Buzzcuts are one of the easiest cuts for men as they involve hardly any upkeep and you can easily keep things trimmed from home yourself. On the downside, when moving on from a buzzcut, things can become... awkward. With the right info, it's really not as hard as you think. Take a look at our guide on how to grow out your buzzcut.
How to Grow out a Buzzcut Fast
You might think you know how to grow out your hair but if you want to look good, it's not just a case of leaving your hair for a few months to get back to its old length. Be prepared to put a little bit of work in to get it there as soon as possible.
First thing is accepting that you'll have to pass through the dreaded 'awkward' stage - and there's really no way around this. Not all hair grows at the same speed, so despite the seemingly counterproductive nature - you'll need to keep on trimming to stop awkward growth in different parts of your head.
Tips for Growing out a Buzzcut:
- Once it's long enough, head down to your barbers to trim the back and sides. As soon as you can start giving the hair shape, don't wait around. Once you get some definition you'll notice it's instantly less fluffy.
- If you're worried about it looking fluffy, try growing your hair out in the winter, that way you can throw on a hat when your hair gets too difficult to deal with.
- On average, men's hair grows at about half an inch a month - use this to estimate how long it'll take.
- There's no need to use shampoo every time you shower, it can strip your hair of essential oils which will leave it growing slower. But it is essential to keep it clean. Two times a week should suffice, you could even get away with once.
- Try swapping fatty or sugary food with plant based healthy alternatives and you'll find your hair's growing faster in no time.
- Before you buzz it's important to know what shape your skull is, no one has a perfectly round head but bear in mind you might have a lumpy scalp that will be exposed to the world once you've sheared. There aren't many ways to check this before, but asking your barbers is a good place to start.
- There are a plethora of hair growth supplements out there, just be sure to do your research - some have... interesting side effects.
- Style your hair with gel or matte putty to prevent the fuzzy look.
Inspiration: Buzzcut Hair
Ok, so you've probably already made the decision to grow out your buzzcut, but to add a little more confusion into the mix - here's a gallery of some pretty dapper gents sporting the sheared and shaved do'. Whether you opt to keep yours or grow it out in favour of a longer cut, you've got to admit - on the right guy, a buzzcut can still look pretty smart!
Celebrities with Buzzcuts
One of the UK's biggest film exports, Ewan Mc Gregor has sported many unique haircuts over the years. Even though his buzzcut probably wasn't his best looking do, he did manage to (just about) pull it off with an endearing nonchalance. That being said, we all prefer his longer styles, don't we?
Another British star making waves across the pond. James Norton has the perfect chiselled jaw, meaning he can pull off just about any style. Regardless, his summer buzzcut gave him a rebellious edge in stark contrast to the typically longer locks you'll spot him sporting. While we're fans of the shorter do - we'd prefer his long hair to the buzzcut for the most part.
There's no doubting he's global style icon, over the years David's haircuts have massively influenced men's choice of cut all across the world. While the buzzcut (and just about every other cut) suits him, we'd say David always looks best with a bit of hair on his head styled in a classic quiff - timeless and easy to achieve. Bear in mind, if you're someone who wants to change up their style often as Mr 'golden balls' does, a buzzcut probably isn't the best choice for you.
Whether he's Cyclops in X-Men or JFK in The Butler, James Marsden has more than proved his right to claim the title of men's style icon. As shown below, buzzcuts are a great option if you're dealing with a receding hairline as they don't draw too much attention to your fast disappearing locks. Alternatively, Marsden's longer do' on the right is styled in a forward direction which also helps to hide any his thinning hair - win win?
How to Grow Out Your Buzzcut
- Be patient, your hair will take time to grow back.
- Head to your barbers regularly to avoid a fluffy bonnet.
- Eat and drink well to keep your hair healthy and it'll grow faster.
- Wash your hair with shampoo less often to avoid stripping it of essential nutrients.
- Try styling your hair as soon as it's long enough to add more definition.
On That Note
There's no doubting it's one of the easiest haircuts out there but if you do decide you've had enough, the path from buzzcut to long hair can be a tedious one. Growing men's hair out may seem like a chore, but try to avoid giving up too soon and have a style in mind when you start growing out your hair.
We've taken a look at a few celebrities that have gone from buzzcuts to longer hair or back again and it's clear that a buzz look can definitely look well on the right guy. If you're worried about it, you can always give it a go anyway and if you don't fancy the long look anymore, the buzzcut is only a trip to the barbers away.