You did it. You took the time and finally grew your hair out. You've now got a luscious full head of hair, but what do you do with it?
Growing it out was the easy part, but do you know how to style men's long hair? Do you just let it keep growing? What products do you use in it?
Don't worry, gents; I have you covered. I'll show you how to style men's long hair properly so you can keep rocking that head of hair without worry.
I'll be covering:
- What Is Considered Long Hair On A Man?
- How Do You Style Medium-Long Hair?
- What Are The Best Ways To Style Shoulder-Length Hair?
- Best Haircare Tips For Men With Longer Hair
#1 What Is Considered Long Hair On A Man?
When most guys hear the term “long hair,” they tend to picture shoulder-length hair first.
In reality, though, there are different hair length categories and what is considered a long hairstyle.
We all can picture the two extreme sides of hair length. For example, all men agree that buzz cuts fall into the short hair category and shoulder-length hair falls into the long hair category.
When it comes to long hair, though, any hair length greater than 6 inches is considered long.
The medium-length and the medium-long length hair is what confuses everybody. So what's the difference between the two?
Medium-length hair is regarded as anything between 2 inches and 4 inches.
This hairstyle is easy to maintain, and you might only need monthly hair appointments to keep its length.
It's very popular as it has a lot of variety in how you can style it and what styling products you can use.
Regarding styling, many of the same ways to style men's short hair also work on medium-length hair.
On the longer side, though, medium-long hair is anything between 4 inches and 6 inches.
Due to its middle-of-road length, the medium-long category can be harder to care for as you will need proper trimming frequently alongside more general maintenance.
But despite that, it remains popular for guys who want longer hair but like the ability to have more options for styling.
Long hair requires daily styling, yet it does not have much trimming needed, maybe once every few months, as it offers more flexibility in its appearance.
#2 How Do You Style Medium-Long Hair?
Medium-long hair presents a challenge for styling – it's not long enough to tie or tuck like long hair, yet it's too long to be styled like a shorter hairstyle.
This means you must opt for hairstyles that allow your hair to flow naturally and look great.
Styling medium-long hair is pretty easy once you have the knowledge, as there are only a few different ways to knock it out of the park.
Side And Front Part
The side and front parts work well with medium-long hair as these styles work with the hair's natural flow to give you a styled look but are still easy to manipulate.
This is an excellent option for guys with this hair length as it fits well with a suit or casual clothes.
It looks great with minimal styling. However, you must use pomade or hair clay to give the front enough hold to flow backward.
How to style this:
- Use texture clay to work back into your hair.
- For a side part, take one side swept back with the clay to hold it in place.
- For a front part, use the clay to slick your hair backward in the middle of your head.
- If you want more of a polished look, finish it off with some hair spray for extra hold.
The bun is the easiest way to style your medium-long hair as it could not be any easier to do.
The bun can be placed low on the back of the head or more near the top of the head, although a middle-road near the crest of the back of the head is the best place for it.
How to style this:
- Pull the hair back to the crest of the back of the head.
- Use a hair tie to tie in place.
- For a casual look, bunch the hair back and tie it up.
- For a polished look, slick the hair back with a pomade or clay, then tie neatly.
#3 What Are The Best Ways To Style Shoulder-Length Hair?
When it comes to shoulder-length hair, you begin to lose the variety in your styling options.
Because the hair is so long at this point, you really can only wear your hair tied up or down naturally. You've done your best to grow out your hair, now it's time to take it up a notch.
With that said, much like medium-length hair, there are only a few different ways to style this length of hair.
Down With Front Part
When wearing your hair down when you have shoulder-length hair, you can either part your hair to either side or use product to pull it back.
Either way you decide, you will be rocking your long hair and letting the natural flow do the talking.
Shoulder-length hair looks great as it is, but there are just a few added steps to having it look amazing.
How to style this:
- Brush your hair out so it has a natural texture.
- Part the hair in the middle and let either side flow naturally.
- For a polished look, use clay to brush it back and finish with hairspray for more hold.
Shoulder-length hair can look great pulled back casually or slicked back for a more polished appearance.
This is the easiest way to style this hair length as it's quick and straightforward.
The only thing to remember here is that you want to tie the hair in a fashion that doesn't represent a traditionally feminine ponytail, as that doesn't always look great on a guy.
How to style this:
- Pull the hair back to the lower part of the back of the head
- Use a hair tie to tie in place
- For a polished look, use a pomade to help slick the hair back
#4 Best Haircare Tips For Men With Longer Hair
Once you know how to style men's long hair, you can understand that it doesn't take a lot of maintenance or product to make it look good.
The biggest thing to remember is that the longer the hair, the lower the interval between cuts.
So if you have medium-long hair, you will probably have to get it cut once every 1-2 months.
Whereas with shoulder-length hair, you will only really need to get it trimmed once every 2-3 months or so, depending on how you style it.
When it comes to hair products that you'll use for your long hair, you will only need a few.
Add these styling products to your routine for long hair:
- Hair Clay – used to provide hold and texture with minimal shine
- Argan oil – great to use daily to provide nourishment and moisture to hair
- Pomade – works great for a slicked-back appearance
- Hair spray – used for extra hold on most hairstyles
- Dry shampoo – great for those moments in-between showers to absorb excess oil
There you have it, gents. You can now style your long hair and look amazing doing it.
If you're still on the fence about whether or not you should grow your hair out, check out this article on long hair vs. short hair.