Once considered only popular among rock gods, surfers and skateboarders, the community of long-haired men continues to rapidly gain members thanks to fashionable appeal. From shoulder-scraping styles to manes that reach the lower back, long hair is stylish and adaptable. Whether it’s pulled back, worn with texture or dramatically parted, long hair can be styled for any occasion. But, with so much choice on how to wear your hair, picking just one can be hard. Luckily, we’re here to make finding the right style for your long locks simple. Now, all you need to do is pick your favourite from this list of the best easy long hairstyles for men.
Hairstyles for Men with Long Hair
1. Slick Back
For guys with medium-long locks, the slick back look is as easy to achieve as it is suave. A more undone alternative to a bun or pony, the slick back works as well with a tailored suit as it does with streetwear. For fine hair, a high-shine look is optimal and can be achieved by raking fingers through clean hair using a medium hold wet-look gel. Guys with curly or textured hair can also rock this look by sweeping the front section of hair back with a pomade or mousse for greater hold. Curls can be left largely intact, or broken up slightly for a more worn-in feel.
For those in-between days or for the man at work, a pony is an easy and quick way to style long hair. Pulling hair back with a drop of serum to ensure maximum shine, one can either conserve the natural part or pull hair directly back for a slightly more dishevelled appeal. Tying the tie over twice or three times for hold and comfort, the world is really your oyster in terms of slickness for this look. To stop the look from feeling too restrictive or severe, leave a few strands near the front to fall by the face or be tucked behind ears.
3. Long Textured Waves
This down-and-out style is all about texture and dimension. Popularised by Harry Styles, the look features a deconstructed pompadour and waves of a medium texture and density. This look is wearable for almost any face shape but is best suited to those with some natural movement and a layered cut. To replicate, apply a styling mousse to clean damp hair, scrunch liberally and either leave to air dry or dry with a diffuser directing the front section of hair backwards. Then once hair is almost completely dry, take the front section and lightly backcomb before setting with a flexible hairspray. With a playboy appeal and youthful vitality, this is the hair of heartthrobs.
4. Man Bun
A modern classic, the man bun isn’t going anywhere. As versatile as it is current, buns are universally flattering and can be altered and customised according to face shape. Comb hair back with fingers and secure with a tie, allowing some tips to stick out for a relaxed appeal. The length of your hair will determine how high or low you can wear your bun, but for best practice aim for just below the crown of the head, with some hair at the nape of your neck curling free. While guys with defined bone structures are able to wear the look as slick as they like, for the most part, a looser bun is most flattering. For an artfully messy man bun, slide the end of a comb underneath the top to loosen sections of hair around the face slightly.
5. Long Hair with Part
A crisp part can be incredibly striking on a long mane. Centre parting is best left to the symmetrical and those with straighter hair. To get an arrow straight part, take a fine-toothed comb to freshly washed hair and draw a sharp line from the centre of the hairline directly back before running fingers through ends with a drop of serum. An option for guys with softer features and more textured hair is an indistinct side part. Guided either by a natural cowlick or preference, sweep the larger section of hair to one side and train it to stay in place by tucking it behind your ear. To create extra hold, use a dry texturing spray on the roots and define the part near the face with a loose hold wax — ultimately, however, this is a style that is best worn with a little movement, so tread carefully.
The drama of loose hair meets the sleekness of a man bun. With jawline and neck completely visible you’re scoring serious points with the ladies and keeping hair off your face – a win/win. A mainstay of the long-haired man and recently put back on the map by Chris Hemsworth in his turn as Thor, when worn with longer strands this look is most striking. For the half-up, pull the top third of hair back into a tie and loop over into a knot, allowing some movement by not securing too tightly. Most androgynous with day-old hair, keep the look devil-may-care by working some dry shampoo into the roots and spritzing ends with water or sea salt spray.
7. Long Braids
For gents with long hair who like a bold look, braids can make an excellent option. Not only are they uniquely stylish, but they’re also versatile and can be adapted to suit a range of styles. For a subtle braided look, try wearing your hair in one long and loose plait at the back of your head. Alternatively, for an eye-catching style, create many tight braids, starting at your scalp and working through your long mane. You can even partner your braided look with a man-bun or ponytail for a double dose of style.
8. Long Curls
If you have lusciously long and curly hair, why not show it off in all its glory? Thanks to their natural texture and volume, long curls can be a great look for those who have a relaxed style. Of course, to pull off this look, you’ll need to keep your curls in excellent condition and tame excess frizz. As such, you should remember to condition your hair regularly but not over-wash it. Also, be sure to invest in moisture-rich hair products and let your hair dry naturally whenever possible as blow-drying can cause frizz and damage. Then, all you need to decide is whether you wear your curls swept-back or with a part.
9. Long and Straight
While short and straight hair can often appear a little plain, long and straight locks look daring and eye-catching. With little texture or shape, this style shows off all your length without any distraction. As such, it’s essential to maintain your cut and keep your ends neatly trimmed as they’ll be on display. For a smart and stylish appearance, it’s also important to ensure that your hair is healthy. Doing so will help to reduce frizz and enhance shine for a sleek appearance. Of course, if your hair isn’t naturally smooth or completely straight, you can always fake it. Just blow-dry your mane using a heat-protectant spray and round brush before applying a serum to tame any frizz or flyaways.
Having long hair affords you the possibility to rock a range of impressive hairstyles, including dreadlocks. Although the style isn’t for all gents, it can be an excellent option for those who are prepared to try something a little out of the ordinary. Whether you braid or twist your hair, dreadlocks can appear simultaneously on-trend and uniquely stylish. As such, they make a fashionable choice that can instantly upgrade the look of your long locks. Just be sure you’re ready to commit to creating and maintaining this style as it can take work.
How to Style Long Hair
- Embrace your natural texture, whether curly straight or wavy.
- Try a slicked-back look for a suave yet stylishly undone appearance.
- Opt for a middle part if your hair is straight and a side part if it is wavy or curly.
- To wear your hair up, consider a ponytail, man bun or half-up look.
- For a bold look, select a braided or dreadlocked style.
- Keep your hair healthy and receive regular trims to ensure it always looks good.
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