Thinking of growing that hair long? It’s definitely got its benefits.
Or, perhaps you’re already rocking a long-flowing mane, and you want to remind yourself of why the maintenance is still worth it.
I’m about to go through all the pros of having a long hairdo as a guy. Trust me, there are quite a few.
9 Benefits Of Long Hair For Guys
Read through them all to see if you relate to some more than others. Let’s get to it.
1. It’s Versatile
Compared with the usual short and typically “masculine” haircut that most men have, long hair is a lot more versatile when it comes to styling.
You simply have more hair to work with, meaning more opportunities to try out different styles.
Whether you want to try out a man bun, a ponytail, wear a headband or let it flow freely, the style options are endless. The main limiting factor is your imagination and how daring you are feeling that day.
On the other hand, there’s not as much you can do to change up your short hairstyle, other than push it to the other side slightly or change up the product that you use to give a different hold or shine.
So if you’re getting a bit bored with your regular short hairdo – consider going long, and you can let your creativity run free.
2. You Discover Your Hair’s Full Potential
A lot of guys have had short hair for pretty much all of their lives. They will have never seen what their hair truly looks like when it’s allowed to grow long.
When these men decide to grow their hair long for the first time, they are often pleasantly surprised by how the texture of their hair really unfolds.
You might discover that you have a natural beachy wave to your hair or curls that fall in just the right way. These are things you would never have discovered if you didn’t give your hair a chance to grow long.
If you want to truly discover your hair’s full potential, let it grow. You might be in for a treat.
3. Fewer Trips To The Barber
Have you ever noticed how much of a pain it is when your hair starts to grow so quickly after you’ve just had it cut?
Before you know it, you’re back in the barber’s chair trying to regain your short-back-and-sides hairdo before it starts to look distinctly bush-like.
A major plus for guys with long hair is that they don’t need to worry about frequent visits to the hairdresser to keep their hairstyle looking fresh.
Long hair is more forgiving when it comes to infrequent hair cuts – it’s just not as noticeable if you’ve grown an inch or two on your long hair as it is with short haircuts.
With long hair, then, you can actually save money and time on trips to the hairdresser.
A major benefit, indeed.
4. Many People Find It Attractive
It’s no secret that a lot of people find men with long hair attractive.
Much of this is down to the fact that having long hair is a symbol of youth, vigor, and other traits that people, in general, are drawn to subconsciously.
It’s hard to grow a long, lustrous head of hair without looking after yourself. People take notice of this.
However, there are also many other reasons why people can be attracted to men with long hair.
If you want to find out in more detail what some of these reasons are, read this article.
But it’s safe to say that you might gain a few admirers if you decide to grow your hair long.
5. It’s A Statement
Another benefit of sporting a long hairstyle as a guy is that you are automatically making a style statement.
Even though long hairstyles are becoming more popular with men, they are still outnumbered by the more typical short haircut. This means that if you decide to go long, you can really embrace your individuality.
Having long hair as a guy can really draw attention to you and allow you to express your inner confidence.
It also shows that you aren’t afraid to be a little rebellious and go against the grain instead of conforming to societal norms.
These are traits that many people are drawn toward.
Even if you feel that your inner confidence isn’t at this level yet, by adopting a longer hairstyle you might find that your self-confidence experiences a natural boost. And as time passes and you settle into your hairstyle, your confidence is likely to grow.
6. It Keeps You Warm In The Winter
This may be a more practical benefit of having long hair, but it is still an important one.
Most short-haired guys will be familiar with the uncomfortable chill around their neck and ears when they’ve accidentally left the house without their hat on a cold winter’s day.
Having long hair can act as an inbuilt hat and scarf combo to an extent, keeping your ears and neck slightly more insulated than with a short haircut.
Obviously, on very cold days, you will still need to wear a scarf and hat for extra protection, but having long hair can really make a difference if for whatever reason you have left your winter gear at home.
This usually isn’t the primary reason that men decide to grow their hair longer, but it is a useful side benefit of having long hair.
7. You’ll Learn How To Take Care Of Your Hair
When you have short hair, you can often get away with paying less attention to hair care, and even using any old regular shampoo won’t have too many consequences on how your hair looks.
Unfortunately, you can’t get away with this as easily with a long hairstyle, as long hair is more likely to show telltale signs if you leave it uncared for. You can usually very easily tell who takes care of their long hair and who doesn’t.
However, I see this as a benefit.
By knowing that it will be obvious to others when you cut corners with your hair care, you will be incentivized to properly take care of your mane to keep it looking its best.
Long hair needs to be washed, conditioned, brushed, and so on. Incorporating these steps into your hair care routine will make a drastic difference to how your hair looks.
It might be a bit of a commitment, but it’s worth the extra effort to get shiny, healthy-looking hair.
8. It Looks Great With Facial Hair
If you already have facial hair – be it a mustache, beard, or goatee – this one will definitely be of interest.
Facial hair can look great with long hair on a guy. Having a short beard can define the jaw, add a layer of ruggedness, and balance out long locks.
It also adds an extra layer of versatility you have to play around with.
As we mentioned before, versatility is a major benefit of having long hair. If you throw in some facial hair, you have even more options when it comes to styling your look.
Long hair and facial hair are also a pretty classic look that men have been rocking for a long time, and you can’t go too far wrong with this style. It’s likely to stay in fashion for quite some time.
So if you want a dual challenge – consider growing your hair long AND growing a beard.
9. You Won’t Have To Style It
Many men with shorter hairstyles spend a long time in the mornings using various products to try and style their hair just right.
This can actually be a very time-consuming process.
Men with long hair often find that their long hair demands a lot less time spent styling than their shorter hair.
This is because long hair can look great in its natural, clean, and brushed state, without having to add any wax or clay to hold it in place.
Wearing long hair down like this gives off a laid-back but also rugged vibe that is very desirable.
And if you don’t feel like wearing it down, there’s also the option of tying it up in a man bun or ponytail which is equally low maintenance and requires little time and effort.
So, although having longer hair means you may have to pay more attention to conditioning and brushing than you would for shorter hair, you can actually save time on styling to make up for it.
If any of these benefits resonate with you, it might be time you consider growing your hair long.
Although it can take time and patience to get to the end result, many men will say that it’s well worth the wait.
After all, the journey can be as rewarding as the destination. Growing your hair long really is a chance to experiment with your look and above all else, have fun while doing it.
Ready Sleek founder. Obsessed with casual style and the minimalist approach to building a highly functional wardrobe. Also a fan of classic, vintage hairstyles.