Any guy who manages to grow long hair without looking like Mickey Rourke deserves some kudos. Not only does it take forever, but you also have to go through a couple of months of looking like a hobo before it gets to a ‘I just got off my surfboard, and I’m suited up to for a kick ass job’ length. While most men can usually get away with just a quick comb, there are some instances where a mane needs to be tamed with a bit more than just water. That’s when tips and tricks plus men’s long hair products come in handy.
Men’s Long Hair Styling Tips & Tricks
#1 Know Before You Grow. Before growing out your hair, make sure to have realistic goals and make sure having the patience to grow out your hair is something that fits in with your lifestyle e.g. if you’re a sharp businessman, the ‘in-between’ look might not go down so well.
#2 Get the Right Tools. For working with long hair, you’ll want to invest in good tools. A wide-tooth comb and high quality hair brush with natural bristles are essential. If you wear a ponytail, buy some cloth coated bands (rubber bands will damage the hair).
#3 Wash & Dry Carefully. Shampoo and condition daily, but be careful when drying off. Towel drying is one of the biggest causes of frizziness and split ends. To properly towel dry, shake out the excess water and stroke your hair in the direction it grows, rather than rubbing the hair with the towel.
#4 Loosen Up. Wearing tight hats or very tight ponytails can cause a condition called traction alopecia, which is hair loss due to damage to the hair’s root from pulling hair too tight. So if you are going for man bun, keep it loose and low.
#5 Trim Regularly. Since the only real way to remove damaged hair is to cut off the damaged section, keeping your hair trimmed regularly will help eliminate split ends.
5 Men’s Long Hair Products For Superior Styling
Now you know how to take care of your long tresses, here are our recommendations for the top 5 men’s long hair products for superior styling.
#1 Nak – Surf Styler
A mate of mine has a sickeningly awesome head of hair and he always looks as though he’s been to the beach. Knowingly being from Melbourne he hasn’t touched the sea since summer, so upon enquiry I learned his secret: Nak – Surf Styler. This light texturizing spray is made for ease and a bit of volume too.
#2 Kevin Murphy UN.DRESSED
UN.DRESSED by Kevin Murphy is a product that promises a lot, but also delivers. It defines wavy longer hair being perfect for curls and waves. When you hit it with a hair dryer it gives you plenty of volume and hold while still feeling soft enough for someone else to run their fingers through.
#3 Jack Black – Sleek Finish Texture Cream
The worst thing you can do to long hair is to slap it down with a rock hard gel. Unless the Lego or helmet look is what you’re in to, we’d recommend trying Jack Black – Sleek Finish Texture Cream. Giving you the sheen and texture you want as well as smoothing away frizz, this crème is soft and easy to use plus as it also conditions dry or coarse hair.
#4 Grant’s Golden Brand Pomade: Medium Blend
Grants Golden Brand Pomade: Medium Blend is slowly becoming one of the world’s cult men’s long hair products (if such a thing exists). Grants is synonymous for helping create awesome Greaser and Rockabilly styles and the Medium blend with its more pliable formula means you can change your style throughout the day. Like the Fonz says “Aaaaeeeyyy!”
#5 Redken – Polish Up Pomade
There’s times when a man needs to be a gentleman e.g. a date, a job interview, a court appearance. It’s for those times and many others that a smart and sophisticated hair style can help complete a positive first impression. Redken Polish Up Pomade gives long hair a healthy shine without the weight and can take you from straight out of bed to a slick side part in no time.