Long-haired men are a special kind. While others buzz off their strands and keep things cropped, these men continue to tie off their ponytails with love and deep condition their ends. Certainly, we salute their style—not to mention their unwillingness to give up their manes.
There’s only one downside to this look. It can feel as if long hairstyles for men are few and far between. There’s more the world of masculine locks than single length cuts and the occasional ponytail. If you’re proud of your length but not sure where to go next, let us introduce you to the world of layers, tapered fades, and braids.
To make sure you’re getting the best version of whatever cut you choose, make sure you’re booking an appointment with a stylist who has experience cutting lengthy men’s hair. Instagram is an excellent place to see your pro’s past work. As a rule, you should be able to see several versions of the cut you want on his or her page before clicking “book appointment.”
Ready to mix up your long look? Keep reading.
Let’s start with a look for men with hair that’s long enough to reach their shoulders, but not lengthy enough to tie into a braid. For this style, you’ll want to have a working relationship with product—you’ll need to use plenty of it to sweep your strands into the perfect quiff.
Because this style sweeps back directly from the forehead, this cut is best for men who feel confident in their hairlines. Thick hair is best, especially because you’re attempting to build volume. When in doubt, the golden rule is that thick hair can be worn long, but thinning hair looks best cropped.
Sometimes, the best hairstyle is the simplest one. It’s tempting to use your fingers to part freshly shampooed hair, but resist the habit in favor of a more professional technique Using a long-tailed comb, create a sharp, deep side part. Comb away from the part, keeping your hair as sleek as possible.
If you’re comfortable using a blow dryer, the side part is a great place to break it out. Pointing the airflow down, focus heat on either side of your part to smooth your strands and minimize frizz. Just a few minutes under the dryer should get the job done.
The wedge cut is better suited to medium length hair than the very long kind, so we cheated a little. Instead of cutting your strands straight across, your stylist will lift your hair straight out from the scalp and snip it at an angle. The result is a look that’s long at the top but tapered near the neck, like a ‘90s movie star.
If you’re looking for a fresh style, consider swapping your lengths for a sharp, shoulder length cut. Long strands can get weighed down or dry, resulting in a mane that looks less than healthy. With sharp, freshly cut ends, you’ll be surprised at how shiny and manageable your strands feel.
There’s reason why bob haircuts have traditionally the domain of edgy actors and punk superstars. The look is unexpected but flattering, especially if you’re already wrangling waves or texture. Ask for a length that just hits at chin level, so you’ll be able to tuck it behind your ears.
While we’re on the subject of flattering haircuts, we’d be remiss to ignore the shoulder length cut. At this length, your strands will be naturally voluminous while still long enough to fit into a short ponytail. This cut is all the practicality without sacrificing any of your style.
We’re big fans of the versatility that comes with shoulder length hair. Braids, buns, and tails are all within reach, providing you with a million reasons not to wear the same style every day.
Women’s long hairstyles are all about flattering the face, but when it comes to the male equivalent we like to see emphasis on effortless texture. If you prefer to hop out of the shower and go, the shaggy look is perfect for you. Invest in a light-hold hair gel and you’ll be surprised at how easy your life becomes.
After a lot of talk about cropping off your inches, we’re ready to dive into the other side of the long hair world. If you’re working with curly or wavy strands, why not do the thing in the biggest, boldest way possible? Grow your hair all the way down your back at least once in your lifetime.
On long hair, we love the look of a pin straight part. The style is simple and classic, keeping your mane from totally hiding your face. For an added style statement, ask your stylist for face-framing layers to add movement to your hair.
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: Curly haired men deserve more love, especially at hair salons. Whether you’re working with chin length hair or a full mane of curls, do yourself a favor and see a stylist who specializes in curls. He or she will cut your hair dry, crafting the most flattering look for you.
Cornrows are one of the most well-known ways for men with textured hair to wear their manes long, but we find that the style can become a little stale over time. If you’re looking for a way to freshen up your look, we recommend mixing a few French braids into your cornrow look.
Long and Sleek
There’s nothing more attractive than a man who knows his way around a blow dryer, especially one with long hair. If you’re working with mid-back length, don’t be afraid to wear it straight and shiny. Pro tip: To minimize frizz, point the air stream of your blow dryer straight down while finishing up your look.
Here’s a timeless style that’s flattering on anyone with a solid hairline. Using hair gel or pomade on medium length hair, comb the strands straight back. Tuck any excess strands behind your ears, making sure to create volume at the crown of the head. With any luck, you’ll be mistaken for an A-list actor.
Rock And Roll
If there’s one theme we consistently see in celebrity styling, it’s rock-inspired male hairstyles with an unkempt vibe. We love this style for men who have some natural texture to their manes, whether that’s a wave or full-on curls. A curl-boosting cream can help enhance your curl pattern and set you up with waves that will last all day.
One of the most underrated skills in male hairstyling at home is the ability to wield a blow dryer with confidence. This hot tool isn’t a ladies-only affair—it’s one of the easiest ways to ensure your long mane looks good every day.
Spritz your mane with a heat protectant before beginning to blow dry your hair, pointing the airstream down along the hair to help boost shine. Once your hair is about 70 percent dry, use a brush to help ensure you’re getting a finish so sleek it’s practically reflective.
Here’s a lesson women with long hair learned years ago: It takes godlike dedication to style your hair every day. If you washed yesterday and can’t bear the thought of having to create a fresh blowout situation, opt for the man bun. This practical updo can be worn on fades, undercuts, and as a half up style.
Tucked Behind Ears
In the past year, we’ve seen a renewed interest in all things nostalgia and ‘90s. Channel the leading men of the decade with a crisp middle part, tucking your long locks behind your ears. Rather than using your fingers to define the part, drag a fine tooth comb from crown to hairline. A shine spray or light hold gel can help tame any flyaways.
Natural texture is having a real moment, which is why you should be working on understanding how to enhance your curl pattern. The golden rule is to pay a visit a salon that specializes in curly hair. The right cut will free your ringlets of extra weight, allowing them to bounce up. Ask your stylist for customized tips to ensure your curls look frizz-free and defined every day.
We love the way long, straight locks look on men. It’s not just aesthetics that make this ‘do so attractive, either—straightened hair creates the perfect bun, braid, or ponytail on days two and three between washes.
If this look appeals to you, invest in a quality flat iron and heat protectant spray. Invest in a styling appointment with a hair professional so he or she can teach you the proper technique for straightening your hair without any dents or creases.
Long And Layered
Shoulder length hair falls at or just below the shoulders, highlighting your face and giving you enough hair to pull back into a ponytail. If you’re a fan of air drying but like some volume, a cut like this will take you far. Ask your stylist for subtle long layers throughout to ensure movement throughout the hair.
Expert barbers report seeing a serious jump in the popularity of locs for men, making this dramatic style one to try. Although it takes a bit of work to create locs, the style is simple to maintain. When you’re tired of wearing the style, your stylist can snip them off—enabling you to start fresh.
We love a man with waves, which are easy to achieve whether or not you’re blessed with natural texture. If you love the style but aren’t sure how to achieve, try tying damp, clean hair into a loose top knot or braid before heading to bed at night. By morning, you should have a full head of effortless waves.