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A Look to Try: Long Hair

By Megan Collins | Mar 7 2011

Chalk it up to Bieber fever. Long hair on guys is officially a huge “Do” this year. From Taylor Kitsch (RIP Friday Night Lights!) to Jay-Z, plenty of famous faces are sporting longer hairstyles and looking good doing it. I’m all for it and think you should try it too.
 
Wearing your hair longer (not “Willie Nelson-style, braids falling halfway down your back” long, but beyond a buzz cut) suggests a stylish intention on the part of the wearer. That’s because more thought goes into a longer hairstyle than a simple “Eight on the top, Four on the sides” kind of ‘do. Like matching your shoes to your belt, or wearing a shirt because the color complements your skin tone, a longer hairstyle says you’re making an effort.

If you’ve been considering a longer ‘do, follow these simple rules as you graduate from the barber shop to the hair salon:

COME PREPARED

As dumb as you may feel doing it, bring a picture of a celeb whose haircut you like. A good hairstylist will be able to tell you how you’ll look with that kind of cut.

FACE SHAPE MATTERS

One hairstyle does not fit all. Different face shapes work best with different styles. The most common face shapes, and the lengths and styles best suited to them are as follows:

  • Square.  A face that’s as wide as it is long. Think Arnold Schwarzenegger. To round off the squareness at the top of the head, follow a ratio of an inch on the sides, for every two to two-and-a-half inches on top. Think faux-hawk, not flattop.
  • Oval.  Congrats, with your symmetric face, boasting a jaw and forehead that are roughly equal in width, you can get away with most hairstyles. Try a pompadour that squares off, leveling the sides with the top (like new Spiderman Andrew Garfield).
  • Round.  Elongate a round face with more height at the crown of your head. A blocky shape up top will help to offset a baby face. An off-center part will also break up the roundness of your face.

CONSIDER FACIAL HAIR

Facial hair should be used like a garnish, complementing – but not distracting from – your style. A friend of mine totally rocks the Biebs’ sideswept haircut, but he tempers the look with a bushy beard that’s more “professor of Comparative Literature at a small liberal arts college” than pop star.

And finally…

PUSH THROUGH THE PAIN

If your hair is short right now, you’ll have to endure an inevitable awkward phase before it reaches the length you want. You may even need a few haircuts along the way to keep everything shaped up. It’s all part of the process. Just remember, pain is beauty.

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