The Mane Man
Forget the low ponytail and the man bun. Men with long hair have a lot more styling options to choose from than they realise.
LET IT FLOW
Just because you have long hair does not mean you have to tie it up all the time. Letting your hair flow loose is perfectly acceptable, and it eliminates the stress that tying up your hair can put on the follicles. Consider using medium and strong-hold styling products to ensure that your loose mane has a defined shape.
The traditional man bun is not only a thing of the past but it will leave you open to wisecracks and friendly ridicule. Trust us. The key to sporting a man bun in this day and age is to give it a twist, and braiding is the perfect answer. Have your hair braided as you would normally do and then tie the braided strands into a bun. The look is stunning and will leave even your wisecracking friends envious.
If your hair curls naturally as you grow it out, consider getting a merm, i.e. a man perm. The objective of the merm is not to give you little ringlets of hair that will be a bother to manage, but a textured finish that works with your natural curls to create a dashing look. Think Kit Harington, a.k.a Jon Snow from Games of Thrones. He may know nothing, but he does know he looks good with a merm.
There was a time when slicked back hair was synonymous with greasiness, both in terms of looks and personality. Thanks to newage hair products and modern sensibilities, that is not the case anymore. In fact, having long, slicked back hair at the top, while sporting a fade on the sides and the back, has become an extremely popular way to keeping long hair manageable.
DARE TO DREADLOCK
We feel dreadlocks are really underrated. They are identified with the Rastafarian way of life, but there is so much more to them. For starters, you need to be dedicated and show selfdiscipline to grow and maintain them. Plus, it is so rare to see guys sporting dreadlocks that it’ll definitely make you stand out from the crowd.
The newest hair trend on the block for guys is braids, and honestly, we can’t get enough of it. On paper you’d think it doesn’t make much sense, but turns out braids go a long way towards highlighting the masculine features of a guy’s face. Plus, it is a hairstyle that only the most confident of men can pull off, so it speaks volumes about their personality as well.
As guys looked for variations to the traditional man bun, the ‘samurai bun’ became highly popular. However, it is a misnomer. A ‘samurai loop’ is perhaps the more accurate description and it is inspired by the chonmage topknot worn by Japanese men during the country’s Edo period. In order to wear this style, you hair has to be long enough to be looped; a short, pulled-tight ponytail towards the crown is not very samurai.