I have very long and curly hair at the minute (you can't see it in the pic), but I haven't really cared about my appearence so my hair is kind of scruffy at the minute. Before I do shave it all off and start with short hair again, I'm curious if there is any well known examples of manly long hair that exist, and if so where can I find them?
Are you asking for manly men who had long hair, or for men's hairstyles that could be considered manly?In the case of the former, I'd point you in the direction of George Washington. In the case of the latter, then it's a matter of preference. The most important part is that you keep your hair clean and well-groomed. Letting it degrade into dreadlocks is not manly; it's just lazy. That said, I don't think you need to do too much to make curly hair more manly.
Are you looking for justification to keep your hair long?
There isn't one. Context is everything. Unless you honestly think you're going to compare yourself to popular entertainers, medieval raiders or Jesus Christ for your fashion sensibilities.
Something clean, easy to maintain, out of your face and off of your collar.
Hey there Phil. Well, I wear my hair long, at about the length of my back, I've always wore my hair long since college - almost a decade now.
Here's my list of manly men wearing their hair long in history: Jesus, Genghis Khan, etc.
Well,i decided to grow my hair when I watched Desperados back in high school. Now, that is an example of a manly man with long hair.
Oh, by the way, avoid dreadlocks if you can. I agree with George Grey on this one. if you decide to continue wearing your hair long, just keep it neat with a ponytail.
If you want Manly anything. What you are looking for is well kept. Long or short hair it does not matter. You said it was "scruffy". Go to a salon and ask them to make it unscruffy. Care for your hair and enjoy it. Keep it trimmed and looking like it was a choice, not laziness that give you your look. Same goes for your clothing and the rest.
Men take care of themselves and look it.
Long hair, to varying degrees of longness, was pretty standard up until WW2. After 20 million American men shaved their heads and saved the world, long hair fell out of fashion, but wasn't necessarily vilified. Until the hippies ruined it, along with beards. Today, the only men who wear long hair, smell.
So, I was reading through a few things and found this discussion and was a little shocked by the attacks on dreadlocks. I do not have dreadlocks, but know many who do and am thinking about growing out my hair to do so myself. But you are all falling into the misconception that dreadlocks are lazy and unsanitary when it is quite different.
Creating dreads can take several hours to complete. I have helped make them, so I know. But they are not unclean, in fact you are urged to wash your hair at minimum every two days. Dreadlocks can be formed by neglecting your hair, but that is absolutely disgusting. Plus, dreads can be styled to look neat and formal, just like normal long hair.
I think that Dreadlocks can be done in a manly way, but even if you disagree, do some research before insulting something you don't know about
Eh. For a black man, dreadlocks are fine. My personal loan representative has butt-length dreads, and it actually works with a suit and slacks. For white men, however, it tends to conjure a "dirty stoner" type of image, and quite frankly, it doesnt really work for white men, in my opinion. Matter of fact, dreadlocks' popularity among black men (especially young black men) is primarily due to the Rastafarian religious movement, in which they represent the mane of a lion, and thus pride in their African heritage. Fun factoid for the day. Otherwise, for manly long hair, look no further than Charleton Heston in the Ten Commandments, or ZZ Top. Classic.
Doesn't work for black men. Unless you are just a victim of the soft core racism of the philosophy of low expectations. But no. Dreads look absurd. On everyone.
Going to have to respectfully disagree with you on this one. I'm honestly not a fan of long hair on most guys and think it looks sloppy, but I've seen at least a couple people who manage to look decent with dreads. Just not many.
As with anything, it's a matter of maintenance. Dreads can look good (on a young black professional), long hair can look great (if taken care of, which is harder than you would think), beards can add a look of maturity (or slobbishness). Hell, i wear 7 earrings and a goatee (and, until this summer, a long ponytail), and yet people feel confident enough in my professional appearance to allow me into their homes and tell me their darkest, most personal secrets. It's all a matter of care and attitude.
Long hair can ABSOLUTELY be manly! Besides the given examples of Jesus and Genghis Khan, think of Men Gibson in Braveheart! Would you call him unmanly to his face? I think not.
Google can be your friend here. See what you can find in terms of pictures. Next, clean it up and see if you like it and if you have the discipline for its upkeep. Many shaggys don't! You can always cut it down later but, while it will grow back, that can take a while.