Set Yourself Up for Success Growing Your Hair Out

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Just Barely Awkward

We all know the awkward stage is inevitable. As I’m inching towards three months of hair growth, my toes have officially entered the proveriable pool of awkward.

I’ve got hair sticking straight out over my ears, the shape of my head seems to start wide and get narrow, and my neck line is horrendous. I’m talking wolverine-esk type of neck hair over here.

It’s time for some much-needed maintenance. But how do you set yourself up for success growing your hair out?

There are some purists out there who believe you should never trim or do any type of cutting to your hair as you are growing it. While it’s true you just have to power through the awkward stage, that doesn’t mean you can’t look good doing it.

The thing is, we don’t have to be miserable growing our hair out. We can make it more manageable by mitigating some of the most glaring issues, and that starts with maintaining an overall well-groomed appearance.

With an intentional approach to grooming, including our neck line, the sides, our beard and eyebrows, we can look presentable and professional through the process of growing out our hair.

That’s just part of what I learned when I visited two hair professionals seeking advice on how to deal with the awkward stage. First I went to a salon, then I went to a barber shop for a second opinion and actually got my hair cut.

It was super interesting how well the education translated between the salon and the barber shop, and the results were great. I ended up looking clean, sharp, and set up for success growing my hair out.

See how to set yourself up for success, how to communicate with your hair pro as you start growing your hair out, and most importantly how to make it through the awkward stage without being miserable.



El Moreno With Long Hair
El Moreno With Short Hair

Grow It Out With El Moreno

Co-Founder and Chief Follicle Office (CFO) at The Longhairs, El Moreno first grew his hair long in 2012, letting it ride for seven years before shaving his head at The Great Cut and donating 24 inches of hair. He’s growing it back out and he wants you to grow it out with him.

Whether you’re growing it out to donate or just to let it ride, join El Moreno’s hair update list for videos, progress checks and real-time tips and tactics through the awkward stage and beyond.


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House of Imago Beauty Collective

Shayna has been our most trusted hair pro, sharing hair knowledge and expertise since the founding of The Longhairs. She volunteered and helped us plan The Cutting Zone for The Great Cut, where she ceremoniously cut El Rubio’s mane.

She has a regular clientele of guys growing their hair out, and welcomes new clients from The Longhairs at her salon in Normal Heights, San Diego.

True Grit Barber Shop

Having never met before, Steven Jones immediately agreed to participate in The Great Cut when we walked into his barber shop for the first time. He ended up volunteering over five hours of his time performing haircuts, including shaving El Moreno’s head down to the skin.

He has continued supporting The Longhairs with hair knowledge and skilled craftsmanship with the clippers. Visit his shop in Pacific Beach, San Diego for a touch up or a beard trim.



  1. i had hair down below my back and had to cut it , its been 4 years and im growing it back out , im 60 and i have a full head of hair, no receding hairline, i take biotin with MCT and im getting about 3/4 inch per month , i know how to grow long hair, DONT CUT IT

  2. to activate the hair growth without selling for much buckets: the scalp mask of mustard ( that from the grocery’s)
    only on sane scalp; apply on the scalp, let it for 20 mn, rinse out and shampoo once a week
    tutorial by the french youtuber and rapunzel Alys Boucher:

  3. alright dude, started growing my hair out a year ago and have just about gotten out of the awkward stage. 2024 I’ll be there and cut my hair with ya’ll

  4. I’m very excited to see your journey growing your hair back out. It’s gonna be super helpful to see how someone else is getting through the awkward stages. I’m just sad that I’m ahead of you, so I’ll see your steps kind of in hindsight.

    Right now my hair is close to the length Captain America sports in Infinity War, and I’m considering getting that clean up so that it looks intentional without losing any length. It’s helpful to hear you and Shayna recommending that. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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      Awesome Caleb. Happy it was helpful, a lot of what she said applies through mid length hair. I’m not too far behind, we’ll be closer soon enough.

  5. i absolutely agree with Shayna: if you let grow ” naturally” a buzzcut, you will get a thin ” mullet”, and severe layers, and you will be a very long time before tying all your hair; first, let grow on the bottom, then the sides, and after only the back; it is longer before beginning the journey, but the ” lose” time, you will recover it after
    as i grew out ( a little long time ago..), i did let the side grow out cutting the back to be bobbed, then let it grow out

  6. You look great El Moreno! Nothing awkward about your hair now. I agree- the key word is intentional. Plus like your beard shape- clean and GQ looking!!!

  7. The hair looks great, El Moreno! Love what Steven did. I also participated in The Great Cut, and while I didn’t donate as much as you I could not get my hair into a ponytail after the cut. I can now!

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      It was great having you there Sheila! Happy you are fully back to ponytail length.

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