Back in mid-July 2020, I felt like pulling out my hair.
Surely, getting cooped up in our houses, with no connection with the outside world, was one of the reasons but the actual reason was my super-long, outgrown hair. And to top it all off, the summer heat wasn’t really going easy on me either.
I’ve always had a proper haircut, a dedicated haircut routine, and a barber who understood my hair needs better than anyone else. However, this pandemic changed a lot of things, and my hair was one of them.
So, to get rid of the stress caused by the deadly combo of overgrown hair and the heat – buzzing my hair was the only option. Therefore, without wasting any more time, I complied with the plan.
And, oh my God, what a relief it was!
I felt so much lighter and breezier than before.
Life was pretty good until I came to a point where I started wondering about how to grow out a buzz cut. I knew that I had to face the unfortunate, awkward phase that really makes your hair look extra fuzzy and funny. But all I could think about was how to make it a less funny process?
Because the growing hair will be the same length, it’ll get so rounded that your head would look like a tennis ball. And no one wants to step out looking like that.
In this post, I will walk you through everything you possibly need to know about growing out a buzz cut so that you don’t look like a disaster.
Aim for a Square-Shaped Look – Yes, Be a Box
OK, let’s clarify the confusion here – I don’t want you to look like a box.
I only wanted to emphasize that aiming for a square-shaped hairstyle is a thousand times better than the round one. Because the former assists in face-framing and gives you the refined, clean look, you’re looking for.
For this, visiting your barber is the best option as they’ll know what to do. However, since you’re here reading my post, I can inform you about the whole process.
It’s all about striking the perfect balance between the sides and top of the hair, which is achievable by following this method; ask your barber for a taper at the temple and the neck. This will give the sides a tighter look than the top, which by the way, should be grown.
Visit the barber every two weeks to keep the edges in check, smoothening your transition of growing out of a buzz cut.
You can also get trendy and go for a medium fade on the sides, with concentrated top hair. Moreover, it’s quite an edgy and masculine haircut that many men prefer.
Let it Grow, Let it Grow! Can’t Hold it Back Anymore!
Blame my 4-year-old twin daughters for making me watch Frozen over and over again. I can’t seem to forget about it, so please bear it with me.
So, how to grow out of a buzz cut? Well, follow Elsa’s footsteps, and let it grow!
It’s your only option if you cannot visit the barber. Trust me, it’s not as bad as it sounds; all it needs is patience and good products to style your hair better.
But wait, before, it was growing them out – now, it’s letting them grow. How is that different?
If you can give yourself a taper and get the job done – good for you! But it’s not an easy or straightforward task for many men. And let’s face the harsh truth for once – nobody wants to look worse than they already do.
So, what you can do is to let them get extra fluffy and all over the place. To make sure that you don’t look like a hobo, though, you can use trimmers to keep the hairline in check. Trimming down the back of your neck and the sideburns is how you can get this done quite effortlessly.
Sometimes the only way to win against your enemy is to become friends with them. Thus, when it comes to growing out of a buzz cut, a fantastic way to beat the awkward “in-between” level of the buzz cut is to put up with it, and this too shall pass.
Tips to Quickly Get You Through the Awkward Phase
Now that you know how to handle your buzz cut let’s look at how you can Flash your way through the awkward phase.
Growing out a buzz cut can be surely get a tad bit easier if you’re willing to give it your all and follow these golden tips. Don’t take my word for it though, follow these pointers and see for yourself.
- Massage your scalp to improve blood flow that’ll stimulate faster growth
- Make sure to rinse your hair with cold water at the end of each shower
- Go for hair supplements that are known for promoting healthy hair growth
- Buy premium hair styling products such as pomades to make your life easier
- Strive for a healthy and balanced diet
- Go for caps, hats, beanies when you’re just not in the mood of styling your hair
How Long Will I Have to Bear with The Torture of Growing Out a Buzz Cut?
To give it out to you straight – about 3 to 4 months.
Again, it depends on many factors like your length before the buzz cut, how seriously you take hair care, and genetics, but this is the average time required.
For those of you wondering how long does it take hair to grow an inch or how long does it take for boys’ hair to grow? The answer is about two months.
Because according to the American Academy of Dermatology, your hair grows half an inch every month.
I know that growing out a buzz cut can be tricky, probably because I’m also facing a similar problem.
It is hectic, requires constant care and a bucket load of patience to finally emerge as the winner. But, abiding by the words of the infamous witch from Tangled, i.e., Mother Gothel – “all good things, to those, who wait.”
This one’s on my daughters, too – they made me watch Tangled as well.
Anyway, my advice would be to visit your barber and seek professional care. But if it’s not possible, you can always try out the above-mentioned haircuts for growing out hair.