Dedicated to guys trying to grow their hair
There are many "how to" tips & tricks for growing your hair faster, but I've found a lot of them to be too complicated, time consuming, or not really worth it. I started growing my hair about 2 years ago, and it has been a frustrating process at times. Here are my top 4 takeaway tips for growing your hair faster and healthier... and if you're a guy looking for a man bun: how to get through the ugly phase* without giving up.
1. Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil:
This is simple and easy to do - you'll only need two ingredients:
1 aloe vera leaf (at most grocery stores)
- 3/4 tablespoons of coconut oil (test the amount as you go, you may need a different amount for dry hair, and vice versa)
rinse, and cut aloe leaf into pieces
completely remove the outer green skin from the aloe leaf, leaving only the clear gel found inside
add coconut oil to the extracted gel, mash/combine in a small bowl
apply gel/oil mixture to the root of the hair, working in strands as you go(I don't apply it to my entire hair, just use it at the hair follicles)
Let sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour
Wash hair with a sulfate-free shampoo/conditioner. My favorite is SheaMoisture leave-in conditioner. Apply a small amount after washing to keep the moisture locked in. Repeat entire process every 1-2 months.
Aloe promotes a better pH balance, repairs dead skin, conditions your hair and promotes hair growth. Coconut oil improves the color/texture of your hair and prevents split ends and breakage. Be sure to pay attention to how your hair looks and feels after this process, adjusting the levels of aloe and coconut oil for consecutive uses. If you are allergic or have a negative reaction to the coconut oil, try experimenting with alternatives such as Argan oil.
2. Take biotin every day
Biotin makes your hair healthy and strong, but it has many other qualities which you'll find beneficial. This is one of my favorite vitamins to take (and Natrol's biotin chewable supplements taste pretty good too).
3. Don't avoid cutting your hair all-together
When growing your hair, it can be easy to avoid getting a hair cut all-together. I'm taking this one from my hair stylist; cutting your hair every few months reduces split ends and allows your hair to grow healthier (plus it just looks better). I followed his advice and it seemed to work for me!
4. For the man bun-seekers: pick your favorite hat and wear it a lot, this will train your hair to grow backwards...
This was one of the hair-growing phases which I initially didn't realize needed attention. It becomes apparent that you actually need to train your hair to grow backwards when it reaches a certain length and won't stay away from your face. Especially as a guy, your hair is probably used to growing a certain way if you've never had long hair.
I wore a hat for the most part of a few months, and then started wearing an athletic headband (like the Nike Swoosh headband in black) when it got a little longer. Nike now has a new "Pro Swoosh 2.0" headband, here on their website)
So as you'll see my hair growth has been a long and patient process, but these are my best tips for helping it grow a little faster and making sure it looks great as well. I hope some of these work for you!
*ugly phase: the period between short and long hair for a man, approx. a few month's into growing his hair when it doesn't look particularly great any way he styles it, is not long enough for a bun, not short enough to spike, and somewhere in the land of hair won't stay behind the ears but also won't stay down.