Men's Long Hair Styles

Terryn Kelly
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Long Hair Looks for Men

Many men are breaking free from the confinement of short cuts and growing their own luscious locks. Many longer styles for guys are low-key and require only minimal maintenance, but allow the men to still appear well groomed. There are plenty of manly options for long hair. One of the following slides might show a look that is perfect for you!

Slicked Back Hair

Slicked Back

Slicking the hair back with no ponytail is one of the easiest ways to groom medium length hair. This look is great for older men who have long hair and still want to look professional at work.

This style will be easier to achieve for men with little to no curl pattern and who have no layers in their hair. If you wear a part, choose which side you would like it on and begin to brush damp hair back in that direction. If you don't wear a part, proceed to brush the hair straight back. Use gel when slicking the hair for control on how the hair will be molded.

Curly Hair

Care-Free Curls

Care-free curls are the exact opposite of slicked-back style. This style is an easy one to achieve for those who already have kinky or tightly curled hair. You may want to consult with your stylist about how to cut and shape your curls so they compliment your face.

If you're in a hurry and only have time for air drying, after the hair has been washed spray in a leave-in conditioner like Lusters Scurl No Drip Activator Moisturizer. This will help keep the hair hydrated all day long. Gently comb through the hair with a wide tooth comb to distribute product to the hair ends.

If you don't want to leave out the house with a wet head, your best option is to use a diffuser, since this doesn't disturb the curls. After shampooing, apply a leave-in conditioner and apply an oil like Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum from Carol's Daughter which reduces frizziness and protects the hair from heat. After products are applied, begin to use a diffuser until all the hair has been dried.

Wispy Ends

Wispy Ends

Chin or shoulder-length hair cuts look great on all face types. They can be very edgy and versatile options for men, especially when styled to highlight wispy ends.

It's easy to show off the precise layers in these types of cuts by using a wax and pomade to make the pieces stand out. The wispy ends in the haircut create movement by being flipped both under and out. This look can be achieved by blow drying hair in different directions with a paddle brush, or can be flat ironed turning the hair in different directions.

Layered Men's Hairstyle

Layered

A layered haircut is great for guys who are transitioning from a short haircut to longer tresses. The layers help to blend together the shortest and the longest pieces of the hair. A flat iron can be used to create body toward the top of the head, and enhance layers.

This hair cut is best for men with straight hair. Consult with your stylist to determine the type of layers that will work best with your hair.

Asymmetrical Cut

Asymmetrical

An asymetrical look is an interesting, edgy approach to long hair for a man. Maybe you can't decide if you want long or short hair, but this hair style allows you to have the best of both worlds. The long hair on one side will allow you to be creative and experiment with different styles.

Consult with your stylist about how low to go on the shorter side. He or she can even cut designs on the side to make the style unique. Discuss in depth how you would like the remaining hair to look, if you want it layered, or if you would like a razored cut with lots a movement as pictured.

Half Ponytail

Half Ponytail

Pulling long hair away from the face can easily transform messy hair into a polished look, making this a great option for men with curly hair that is long.

It is easier to style curly hair it when it is wet. After shampooing, spray a leave-in conditioner and comb through the ends with a wide tooth comb. Apply a product to the curls that reduce frizz such as KMS TameFrizz De-Frizz Oil. A good product to follow up with is L'Oreal Paris EverStyle Curl Activating Mousse to hold and define curls.

After the products are applied, begin to make a part horizontally from ear to ear in the back of the head. Begin to brush the top portion of the hair into a ponytail and secure with a ponytail holder.

Banded Ponytail

Banded Ponytail

A fun way for men to spice up a simple ponytail is to add bands down the length of the tail. First, pull the dry hair into a normal ponytail. Gather the hair in your hand and begin adding bands as you move further down. They can be spaced however far apart or as close together as you want. Do not use regular rubber bands as these will cause damage and breakage to the hair. Try using Goody Ouchless Elastics instead.

This banding technique is also good for people who have tight curls, or coarse hair who want stretch and elongate their hair without using heat.

Cornrow

Cornrows

Cornrows are a great way for men to keep long hair neat and out of the way. The style can last for two to three weeks, and should be wrapped in a scarf at night to prevent frizziness. Cornrows are typically done on coarse hair types. These braids can get very creative since the hair can be braided into different designs.

Its important to find a quality hair braider who actually cares about the health of your hair and won't braid too tight, as this can lead to hair loss and breakage. Ask to see a portfolio of the braider's past work to determine if he or she is the right fit for you.

Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks can be very versatile after reaching shoulder length. They can be twisted and braided into many different styles. As the dreads continue to grow you will need to get the new growth re-twisted every month. This style is typically worn by African Americans with kinky or coarse hair, but can also be worn by different races.

Consult with your stylist to determine the size of dreads you would like to start and which dreading methods will best suit your hair type.

Braid for Men

Classic Braid

A man with long hair can never go wrong with a classic braid. It is a timeless style which also protects the hair ends and prevents breakage during colder months.

For this style comb the hair wet or dry straight back. Separate the hair into three sections and begin to braid the hair all the way down and secure with a band.

When deciding to grow long hair, the options for styling are infinite. For more hair ideas take a look at pictures of Men's Hair Styles.

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Men's Long Hair Styles