Long hair styles are everywhere right now, and for good reason. If you’ve been blessed with a full head of hair then why not show off your health and good genes by wearing it long and proud?
From Kurt Cobain to Kit Harrington, wearing long hair has always been a sign of instant and effortless cool. The man bun may have (thankfully) fallen out of vogue, but that doesn’t mean that long hair is any less popular.
The modern way to wear long hair focuses on ensuring that your hair is healthy, effortless, and easy to style. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to put effort into getting the right cut!
Here are our top tips for the modern way to wear long hair:
Work With Your Hair’s Natural Texture
Modern long hair styles with the natural texture of your hair rather than against it: this is good news if you don’t want to spend your morning battling with straightening irons, or visiting your stylist to have your hair permed and curled!
If you have naturally curly hair then ask your stylist to work with your curls, rather than cut them. A good hairdresser will cut your hair whilst the curls are in a natural position, rather than comb it straight. The texture of your hair should dictate your cut rather than the other way around, so if your hair has to be a cm or two longer or shorter than you imagined to avoid cutting through a natural curl then ultimately this will give a better and more natural look.
The texture of your hair should dictate your cut rather than the other way around, so if your hair has to be a cm or two longer or shorter than you imagined to avoid cutting through a natural curl then ultimately this will give a better and more natural look.
If you have naturally straight hair then adding long layers to your hair will inject it with life and help it avoid looking limp and lifeless. Ask your stylist to add texture to your hair by chopping into the ends: this will encourage your hair to curl lightly at the ends, creating the illusion of a style that is thicker and fuller than it really is.
Ask your stylist to add texture to your hair by chopping into the ends: this will encourage your hair to curl lightly at the ends, creating the illusion of a style that is thicker and fuller than it really is.
When you work with the natural texture of your hair you will find it much easier to work with and style on a day to day basis.
Consider Your Face Shape
Not every man has what it takes to wear long hair: it is a style that will emphasize your features, meaning that not every cut will suit every face shape. Consider your face shape carefully when growing out your locks and, if in doubt, consult with your hairdresser to find the most flattering fit.
If you have a very slim face, particularly if your face is narrow at the top of your head towards your temples, then you can afford to wear your hair in a longer style to give your face some width and balance. Look to Jared Leto for a great example of this.
If your face is square or round in shape then you should look for a more layered and textured hair style that gives extra height and volume at the top of your head but is leaner and more chopped into at the sides, in order to elongate the face rather than add extra volume to its widest parts.
John Mayer demonstrates this perfectly with his textured mid length hair and layered bangs designed to add volume to the top and front of his hair style. This is a wonderfully versatile and modern look that would work on almost any man.
And if you have a chiselled jaw and model type features? Well, then you have been truly genetically blessed, which means that you can wear your hair however you like. Lucky you!
Remember that wearing your hair long is a style that will draw attention to your face: if you’re not comfortable with this increased attention (or have facial features that you’re self-conscious of) then this might not be the right hair choice for you.
Take a Minimalist Approach to Hair Maintenance
Long hair will obviously take much longer to style and maintain than having a buzz cut, but you don’t need to spend hours styling it and applying products every day. If you get the right cut then the maintenance your hair needs should be fairly minimal.
The key is for your hair to look healthy and natural, but ultimately like you haven’t wasted your limited time on worrying about styling it!
Wash your hair using lukewarm water at least twice a week, and leave time for it to dry naturally rather than damage it using heat styling (such as a hairdryer or straightening irons). Simply towel dry your hair and comb it into position, then let Mother Nature do the rest!
Once your hair has been washed and dried, avoid adding any product to it unless absolutely necessary: this will make your hair look stiff and give you the faint feel of a 1980s hair rocker. Let the cut of your hair do all the work and leave the product alone!
The only hair care you should invest in, to ensure that your hair remains as strong and healthy as possible is a deep and intensive conditioner. This will lend your hair a natural shine and protect it if your busy schedule means you will need to heat style it every now and again.
This will lend your hair a natural shine and protect it if your busy schedule means you will need to heat style it every now and again.
Apply your intensive conditioner once a week, immediately after shampooing your hair. Here are some of our favourites;
Add a Beard
Want to make your long hair look as modern and masculine as possible? Then why not combine your newfound lengthy locks with a beard! Growing out some facial furniture is an incredibly popular trend right now, and nothing looks more masculine than a
Growing out some facial furniture is an incredibly popular trend right now, and nothing looks more masculine than a well considered beard, particularly when it has been grown to compliment your hair style.
The beard/long hair combo is also a good idea if you have delicate or feminine facial features, which can often be emphasised by growing out your hair.
Combining long hair with a neatly trimmed beard has a very European feel, and is often favoured by the most fashion-forward men in Europe’s biggest cities.
No man shows off this European flare better than model Maximiliano Patane, who is world-famous for his naturally curly long hair as much as for his rugged chiselled features.
If you like your hair to look long and unkempt, making the most of its natural texture, then the key to getting this look right is to keep your beard short and tidy. A good rule of thumb is that either your hair or your beard should be trimmed regularly to keep them tidy: otherwise, you just risk looking like Grizzly Adams!
A good rule of thumb is that either your hair or your beard should be trimmed regularly to keep them tidy: otherwise, you just risk looking like Grizzly Adams!
Long hair is everywhere right now, and for good reason. This is a style that looks modern, masculine, and demonstrates that you have your finger on the fashion pulse.
It doesn’t have to be as high maintenance as it looks to wear your hair long: the key is to get a good cut that works with the natural texture of your hair rather than against it and to choose a style that flatters and fits your face shape.
We love long hair, and it’s a style that works all year round! It will look beachy and laid back during the summer months, whilst lending an urban and grungy air to your style during the depths of winter. Why not try it and see if it works for you?