He had hit a stumbling block though and was at the stage where most of us consider getting rid of it. Instead of getting rid of it though, we suggested he had a haircut in between.
This video is a must watch for those of you that are thinking of growing your hair out and are either about to give up, or don't know where to start.
There's also top tips for growing out your hair and a growing long hair FAQ down below.
Here's the video of how to grow out long hair for men.
Tips For Men Growing Out Long Hair
Visit Your Barber
We know what you're thinking, I'm growing my hair so why would I go for a haircut? And yes we understand that it might seem counter-productive to get your hair cut when you're growing it out. But, just because you're visiting your barber, it doesn't mean you have to take a lot of length off. Get the edges cleaned up in the mean time to make the hair look smarter. It'll make a huge difference to get the hair cleaned up around the ears, take the neck hair up and trim the ends. When you're growing your hair, you want the style to look intentional, and not just have a long version of your previous haircut.
Show Your Barber The End Goal
When you go to visit your barber make sure to take in clear pictures of the end goal that you're looking to achieve with your long hair. This will help you and your barber to be on the same page, and this is your time to get any advice and ask any questions about the hairstyle you're going for. But remember you're not getting this hair cut now, you're getting an in-between version of this haircut, that will keep you involved in growing it out to the style you want.
Get The Hair Evened Out
If you're going from short to long then it's likely that you will have a lot of different lengths throughout the hair. For example, your sides may be shorter or you may have slightly different lengths in the fringe area. When you go for your haircut in between growing it out, you want to work with your barber on a plan to grow these areas of your hair out to the same length. This may mean not touching the sides for a while and only cutting the fringe or leaving other parts of the hair shorter until it catches up. Get your barber to advise on which areas in the hair may need more work or that may be slightly uneven from your previous shorter haircut.
Think About What Annoys You
As your hair grows longer, think about what has got on your nerves on a day to day basis and tell your barber everything. This could be "this part of the hair is hard to style", or "this part sticks up" etc.. This will mean that your barber can advise you on what you can do to counter it, or, just tell you that you may have to deal with it if you're growing it out and are set on that exact style.
Don't Give Up At The "Awkward Phase"
The most important advice for growing out your hair is don't give up. It's so easy to give up once it gets to that messy awkward phase, but this is exactly the time you need to persist. Hair doesn't grow into a style and this is why we often aren't happy with it as it grows in. Make sure that you don't give up, and at the time when you're thinking about giving up make sure to follow the tips above and visit your barber!
Growing Out Long Hair For Men FAQ
How Often Should I Visit The Barber When Growing My Hair Out?
There's no average amount of time that you should go back to your barber when you're growing your hair out. As a standard rule of thumb, go visit your barber every time you think about cutting it off and get it refreshed. Or communicate with your barber and see when they think you should go back, as above you may be growing out a certain area and they say come back in 6 weeks and we'll sort that.
How Will I Know If Long Hair Will Work With My Hair?
If you've never had long hair before, it's going to be a guessing game with how the hair will grow out. Certain parts of your hair may become more annoying, or more weight may help certain areas etc.. So, it's best just to grow and see what happens as you go.
How Long Will It Take To Grow My Hair Out?
This will all depend on the length and style you want, the length you're starting from and your genetics. On average hair grows 0.5 inches every 30 days to give you an idea. You may start with a plan to grow it really long, but then get to a stage in between that you like the length. If you do then take a picture of the length that you like and show your barber next time you go in.
My Hair Is Really Thick Or Wavy. Can I Still Grow Long Hair?
Yes, but work with your natural hair type to get a style that works with it. If you're trying to achieve a style that's great for fine hair then this probably isn't going to work for you, but you can get your own variation on a style that works with your hair type. Wavy hair can sometimes straighten out as it gets longer aswell, so you never know unless you try.
Will Getting The Ends Cut Make My Hair Grow Faster?
It's a myth that chopping the ends off makes your hair grow faster. The hair grows from the root, so the ends have no effect on how fast your hair grows at all. Having the ends cut will keep the hair fresher and will give you the impression it's growing faster, as you're not losing dead broken hair that may have otherwise broken off.
Should I Have My Hair Thinned Out When Growing?
You can have the hair textured or layered once you're at your desired length, but don't have this done while you're growing it out. Essentially "thinning the hair out" or "adding texture" means having different lengths cut into the hair. This is not what we want when we're growing the hair long as we'll have loads of different lengths in the hair. We want the hair to be an even length throughout.
I Want To Slick My Hair Back, But My Hair Always Falls Down..
Let your hair go where it wants to go naturally. If your hair falls slightly to the side then work with this and get a shape that suits this. Don't try to make the hair do anything it doesn't want to, or it'll just take you longer to style in the morning.
Why Doesn't My Hair Grow Out In A Style?
Hair doesn't grow in a style, and if it did then barbers wouldn't have a job. Style is man-made and what we deem as acceptable, doesn't occur naturally. Don't worry about this, most people's hair doesn't grow out in a nice style and when it gets to a point you're not happy with, go to visit your barber. Sometimes it's just the small things like bringing hair off the hairs or removing neck hair. You basically want the haircut to look intentional.
One Side Of My Hair Grows Longer Than The Other, What Do I Do?
You might find one side of your hair looks bigger as it grows. It's often the same or a similar length, but one side may just be flatter than the other. For example sleeping on one side may make the hair flatter, or on one side the hair could grow with the grain and the other against the grain. If one side does looks massive in comparison with the other, then you and your barber could throw out the rulebook and cut one side slightly shorter than the other. But this is only really recommended if it looks significantly different.