Before you start thinking men’s long hairstyles are just for ‘girly guys’ or struggling artists and musicians, it’s time to take a long hard look at yourself. We’re living in the 21st-century, which means the lines between masculinity and femininity are blurred and long hair for men is far more acceptable. Hell, it’s even considered stylish.
Many high-profile celebrities have dabbled with long hairstyles at some point in their career – think Bradley Cooper, Chris Hemsworth, David Beckham and Brad Pitt, so by growing your hair out long, you’ll be in some esteemed company for sure.
But, you don’t necessarily just want to grow your hair out long and leave it. You’re going to want to do something with it and style it in various ways. After all, all that long hair shouldn’t go to waste. You’ve spent considerable time growing it, so now it’s time to use to upgrade your style and look.
In this men’s long hairstyles story…
What To Ask Your Barber
If you already possess long hair, then you won’t need to make as many visits to a barber compared to someone with a short haircut. Keeping long hair in good condition is still a must, however, but try and avoid using shampoo on a regular basis and let it dry naturally as often as you can; using the hairdryer regularly will cause it to dry out and become damaged.
If you think a long hairstyle is for you, however, then you’ll need plenty of patience while you wait for it to grow. Remember that your face shape will determine the long hairstyles that will look best on you, so try and find inspiration images online.
We’ve rounded some of the most popular long hairstyles for men, with an extended gallery at the bottom of the page.
Man Bun Hairstyle For Men
Ah yes, the ubiquitous man bun. Also known as the top knot, the man bun is one of those hairstyles that exploded in popularity all of a sudden, thanks in no small part to its adoption by hippie types and those who enjoy practising yoga. You don’t see as many man bun hairstyles around now, but this only serves as a perfect reason for you to give one a go. Who knows, you could help reboot the trend.
How you tie yours can influence how you come across to others, so we’d suggest aiming for a man bun/ponytail mash-up for a cooler look than the hipster-adored top-knot.
Mullet Long Hairstyle For Men
Business at the front, party at the back is what this men’s long hairstyle is all about. Definitely a much-loved long hairstyle in Australia, the mullet is slowly but surely becoming popular across the world. You don’t need to go as drastic as some daring mullet-wearers, as modern versions simply ask for greater length at the back than the front.
Because of the variation in mullet hairstyles, it makes it hairstyle you should really consider next time you go to the barber. You will need to make sure you have long hair to start with, of course – a barber isn’t a magician – but if you just get the sides taken in and made shorter, leaving a longer section at the back of the head, you’ll have yourself a super stylish mullet.
Long, Wavy Hairstyle For Men
One of the more popular hairstyles for men in recent years is the long and wavy look. When men’s hair grows longer it tends to naturally curl anyway – unless you’re forever destined to have straight locks – so you should take advantage of it. This also means that men won’t need to apply much product aside from a small amount of styling mousse scrunched into damp hair.
The image of Harry Style above is a prime example of the men’s long and wavy hair look done right. His hair has been left to fall naturally, wherein it has taken on some natural waves. He’s then applied a small amount of product to his hair to keep the length out of his face.
Mid-Length Hairstyle For Men
Long hair on a man doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to go past the shoulders. With the majority of men adopting short hairstyles, ‘long’ can effectively mean anything that goes past the ear. A perfect ‘entry-level’ long hairstyle for men is the mid-length hairstyle. With some weight taken out of the hair by your barber, the mid-length hairstyle can flow well and doesn’t require much maintenance save from a small amount of styling mousse.
Curly Long Hair For Men
Curls, as they say, get the girls, and long hair lends itself to being a champion of the curled look, whether your hair is just past your ears, a mid-length, or halfway down your back. Curly long hair is only best suited to men who grow curly hair naturally, as you don’t want to be using curlers every morning to achieve your look.
A great option for men new to long hair is to keep it longer on top, but have the sides tidied up and kept shorter, resulting in a layered look that is full of texture.
Matthew McConaughey above is a perfect example of how men can achieve the curly long hairstyle. His hair is swept back using some hair product and, as previously mentioned, has been kept tidy around the sides to keep some of the length at bay.
Long Side-Part Hairstyle For Men
Some may call it a side-part, others may call it a sideswipe, either way, this long hairstyle looks great on men. Just as the side-part looks great when cut short, it also has its place in long hairstyles. In a similar fashion to the short side-part hairstyle, the longer counterpart sees one side of the hair drop naturally, while the other needs to be combed over the head and down the other side and tucked behind the ear to keep it under control.
You don’t necessarily need to use any hair product to achieve this long hairstyle, as the natural weight of the hair should hold it in place. You can certainly use a light spritz of hairspray to ensure the front section holds to prevent it from flailing in front of your face, but otherwise, this is a low-maintenance long hairstyle for men.
Long Slick Back Hairstyle For Men
Popularised by the likes of Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington, the long slick back hairstyle for men can be a great option for formal events. Suitable for both straight and curly hair types, the slick back hairstyle is a great way to keep your hair under control, while still looking a million dollars.
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