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.
DiMauro laughs when asked which male celebrity wears long hair best of all. "Easy, he says, "Jared Leto. Yes, he's a striking individual, but he also does the look differently than anyone else. He's got that rock 'n' roll thing and he can pull of that Jesus look. It's impressive." Leto, who plays in a band 30 Seconds to Mars, made headlines last year when he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyers Club. In recent months he's been wearing his hair dyed ombre – or fading lightly towards the bottom – but DiMauro says natural is the way to go for men considering the look. "It's adventurous enough as it is."
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