Sunday, September 19, 2010

How to Grow Long Hair As a Guy

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Thinking about growing your hair out? its not as easy as you might think, but this idiot proof guide will help you guys out. Unless you are willing to be the subject of much discussion then don't try this. Many people may mistake you for a girl but if you persevere then it will be worth it. Also if your hair is getting in your eyes then don't be afraid to tie it up.


  1. Make sure this is something you want to do. Most guys who grow long hair start from a relatively short style, and hair grows at about half an inch per month (that's six inches per year).
  2. Identify your hair type. There are umpteen different 'types' of hair, but for the purpose of this article they can be classed in 4 broad categories, straight, wavy, curly & frizzy. This step is important as it will affect how you care for your hair later down the line. If you don't know what type of hair you have, ask your parents. Chances are you haven't always had a shaved head, and they can remember what it was like before.
  3. Don't cut your hair. Some people believe that trims help hair grow faster. This is false. Cutting your hair makes it shorter, not longer. If you cut it, you only prolong the awkward stage. Don't cut it for fear of splits either, you won't have to worry about them for a long time. Even when you get a couple they won't go all the way to the root and stop growth as some think. And good haircare will minimize the amount you have.
  4. Develop good hair hygiene. Keep your hair clean, but remember that the natural oils in your hair are what strengthen it. So, every once in a while, it's okay to go without washing it.
  5. To Wash: the basic routine for a guy is to thoroughly wet your hair, shampoo all over, then thoroughly wash the shampoo out. Conditioner is a must, but only use it on your ends or your hair will get greasy. Let it air dry, the conventional way to towel dry your hair can often damage it! So go easy and dab it dry. Using heated appliances such as blow dryers can dry out your hair and make it more susceptible to damage.
  6. As your hair lengthens, its type (see above) will become more important. Straight hair is easy, but curly wavy & frizzy hair can be troublesome. If you're growing out hair of this type, make sure you brush it as best you can, to avoid unruly knots. This is a lot more uncomfortable than you can imagine if you've never had an obstinate knot in your hair before.
  7. The longer your hair gets, the more you may need to tie it up to keep it out of your eyes (for whatever reason). Good ways to do this are: Just a simple ponytail behind your head. The main downside of this is your hair needs to be at least medium length to do this. If it is, ask your mom, sister or a friend to show you how, it's not as easy as it appears at first. Other ways to restrain your hair are bandannas, & beanie hats. When your hair gets long enough you can use braids, pigtails, etc. to hold your hair back. These styles are not feminine. They are just hairstyles. Don't believe me; Ask Willie Nelson. Do not restrain your hair with rubber bands or barettes, they will damage your hair.
  8. Be patient. Hair takes time to grow, and until it gets to shoulder length or thereabouts it will look crappy. There are no two ways about it. Please realize that for anything from a few months to a year and a half, you'll look fairly silly with your half grown hair. But don't be disheartened, the important thing to remember is to be a man about it, no matter how crummy your hair looks in this awkward period, think how sweet it'll look when its done!
  9. There you have it, the manly way to grow hair!


  • To grow hair fast the best thing to do is to keep it loose or be less tense. If you're stressed your hair will actually grow slower, no joke. So just chill. The more relaxed you are the faster your hair will grow. Also, Leave-in conditioner can stop it from becoming a birds nest, and you can use it whenever you want. Highly recommended.
  • Go to your local vitamin shop and pick up a good multi-vitamin for hair, skin & nails. Main components should be: Vitamin A(from fish liver oil), Multiple B Vitamins(Including Biotin, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid), and vitamin C... among others. If you want long, healthy hair you've got to feed it the nutrients it requires!
  • When brushing your hair you'll get knots no matter what type of hair it is. When brushing out knots, don't just drag until the knot comes out or it hurts too much, this will just damage your hair. Instead grab a handful of your hair behind the knot and then brush, this way you can feel the brushing and it doesn't damage your scalp.
  • Avoid brushing your hair when it is wet. Your hair is weaker when it is wet and brushing can cause hairs to break. Use a wide toothed comb when your hair is wet instead. Use a boar's hair brush when your hair is dry. However, for those with curly or frizzy hair, brushing when dry is not an option, and thus hair must be combed when wet.
  • Long hair and the wind don't mix. In winter, try restraining your growing hair with one of the ways above, although you may be lucky enough to have thick, heavy hair that's hefty enough to stay down in the wind.
  • If you're thinking about growing long hair and are mostly bald or going bald or with a bald patch... go for it. See: Benjamin Franklin, Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad, George Carlin, and Hulk Hogan.
  • During the "awkward stage" of growing your hair, try styling it; some guys spike it so it doesn't cover their eyes, and it looks cooler.
  • Experiment with your growing hair. As it gets longer you're going to need a parting sooner or later, so try and find a good one.
  • Be patient! As stated, growing hair is time consuming. Try finding a new use for your hair – if you like hard fast music, try head-banging, it can be great fun!
  • When your hair is of your desired length, get it cut so it's the same length all the way around.
    • Just remember who really matters. Most girls do like guys with long hair, if for nothing else, the originality.

  • In the Rastafarian religion, there is a saying... "A man without hair is like a tree without leaves." So, if you decide that nature is what is best for you, then do it! Never let anyone bring you down for your choices!


  • Do not use a brush with wet hair. Use a large toothed comb. This will DE-tangle your hair without damaging the roots. It is very important to DE-tangle wet hair because it is difficult to brush out the knots once your hair is dry.
  • If you're the thin skinned sensitive type, this probably isn't for you. At the moment guys with long hair are in the minority. And you can get plenty of abuse for it.
  • Beware that professions involving medicine may frown upon long hair as it is seen as unhygienic. If you plan to be in a medical career, having long hair as a teenager is fine, but you may eventually have to cut it short again. However, one should check with the place of employment as most hospital's allow long hair (men or woman) it just has to be tied back (like a ponytail).
  • If your job involves working with food, you will probably be asked to wear a hairnet.
  • Remember, if you've been in a job since before you had long hair, and you've been dropped because of the new hair, this may be unlawful discrimination and there is probably some sort of legal action you could take.
  • Don't be disheartened by all this. Growing hair is a timely process, so don’t worry if 6 months in you've only grown a few inches. Look back at photos of yourself and think 'man, my hair's grown since then'
  • Don't be put off by discrimination. While some people hate long hair, some people will respect you for it. And it shows you're a stronger person if you stand up to people who harass you over it.
  • Not all girls like long hair. The ones who do, though, are going to like you a whole lot because the number of guys with long hair is considerably smaller than the number of guys with shorter hairstyles.
  • A commonly heard rumor is that the longer your hair is, the more it will fall out; however, this statement is scientifically unfounded. As your hair gets longer, it will appear that it is falling out more frequently, as each hair is longer and more noticeable than the short hairs. Even if this rumor is partially true, it is by a very small amount and it WILL grow back - long hair does not affect baldness whatsoever unless one constantly is pulling hard on it.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo, conditioner & running water
  • Brush, comb, or hair pick depending on hair type
  • Time and patience

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Gastronomical Adventure

Seafood always makes me go ga ga.... So when someone I met in a chatroom asked for a meeting, the devil in me suggested a deep dive into exotic food in Singapore. That promptly got me a date with this fabulous creature cooked and presented in a pot... chilly crab. Jumbo seafood is a nice mostly open air restaurant on the banks of Singapore river (Clark quay). Just after we ordered, I was assaulted from behind by a waitress... and amidst scary jumps and giggles, I soon found myself in this version of a strait jacket from Jumbo seafood.

My friend had different taste buds and I gave in and took a taste of prawns coated in nestum cereal... hmmm, sweet seafood is different... nice to try.

But soon the star of the show arrived and it looked, smelled and tasted heavenly... it was all i could do to try and use the 'tools' provided to eat it. Much to my friend's shock and horror, I went at it with both forelimbs and all teeth

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dec 21 2012, what if it is the end...

This afternoon, a few of my colleagues were having a lunchtime gossip session about the doomsday prediction for dec 21st 2012. I got busy just after the discussion, but the nagging thought continues, what is my strategy for the end?

I dont really believe that the end of the world is so near. So if it happens, I dont think I will be affected by the feeling of impending doom and feel like a rat in a sinking ship. Certain things in the world are best left as a mystery... let it be.

What is my strategy for doomsday?

I suppose people would be more reckless in the days preceding the end, but I would be optimistic that we will live to see the dawn of 22nd dec 2012 all over the world and then it would be just BAU (Business as usual) to undo all the nutty things people did to the system in fear of doom.

I will probably take a few weeks off from work a few months preceding D-Day. I would spend some time with my daughter, looking after her and giving her all the love I have pent up in me, just look at her and shed some tears, smile and lie about something in my eye when she asks why I am crying, Kiss her to make the hurt go away and ask for her kiss in return to make my hurt vanish.

I will dedicate a week to my first love, the bullet that I last saw at Pune railway station, my Anakutty that fate mysteriously keeps me from meeting. I will overcome whatever obstacles there are to take her on a trip again. To feel her thumps reverbating through my body and let her take me far away from all the itty bitty things in life. Then I will bid a tearful goodbye and report back to work, full of hope and trust in the power which I believe is god.

If he wishes that it is the end of the world, it is because he has seen that the earth has suffered enough damage and it is time for mother earth to have a fresh start. All things and events, good or bad should come to an end and maybe it is time, maybe it is not. I am not knowledgable enough to read the signs he gives to know for sure one way or the other, so as with every decision I took in life till now in matters beyond my control, I look at whatever form of god is available to me right then... be it christ, budha, krishna, the sun, the moon or the sea, or even the voice of sanity in my heart and I will say.." do what you believe is best, for in you I trust"

I will then report to work and do my part optimistically to try and make the logging services of the world's largest electronic payment system continue it's business as usual.If I die, it's his wish, if I live, it's his gift. Let's get on with life thinking as always:
Suppose you're god, would you do what you are thinking right now? If the answer is yes, go do it, else... dont.

Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth. -> When the show's over, what good is the ticket?

Friday, November 13, 2009

An enemy turned friend....

Breakfast is good in a rush.... Lunch is great with friends, the work gives much needed companionship till the fall of night... finally I head for home... home? isn't that where my heart is?

As I move closer, I feel the dark shadows of loneliness close over me, I try to slow it's approach, to shine a light into it by being cheerful..... the enemy is smart, it knows to start with the heart. It's grip inside my chest slowly drains the last of my smile as I wearily plugin my key to the luxurious place my company gave me. I close the door every night into a world of silence barely broken by the blaring TV, of cold barely warmed up by the climate control, of loneliness.... frightening loneliness, the feeling of being alone in a city of 5 million... yet I am relieved.... I experience peace as I never had before...

Curling into the bosom of the very enemy who scared me minutes ago, I eat my lonely dinner knowing it wont be interrupted... my scars have started to heal... like preferring instant death to prolonged suffering, I give a sigh of relief and go to sleep peacefully with the enemy.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Biker poem: moved from my orkut page

the heart which once flew free on two wheels...
can never stay caged, caged in a cage....

come sunrise, another dreary day
to work, from cage to cage in cage
sad is a biker minus his steed
the busy world pays no heed

no sunshine on chrome, so hard to rise
technology makes man pay its price
ridden by mind, what the heart once rode
driven by business, what passion once drove

one touch start, cruise control
auto gears and power to steer
detached from road, the heart thumps
unlike yore, alone it thumps

learning to love his gilded cage
his new steed, trusty though plain
she keeps him warm rain or shine
takes him there, minus the vibes

mind over matter says convention
the coming of age took out rebellion
the rebel has had his hair cut
his beard shaved for the corporate touch

that stays the same.. so unchanged
the heart which once flew free on two wheels
can never stay caged, caged in a cage

but it is.. :(

Sunday, April 5, 2009

What will I haunt?

Watching "Casper" on TV ignited a thought... If I were to die today and was left around as a ghost, what would I haunt?

Death was something I used to fear, never for myself but for people I loved... but putting myself there was a new feeling. As Casper sat on his toy train and it went around bearing his ghostly form, I couldn't help but wonder, what I would end up haunting.

My bullet of course would be my first choice to haunt, for all I know, It may even resurrect me. Those thumps make the heart feel like beating. For the ghost with no revenge, the objects for haunting should logically be those that gave it pleasure during it's life.

In that case I'd be haunting some poor soul's pack of Marlboro lights, I hope ghosts can inhale, if not, Metro 4 smoking area would be the haunt, to listen to friends talking, having a passive puff from them.

Maybe being an IT worker's ghost, I will be able to haunt my favorite chatroom, the place were a lot of friends were made and a lot of lessons were learnt.

Finally, rather than haunt, I would like to just sit on the cliff near my secret beach on CA - 1, for sure with many others just like me and fly off into the moon reflected over the calm pacific. Aah... maybe that's just the sweetest end to life.

Starting to dream again

Long time since I wrote anything, since I felt like writing anything... and yet, as I leaned on my car enjoying my last cigarette of the day, worrying just a little about the pinch of extra CO I gifted to the planet for selfish motives, I looked at the night sky and felt a jolt. After long years of being obnoxiously full of human thoughts, the mind raced back to the insignificance of life. The cool breeze was taking my worries away.

For the first time in years, I spent 30 minutes alone outdoors (without even feeling a pang to light up) and wondered, just wondered, looked at the night sky and thought of the night sky back home, back then, thinking of how I used to lie flat on my terrace watching the moon. This was much before life hit me, much before career worries, relationships or puberty happened, much before I had my first drink, much before I drove for the first time.

Back then, I never wondered what I'd become, thoughts during those periods of solitary meditation was just about the world, the fireflies, the bats, the stars and the moon. Deja Vu.... I suddenly saw a part of me who went away years ago... felt like meeting an old friend...., nope it was meeting an old friend, who took my hand and showed me how to wonder again, to count how many points were on the fallen leaf, to notice that the owl watching us can turn it's face all the way to the back, and that a bat looks just like a rat with wings. I felt a weight being lifted off my heart and happiness filling the void it left behind. I started having a conversation my friend, just as I would with my conscience as a kid.

Suddenly I felt a small hand in my palm and my friend turned to me and called me by a name I've never been called before... "DADDY....."!!!

I am a believer in childhood again, and as I dream, I write....