I woke up to the frightening sound of my alarm at 7:00 a.m. only to be unpleasantly surprised by a disturbing but common occurrence with men’s long hair. A lock of my tangled curly mop had crusted itself to the side of my mouth while another stray hair had found its way into my unsuspecting eye.
One might ask, “Why do I willfully subject myself to these burdens day in and day out?” I’ll tell you why. Having long hair is wicked cool! There are women out there who LOVE long hair, and even though it may at times be grounds for social discrimination, a large majority of people will respect you for it because you have exercised your creative license and taken a step into the bold.
Once you’ve made sure long hair is what you want, there are a set of simple rules to follow to get you started on your idiot proof journey to long hair. First you must identify your hair type. There are scores of hair types but yours will likely fall under one of these four categories: straight, wavy, frizzy, or curly. If you can’t figure out what hair type you have, ask your resident hair aficionado or your mother.
This next step is the most important in the process. Don’t cut your hair! “But wait” you ask, “Shouldn’t I be regularly trimming my hair for split ends and unevenness?” This is entirely up to you. On average your hair will grow six inches each year, so if you decide to have it trimmed you might be delaying your long-haired glory by quite some time. Everyone has a different threshold for dealing with ugly split ends but I’d recommend just ignoring them for a while if you really want to bang this out.
When you’re finally comfortable with what seems like a never-ending bad hair phase you need begin thinking seriously about hygiene. Most men have an innate disposition to neglect their hair in every way possible, but if you’re going to get the long hair you’ve imagined, it’s going to require the development of some positive hair maintenance habits. Keep your hair clean, but know that there is such a thing as too clean.
The key in growing strong healthy hair is in retaining your hairs natural oils. Just because you have more hair does not give license to throwing gobs of shampoo and conditioner at it. You may have already found that the overuse of any hair product can have detrimental effects on the health of your hair.
If you’re having trouble dealing with the side effects of using regular shampoo give organic shampoo a try. An organic shampoo will contain far less sodium lauryl sulfate and will generally foster hair growth and a healthy scalp. Also, remember that conditioner is not optional! Without it, there’s a good chance you’ll be waving goodbye to the lady folk.
As your hair grows, its type will become increasingly important. Straight and wavy types are easily maintained while frizzing and curly hair types often pose difficulties. If your hair falls under one of the troublesome types, you’ll have to spend more time brushing. Brush often to avoid tangles and stubborn knots. I highly recommend brushing your hair while it’s still wet because water will temporarily give your curly or frizzy hair some of the properties of straight hair.
You’ll find that as your hair grows to medium length and longer there becomes a need to keep your hair tied back and out of the way. One of the trials of having long hair, which I know all too well, is keeping it out of your face and mouth. While sleeping this is inevitable but during waking hours there are plenty of ways to combat this problem.
The easiest options are ponytails, bandanas, and hats, but feel free to get creative! Ways not to restrain your hair are: buns, pigtails, or anything involving clips. YOU ARE A MAN and you should wield your hair as a testament to your manhood!