Tips for Men: Grow Hair Longer and Healthier

November 18, 2020

Tips for Men: Grow Hair Longer and Healthier

Whether you wanna rock a top bun or feel the wind in your hair when you drive on your motorbike, a lot of men seem to be leaning toward growing out their hair. Maybe it’s due to the cold nipping in the air or winter somewhere around the corner; in any case, any time is a superb time to grow out one’s hair. Just be sure to take extra care of those locks.

Dude... whether you just want a long side part, classic undercut, or go all out with a bun length, you would first want to make sure your hair grows healthy and hopefully, reasonably fast. Today we will talk about some quick and easy tips to help you grow long and healthy hair tips faster. Let’s get started.

Resist the Urge to Cut Your Hair

I know what you’re thinking. I mean, obviously, you would not want to cut your hair so that it gets longer. However, the journey from point A to point B has some awkward bumps.

When you're trying to grow hair longer, you will reach that awkward stage where you feel that it does not look too good. Honestly, there will be days that it's going to look bad and those are the times when you'll need to resist the temptation of going to your barber and getting a nice trim or fade. It is going to take a while to grow your hair in 3 to 12 months. Some might take even more time depending on what length and hairstyle you're going for. However, power through and if you are dedicated enough to just power through that awkward stage, you will be rewarded with the look you are aiming for.

Get a Boost of Vitamins

Yes, vitamins alright. Just like any other part of your body, the hair needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to grow and remain healthy. In fact, many nutritional deficiencies are linked to hair loss. Even changing your diet can increase hair fall. For instance, if you suddenly decided to go vegan, the body will be in shock for not getting the usual amount of protein it had been used to. This can manifest in hair fall.

Here are some of the vitamins and nutrients that help your hair grow healthily: Vitamins A, B, C, E, iron, and zinc. Of course, real food is the best source of vitamins and nutrients. However, you can get a boost with the use of supplements, especially if you're not getting enough in your diet. Supplementing yourself with a multivitamin can be helpful however I am NOT a doctor so please seek professional advice before taking any supplements.

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A safe way to get your hair the vitamins it needs is to use Biotin-enriched hair products. Shampoos and conditioners with biotin and other nutrients can definitely provide your hair the supply of vitamins it needs.

Massage the Scalp

Massaging our scalp is always a fantastic way to promote hair growth. This stimulates the blood vessels and nerve endings of our heads. The more blood flowing through your scalp, the better since this allows the hair follicles to receive more oxygen and nutrients, which does the job of promoting the growth of hair.

Stimulating and massaging the scalp is something you can do while in the shower. You can also get one of those scalp massagers. This looks like a wire whisk. If you haven’t tried one of these, trust me it’s a game-changer. It feels really good on the scalp.

You may also invest in a good flexi brush. The natural boar bristles will feel gentle on the scalp and would feel like pampering it.

Skip the Shampoo

Shampooing every day is not a good practice. Using shampoo too often strips away essential oils from your hair, which can lead to a flaky or dry scalp. So how often should one shampoo? Personally, I find that twice a week or every other day works best. It also pays to use a thickening shampoo that will cleanse and promote hair growth. And on no-wash days, dry shampoo is the key.

Take Cover

Sun exposure should be in moderation. Be careful when going out on a hot, sunny day. If you know you're going to be outside for a while, consider wearing a hat or bringing a baseball cap. It’s stylish and a hair saver.

Be Gentle

Your hair needs some TLC especially when it comes to shower time. It's normal to see some strands of hair on your towel every day, around 30 to 40 is still ok. However, what you would want to avoid is to have too much breakage. Please don't rub and tug at your hair like a madman when your towel dries it. When you shampoo your hair, don't use just any hairbrush. There are brushes made specifically for wet hair and it would be good to invest in one. If you’re using a regular brush, at least wait until hair is damp or opt to use a wide-toothed hair comb. This will be less aggressive on your hair and any knots present.

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You should also avoid going to bed with wet hair. Aside from wetting your pillow, wet hair also creates friction between your hair and the pillowcase. All that moving around, tossing, and turning in your sleep is a common cause of breakage.

Beat the Heat

The use of heat or high temperatures applies especially to hairdryers and heat styling tools. The high temperatures weaken the hair fiber, making it dry and brittle. It is preferable to use a medium heat setting when drying your hair. You should also use a nozzle for the hairdryer. This way, the heat is focused on certain areas at a time and would be more optimized.

Another way to beat the heat altogether is air drying. You may opt to shower in the evening or wake up earlier so that you can have time to let it air dry naturally.

Get That Fat In

Not all fat is bad. Some can even be helpful to growing healthier hair. We often attach a negative connotation or reaction whenever the word “fat” is said in the kitchen. However, the truth is that there are good and bad fats.

Bad fat would be eating fatty food like bacon, fried dishes, and lots of butter. Good fat can come from nuts and fish like salmon. So, eat more of these good fats. Fish oil, for one, is a great source of good fat. What makes fish oil very healthy for you is the abundance of omega-3 fatty acids which is amazing for promoting hair growth. It is also great for preventing a dry and flaky scalp. It has many other health benefits like helping to prevent heart diseases, keeping your joints healthy, and improving one’s vision.

Since the human body cannot produce Omega three on its own, we need to get it externally from our diet or from supplements.

Give It a Break

The hair deserves some downtime, too. All those styling products like waxes and gels can really take a toll on your locks. Try not to put a product in your hair every single day or when you are just staying at home It's good to let the hair breathe a little. If you cannot resist using styling products in your hair, choose those that are made of natural ingredients and are proven to care for those hair strands as well.

Use a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair soft and smelling fresh all day! You may also use a texturizer to switch up your look. The possibilities are endless.

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Once your hair is at your desired length or is already long enough to tie into a bun, just let it down once in a while. You wouldn’t want to hide that luscious hair you’ve waited to grow out for so long. When you're at home, for instance, it's also good to vary the position or placement of your bun. You can tie it low, in the middle, or high up. One reason for this is to avoid having the pull of gravity at the same spot to give tension to your hair. There is such a condition as traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is hair loss that's caused by repeatedly pulling on your hair.

So, put your hair down. Feel the breeze and run your hands through it. Let someone feel how soft and healthy your long hair is. I hope these tips have helped you jumpstart your journey to longer hair. There are uncontrollable factors that might make it challenging like genetics.

Genetics also plays a big role in hair growth so even if you follow all of these tips, there might still be some struggle to grow your hair. You might just be genetically inclined to start balding at a younger age. If that's the case, do not stress. A clean buzz cut can still be very hot. Be like a boss with however you wear your hair.

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