Men’s Hair How-To (FAQ)

1. How To Grow Hair Faster

Hair grows in three stages. The anagen phase, a period of active growth, lasts from two to eight years. Hair stops growing during the catagen phase, which lasts four to six weeks, and hair falls out during the telogen phase. The telogen phase can account for the loss of over a hundred hairs a day.

Minoxidil, otherwise known as Rogaine, increases blood flow to the scalp and appears to decrease the shedding telogen phase and prolonging the anagen growth phase.

That’s not the same as growing hair faster though.

Diet supplements that promise to improve hair, skin and nails are very popular right now. However, there is no proof that they work. Because hair is not essential to bodily functioning, it is likely last to benefit from vitamins supplementation.

However, a healthy diet and lifestyle can make the most of your genetic ability to grow hair. Foods rich in biotin are essential. Also called vitamin B7, it was once called vitamin H for Haar und Haut, German for hair and skin.

Vitamins A, C, D, and E, plus biotin and minerals like iron and zinc, help keep hair healthy during the growth phase. A diet rich in vegetables and meat will meet your vitamin needs.

So all in all, while there is no way to grow hair faster but a healthy diet and lifestyle will ensure that you look and feel your best.

2. How To Cut Your Own Hair

Men, do not cut your own hair. Unless it’s a one length all over buzz cut, it’s just not going to look that good. Don’t experiment on yourself!

There are excellent barbers and stylists out there at every price point. If you don’t have the time or money to maintain a hairstyle with cuts every 6-8 weeks, let your barber know and they will give you a look that grows out well.

There are plenty of videos and tutorials showing you how to cut hair with scissors or clippers but barbers have training and experience that can’t be conveyed in a few minutes of video. To look your best, go to a hair professional.

As for letting someone else cut your hair, see the above. Pros make it look easy because they are pros. Dunking looks easy on TV too but that doesn’t mean you can do it. Even if you can dunk, don’t cut your own hair.

3. How To Grow Long Hair For Men

Growing hair out for men takes a little bit more than just time and patience. Some hair care and the right hair keeps you looking your best throughout the process.

Hair grows about half an inch a month for a total of six inches a year. What that means is longer hair is older hair. Short hair can take damage from styling, hair color and the sun because it is fresh new growth. Long hair needs to be protected from styling damage with serums or oils applied to damp hair.

Moisture is also essential to keeping hair looking great and frizz-free. Shampoo as little as possible to hang on to the scalps natural oils. Brushing hair regularly distributes those oils from the roots to tips. Add additional moisture to hair by using a conditioner every time you shower, whether or not you shampoo.

In addition to hair care, talk to your barber or stylist about growing hair out. They will give you a cut that grows out well to minimize any awkward phases. Whether you are starting with short or medium length hair, these steps will keep you looking sharp.

4. How To Style Long Hair For Men

For chin length and longer hair, wearing hair down is a great look that needs a bit of attention to look it’s best. A few products can enhance any look. Here’s how to style men’s long hair.

With air-dried hair that is parted in the middle, take a leave-in conditioner or drop or two of a hair oil and scrunch it through the ends for some conditioning and frizz fighting.

Longer hair weighs down the roots so you want to add some volume. Grab a dry shampoo or texturizing spray and blast the roots from about a foot away to create some lift.

This is enough for a cool hair down look or start for a man bun. If you want to pull hair up, gather hair in the hands and begin to pull it up. For shorter hair, the bun will be lower depending on how long hair is at the back of the neck. Longer hair can be tied up in a higher bun. You can leave the center part visible or comb hair back with your fingers.

Then put on a hair tie and leave a loop of hair to create a bun. This style looks good when tendrils of hair fall loose around the face and neck or you can use a pomade to create a smooth finish.

Here are some more cool men’s hairstyles for long hair.

5. How To Style Curly Hair For Men

Curly hair is easy to style when you start with a flattering haircut. The best men’s haircuts for curly hair create a flattering shape and remove weight to enhance texture.

Curly hair tends to be dry because the oils from the scalp can’t travel down the hair shaft. That means skipping shampoo as much as possible and using a conditioner and possible even an oil after the shower.

To style curl hair, start with a product like a cream that can easily be applied to textured hair. Work the product through damp hair and scrunch with fingers to bring out curl while setting product in. Once it all looks good, just let hair air dry in the shape to maintain the curl.

Another product enhance curl is salt spray. You can let it air dry or blow dry on low with a diffuser. Look for a salt spray with added moisture like Winsome & Wisdom Shore of Yourself Sea Salt Spray to keep hair from drying out. Use on it’s own or with a touch of pomade on top.