How To Tie Your Hair On Formal Occasions

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We’ve given you the menstail, the highball, and dozens of long hairstyles for men, but how do you manage your mane when you’re attending a fancy affair? Whether it’s a wedding, an elegant dinner with your lady, or a swanky outdoor cocktail party, it’s important you know how to tie your hair on formal occasions.

Now, don’t get fussy thinking to yourself, “I just let it ride man. All natural.”

Stellar. I’m with you. Chances are as soon as the DJ drops that shit I’m going to release the locks for some intense and sustained hairwhipping, but that’s not the point.

Of course you want to let it ride, but there are situations when you’re better-off with a stylish, handsome tie-up that accentuates your personal presentation.

For example, when your hair is down—big, bold and beautiful—you tend to get noticed. Sometimes that’s great. Other times, and speaking on personal preference, I want to look sharp without drawing attention, like if I’m at a wedding. Out of respect and consideration, I prefer a more conservative appearance that won’t draw attention from the ceremony and the wedding party. Later I’m down to rage.

Another example is a formal dinner, and I mean a nice restaurant with a person or persons you want to impress. On one hand it might be fine to show up with your hair down, but eventually you’re gonna have to feed.

How To Tie Your Hair On Formal Occasions
How To Tie Your Hair On Formal Occasions

Unless you want your lettuce mixed with your spaghetti, you’re gonna need to tie it up, and you don’t want to do that at the dinner table. For one thing it’s not polite, but without a mirror to check your work, you might end up with awkward wings all the way through your cherry cheesecake.

You don’t want that, and we don’t want that. For these and other lavish proceedings where you prefer to tie your hair up, and since you know we don’t call it “manbun,” we present to you: How To Tie Your Hair On Formal Occasions.

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Any other styles for your favorite swanky mixers?


  1. Agreed! I had to go to a funeral and since I’ve only been growing it about 10 months my viable options were a ponytail or down.
    I went with “down” and my wife commented on how nice it went with the suit. Just about anything will do the job if you rock it with confidence!

  2. Hey chaps,

    Any advice on how to wear your hair to a formal occasion when you’re deep in the awkward stage?
    Just slick it back with a crap ton of gel/wax/mousse anything you can find?


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      Yo Matt!

      Here’s everything we got on the awkward stage man:

      Going with heavy gel/wax/pomade is risky, unless you’ve tested at least twice and you like the outcome. Best advice is to get a clean-up trim around the ears and back of the neck before the wedding. Then maybe some light product, like sea salt spray.

      Then let it ride, like the salmon of Capistrano.

  3. Very nice.
    But I wanna say something. Gentlemen, please don’t feel like you HAVE to tie your hair back for formal occasions. Or a date with a lady. Hair down with a suit or tuxedo looks absolutely regal (just make sure it’s recently washed, with healthy ends). Nothing would impress me more than my handsome date all dressed up with his bouncy mane flowing freely.
    If you google image search “romance novels”, half the guys on the covers have long hair flowing freely. That’s not an accident. It’s super romantic.

    Whatever you do, OWN IT. 🙂

  4. This is probably my favorite way to wear my hair. Such a good video! I wear this pretty much everyday now. Such a good looking way to wear your hair.

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