It’s not always easy making long hair look good. Maintaining lengthy locks can take a lot of time and effort, after all, even if you do have top hairstylists on speed dial. But the men in this list certainly know how to work it; here, then, are the top 20 male stars who nailed the long-haired look.
20. Taylor Kitsch
After bursting onto screens in 2006 as Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights, there can be no denying that Taylor Kitsch is most recognizable for his long hair and good looks. Since then, however, the actor has admitted to Jimmy Fallon that he went through a questionable hair phase when he frosted his own hair tips. Stick to the long locks, Taylor!
19. Harry Styles
As one-fifth of One Direction, it was Harry Styles’ long locks that made him stand out from the rest of the band. However, in 2016 he went for the chop to raise money for charity, and his new ’do can soon be spotted in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 epic Dunkirk. Maybe he’ll grow his locks back when he’s finished filming? We hope so!
18. Hugh Jackman
Not only is Hugh Jackman one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood, but his hair often follows suit. From buzz cuts to side bangs, he’s tried them all. But it’s his long hair from 2003 that really stands out. Taking on the role of Gabriel Van Helsing that year, the star had to grow it out especially for the part.
17. Ben Barnes
He’s best known for his roles in Dorian Gray and as Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia, but Ben Barnes is also notorious for his long ’do. And while the actor might have gone for a shorter look in 2015, we think that his longer locks work so much better.
16. Josh Holloway
Josh Holloway played Sawyer on Lost and was recognizable for his long blond hair. But in 2013 it got the chop for Sabotage, where instead he rocked a buzz cut. He’s since kept his hair short for CBS show Intelligence. And while the star admitted that he was massively relieved to lose his Lost hippie look, we think it definitely suits him.
15. Sebastian Stan
Without doubt, Sebastian Stan’s flowing brown locks make him stand out. He has admitted that the long hair was for the role of Bucky Barnes in Marvel’s Captain America franchise, and with the actor contracted for more of the films, we’re sure his long ’do will be sticking around for a while.
14. Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal is known for going above and beyond for his roles, from dropping 30 pounds for Nightcrawler to putting on even more for Southpaw. But despite not having a problem with controlling his weight, he has revealed that he did have issues controlling his hair. The star had to grow out his luscious locks for Prince of Persia, and it took him an agonizing six months.
13. Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves is practically synonymous with his surfer-dude floppy hair. In 1994, however, that all changed when he bagged a starring role in Speed. And after debuting a short ’do for the first time, his new look caused a stir. Apparently studio execs hated the cut and were tempted to delay filming of the movie to let it grow back.
12. David Beckham
Victoria’s husband has had more hairstyles than soccer boots! Indeed, from buzz cuts to braids, the soccer star has never been shy experimenting with his off-pitch looks. But in 2003 David Beckham grew his hair out and dyed it blond. And while he has since admitted that the skinhead look is his favorite, we can’t help but disagree from looking at the above snap.
11. Kit Harington
Kit Harington’s long hair is courtesy of his role as Jon Snow in HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones, but he cut it short for his film Testament of Youth. He also cut it, moreover, to convince Thrones fans that his character had died at the end of season five. What a tease…
10. Orlando Bloom
Whether it’s buzzed, spiked or curly, Orlando Bloom knows how to own a hairstyle. But it was definitely his long, brown mane that made Bloom look most attractive in his role as Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean. Since then, Bloom has recently experimented with a quiffed style; we think his long locks, however, are so much better.
9. Ashton Kutcher
When Ashton Kutcher took over from Charlie Sheen for the ninth season of Two and a Half Men, his style changed, too. In fact, with that role came a new, disheveled-looking Kutcher, as the actor grew his hair and beard for the part. But the look didn’t last, and he quipped about the move to shorter hair by saying, “Jesus wanted his look back.”
8. Tom Cruise
All the way back in 2003, Cruise went for a shaggy hairstyle for his role in The Last Samurai. Since then, meanwhile, the versatile actor has gone through a range of looks, including a close crop and slicked-back style. Still, we can’t help but think the actor looks his best with a longer cut.
7. Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth isn’t immune to extensions: at least, if it’s done for a movie. Indeed, the Thor star was given longer hair while filming latest instalment Thor:Ragnarok. Still, he went for a shorter style in 2015 and admitted that although he was nervous about the change, he was also relieved because maintaining those longer locks took so much time.
6. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp debuted a new ’do in 2016 at the premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass, but his haircut was nothing but questionable. Instead, the actor looks a whole lot better with a bit of length to his brown, tousled locks.
5. Christian Bale
He might be one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, but Christian Bale has actually revealed that he originally grew his long locks because he was unemployed! Back in 2011, in particular, the actor was spotted with shoulder-length hair following his role in The Fighter. According to the star himself, he thought that it was nice not to bother cutting his hair while he was on a break from acting.
4. Brad Pitt
Despite being one of the world’s most in-demand actors, Angelina Jolie’s ex has had some very questionable haircuts. And given that Brad Pitt has adopted everything from platinum blond locks to a mullet, his hairstyles haven’t always made the actor look better. This long ’do, however, definitely proves he can be the mane attraction.
3. Colin Farrell
Feisty Colin Farrell turned up to the premiere of his 2008 movie Pride and Glory with a long, slicked-back style, and we love it. Indeed, he’s always been experimenting with different ’dos, even if some of them, he has revealed, have caused him major embarrassment. This long look, however, certainly doesn’t do that.
2. Jared Leto
Jared Leto might have just cut his hair following his role as the Joker in Suicide Squad, but we hope it grows back to its usual long and luscious state. And when asked how he keeps his trademark hair under control, the actor has said that, in actual fact, he doesn’t do much at all. His secret? Shampoo. Nothing else!
1. Jason Momoa
Jason Momoa’s naturally long locks were perfectly suited fto his role in Game of Thrones. Indeed, we think he looks so much better with a longer, rather than shorter, style. And while he recently dyed his mane blond for his upcoming movie role as Aquaman in Justice League, at least his locks haven’t had the chop. Hurrah!