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.