Women aren't the only ones allowed to grow a long, luxuriant mane: Men can escape the shackles of the buzz cut and enjoy a lengthier style. Although growing out your hair can bring a host of aesthetic benefits, it also requires a higher degree of attention and maintenance—including new styling methods and hair products. Properly caring for your soon-to-be long locks ensures your hair will stay healthy and manageable, no matter what the length.
Determine the hair length and style you want to achieve. It may help to find photos of a male celebrity whose hair you want to emulate; this gives you a visual target to share with your stylist, who can then cut your hair in a way that helps you reach your goal more efficiently.
Schedule a haircut approximately once every eight weeks while growing longer locks—rather than the more frequent cuts required when sporting shorter men's styles. Contrary to popular belief, trimming your hair doesn't speed up its rate of growth, but routine cuts are helpful for preventing split ends, which can damage the health and appearance of your hair.
Purchase hair accessories such as a bandana or hair ties. As a man with formerly short hair, you may not be accustomed to having to pull your hair back—but long locks can get in the way of certain activities and become a nuisance in windy conditions. Bandanas and hair ties can help you keep your hair in place while it grows.
Find shampoos and conditioners tailored to your hair type—whether it is frizzy, coarse, curly, dry, thin, oily or normal. You'll soon have more hair to maintain than before, and choosing the right products will help you keep your locks in good shape as you grow them out. If you're unsure of your hair type, ask your stylist.
Invest in a hairbrush suitable for longer styles, particularly if your current one is flimsy or cheaply made. Long hair is more prone to tearing, tangling and ripping than shorter styles like buzz cuts and crew cuts. A high-quality brush made with hair-friendly material—such as boar bristles or nylon—will be gentler on your mane and make styling easier than with plastic brushes.
Consider purchasing styling products such as gels, mousse and hairspray to give your hair shape while growing it out. Some men experience awkward phases in hair growth where a particular length is difficult to manage. Styling products can help you tame unruly locks until they reach a more sustainable length.
Consume a healthy, balanced diet and avoid crash dieting. According to the Mayo Clinic, consuming inadequate amounts of iron, protein and calories can damage your hair's health and lead to hair loss—making it difficult to grow a longer, good-looking mane.
Although longer hair dries more slowly than short hair, hot blow-drying can damage your locks. Whenever possible, let your hair dry naturally. Do not brush it while it is wet. To keep your hair in the best condition possible, do not swim in chlorinated pools or saltwater, and avoid using chemical treatments on your hair.
If your hair is receding or balding, growing it longer may degrade rather than enhance your appearance; some individuals find long hair mixed with bald spots unattractive.