There are any number of reasons why you might want to grow out short hair, which aren't limited to the barbers being closed. Perhaps it’s getting a bit nippy up top, or else you’ve experimented with a close trim and been mildly horrified by the sudden prominence of your ears.
Whatever your reason, nature will soon take its course and see you regrow a healthy head of hair. Sometimes, however, nature alone cannot be entirely relied upon – not unless you want to take your chances with a shapeless, fluffy and entirely unflattering mullet.
When it comes to the regrowing process it’s helpful to remember a few key pointers. First of all, minimise the awkward period by stimulating as much natural growth as possible. And then, when you have enough length to play around with, choose a style that will disguise the growing process.
Sadly there is no hard and fast way - it takes time. Although the precise rate differs from person to person, men’s hair tends to grow at about half an inch each month. And contrary to common belief, a woman’s hair actually requires the same amount of time. If you’re a lady who longs for a return to flowing locks, then unfortunately you’ve got a lot of growth ahead of you.
Go Easy On The Shampers...
A top tip to remember is that you don’t need to shampoo each and every time you step into the shower, as this can strip away the essential oils vital to growth. Twice a week is more than enough(find out more with our guide to shampoo!).
And, when you do, opt for shampoos and conditioners that help stimulate growth and are extra gently on your precious locks - no matter how long or short they are.
Here are a few of our top picks:
Once you've got out the shower it's time to treat your hair to a nourishing treatment. Serums and oils are a great solution that help get your strands moving and also keep your tresses super soft in the process. Take the opportunity to massage the treatments into the scalp and create a relaxing moment for yourself.
Some of our favourites:
Eat Your Way To Great Hair
Take a moment to consider your diet too. If you’re eating a lot of sugary or fatty foods, try upping the amount of greenery you eat. Just like the rest of your body, your hair needs the right materials to work with. If getting the right nutrients is difficult, or advancing age is make regrowth that bit harder, then support your hair (and body) with some dedicated supplements.
Brush Away The Buzzcut
Alternatively, if you’re open to thinking a little outside the box, massage or brush your scalp. This may sound strange (and it tends to look a bit peculiar too) but it’s actually a brilliant means of improving circulation, which has a corresponding effect on hair growth.
On to styling...
Get over the first hurdle, and you’re presented with a few different options for styling short hair. Not all that many, admittedly, but there are a variety of different options for styling very short hair, each of which can utterly transform the look of your locks.
Colour Me Interested
The in-between stage doesn’t have to be awkward. In fact, you can own the look by dyeing your locks a striking, non-natural colour. Tinie Tempah is one of several celebrities to choose this approach, along with Amber Rose, Tyler the Creator and Jonah Hill. Sure, this might not be a ‘timeless’ style, but where’s the harm in a little fun and experimentation? Get it right with our guide to hair colour.
Bang To Rights
You don’t have to be Zooey Deschanel to carry off some killer bangs. They also work extremely well on shorter hair leaving you looking a little like a roman emperor, a little like an east London hipster and lot like a grooming-versed person who’s got too much going on to worry about perfectly preened hair.
An (Under)Cut Above
Cutting hair you want to grow always seems intuitive. For many men and women alike, however, a well-crafted undercut can retain all the sharpness and control that attracted you to the close cut in the first place. It essentially packs the top with hair while keeping the sides clean and close.
If you’re looking for more advice on short haircuts, check out our blog on the 10 Most Popular Short Hairstyles for Men. Happy styling!
Written by Alex Bryson
I write about everything and anything grooming or fragrance-related. If it smells expensive or has ‘for men’ tagged on the end, I’ve probably got an opinion on it.