Men are shedding their inhibitions and no longer sticking to short hairstyles. The rockstar look is back — actors Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Diego Boneta looked hot in their long hair at the recently held MTV Movie Awards.
Actor Brad Pitt’s long hair was the talk of the town at Cannes Film Festival last month. Closer home, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is looking dapper in his straightened, long hair. Though you maybe dying to chop your hair in this heat, the fashionistas are clearly favouring the long hair trend.
“Be it Sachin Tendulkar, Russell Brand or Brad Pitt, everyone is flaunting long hair. Men with softer features like to grow hair to add raw masculinity, and feel more relaxed,” says hair expert Simmi Ghai.
Does it suit your face?
Long length allows you to play with it a bit more and try many styles. But it is not meant for everyone. “Long hair is more suitable for a square or apple-shaped face, as the flicks end more gracefully near the jawline, and compliment the complete look,” adds Ghai. “If you have an oblong face, avoid wearing long hairstyles or straight styles down without bangs. It will elongate your face,” says Addy, a hairstylist at Hair & Shanti salon.
Maintenance is a must
Like women, men also need to take care of their hair. Hair expert Rohan of B:Blunt says, “It’s extremely important to keep the hair and scalp clean by using a gentle shampoo to condition long hair as often as possible. Using light weight leave-in conditioner or a product that enhances texture is also advised.” Finish with a frizz-free shine spray. In case of very dry hair, apply mousse.
The condition of your hair is often a direct reflection of your diet, so take a protein rich diet and drink lots of water. Stress, smoking and lack of sleep also contribute to dull, lifeless looking hair. Healthy hair is all about a healthy lifestyle.
Long hair needs attentionn A wide-tooth comb and good quality hair brush with natural bristles are essential.
* To properly towel dry, shake out the excess water and stroke your hair in the direction it grows, rather than rubbing the hair with the towel. This would prevent hair breakage.
* Wearing tight hats or very tight ponytails can cause a condition called traction alopecia — hair loss due to damage to the hair’s root from pulling hair too tight. So keep your hair loose. For healthy hair regular trimming is must.
* Use a leave-in sunscreen.
Vaney Mehra, hair expert, Advanced Hair Studio