Truth is, growing out your hair and maintaining (healthy) long locks aren’t as effortless as Jared Leto and the likes would have you believe. Sometimes, more hair can mean more problems – not only in terms of care, but also having to regularly come up with cool new ways to wear it. We know, it’s all too easy to get stuck in a hair rut, but the good news is, if that’s your only worry, it can easily be solved. Well, at the very least, we’re hoping we can help. Because there are plenty of non-drastic cuts, updos and nifty styling tricks, guaranteed to instantly refresh your look, or make that grow-out phase slightly less painful. Below are seven of our favourite men’s long hairstyles we hope will give you some ideas.
7 Men’s long hairstyles to help refresh your look
1. Messy layers
Looks like: Gaspard Ulliel, Kit Harington, Orlando Bloom
The epitome of casual cool, we like to think of this cut as the male version of the long bob (A.K.A lob, as your female counterparts commonly call it). Thanks to the relaxed layers, which sort of resemble a grown-out fringe, it’s a brilliantly practical one to consider if you’re in between lengths, too. Whether your hair is straight, wavy, or curly, these messy layers can work well. Gaspard Ulliel, Orlando Bloom and Kit Harington – all of whom have varying textures – are a case in point.
2. Au naturel
Looks like: Ludacris, Omarion circa Early Noughties
‘Go big or go home’ is the idiom that comes to mind when we think of this ’do. It’s all about embracing your natural hair texture – and retro spirit – by creating lots volume and height. About time you make the afro pick your best mate again, don’t you think? Just remember to handle it gently and keep that ‘fro well-moisturised with some Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment (£6.99*) to help avoid breakage.
Looks like: Chris Hemsworth
We know, the name doesn’t sound all that appealing, but don’t worry, it’s just a newly-coined term for the male ponytail. And we’re all for it because it’s a super simple and easy way to keep your long locks neat and tidy: a malleable, semi-matte wax or pomade (like the TIGI Bed Head For Men Matte Separation Workable Wax, £13.95*), and a hairband is all you need. We suggest keeping your man tail dapper with a low placement for the office or more formal occasions.
4. Man bun
Looks like: Jared Leto
Obviously, no list for long hairstyles would be complete without the famed man bun. And there’s a good reason for it: it’s one of the most flexible styles out there. Not only do you have the choice of wearing it high or low, but it works across all hair textures and varying lengths, from medium to very long. And bonus for those who’re maintaining facial hair like Jared Leto, a man bun allows you to really let your beard game shine, too.
Check out the best man buns of all time here!
5. Half-up bun
Looks like: Jason Momoa
A great style hybrid if you feel like a high updo is a little too out there. The half-up bun is less harsh than the man tail or mun because the hair left loose can help frame your face. And if you really feel like taking it up a notch, how about adding small plaits for an edgier, ’70s-inspired braided alternative to this flexible hairstyle. Credit: @benjifrazzetto
6. Viking braids AKA man braids
Looks like: Harry Styles, Travis Fimmel as Viking’s Ragnar Lothbrok
This one might not be for everyone, but don’t disregard flat braided hairstyles just because they look tricky: they’re actually less complicated than you might think. Drawing inspiration from ancient Norsemen, these rows of French braids look even better when teamed up with a mohawk or a low fade cut. Not convinced? Refer to Travis Fimmel in Vikings for direction, he’s the top poster boy for this Scandi-cool look. Credit: @robertwriii
For more Vikings hair-spiration, read here!
Looks like: David Haye, Shemar Moore in Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Fashion-wise, the ’90s are back, so it’s hardly surprising to see retro hairstyles from the same era also making a marked return. This ’do might need a bit of skill – and an acquired taste – but once done, it’s extremely long-lasting and super easy to maintain. FYI, for years, it was the signature fighting style for Brit boxer David Haye. KO. Credit: @spencerhenryhair
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