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How to Tie Your Long Hair – For Men

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UPDATED: while this post is an all-time classic, we’ve updated and refreshed the material in How to Tie Your Long Hair - 5 Year Anniversary Edition.

And We Don’t Call it a ‘Manbun’

Congratulations. You have long hair. You know this because you’ve reached the internationally recognized benchmark: it’s long enough to tie it up. But do you know how to tie your long hair?

With great power comes great responsibility, and with great hair comes a pain in the ass, which is hair in your face.

You need to tie your long hair up sometimes, but not only that, you want to have some options. You’re a longhair, that means you’ve already decided to be different. You can and should try new and different long hairstyles for men with your hair.

That’s where The Longhairs come in.

To give you options, tips and tutorials on what to do with your long hair.

Like how to tie your long hair, for example. Here’s our first tutorial ever.

The Menstail—And How to Tie One in Your Hair

Just like a ponytail, except we don’t ride ponies, and men’s long hairstyles should have manlier names than ‘manbun’ and ‘up-do.’

The menstail is probably the first way you’ll ever learn how to tie your long hair up. It’s a simple, basic, introductory tie. It pulls your hair back, gets it out of your face and keeps it under control.

This also covers the basics of using a hair tie, and that’s important. You’ve got a video tutorial immediately below, along with step-by-step still shots a little further down.


Let’s run that back, a little slower this time

1. Put your hair tie on the wrist of your dominant hand.

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2. Use both hands to gently pull your hair together at the back of your skull.
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3. Hold your hair at the base making a circle with the thumb and index finger of the hand your hair tie is on.
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4. Use your other hand to grab the hair tie from your wrist; stretch it over your hand and hair, pulling your hair the rest of the way through.

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5. You’re now holding the tie with your other hand. Stick 3-5 fingers inside the loop of the tie, give it a twist, then grab your hair with the fingers you’re holding the tie open with.
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6. Once again stretch the tie over your hair with your opposite hand and pull your hair through. Repeat this one or two more times, depending on how much your tie stretches.
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7. For a menstail: pull your hair all the way through on your last loop.
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8. For a foldover: pull you hair only halfway through, folding it over on top of itself on the final loop.
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9. Tighten it down if you want by pulling your hair apart in opposite directions right at the base of the hair tie. This will also add some swag to your foldover. Kind of like doing pushups before going to the bar.

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There you go boys, that’s how to tie your long hair – for men. Rock it.

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UPDATED: while this post is an all-time classic, we’ve updated and refreshed the material in How to Tie Your Long Hair - 5 Year Anniversary Edition.


  1. Growing my hair long in Creston, Iowa. Got about six to eight months to go I reckon. My hair in back is now mid-neck and the sides have just grown below the ear lobes. I listen to ‘Almost Cut My Hair’ by CSNY sometimes for kicks. It took a LONG time to stop feeling self-conscious about my hair growing out, especially at work. Now I love it and I ain’t gonna cut it!

  2. “Best way to do that is with a menstail, it’s just like a ponytail but I don’t ride ponies” so you ride…. men?

  3. I’d prefer to call it “stallion” “studtail” or “warhorse” than “ponytail” tbh, though the second one might be misinterpreted.

    Finally got the courage to grow my hair, thanks to you guys.6

  4. Do you have any advice for guys with shorter hair? I’ve only been growing it out a few months, it’s only around 8-9 inches, but I wanna be able to keep it out of my face when I go swimming, which is frequently.

    Sorry for the run-along sentence, but I can’t figure out how to do this and it’s a pain in the ass.


  5. Well this is very helpful I have my hair very long usually but am now an artist in making my hair look shorter than it is (thank you secondary school) but now I can relax at home outside of school in style
    So thank you for that stay cool

  6. Fuckin brilliant mate and simple even for dumb Aussies like me. Thanks very much.

  7. well..I’m not a guy and I have hair that reaches the top of my waist, but this tutorial helped me tie my hair by myself for the first time today.
    Thanks! 😀

  8. I also have very long hair, about 2 feet. Big guy so it looks medium long. Anyways, I have been wairing it as a ponytail like the first finished picture. Now I am using the “stop half way” look,really nice. Thanks (^_^)

  9. Great advice.
    Got any for a 60yr old who finally “grew a hair” after putting it off for “the man” all these years.
    Kids are grown and so are some of the Grands, so it was pretty much now or never.
    I love (and hate) the reaction.
    But I grow it for ME.
    So glad I did.

    1. Author

      Great stuff Mark, thanks for sharing your story. Super pumped you found The Longhairs and you’re (finally) letting it ride—whatever the damn kids and grandkids think!

  10. What’s the word on other collections of ties, man? None of these really fit my style.

    Failing that, where else wouls you suggest i shop for ties?

    1. Author

      Yo Doza!

      Thanks for writing man. We just sent a V2 update to our email list. It’s been a challenge getting here, but eight new collections are in production and will be available within 30 days. Appreciate you caring to ask, hopefully you can hold out.

      Let it ride man!

  11. Three years not a blade of scissor near my locks…. Love the mane down my back! Thanks so much for posting this!

  12. Had really long hair for years, then cut it short to let it grow back, then got a crazy undercut, then got bored and cut it short to let it grow back once more. Luckily for me it kinda grows fast. Just wanted to say, you guys are amazing 😀 keep it long bros!

  13. Hey man nice work…my only comment would be to take care of that neck hair with a pair of clippers. Definitely feels better

  14. Thanks for the help with this vid and tutorial man, I’m 13 on the 9th June and my parents and teachers were pretty much forcing me to get it cut before my birthday, as i couldn’t figure out how to tie it up. This helped, it took around 10 tries to find how to perfectly do it. Thanks for the help.
    Sorry for the long block of text, but i wanted to thank you 🙂

    1. Author

      Yo Sammy. Not quite sure what you mean here, amigo. If you have a picture or something we can look into it.

      Welcome to the team, thanks for joining up.

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