Let’s be real, fixing your long hair on a normal day is hard enough (which is exactly why you grew it out, to not have to mind it right) what more, if you’ve been invited to a dinner party, wedding, or a fancy date? Everyone knows that looking good from head to toe is how you win at fancy occasions. Picking the right suit is only half the battle, to complete your look, you’ve got to get the right hairstyle to match your get up. Luckily, we’ve got five easy-to-do hairstyles for dudes with luxuriant manes right here.
1) Long hair, don’t care
Put your months of growing your hair to good use, and go for a natural look. Let your long hair do it’s own thing. Trust that your routine of proper hair conditioning will keep your hair in check. Go for a middle part if you want to look dressy or fix it with a quick side sweep to give it a little texture and toss some wax in your hair to give it a little kick like champion surfer Luke Landrigan.
2) Clean man bun fade
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it looks like man buns are here to stay. Having proved to be more than just a “hipster trend,” the typical man bun might favor men with longer locks, but the man bun fade works for almost everyone. By adding a fade to your edges like basketball prodigy Noah Webb, the man bun doesn’t only accommodate hard-to-tie shoulder-length hair, but also elevates the casual man bun to become dapper enough for a formal setting.
3) Laid back ponytail
Go high or go low, loose or tight, the guy ponytail never fails to give you that well-put dandy look. Good for all types of hair: straight or curly, thick or thin, making sure you have enough hair length is the only obstacle you’ll have here. And well, maybe picking the right hair tie, which is almost always “the simple black hair tie.” Keep note that the tighter the ponytail, the cleaner your look. Take a cue from actor Tommy Esguerra and know that using a comb to brush your hair back before tying it can save you a whole lot of trouble.
4) Easy half up, half down
Also known as the “half ponytail,” this look is great for those who don’t want to commit to or have enough hair length for the full ponytail. Leaving half your hair down, this look may be tougher to keep together if you’ve got coarse curly hair, but it’s definitely a look you shouldn’t overlook. Take it from actor JC Santos, who rocked this look. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even go for the “new man bun” by tying a tiny man bun at the end.
5) Proper slick back
The dandy slick back is a classic look that has passed the test of time. Continued to be loved by many generations, it is the most straight-forward way to tame your unruly hair to look all clean and proper. No fuss, no bullshit. You simply just, “slick back” your hair like actor Luis Hontiveros. It’s a tad more formal than the other looks, and perhaps the toughest to perfect—if you’ve got thick and wavy hair, but nothing a little bit of combing and blow-drying can’t fix. The key is to work on your hair while it’s still wet.