You know that feel when you leave the barbershop after a short haircut?
I’d say that one of the disadvantages of having long hair as I do is not being able to go to the barbershop often to get a neat short haircut or not being able to regularly give myself a short clipped haircut with a hair clipper.
When I have short hair, my favourite haircut is the High and Tight Recon, which in itself is a hairstyle since the cut creates the final shape which in turn creates the fixed style of the hair. I’m sure many of you can relate to “dat feel” when you get a short clipped cut with the sides and back of your head clipped to a #1 or so and then you leave the barbershop and feel the fresh air all over your head; or when you grab your hair clipper and give yourself a tight clipped cut in a couple of minutes and then head out the door to a nightclub. Damn, it feels like you lost a huge amount of weight and are almost weightless!
That’s moi above with a High and Tight Recon; the steaks in my neck and shoulders is ‘cuz not only do I write books on the “manly” topics of hair care and hairstyles but because I also lift heavy weights and actually do power cleans, nam’ sayin’?
And then, by art of magic, I grew my beastly coils and kinks to super long levels and a fluffy ponytail because “curlz get the gurlz”
Growing hair long can be a tricky experience
In both my bestselling books, The Curly Hair Book and The Men’s Hair Book, I talk about how long it takes to grow hair to certain lengths, including shoulder length and beyond. In the case of straight hair, the hair-growing time spans are fairly easy to calculate assuming, of course, that one has a good nutritional plan targeting optimal hair growth (I also cover this type of nutrition in both my books) whereas, with curly hair, the time spans for hair growth are a bit tricky to calculate and involve your specific curly hair type as per my hair-typing guides in both The Curly Hair Book and The Men’s Hair Book.
Following from the above, if you’re a curly dude, in The Curly Hair Book, you will still be able to find out how long your curly hair will take to grow long and to certain visible lengths, whether you have Type I curls (wavy hair) or Type V curls (kinky curly hair), but, as a quick tip, a dude with kinky curly hair will take some 3 times longer (in time) to grow his hair to the same visible length of a dude with wavy hair. It’s all in The Curly Hair Book, with plenty of tables to work out your curl type and hair-growth time spans, but it goes without saying that having curly hair, no matter its type, can be a bit, how should I put it… “annoying”.
Careful with haircuts if you’re growing your tresses long
Anyway, back to all those “feels” when you get a fresh haircut at the barbershop. Dudes with straight long hair can actually clip the hair closest to the hairline (i.e. sideburns, ears and neck) and not suffer any awkward hair-length discrepancies; curly men, however, should not attempt to clip any locks of theirs when growing their curls long as that will only prolong the awkward stage, which consists of the curly dude spending a couple of years growing his hair long and during that time span his hair looking, how should I put it… oh yeah, “f-ugly” (you will, however, find plenty of information for managing your curls during this stage in The Curly Hair Book). If you’ve ever tried to grow your curly hair to shoulder length and beyond, you will know that awkward “feel” I’m talking about.
So, take-home message: if you’re growing your hair long, you can use a hair clipper (this one is awesome) to clip some of your hair across the hairline of the sideburns, ears and neck but only if you have straight hair and want to feel “dat feel” of freshness and weightlessness. On the other hand, if you’ve got curly hair that is comprised of thick coils and kinks like the mane of yours truly, then avoid cutting your hair as you grow your mane to epic-length levels.
All the best, people.