Growing Your Hair in Lockdown
Long hair is something that most men will attempt at least once in their life and not all of you will like it. That’s because it requires patience, dedication and frankly, genetic good luck. Long hair does come with a host of benefits, versatility and an air of carefully undone cool.
Benjamin says “there’s never been a better time to consider growing out your locks, especially in such uncertain times when hair salons have closed for the foreseeable future. Just like any trend, hairstyles are circular, with the current maxim for long locks a reaction to years of the dominant short back and sides. Gents first started moving towards a softer, Stone Roses-style look and it progressed from there. You always have a phase where everyone’s having sharp, short haircuts, then buck the trend and it starts to filter through”
If you want to join them, now’s the time but here’s what you need to know...
Who can pull off long hair?
The thing with long hair is that it’s an attitude as much as it is a look. If you’ve got the confidence to break away from the pack, then you’re halfway there. The mindset and references to look at are the right ingredients to begin with as although there will be times that you’ll just want to shave it off, when you have references and a hair plan to go back to, you can look at the stages that your hair will be going through.
Benjamin’s advice is that “realistically you need medium to thick hair to grow it long. It’s better if it’s got a slight wave in it too, so that it doesn’t just hang there. Straighter hair is okay and curly hair can work really well as the locks drop out when hair grows. But, if your hair is too fine then it may look wispy. As well as hair type, you’ll also need to take your face shape into consideration. “An oval or square jaw will pretty much work with most haircuts but if you’ve got a particularly round, or long face you have to be mindful that your hair doesn't accentuate that.”
Can I make my hair grow faster?
No you can’t make it grow any quicker, but getting your hair and scalp in the best condition possible will certainly help, so if you’re washing your hair daily, stop and opt for twice a week. If you workout regularly and shower daily just rinse your hair in warm water, this will retain all your natural essential oils - the expensive stuff you pay for in good products.
Although salons are closed Ryan recommends “talking to your stylist about your long-term goals and showing them references, so that they can give you a roadmap of how to get there.”
In terms of shortcuts, unfortunately there are none. As far as miracle products such as caffeine shampoo go, "there's just not enough science. If you want decent hair, skin and nails, just make sure you're eating a balanced diet and if you're drinking, make sure you rehydrate. Zinc and collagen are said to be beneficial for hair quality, so multivitamins and supplements could be an option” says Ryan.
How do you maintain long hair?
As your locks move south, it’s important to invest in a quality shampoo and conditioner to keep it strong and glossy. This means separate bottles (no two-in-ones) and not just resorting to using whatever is in the bathroom. Benjamin recommends using a tailor made shampoo for your hair type, if your hair is fine the shampoo you should use will be completely different to what you should use if your hair is thick and curly. Benjamin recommends Kerastase or Shu Umerua and they also have a fantastic finishing range too!
"If your hair is in fairly decent nick, you may only need to condition your hair every other wash. If you've got finer hair, you can also use a sea salt spray or hair powders that coat the hair, making it look thicker” says Benjamin.
While shearing off dead ends is important for maintaining a glossy mane, getting a trim doesn’t make your hair grow any faster, but will keep your ends in tip-top condition and will remove weight where needed, but try and leave your hair cuts to every 8 weeks - perfect during a lockdown situation!
Longer on Top
What to ask for: A classic scissor taper with square layers on top
What to ask for: Textured layers, longer on top
What to ask for: A round layer throughout
Longer and Messier
What to ask for: A universal layer with more length at the front
The Brad Pitt Mid-Length
What to ask for: Long layered mid length hair