How to Wear Long Hair for Men
Guys with long hair have limitless options for rocking the flow, from tie ups and top knots to braids and locs, and virtually infinite combinations thereof. Here are just a few of our top recommendations for how to wear long hair for men.
The High Ball
A true classic, like a fine glass of scotch. Some call it a man bun, though it’s no secret we find that name uncomfortable. Find out why, and what we call it, and how to do it, in How to Tie a “Man Bun” (without calling it that).
Tried and true, one of the easiest ways for a guy to wear long hair. Watch a brilliantly thorough tutorial on this one in How to Tie Your Long Hair – 5 Year Anniversary Edition.
Our preferred vernacular in place of “ponytail,” perhaps the simplest way for a man to tie his hair up. Also covered in How to Tie Your Long Hair – 5 Year Anniversary Edition.
The Half High Ball
Classic high ball on top, letting it ride in the back. Ideal for shorter hair while you’re still growing it out, El Moreno runs the tutorial in Get Your Hair Out of Your Face.
A lot of guys think they’re tough, until their arms are searing in pain from holding them up for 30 minutes trying to tie a fishtail braid. Recommended for advanced longhairs, watch El Rubio suffer in How To Tie A Fishtail Braid For Men.
Double beast mode with a nod to former champion Ronda Rousey. No tutorial for this one, but watch out for the arm bar.
The Double High Ball
When a single just isn’t going to cut it, make it a double high ball, straight up, demonstrated by El Moreno in Get Your Hair Out of Your Face.
The Side Part Low Ball
Perfect for a wedding, a formal luncheon, or a swanky outdoor cocktail party. Featured in How To Tie Your Hair On Formal Occasions, be sure to mind the gash in your forehead from bachelor party weekend.
Aptly named, this hybrid style features a combination of wearing it down and twisting it up. Demonstrated by El Rubio in Only The Brave.
The Free Flow
Classic yet often overlooked is simply wearing your hair down, for when you just want to let it ride, unapologetically flying the long hair flag. El Rubio reveals best practices in Wear Your Hair Down Like A Boss.
Foes dare not approach the venomous cobra. Sssssssss…
The Low Ball
Just like a high ball. But low.
Timeless, and as functional as it is fashionable. Legendary for athletics and the outdoors, El Rubio shows you how to twist it up in How To Braid Your Hair – For Men.
The Sloppy Joe
An excellent look if you can pull it off. El Moreno proves his mastery in The Sloppy Joe – A Style For Kicking Back & Staying Cool.
The Reverse Menstail
Not a lot of great scenarios for this one, unless you wish to look like Cousin It. This and other great ideas in 24 Halloween Costumes for Guys with Long Hair.
Gus…before he was El Gustavo. This man grew his hair out to work for The Longhairs. That’s commitment.
Questionable at best, we cannot recommend this long hairstyle for any occasion.
And That’s How to Wear Long Hair For Men
However, we mentioned limitless possibilities. If nothing here caught your attention, explore Long Hairstyles For Men, featuring more dope hairstyles for guys with long hair than you can possibly try for yourself.
Only one question remains: what kind of hair ties should you use?
Glad you asked.
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I retired after 28 years military and then retired again from law enforcement. After many years of “high and tight” I said F it and quit the barber shop routine. Now at 75 my hair is about 18 inches. I looked at your styles and find most of them look “dorky” to me. I guess it’s because I come from an age where my female teachers and professional women wore their hair an some form of tied up bun. It was ugly and your modifications on buns I find ugly and dumb looking. Sorry but that’s my take on it. have three primary styles: 1. Just loose and down. 2. In warmer weather or when I need it out of the way it’s in a low que or ponytail. 3. for more formal occasions I use a hair slide. I have a selection of Celtic knot style slides that look good and are still manly.
Hey styling just might not be in the cards for some guys, that’s all good.
I love the reverse menstail
The half high ball makes El Moreno look like a frickin warrior god!!
Cannot deny this
I have long hair myself…I look to mens hairstyles Navajo Nation for inspiration. All these above looks look like the guy spends a long time on each one. Too dang fussy…natural is best on some level…just my one lonely opinion
Yes, there are many ways.
Is there how to videos for these hairstyles?
I want to try the double highball
Yes man! CLICK THE LINK!
I’m a woman with knee-length hair and I came to this website because I typed into Google ”why I should keep my hair long” BECAUSE someone asked me ”Why do you keep your hair long if all you do is wear it up?” Then, somehow, I ended up on this page for hair style inspo. *shrug*
I like ya’ll’s snark. Keep it up!
Knee-length! Now that is impressive! Thanks for stoping by, glad to have you here Ashley.
Rocking the brave. It definitely my new go to. Thanks for the awesome content guys.
Hell yeah Jo!
I’m going for the “Brave” at my daughter’s wedding (and a kilt!).
Mom to a Little Longhair using this link to try and convince him it’s totally OK to wear it up outside of our home!! Thank you for creating The Longhairs and for this helpful site!
Hey longhairs!!! I’m about 7 1/2 months in, my hair is getting decently long, I’m really digging the double highball and the brave!!! Can’t wait to have pretty long hair and try out these awesome styles.
Which one of these would be the best to go to a job interview with, i’m 16 with 14 1/2 to 15 inch hair.
I’d lean toward the highball, the lowball, or the side-part lowball. Good luck out there.
‘LONG LIVE LONG LOCS’
The half high ball works perfectly for the long end of the awkward stage when it’s long enough for a high ball cut not for a low ball. I usually have a half high ball and a low ball with what remains under it!
Hahaha. YES!!! I’m working on my Reverse.
Work it JMack.
Always wore mine in a mans tail, but now I’m really liking the slop. Thanks!
You can definitely tell you guys are having an absolute blast. This is just awesome guys!
I need info on where to get some basic flat hair ties. Is there a direct link from the website? I couldn’t find one.
Yo Connor, thanks for the feedback man!
We don’t have a direct link for the hair ties yet, but we are working to make them available for you as soon as possible.
If you haven’t bought Hair Ties for Guys yet, check out https://thelonghairs.us/collections/hair-ties-for-guys
I got em!
sick post but the scrolling feature was the sickest, can you point me anywhere for the code to this?
Sure thing. Check this out http://matthew.wagerfield.com/parallax/
Awesome ideas guys!
Yo Joe thanks man!
Hey man! no i can’t login but i didn’t create a username or password i just signed up to the weekly emails. how do i login or create a account etc? cheers guys
Checkout this page here https://thelonghairs.us/pages/longhairs-quick-tips
Sup longhairs! Aaron here from across the pond (uk) loving the posts and the videos are awesome too keep it up guys! Im 14 months in and powered through the awkward stage with many alice bands and weird styles, I’m just waiting for it to be long enough to try out all these dope styles!
P.s. I’ve been trying to get the quick-tips but every time i enter my email i don’t ever get them come trough but i do get the weekly updates. I would really like to get them so i make sure i’m doing everything right to my hair if theres anything you could do it would be much appreciated.
Keep letting it ride!
Aaron, great to hear from ya man! Are you not able to login?
Nice post. My go-to is the half highball (because my hair isn’t quite long enough for a really good-looking highball—but soon).
What are your thoughts on the situational acceptability of the half? Seems fine for casual settings, but I haven’t mustered up the courage to wear it at work.
With a nice shirt and pants you can rock that shit anywhere.
I’m a standard lowball myself, but loving the slop, too. Great job, guys. Love the cloak, too. Your guys rock.
Cheeya!! Thanks Demian!
YEAHHHHHHH (battle yell), reppin the Cloak out here in TW.
How do you do the slop?
It’s all about just grabbing a small bit of hair, tying it up and letting it stay where ever it lays.
Is the slop done with a tie or with some sort of pin?
Yea a loose hair tie with a small to medium amount of hair.
I’m groovin’ on The Slop. Well done, guys!
Hey thanks there Sheila! You know we’re always groovin’.
Really digging the snake! It’s been one of my go-to styles for a long time, but never had a good name for it!
Yeah! Loving this post y’all, long haired brothers representing! Thanks for the kick-ass hair variations, keep letting it ride!