Long hair don't care right? Well...yes and no. In order to freely let the wind whip your hair around without a care in the world while rocking your aviator sunglasses Jason Mamoa style, you first have to make sure your hair healthy, cared for, and in tip-top condition. The process of achieving that comes down to having a quality regimen, the appropriate products for your hair type, along with the proper tools/products for grooming and styling. That being said, we've put together a guide on how to style long hair for men, which will include product (we love Blu Atlas Classic Conditioner, $25 and GRO Hair Serum, $64) and styling recommendations, along with some care tips that we consider helpful. Before we dive in though, we have to note that this guide is one meant for those with a relatively "straighter" texture. We do, however, have a guide we put together recently for styling curly hair, which you can reference if you fit into this category.
How to Style Long Hair for Men: A Guide to Products, Style, and Care Tips
Have a long hair and need some tips? We've got you covered
Long hair styling tips:
Styling long hair can be a tedious task, but one that is well worth it once you see the final results. Here's a look at what we're going to be covering:
- Shampoo and condition routine
- Dry your hair with a tee shirt instead of a towel
- Get regular trims
- Use a hair mask
- Invest products that hydrate and moisturize hair
- Use a wide toothed comb
- Use a heat protectant
- Use a diffuser on your blowdryer (or avoid blowdrying)
Let's go through each of these one by one:
1. Shampoo and condition routine
Having a good shampoo and condition routine is very important. As you all know, different types of hair textures require different types of care. Keeping that in mind, the overall recommendation for men is that you shampoo roughly two to three times a week. This seems to be a good balance because shampooing too much can dry your hair out and cause breakage, along with stripping your hair of the essential oils needed to remain healthy. As far as conditioning goes, you should condition your hair after every wash with shampoo, and you can use in a leave-in conditioner spray/cream on the days you don't shampoo if needed. You can also institute what's called the "co-washing technique," which is just using a conditioner to give your hair a quick wash.
It might require some testing to see what works best for your hair, but once you have figured out you should be able to get adequate routine going.
2. Dry your hair with a tee shirt instead of a towel
As much as we gravitate towards towels for our drying needs, from a haircare stand point it's much better because can be too aggressive sometimes and cause breakage. A cotton t-shirt is a solid secondary option as doesn't latch on to your hair strands, has fibers built into it that help with water absorption and retaining moisture, and boasts a soft drying material. You can also opt for a microfiber towel as another option if you aren't fond of the idea of using a cotton tee.
3. Get regular trims
It's especially important for those that have longer hair to get regular trims as split/dead ends can cause a spiral effect of breakage spreading and hair not growing. Staying on top of trims can prevent your ends from getting split in the first place if you regularly stick to the schedule of getting one every two to three months.
4. Use a hair mask
It feels like we're just now fully starting to understand the importance of hair masking. Why should you mask you ask? Hair masking helps your hair by adding moisture and nutrients to your hair that assist with the hydration process. Hair mask's contain natural oils, and can help with hair growth. A routine of using a hair mask once a week is a healthy amount, though you might want to consider doing a little more if you suffer from dry hair.
5. Invest in products that hydrate and moisturize hair
To that point, a hair mask should be just one of the products that you invest in for hair hydration and moisturizing. You should also make the investment in shampoos, conditioners, and styling gels that emphasize hair hydration. You may also want to consider adding a hair serum to your routine as they help with instant moisture, and protect from damage.
6. Use a wide tooth comb
A wide tooth comb is less harsh on the hair because it allows for easier movements through you hair and less tangling, which is something that isn't always the case with brushes and non-wide tooth combs because they lack the space between the comb teeth. Wide tooth combs are only a few bucks, so go on ahead and make that purchase because it's so much better for your hair.
7. Use a heat protectant
Any time you put heat on your hair, you should use a heat protectant. For some reason this is a step that a lot of people skip, but it's important to realize even if it doesn't "look" like damage is being caused by not using a heat protectant—it is. Save your self the trouble and buy a heat protectant so that way you don't wake up one day wondering why your hair is damaged and broken all of a sudden.
8. Use a diffuser on your blowdryer (or avoid blowdrying)
Which leads us to our final point—make sure you put a diffuser on your blowdryer as blowdrying too hot can cause excess damage. Diffusers provide a much gentler way of blowdrying your hair, and there's tons of great ones available. Also, make sure to use your hairdryer diffuser on low heat with low power. It might take a longer to dry, but it's much easier on the hair.
Great products for styling long hair
Now that we've got the tips covered, here are some products you can use for styling long hair.
The Rahua Classic Shampoo is one that is organic and made for all hair types. The shampoo features a natural and pure plant derived ingredients, along with antioxidants that moisturizes, protects both the hair and scalp, strengthens, and helps with adding shine.
Blu Atlas is one of the best conditioners for men on the market as it targets issues such as breakage, dullness, and frizz with ingredients like argan oil, avocado oil, a barley protein. Additionally, the Blu Atlas Conditioner helps with shine restoration, adding depth to your hair, and soothing your scalp (which is especially helpful if you suffer from a dry and itchy scalp).
Remember earlier when we mentioned co-washing? The Oligo Co-Wash is a highly rated product made specifically for men, offering a conditioning formula that has cleansing benefits. The instructions are straight to the point with the co-wash being easy to use, and relatively inexpensive at $17.50.
Don't forget about hair masking at least once a week either! Authentic Beauty's Concept Replenish Mask is vegan and cruelty-free, silicone-free, and provides an intense treatment that both strengthens hair fibers and seals the cuticle. A great product to integrate into your routine.
The GRO Hair Serum from Vegamour does require an investment, but what you get in return is an award winning product that reduces shedding, aids in helping your hair look fuller, and uses clinically-tested, plant-based phytoactives to improve overall hair wellness all while soothing the scalp at the same time. Like we just said, an award-winning product that really does the hair good.
Don't forget about that heat protectant as well! There's plenty of heat protectants that are very affordable, ranging from $5 to $30. Our favorite is the Olapex No. 7 Bonding Oil, which shines, strengthens, detangles, protects, and prevents frizz. The oil provides heat protection of up to 450°.
The Dyson Supersonic Origin Hair Dryer takes the task of finding a diffuser out of the equation by providing one as part of the entire package. In addition to the diffuser, the hair dryer also has intelligent heat control, increase smoothness by 75%, increase shine up to 132%, and decreases frizz and flyaways by up to 61%. There's a reason why it's highly rated.
Some men's long hair style inspiration:
Need some more inspo to take to your barber? We got you!
1. John Lennon
John Lennon. The master of long hippie hair.
2. Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves. Another long hair hippie master.
3. Harry Styles
Harry Styles rocks a shorter cut nowadays, but he used to wear his hair long circa 2014 - 2017.
4. Brad Pitt Number Two
Just another reminder of how Brad Pitt was a long hair king in the 1990s.
5. Jason Mamoa
And once you get your hair as long as Jason Momoa, you can effectively copy his man bun.
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