“I’m Still the Same Person”
When you decide to let your hair grow out, "It's just hair" will likely be in your arsenal of defenses. Since "Bite me" isn't a strong position to take, you may choose to diminish the value of your quest if someone disparages your new look:
"It's just hair - I'm still the same person."
Don't buy what you're selling. Subjectively it may be just hair, but you will not be the same person.
"It's just hair," like the Colorado is "just a river." It took some time but look at the sculpture left behind. Growing your hair out carves away insecurities, sculpting and defining your character in ways you wouldn’t imagine.
Okay, the hair doesn't change you; it's the process, the journey. But deciding to let it grow is not the first step. You've probably made that decision a few times by going a week or two past your normal cut. Maybe once you went full Fear Factor and let it ride a whole month, but you eventually caved to peer pressure or because you just couldn't do anything with your awkward stage hair.
No, the first step is commitment. Or what I like to call,
The Ten Commitments to Growing Your Hair Out
1. More Time
If it took me more than 15 seconds to deal with my short hair each morning I knew it was time for a cut. A dab of pomade, rub it in, and finger comb, but as my hair got longer the pomade started making my hair look like plastic.
The hair style I had for decades wasn't going to work anymore, that's when I realized I would have to commit more time to my morning routine.
2. New Hair Styles
Part of the reason for growing your hair out is to have new options in hair styles. When a side-part stops working, try a middle-part or slicked back.
I would recommend a trim about three months in because your short cut probably grew out ragged and uneven. Stress to your barber/stylist that you're growing it out and you just want to clean it up a bit.
“It’s just hair – I’m still the same person.”El Camaleón
For me that started by searching for pics of men with long hair for inspiration. It doesn't hurt to have a goal.
Luckily I found The Longhairs website, and BAM! The motherlode. They show you different ways to wear your hair, when and how to wash your hair, how to get through the awkward stage, and they sell awesome products designed for men with long hair. You're gonna want to make thelonghairs.us a part of your daily life.
"Really? I'm gonna to have to diet?"
No, but there are foods and supplements that can help keep your hair healthy. Nothing can truly make your hair grow faster but you can make it stronger with better nutrition. I definitely needed it and honestly, by the time I got to this point it was an easy commitment to keep.
5. Bad Hair Days
They're gonna happen. If you're lucky you can cover your hair. Otherwise, wear the mess with pride, like you meant for it to look like that.
One of the things you may have liked about short hair was that every hair was always in place. I just went through a period where no matter what product or style I tried, a rebellious lock was determined to fall out of place and annoy my forehead. I was sure it must look like the proverbial string of toilet paper stuck to the bottom of a shoe, but it often looked kinda cool. It just felt weird.
Part of the journey is getting used to those new sensations. When I'm home and not at all concerned about my appearance, I enjoy letting my bangs out of jail to run amok.
6. New Products
As your hair gets longer and you're trying new styles, try new products. I pretty much use something different every day. Protein, leave-in styling conditioners, even the dreaded hair spray can get you through a bad hair day when you need to look good.
You'll want to test new products on your day off, not five minutes before you need to leave for work. Keep in mind that everyone's hair is different. One size does not fit all.
I remember when you were a bad seed if you had a tattoo. Now you're almost a freak if you don't have one.
I'm looking forward to the day when you're a freak if you don't have long hair. Until then, you'll definitely find comfort in the brotherhood that you'll find here at The Longhairs.
8. Document Your Journey
9. Hair Care
Long hair requires more care, but to me it's a wash. Short hair: frequent and costly cuts, daily styling and costly products, locked in to one style (sometimes years if not decades) but otherwise fairly low maintenance.
Long hair: rare cuts, more expensive shampoos and conditioners (but used less frequently) daily brushing, and after the awkward stage you'll have many styling options including the quick and easy highball or Sloppy Joe. Plus you can do hair whips!
Why are you here? Because you wanted to experience long hair for yourself.
Commit to yourself; don't let anyone discourage you from seeing your journey through to the end. Don't grow your hair out because you think the girls will like it. Do it for you! Finish your journey and I'm certain you will be a different, better person.
Part of the fun is that you don't know what you'll end up looking like with long hair. If you reach the end of your journey and you don't like it you can always cut it off; it's just hair.