Over the last couple of years, we’ve witnessed a significant shift in the world of men’s hairstyles. With an increasing number of guys opting to grow out their locks, long hair has now become the norm for gents of all races, ages and professions.
But while 2015 was all about scraping it all back into man buns of all shapes and sizes – from top knots to low man buns – this year, the focus has shifted to more shapely cuts that really showcase the length in its full glory.
It’s official: 2016 is the year to let loose. Look no further than our curated list of hairstyles for men with long hair from the runway. Take a look and get some fashion-approve inspiration for your mane!
3 catwalk-inspired hairstyles for men with long hair
Natural-looking, soft layers
Natural-looking textures and effortlessly tousled hairstyles didn’t just make waves on the spring/summer 2016 womenswear runways, they were big news at the menswear shows, too – with the likes of Damir Doma, Vivienne Westwood and Etro, opting for minimum styling on male models with longer hair.
Popular cuts showcased soft, subtle layers and naturally wavy textures that promote plenty of movement. The fact that this style works on most hair lengths is also a huge advantage.
So, whether you’re sporting the super on-trend man bob (AKA mob) or would like to grow it out to even a couple of inches below the shoulders, the casual, effortlessly bohemian effect of this cut won’t be lost. What you gents will love most about this uber-versatile hairstyle, though, is that it can be parted a number of ways and requires very little styling.
Editor’s tip: To get the look, all you need is TONI&GUY Men Messy Sea Salt Spray to help boost those natural, surfer-style textures, and Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment to keep those locks looking healthy and glossy.
Super long and straight
Do you have super sleek, straight locks? Well, aren’t you the lucky one. Because not only are long, flowing tresses considered the height of fashion – if what we saw at Oliver Spencer, Richard James and Yohji Yamamoto is anything to go by – but you’ll also be the envy of many ladies and gents alike.
With the free-spirited ’70s being a big menswear trend this season, it’s no surprise we’re seeing a significant extension in length in men’s hairstyles.
So if you’re willing to commit to the maintenance (remember: the longer your hair, the more care and attention it needs), then we say: go for it! Although we’ll be brutally honest: thick-haired gents, this one may not be for you.
Editor’s tip: Just be sure to keep those locks looking healthy and glossy. Try TRESemmé Silky Smooth Salon Silk Shampoo and Conditioner, which will help to restore moisture while also taming unruly flyways.
Curly long hairstyles
At the opposite end of the spectrum to sleek and straight, super curly long hairstyles also featured extensively on the SS16 runways with designers like Prada, Saint Laurent and Hermès opting for guys boasting heavily-textured hair of varying lengths. So it’s good news for curly-haired gents, at last.
The keyword here is movement, courtesy of your natural waves, but it’s worth bearing in mind that curl-control is also very important if you want to make it as low maintenance as possible. It’s essential to judge the length and cut just right in order to enhance the texture, but also remove any excess weight that will make your hair much harder to style.
So don’t be afraid to seek advice from your barber for his/her suggestions as to what might suit your particular type of curls best.
Editor’s tip: As for styling aids, try a good curl-defining product, like the VO5 Fluff Tamer and leave your hair to air-dry for best results.