Growing Out Short Hair

By Alex Bryson - 11 months ago | Updated
Buzzcut Hair Growth

There are any number of reasons why you might want to grow out short hair. Perhaps it’s getting a bit nippy up top, or else your new job requires a more office-friendly vibe than that uncompromising buzzcut. Maybe 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, then, 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 cut that will disguise the growing process.

Let’s start by covering down some of the key tips and pointers.

No Shortcuts

Men’s hair tends to grow at about half an inch each month – which is too fast when you’re struggling to afford the hairdresser but not nearly fast enough when attempting to grow out a buzzcut.

Although the precise rate differs from man to man, taking into account an extra half-inch is a decent way of calculating how long the process will take. 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.

The Sensible Hatter

Given your hair’s steadfast refusal to hurry along, the thinking man or woman will grow out their hair in winter. Not only does this provide some much-needed insulation, it also means that you’re free to cover up any bad hair days with a convenient woolly hat.

Go Easy On The Shampers...

You also 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. And, when you do, opt for something that’s gentle and natural, like Green People's Daily Aloe Shampoo. Alternately, the man who takes deep pride in his hair would be well-advised to check out the Aveda Men Pure Formance Shampoo. What justifies the price tag? Well, for a start, it's 1000ml, which means a lot of naturally-powered cleansing for your buck. It's also full to bursting with enough essential oils and rare materials to leave your locks feeling every bit as healthy as they look.

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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 packing your fridge with some greenery. Just like the rest of your body, your hair needs the right materials to work with. If a busy schedule makes getting the right nutrients difficult, or advancing age is make regrowth that bit harder, then support your hair (and body) with some dedicated supplements.

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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 – we’d recommend not doing this in public), but it’s actually a brilliant means of improving circulation, which has a corresponding effect on hair growth.

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Get over the first hurdle, and you’re presented with a few different options for styling short hair. Not all that many, admittedly, as so little raw material is hardly the most promising canvas to work with. But there are nonetheless a variety of different options for styling very short hair, each of which can utterly transform the look of your locks.

Back To Basics

Whatever cut you opt for, we’d suggest trimming the back and sides. Not only does this have a flattering effect on most face shapes, it also provides definition and allows you to sidestep any fluffiness and shapelessness.

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?

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Bang To Rights

You don’t have to be Zooey Deschanel to carry off some killer bangs. They also work extremely well on shorter, male hair, leaving you looking a little like a roman emperor, a little like an east London hipster and lot like a grooming-versed guy 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, and shaving it even more so. 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 takes our initial advice to ‘trim the back and sides’ to its logical conclusion, packing the top with hair while keep the sides clean and close.

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If you’re looking for more advice on short haircuts, check out our blog on the 10 Most Popular Short Hairstyles for Men. Alternatively, if you’re having second thoughts about growing out your hair, then read through our advice on How to Rock a Shaved Head. Happy styling!