Longer hairstyles may not be your thing, but love them or hate them they're not going away anytime soon. We've seen longer styles being favoured by a lot of gents this year and expect to see even more now as we approach the colder Winter months and the skin fades start to be traded in for longer, warmer, more versatile styles.
We spoke to the guys at Ruffians Barbers to get the low down on the 4 most popular long hairstyles hitting the barbershops this Winter. Over to you guys!
1. The Early 90's Grunge Revival - a la Kurt Cobain
Best for gents with straight(ish) hair
The 90's revival is in full swing! From skater-style loose fitting tops, wide leg trousers, sell out sneaker re-releases and now hairstyles. Even a certain David Beckham seems to be having a stab at growing out his customary sharp, slicked back look into a Cobain-esque style.
Ask your barber/stylist to initially cut the hair "one length" to just above the shoulders and then put in low subtle layers with a razor to achieve that not too neat look. To style the hair is easy - a bit of sea salt spray or leave in conditioner just to add a bit of rough texture. Don't want or condition your hair too often, a bit of gnarly grime and build up only adds to the look.
2. The Surfer - a la Patrick Swayze in Point Break
Best for gents with wavy hair
Autumn isn't generally a time of year that immediately conjures up images of sea swept sands, however, your hair is likely to get almost as wet and windswept with the obligatory English downpours. Preened and polished styles will be ruined in no time, so opt for a loose and beachy style instead.
Ask your barber/stylist to cut your hair an inch above the shoulders and then point cut layers to add a texture and movement. Best styled with a diffuser, scrunching in some salt spray as you go to give a slightly disheveled look.
3. Swept back - a la Dev Patel or Bradley Cooper
Best for gents with any type of hair
A great, classic style in itself, but also a good option for those with mid length hair that's growing out. It can also look quite smart, so good if you work in a job where long hair may be frowned upon.
Ask your barber/stylist to cut the hair so that it is just long enough to be pushed behind the ears, retaining a simple round shape with enough weight at the neckline to hold the style in place. To style, blow dry all the hair back utilising a hair cream if your hair is frizzy and/or wavy. If you have a strong parting or cowslick then go with it, otherwise you'll be rearranging your hair all day.
4. The Long Mod - a la Paul Weller or 90's Liam Gallagher
Best for gents with a good head of hair
Brush off your Fred Perry and get that trench coat out from the back of the wardrobe! A statement look that isn't for everyone, but that's what makes the mod haircut so timeless and undisputedly cool for those that can pull it off.
Ask your barber or stylist to carry out almost a reverse classic men's haircut - i.e. short and choppy on top with a blunt, hacked fringe and longer and softer on the back and sides, particularly around the edges. Simply style with a bit of matte clay or paste to emphasise the texture.