner is a biggie, condition every time you wash your hair, but be careful; if you over-condition your hair, it can lead to really greasy hair and scalp. Let it air dry. Avoid drying it out with a towel, this can cause serious damage and split ends. It’s best to dab your hair with a towel then letting it air dry. Using heated appliances such as blow dryers can be very harmful if used incorrectly. Blow dryers can also dry out your hair making it more prone to damage and can sometimes result in split ends.

STEP 4 : Identify Your Hair Type

Knowing what type of hair you have is crucial for growing out your long hair. There are 4 different common types of hair; curly, straight, wavy, and frizzy. Identifying what kind of hair you have is important to knowing how to care for it during the growing process. Finding awesome hair products that fit your hair type can have a huge effect on establishing a particular style. There are countless brands and products out there so choosing one can be very overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to experiment with many different types of shampoos, conditioners, gels, and waxes. 

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STEP 5 : Make a Goal

What kind of style are you going for? How long do you want your hair? These are just a few simple questions you might be thinking about. It’s important to develop a goal while you’re growing out your hair because it gives you something to strive for and accomplish. When coming in for occasional trims at your salon, be sure to mention your ultimate goal to your stylist. They can help you out and even give you some useful tips. Yeah it’s going to take a while, and until you get to your goal you will probably get discouraged. Be sure to stay positive and stick to your goal. You will get there eventually!

Also if you’re just starting to growing your hair out, and you’re not sure which hairstyle you want to achieve; feel free take a look at some awesome hairstyles in the picture gallery.

STEP 6 : Observe Your Growth

Observe your hair as it grows and lengthens. Look out for split ends. Don’t know what split ends are? Check out our article titled, what causes split ends? Straight hair is easiest to care for, 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.

Again if you have straight hair, you’re considered very lucky. You don’t have to brush as much. Also note that sometimes it’s best to just run your fingers through your hair. This technique is actually a lot safer, especially if you’re worried about accidentally pulling out too much hair while brushing.

STEP 7 : Overcome The “Awkward Stage”

How can you overcome the “awkward stage”? As your hair grows you will experience many different stages where it’s kind of in between long or short and you just won’t know how to style it. You will get very frustrated. Remember, it’s only temporally, so don’t fret. Along with the “awkward stage” another problem might come into play which is: the longer your hair gets, the more likely it’s bound to get in the way of your eyes.

Some good ways to cover up your hair in between stages or to keep it out of your eyes are; beanies, bandanas, hats, headbands, and hairbands.  When your hair gets long enough, you can then simply just put it in a ponytail. Just be sure to avoid using rubber bands, because they will most likely damage your hair (stresses hair by pulling, which commonly results in breakage). Check out our article titled, mens hair accessories to help you mix up your hairstyle and keep hair out of your face. 

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STEP 8 : Be Patient!

Understand that hair takes a lot of time to grow, and until it gets really long (shoulder length) it will probably look bad. Understand that you will most likely go through “awkward stages” and will very feel discouraged at times. You’ll probably even feel like shaving your head some days. Deal with it, you’re a man remember? The main thing to keep in mind is your goal (STEP 5), and just how awesome it’ll look when you’re all done growing it out.

Growing your mane takes lots of time. Hair grows about half an inch per month and there’s really not too much you can do to speed up the process. Inevitably, you’ll also go through that phase where your hair is too short to do anything with. Consider getting  hair products or mens hair accessories to give yourself styling options and ultimately get you through that dreaded awkward stage.

If you have any questions please comment and we will get back to you within 24 hours. Thanks for visiting, and good luck!

23 Comments

  1. i just started growing my hair out a few montsh ago. im glad i found this, very good advice.

    • good luck mike! i hope you get through the dreaded “awkward stages” without too much stress

  2. I definitely feel lucky to have straight hair. Been growing out my hair since August 24 of last year and have made great progress. I plan on making it at least another year as well.

    • I agree, straight hair is easier to maintain. It’s easier to comb (less tangles) and you have more styling options.

      What is your length goal?

  3. also long hair works great if you have a long neck, as you can grow really long hair and have it look graceful – I have a long neck and I find having short hair just made me resemble a giraffe or a swan

    also noses can come into play – if you got a big or long nose wavey or curly hair looks best – more of a delicate or structured nose or flat and straight looks best 🙂

    if you want to learn more feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel!

    http://www.youtube.com/user/chronamut?sub_confirmation=1

    • Thanks for the tips Chronamut! You bring up some great points. Also thanks for reading!

  4. I am 64 years old,but lucky to have a very full and healthy head of hair. I keep it clean and conditioned,as well as neat. Fortunately,for some reason,my hair is NOT predominately gray,thus, I look much younger than my years. I was always in an occupation that did not lend itself to other than very modest long hair styles. Now that I have no such restrictions,I have let my hair grow out to shoulder length. My hair is very thick,but semi -straight,so it is really looking good. It has taken about a year and a half of uninterrupted growth,and having only very erose growth trimmed only when absolutely needed. I really enjoy it and plan to let it grow some more.

    • Good luck growing it out Charles! I hope you find some helpful tips from the blog.

      BTW You’re very lucky, I just pray I have hair when I reach my 60s! HAHA.

  5. I have a problem with my hair. I want to lengthen it but my hair (type) is too rigid. Now my head looks too huge because my hair is distended. Any suggestion?

    • THanks for reading Rohman! There are many different ways to approach this issue. You may want to consider getting your layered haircut to take out some of that volume. You could also get a undercut hairstyle. Lastly you could just slick it back or put it into a pony tail. Have you looked at any hair accessories for men?

      Also it helps to note that the longer your hair gets, the less it starts growing outward because gravity and weight takes over. Hope this helps!

  6. Question, I’m 64, gone grey and getting a bit thin at the front, but not too bad yet.. I’m considering letting my hair grow out somewhat, over the collar and combed back at the front, nothing too severe, but am concerned about a few things.. 1, am I fooling myself, and it’ll look daggy 2, the back of my head gets quite wavy compared to the front, will this be a problem 3, although I am quite fit, I still have that fuller face of a mature man… I sort of don’t worry about what others think but, need to keep it under control for my wife’s sake..
    Thanks!
    Interested in your thoughts

    • I say go for it Steve! At that age, many men don’t have much hair left. Consider yourself lucky.

      You’ll never know until you try. I wonder how many guys live their life without ever growing hair out to just see how it looks. Sure it may not be the best look for you but, I’d say it’s worth giving a shot.

      Also, thanks for reading! I’ll be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

  7. Hi guys..
    I am having a lot of problem of dandruff since growing my hair long…
    What i can do to stop the dandruff?please i really need help…

    • Thanks for reading Hitesh! How often are you washing your hair? It could be that your current shampoo doesnt jive with your scalp. You may want to look into Nizorla AntiDandruff shampoo. It has worked for me in the past.

      You could also try risning your hair/scalp with apple cider vinegar.

      Let me know how it goes. Hope this helps!

  8. A very helpful guide. I’ll have to wait, but I’m a patient person.
    Thanks! 🙂

  9. I started growing my hair about 4 months ago, slow process but I’ve always wanted to see what it looks like long. Only problem is I have straight hair but it seems to be really thin, not like balding thin but thin in volume. Will this change as it gets longer or is it a losing battle already? Thanks great article too.

    • Hey Sheldon, thanks for reading!

      There are some great ways to make your hair appear thicker and fuller than it is. For instance you could you add volumizing mouse, beach/salt spray. Even in some cases in may be good to take supplements such as biotin & Pantogar.

      You gave me a great idea for a blog post… be on the look out for a new post for making your hair appear thicker and fuller.

      Thanks!

  10. So I’m starting to grow my hair and when it grows it gets really curly I want to actually grow my hair long what can I do to make it long even with the curls but from time to time straighten it so it does not curl up?

  11. He Paolo,
    I liked that point of “Having Patience”. So in this fast world everyone wants quick solutions, but hair takes its own time to grow. Amazing tips. Thanks! 🙂

  12. Hey. So i just started college and I decided to grow out my hair until it is long enough to donate it. I have wavy hair but i habe always styled it forwards and its getting kind of hard to keep my hair looking good. It tends to become a messy hair style. Which I dont exactly mind. But how long would it take to grow it enough to donate? I have been growing it from a close shave for 8 months.

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