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The 8 Benefits of Long Hair for Men (Yes, You Should Grow Yours Out)

Written by: Piers Le Moignan



Time to read 8 min

So, you're considering growing out the mane. Long hair on men is a really popular look currently, but it's more than just a trend. In fact, there are actually some great benefits to growing out your locks.

Long hair is really defined as any length that reaches past your neck and shoulders or past your jawline. It doesn't necessarily have to be Gandalf the Great length, but if that's your goal, hey, we're all for it. More men are choosing to grow their hair out, and there's plenty of reasons why.

From cool hairstyles to accentuating your features, long hair can really work wonders for your look.

If you need some convincing or encouragement that you're making the right decision, here are a few reasons why growing out your hair might be the best move for you.

#1 Plenty of Long Hairstyles to Try

With long locks come endless styling options. While those of us with shorter hair are fairly limited in what we can or can't do, you men with longer hair have countless possibilities.

Depending on your personal style or the aesthetic you're aiming for, there are lots of different hairstyles to choose from.

Some of the most popular hairstyles include:

  • Man bun

  • Undercut

  • Half up, half down

  • Braids, cornrows, or twists

  • Top knot

  • Mullet

  • Surfer hairstyle

  • Shaggy textured cut

The list goes on and on. And because you have so many options, you can easily play around with different looks until you find one that you love.

#2 Shields Your Scalp from the Sun

Believe it or not, long hair can actually protect your scalp from harmful UV rays. The hair acts as a natural shield, preventing direct exposure to the sun.

If you think about short haircuts, they often leave the scalp exposed, but longer hair covers the scalp more fully.

It's important to note that this doesn't mean you can skip wearing sunscreen altogether. But it does offer some added protection for your scalp and lowers your risk of scalp conditions, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

#3 (Might) Reduce Hair Loss

Another benefit of keeping your hair long is that it may reduce hair loss. We say might because everyone's hair is different, and many factors contribute to hair loss.

However, long hair can act as a natural barrier against environmental damage that can lead to hair breakage or thinning.

Things like wind, sun exposure, and even pollution can damage your hair and scalp. By keeping your hair long, it can provide a shield against these elements (a bit like our second point), which can, in turn, reduce the risk of hair loss.

How Else to Prevent Hair Loss

Of course, maintaining a healthy diet and using proper hair products also play a significant role in minimising hair loss.

A thickening shampoo and conditioner can be really effective at preventing hair loss or encouraging regrowth of thinning hair.

We formulated our Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner with just this in mind, using natural ingredients like Gingko Biloba, Saw Palmetto, and Red Clover Leaf to counteract hair loss, blocking DHT (a hormone linked to hair loss), and promoting hair growth.

In addition to using the right products, incorporating scalp massages into your hair care routine is also beneficial.

Massaging the scalp increases blood flow to the follicles, providing nutrients and oxygen needed for healthy hair growth. You can just use your fingers or invest in a scalp massager to massage your scalp as part of your haircare routine. This even helps relaxation and reduces stress.

#4 Indicates Good Health from the Inside Out

One of the main reasons why some men can't grow hair past a certain length is due to a lack of nutrients and vitamins in their diet, particularly iron, vitamin D, and protein. But if you're able to grow your hair out, it's a pretty good sign that you're in good overall health.

You shouldn't use this as an excuse to neglect your diet or as your only indicator of good health, but it's worth noting that healthy hair growth is often a reflection of a well-nourished body.

If your hair looks good, it also shows to others that you take care of yourself, which is always a plus (who doesn't want to make a good impression, right?).

#5 Long Hair Can Complement Your Face Shape

If you've ever seen someone with a great haircut or hairstyle, you know how it can completely transform their appearance. The same goes for long hair.

Depending on your face shape, certain hairstyles may suit you better than others.

For example, if you have an oval or a diamond face shape, long hair can help balance out the angles and create a softer look. Or if you have a heart-shaped face, long layers can help frame your face and add dimension.

The way you style your hair will also have an effect on how it complements your face shape. Side-swept bangs can help elongate a round face, while a middle part can add symmetry to a square face.

#6 Keeps Your Head Warmer in Cold Weather

This is a practical benefit of having long hair that many may not think about. When the temperature drops, having longer locks can provide extra insulation for your head and neck.

This can be especially helpful if you live in a colder climate or somewhere with unpredictable temperatures (British men, we know the struggle).

Throwing on a hat will always keep you warm, but having longer hair can help provide an extra layer of warmth.

#7 Less Frequent Haircuts

For those who don't like making regular trips to the barber, having long hair can be a blessing. While short hair typically requires trims every few weeks to maintain its shape, longer hair can go longer periods without needing a cut. This means less time and money spent at the salon.

However, it's important to note that long hair does require some maintenance to keep it healthy and looking good.

The long hairstyle you've decided to go with will also determine how often you need to visit the salon. Mullets will need attention to keep the layers looking fresh, while a free-flowing style may only need a trim every 6 weeks.

Your barber should suggest a maintenance plan that suits your hair type, texture and the style you're going for.

#8 Increased Confidence (Look Good, Feel Good)

Having a great hairstyle can boost your confidence and overall self-image. Knowing your hair looks good and suits your face shape and features can make you feel more attractive and put-together.

It will also give you a pretty distinct image, too. If you're going for a certain aesthetic, your hair can be a major part of that.

Don't underestimate the power of a good hairstyle in boosting your confidence.

What About the Cons of Having Long Hair?

As with any major decision, there are always cons to consider.

While we've been raving about the pros of having long hair, it's important to acknowledge that there are some other factors to consider as well before you commit to growing out your locks…

  • It's a long process. Growing out your hair certainly isn't an overnight task. It can sometimes take years before you reach your desired length, and during that time, you'll have to deal with awkward in-between stages. But the end result is worth it.

  • Summer can be a struggle. Long hair can be a blessing during the colder months, but when summer rolls around, it can become a bit of a bit of a nuisance. You will undoubtedly sweat more and experience a sticky neck. Tying your hair up or pushing it back from your face will be a must in order to stay cool.

  • You may need to wash your hair more often. With longer locks comes more hair to maintain. If you have an oily scalp, you may find yourself needing to wash your hair more frequently in order to keep it looking fresh and clean. That being said, it's therapeutic to indulge in a nice hair wash and scalp massage after a long day.

But with the extra effort comes the reward. We think the benefits of long hair for men greatly outweigh the challenges.

Want to Grow Your Hair Out? Here's What You Need to Know

If you're finally ready to ditch the short hair for a longer, more suave look, we've got a brilliant guide that covers everything you need to know about growing out your hair.

With tips on how to grow the healthiest hair possible to debunking common hair growth myths, we've put everything you need to know in one place.

Be sure to check it out and start your journey to long locks.


Does Long Hair Prevent Baldness?

Long hair can help hide the effects of balding or thinning, but it won't necessarily prevent it from happening. Genetics play a large role in hair loss, so growing out your hair won't guarantee that you won't experience baldness.

You should use other preventative measures, like a balanced diet, scalp care, and stimulating hair care products, to help with hair loss.

Does Long Hair Make You Look Older?

It is a common misconception that long hair makes you look older. In reality, the way your hair is styled and maintained has a bigger impact on your appearance. With proper grooming and styling, long hair can actually make you look younger.

However, if you are trying to make yourself appear more mature, some long hairstyles can help you achieve that as well.

Does Long Hair Make Men More Attractive?

Depending on your face shape, having long hair can certainly enhance your features and make you stand out in a crowd. But ultimately, the more confident you are in your appearance, the more attractive you'll be.

Are There Psychological Benefits to Men Having Long Hair?

There's not necessarily any scientific evidence to back up the psychological benefits of long hair, but feeling good about your appearance can certainly boost your self-esteem. If you're confident in how you look, it can positively affect your mood and overall well-being.

Piers Le Moignan

Piers Le Moignan is the founder and CEO of Salt Grooming, an award-winning British luxury men’s haircare and styling brand. 

Founded in 2018, Piers has quickly grown the company into a global brand that has distributed to 43 countries and counting.

Headquartered in London, Piers leads an agile workforce of 10 employees and consultants, including the company’s formulation team which features some of the UK’s leading cosmetic scientists. Piers is responsible for overseeing logistics, supply chain, and performance marketing, and is the driving force behind Salt’s product innovation and brand/creative direction. 

Previous to foundership, Piers spent a decade at some of London’s leading creative agencies, developing global brands and communications for the likes of Adidas, Jaguar Land Rover, British Airways, and more.

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