Time Flies & So Does The Hair
It’s been a little over two years’ hair growth from a shaved head since the big donation at The Great Cut. It’s surreal how fast time has flown and now the hair is flying too. Directly into my mouth.
Believe it or not, it’s actually refreshing getting those annoying eye jabs again, and the sudden gasp for air when you accidentally inhale a few strands down your windpipe. How about the infamous strand down the ol’ butt crack?? Or even better, the mystery ballsack wrap (how does it even happen?)?
Yep, all those great moments are back and I gotta say, I didn’t miss any of them when my hair was short. With two years of hair growth from a shaved head, the flow is flowing, I’m confident, and the glory days of the long, majestic El Moreno mane are back!
Four Things I’ve Realized
1) Perfect Length
First and foremost, my current length is absolutely awesome. It looks great, it feels great and it’s a lot easier to manage than super long hair. If you aren’t really into having your hair ultra long, like past your chest, I highly recommend targeting this length.
Highlights of this length include ease of use, simplicity of maintenance, and versatility in terms of styling. If you are looking to be in the hair game but you don’t want to dedicate a ton of time to your hair, this length will suit you well.
2) Shampoo & Conditioner Routine
The importance of washing and conditioning properly cannot be overstated. I honestly got pretty loose with this during the awkward stage, and even into shoulder-length.
With shorter hair you can get away without conditioning, and washing can happen as often or as little as you want without severe consequences—the grease buildup is not so apparent.
Now, things are different. I’m looking at two or three shampoos per week, and two conditions minimum. If I don’t do it, my wife is instantly on me about how bad it looks (those 5:45 am jabs hit different when you’re just trying to make your coffee).
Your hair is disgusting!
This one has been harder to get back into. The first year of growing it back I literally never touched a comb or brush. Moving past the one-year mark and into 15-17 months I was able to pull off finger-combing, which got me through most of the time.
Today I HAVE to brush properly. Much like the shampoo & conditioner, it’s all about routine. Once in the morning and once before bed. No need to make it a big deal, just treat it like brushing your teeth.
Not only does it feel good and detangle your hair, there are greater benefits as well. Brushing helps:
- Distribute the natural oils evenly.
- Massage the scalp, exfoliating and stimulating blood flow.
- Keep things tidy and well-groomed.
It’s one of the easiest things you can do to keep your mane looking and growing strong.
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4) Using Hair Serum
Living an active lifestyle I tend to abuse my hair, and I started to notice the ends were getting frizzy and roughed up. Wind, water, sand and sweat are constantly pummeling my mane, and that damage becomes apparent the longer it grows.
While the washing and brushing routines were going well, hair serum wasn’t even on my radar at my 17-month hair update. But just like brushing, shampooing and conditioning, I now have a serum routine. Three or four times a week I use The Longhairs Premium Hair Serum. It keeps my flow frizz-free and looking fantastic.
I typically apply just after a shampoo with slightly damp hair, this way I’m getting maximum absorption. It tames the tangles throughout the day while restoring the lustrous shine. If you're new to the hair game, giving hair serum a try is a must-go.
Two Years Hair Growth From a Shaved Head…And Three More To Go
It’s been a fun journey back to long hair, and with two years under my belt all I can think about is the next time I’ll be doing a major cut. I’m not shaving it to the skull again (that’s on El Rubio this time), but I am going for a 12+ inch donation at The Great Cut 2024.
That gives me three more years to fully let it ride, and the longer it gets the more important my reestablished routine is going to be.
I really appreciate you coming along on this journey and providing amazing support along the way. Hell, a lot of guys have been growing it out at the same time, which has been awesome!
Let’s keep these manes growing and flowing. Can’t wait to party with you at The Great Cut 2024. In the meantime, stay tuned for my next hair update…whenever that may be!
Until next time boys, C’YA!
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