The shaggy mullets of ‘80s rockstars may make it seem like long hair for men is a blast from the past. Flash forward to 2019, many men are opting to ditch their short fades and tapered cuts for longer locks. Achieving down-to-there hair isn’t a quick process. After all, hair only grows about half an inch per month.
If you’re wondering how to grow your hair out, you’ve come to the right place! Keep scrolling for the tips and tricks you need to take your mane to new lengths.
Maintain a haircut schedule.It might seem counterintuitive, but getting rid of split ends is one of the best ways to ensure that your mane stays healthy on your hair growth journey. We recommend visiting your barber every four to six weeks to eliminate any split ends, breakage, or damage.
Shampoo less often.You know the old saying “less is more”? That also applies to how frequently you’re shampooing. Cleansing your hair every day may strip away your scalp’s natural oils that keep your mane healthy and moisturized.
If you’re dealing with hair that gets greasy quickly, begin by shampooing every other day. If that goes well, see if you can stretch it out to two to three times a week.
Don’t skip conditioner.Shampoo isn’t an everyday necessity, but conditioner will be an essential part of your daily routine to keep your strands hydrated and strong. We recommend a nutrient-rich conditioner for men like the Baxter Of California Daily Moisturizing Conditioner.
Cut back on heat styling.
Consistent heat styling can wreak havoc on the look and feel of your locks so if you’re growing out your mane, it might be time to ditch your hair dryer. If achieving longer hair is your ultimate goal, we recommend giving your strands a breather from hot tools. When in doubt, opt for air dry products to enhance your natural texture.
Switch up your styling products.
If you’re used to styling short hair, you’re probably staring at a cabinet full of hair gels, pomades, and waxes as you’re reading this. Switch out your heavier products for lightweight formulas like creams and lotions that won’t weigh long hair down. We love the Redken Brews Finishing Cream for creating men’s hairstyles with a natural, mild hold.
Maintain a healthy diet.When it comes to achieving long hair, the hair products you use are just the beginning. A nutrient-rich diet is also key to healthy hair growth. After all, you are what you eat!
Wondering which foods for hair you need in your fridge? Be sure to stock up on healthy proteins and fats found in foods like avocados, salmon, eggs, and sweet potatoes.
Embrace the man bun.
While you’re working on growing your hair out, it’s inevitable that you’ll face a few awkward stages. If your strands are long enough to tie up (but not quite ready to be worn fully down), opt for a stylish man bun hairstyle. Man buns are one of the easiest (and trendiest) men’s hairstyles to wear in 2019.
Pro tip: Opt for a loose man bun to avoid creating tension on your scalp.
Lastly, growing your hair takes patience. With time and proper care, you’ll achieve the longest, strongest mane of your life.
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