Long-haired men are a special breed. While others (a majority, really) buzz off their strands and keep things cropped, these long-locked 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—and yet there’s much more to the world of masculine locks than simple, 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. Even shaking up how you part your hair can add some extra oomph.
Is long hair in style for guys?
Before you even consider switching up your hard part haircut for long, flowing locks, there are a few things to consider—mainly, is it in style? Well, not only is long hair for men super on-trend for 2020, but it’s also so versatile. From layered looks to hairstyles like man buns, there are so many ways to make a little extra length work for you.
What is considered long hair on a man?
Wondering just how long is “long hair” for guys, anyway? It’s typically anything past the ears, and certainly anything past the chin qualifies. Really, anything over 6 inches in length is considered long, but you’ll get bonus points for shoulder length or beyond!
How To Care For Long Hair For Men
The key to healthy hair is keeping it well-maintained, right? When you opt for long hair, your maintenance routine will look a bit different than with shorter strands. On top of keeping up with trim appointments (we recommend cleaning up your ends every eight weeks or so to prevent split ends), you’ll also need to update your at-home routine.
When it comes to shampoo and conditioner, choose a system formulated to keep your strands hydrated and tangle-free like Baxter Of California’s Daily Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner. This system repairs, cleanses, and moisturizes hair while strengthening scalp and adding shine.
Frequently styling with hair gels and pomades can leave your mane with serious product build-up. That’s why we also recommend adding a clarifying shampoo like Baxter Of California Deep Clean Shampoo to your routine. This formula purifies and cleanses both the scalp and hair from dirt, oil, and product build-up.
So, ready to mix up your long look? Or just curious about the different haircuts that are available for the long-haired guys in your life? On your mark, get set, go.
The Best Long Hairstyles For Men
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 products like hair pomade—you’ll need to use plenty of it to sweep your strands into the perfect quiff.We recommend Redken Brews Hair Pomade for medium control with a smooth finish.
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 a reason why bob haircuts are traditionally worn by 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.
Good hair day by @benhards.
Half top knot, half straight and long with bold and blunt sideburns, this sleek and edgy look is an updated way of being business in the front and a party in the back. Achieve the style by using your favorite pomade or wax for smoothness, and for added edge, consider using a leather tie to shake things up.
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 like Redken Brews Clean Gel and you’ll be surprised at how easy your life becomes.
Good hair day by @kato_katosha.
Deep Side Part And Buzzed Sides
If you have straight or wavy hair and are looking for a little extra drama, consider a deep side part with buzzed sides. To achieve this look, your part will typically align with where your eyebrow ends on the farthest end of your face. Then, the remaining hair on that side is buzzed a bit for a dramatic front-facing look. And to really bring the drama, consider the rainbow hue.
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.
Sleek Center Part
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.
Center Part With Textured Shag
A center part is not only universally flattering, but is also the perfect part for shaggy, textured waves. An artfully applied color melt color adds even more dimension while still remaining natural-looking and quite easy to maintain as it grows out. Use a hair pomade like Redken Brews Texture Hair Pomade for a controlled matte finish with added texture.
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.
Searching for a product to help keep your curly mane intact? We recommend a hair gel like Matrix Total Results Curl Please Super Defrizzer Gel.
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 like Redken Iron Shape 11 Thermal Holding Heat Protection Spray 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.
Low Man Bun
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.
High Man Bun
A great solution for second (or third) day hair, or for when the temperatures rise and your length has you feeling hot or sweaty, a top knot at the top of your head is a great option for looking (and feeling) effortlessly cool and chic.
Half Up Half Down Man Bun
Once you’ve mastered the basic bun, you’re qualified to take it up a notch. We love the half ponytail style on men because it’s the best of both worlds. You can show off your length without having your hair hang listlessly in front of your eyes all day.
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 to 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.
Good hair day by @jordunlove.
Long, Natural Curls
While keeping your hair long and natural requires some extra TLC on your part, we love the look. These long, tight ringlets cascade from a deep center part and rest on the shoulders — the perfect, versatile length for rocking your hair up or down.
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.
Man Bun With Locs
Wearing locs is a real commitment. The style is timeless, sure, but it’s also weighty and challenging to pull back. Instead of developing a love-hate relationship with your locs, solve both problems by trying out a man bun.
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 it, 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.
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