Long hair has been popular since the 1950s when surfers started sporting the look as a sort of anti-fashion statement. Although it was soon abandoned for more buttoned-up hairstyles, the look has had a number of resurgences, like in the past few years. Danny DiMauro, a style consultant for Baxter of California in Los Angeles, said he's seen a steady uptick in the number of guys who ask how they can achieve longer, beachy locks. "The trend is moving away from that tapered, Don Draper look to a looser style," he says. "I think guys just want something new but with a similar sense of nostalgia."
Before moving to the west coast last fall, DiMauro helped Saturdays Surf NYC launch its urban-surf magazine after meeting the brand's founder, Colin Hunter, in Montauk's surf scene. "We're definitely going to see more guys experimenting with longer hair, but I think it'll stop somewhere around the shoulders," he says. "Jesus hair is just too much work." Here's a round-up of longer hairstyles by some of today's leading men.
Technically speaking, anything below the chin is considered long hair. If you're older and worried that the look isn't age appropriate, DiMauro says not to sweat it. "There's a ton of older guys with long hair, like Christian Bale. In my head, he's the one who manages to pull it off really well." To make long hair look more sophisticated, ask your barber to layer it around your chin and shoulders for a choppy cut like Bale's.
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