Beauty standards are always evolving for both women and men. At one point, needle thin eyebrows were ideal for ladies while guys were trying to pull off the skater boy haircut. Things change as time goes on, and it seems like one of newest norms for men’s hair is the man bun.
While it’s true that men and women are more attracted to confidence over everything else, including physical features, the popularity of long haired men on Instagram has increased tremendously over the last couple of years. From shoulder length waves to beautiful dreads, experimenting with new lengths has really paid off for these fellows.
So where did this obsession for longer locks come from? No one really knows for sure. Perhaps it’s Jared Leto who piqued our interest in long hair. Maybe it’s the work of the film industry that swayed us, casting actors as characters with below shoulder-length hair, displaying a rugged manliness to the same effect as a six-pack. Everyone drooled over the gorgeous blond locks of Chris Hemsworth when he played Thor in The Avengers and Thor franchises.
There is also a sort of king-of-the-jungle-esque quality to the length, reminding us of characters like Tarzan, whose story of heroism is told over and over again through literature, film and even games such as the popular Tarzan title from the makers of the Slingo brand. In the most recent Tarzan retelling, Alexander Skarsgård was cast as the chest-beating jungle man, whose hair fit the role perfectly as he previously showcased long locks in the HBO series True Blood.
These actors are more than enough to convince any guy to grow out their hair. But as any woman will tell you, and any man who has successfully grown out their hair, maintenance is key. To get the best out of this transition, here’s what you should do:
1) Don’t wash your hair every day
The secret to healthier hair is only washing it 2-3 times a week, since regularly shampooing damages follicles. After washing your hair, let it air dry and avoid coming it while damp. Conditioner becomes extremely important as your hair gets longer, as hair experts share with readers of Ask Men that it keeps your delicate ends from splitting.
2) Buy the proper tools
Your tools can make all the difference in the way your hair turns out. Items that you’ll need to purchase include a wide-tooth comb, as well as a brush with natural bristles. In terms of hair bands, opt for cloth (or other fabric) coated bands to prevent damage and knots.
3) Avoid tying your hair too tightly
Tight ponytails will cause your strands to stretch and promote frizz and breakage.
4) Don’t grow your hair out all at once
The hair on top of your head grows faster than the sides. Men’s Health suggests that you grow out your top first, up to 4 inches, before you grow out your sides, styling your hair back until all your hair is uniform in length. This tip will prevent bad hair days.