African Americans have naturally thick hair that can be quite difficult to manage and style when it’s very long. That’s the main reason why they prefer braids, twists, and dreads because they are so much easier to handle.
These options are also what we now call protective hairstyles. However, this doesn’t mean that, if you have long hair, you need to limit yourself to these alone. Here are 50 long hairstyles for black men that will surely inspire you.
1. Curly Hairstyles for Black Men
The first entry on our list of long hairstyles for black men is a very basic one. This is a natural and curly long hair which you can just let grow out as much as you want. You will need to invest in some good hair care products so that you can keep it healthy.
2. Waist Long Hairstyles for Black Men
Waist long hair is not easy to manage. We’ll give you that. However, the fact that you’ll be one of the few guys out there sporting this hairstyle should make you want to do it. If you don’t want to wait around for your locks to grow, you can always get extensions.
3. The Man Bun
Sporting long hairstyles for black men can also mean that you get to transform them in other styles that are super trendy right now. One perfect example is the man bun. Long hair translates into the perfect bun, and you know it.
4. Unique Hairstyles for Black Men
When your hair is this long, you know you have to protect it no matter what. This is where twists or dreads come in. But what do you do when you need to protect those as well? You plait them, of course! Plait-ception.
5. Dreads and Twists
Here’s a variation of the ultra-protective measures we were referring to above. These are dreads that have been spun into twists and tied in the back into neat, parallel lines. The result is aesthetically stunning.
6. Natural Long Hairstyles for Black Men
Going natural is one of the best things you will ever do in your life, and we believe every man should try it at least once. Things might get a bit complicated when it comes to maintaining your mane, but we suggest you ask for some advice from your stylist.
7. Undercut and Dreads
Long hairstyles for black men don’t have to be boring or old-fashioned. This, for example, is an undercut with very long dreads. It’s a type of modern mohawk or fauxhawk if you will. We love the little details of blonde tips.
8. The Dreadhawk
Speaking of fauxhawks, here’s one we think you’ll love. Long hairstyles for black men enthusiasts, meet the dreadhawk. You guessed it! It’s a mohawk made entirely out of dreads, in this case, ombre ones, to make it even more cool and urban.
9. Latest Hairstyles for Black Men
After the man bun, the top knot, and the man braids, here’s another hairstyle borrowed from the ladies but which we rock with just the same amount of panache. These are space buns, but we gave them a catch. They’re made of dreads. Aren’t they cool?
10. Jumbo Dreads
Long hairstyles for black men come in many shapes and sizes, and we are particularly fond of this one. We’re talking about jumbo dreads. They just have that air of artistry and creativity around them that is hard to find in other hairstyles, and that is especially hard to beat.
11. Ombre Long Hairstyles for Black Men
We’ve talked about ombre before in this article, and now it’s time to see it in action. This is a splendid example of dark cocoa curly hair which gradually melts away into a milk chocolate brown and then a dark honey blonde. We are experiencing serious hair envy right now.
12. Hair Parts for Black Men
When it comes to hair parts, there are side parts, which are natural, hard parts, which your barber or stylist creates using a razor, and then there’s this. Although we do love the look and applaud its boldness and audacity, we do have to warn you that it’s a bit tough to handle on a daily basis.
13. Classic Plaits
If you’re looking for the perfect long hairstyles for black men, you know you can’t go wrong with classic plaits. These jumbo three-strand braids are very easy to make, require very little time to do and, as a bonus, with a bit of training, you might even be able to do them yourself right at home.
14. Braids Are Back
Did someone say braids? Yes, we did, and we have a very good reason why we keep mentioning them. Because braids are completely back in style. Just see for yourself how hot this set of extra-long braids look. Once again, if your hair is not long enough, don’t worry. Extensions are the word you’re looking for.
15. Traditional Long Hairstyles for Black Men
Alright, so this might not be traditional in the classic sense of the term. However, it’s a modern interpretation that fashion takes upon the old and traditional, and one which you can actually wear today.
16. Locks and Long Hairstyles for Black Men
Getting locked and loaded might just be the very best thing you’ve ever done for your sense of style and fashion. Dreadlocks have a unique sense of beauty that intrigue and fascinate at the same time. Moreover, they have stood the test of time and still get a lot of attention.
17. Artistic Long Hairstyles for Black Men
When you have extremely long hair, your only limit is yourself. This is yet another type of artistic fauxhawk, in which the long, twisted dreads have been coiled into several rolls which actually form the hawk itself.
18. Formal Long Hairstyles for Black Men
If you work in an office with a strict dress code or you need to attend a meeting, there’s no need to worry. All you have to do is tie all your dreads at the back of your head in a very formal and oversized bun.
19. Twist Hairstyles for Men
Many celebrities have sported this hairstyle, including Jamie Foxx and John Legend. If you want to follow in their footsteps, we have a little tip for you. Pro stylists say that you should always add a bit of product to your hair when you twist it so that it can hold better.
20. Modern Hairstyles for Black Men
Even though this hairstyle is clearly inspired by old, traditional African American types of haircuts, it also has a modern touch to it. Moreover, you can make it your own by adding your favorite accessories to it, in the colors of your choosing.
Looking like you’re in tune with the times is challenging, so we put together a long list of modern haircuts to try out!
21. Cornrows and Long Hairstyles for Black Men
The reason why we loved this simple, yet refined take on the old cornrows is that the idea behind it is easy enough to pull off right at home. In other words, instead of braiding your hair all the way, simply allow the strands to fly freely and use a brush to tease them a bit.
22. The Headscarf
Are you in a hurry and trying to fix your hair but don’t really know what to do to it to make it look good? A headscarf is your best friend in these scary little moments, trust us. All you have to do is wrap it on and be on your way, so keep a couple of them close at hand.
23. The Flower Crown
Your search is over because we have found your next festival look. Flower crowns are yet another hair accessory that we had to import from the girls’ department, but who cares? Gender fluidity is really huge right now so hop on the trend.
24. Cool Hair Styles for Black Men
Speaking of flowers in your hair, how would you feel about taking things literally for once and really adding flowers to your long tresses? The look is incredibly sweet and festive, and you can wear it for a wedding, whether you’re the best man or the groom himself.
25. Elegant Long Hairstyles for Black Men
This particular hairstyle combines demure elegance with a modern statement. And you know what that means. That you can wear it successfully both at the office and late in the evening at a club or for a party. Now that’s a haircut we can get behind!
26. The Messy Buns
A messy bun is always a good idea when you’re in a rush or when you’re working out or simply cleaning the house. But how would you feel about two messy buns? They follow the same basic lines as space buns but much, much messier.
27. Blue Dreads
Unconventional colors for dreads have been all the rage for quite a few years now and it doesn’t seem like they’re going anywhere anytime soon. Therefore, you might as well hop on this trend right now. You can dye you’re your own hair in the color of your choice or get some yarn dreads.
28. Long Hairstyles for Black Men and Head Wraps
Here’s another version of the headscarf of which we talked about earlier. This one is a lot more traditional and fancier, and it’s called a head wrap. It might take you a while to get the hang of correctly wrapping it, but that’s what YouTube tutorials are for, right?
29. Red and Orange Dreads
Another unconventional color you can try is a combination of red and orange. But not just any combination. We’re talking, of course, about ombre. It’s the perfect shade for summer, as it looks exactly like a sunset or, why not, like a Tequila sunrise.
30. Forest Green Ombre
If red is not your color and long for something cooler, you can always try this very mossy forest green. It melts away toward the ends of the dreads to reveal a lighter, more minty shade of green which will highlight your face and the color of your eyes.
31. Golden Long Hairstyles for Black Men
This might just be the complete winner when it comes to untraditional colors and our all-time favorite. These dreads are golden! Not a yellow or blonde shade of golden, but an actual metallic hue, which is incredibly trendy right now. Did you notice that the beard has been dyed the same color as well?
32. Cool Hair Designs for Black Guys
This crown of knots is just so pretty it makes us want to run out to our stylist and get it ourselves. And it’s not even that difficult to make. All you need to do is secure your long dread plaits in the back with some bobby pins.
33. Three-Color Locks
The color combination with this hairstyle is absolutely amazing. The basis is a very natural dark hair while the locks themselves are brown and blonde. The results are spectacular, highlighting the model’s charmingly good looks.
34. Colorful Yarn Dreads
We’ve mentioned yarn dreads once before in this article, so we thought we’d show you what they’re all about. It’s very simple, really. Instead of adding extensions to your hair to get the dreads, you braid colorful yarn into it. That’s all!
35. Retro Haircuts for Black Men
These past few years have flamed a love of the retro in all of us like never before seen. It started slowly but surely with the hipster subculture and their admiration for the 50s and 60s, and slowly moved on to every decade ever. Now we love everything retro!
36. The High Bun
Long hairstyles for black men will allow you to finally wear that traditional high bun you’ve always been dreaming of. Find tutorials online how to do it or ask your stylist to teach you. It’s actually not that difficult.
37. Unicorn Braids
This type of braids gets their name from the color they have. It’s a mixture of pastel colors that range from pinks to blues and purples. When combined they turn into a unicorn shade. Rather than dying your hair, we suggest you get yarn braids.
38. Mature Hairstyles for Black Men
Jumping over the hill and going over the age of sixty doesn’t mean that you have to cut your hair at all. You can still keep your long dreads and be the cool grandpa who tells his grandkids amazing stories from when he was young and takes them out for a stroll on their longboard.
39. Halo Long Hairstyles for Black Men
Here is a creative hairstyle if we’ve ever seen one. It’s called a halo or a donut, but we prefer the first term because it sounds so much more angelic than the common pastry. However, the funny thing is that you will need a hair donut to pull off this hairstyle.
Recommended read – 45 Outstanding Black Men Hairstyles
40. Prom Haircuts for Black Guys
Prom is an extremely important stepping stone in every person’s life. Therefore, we believe you need to look your best, so that you can create that perfect memory to look back on. So, how would you feel about this one of a kind, artistic, and geometric hairstyle?
Big night coming up? Browse our selection of prom hairstyles.
41. Hairstyles for Black Men with Thick Hair
This is a marvelous example of how you can use long hairstyles for black men on special occasions such as Halloween. We called this piece of art The Nightmare Before Christmas because it resembles the hill where Jack Skellington sings.
42. Spiral Locs
If you thought this was just regular, curly hair, you were wrong. Upon closer inspection, you will notice that these are, in fact, spiral locs. They are very thin and neatly curled up, which leads to the idea of naturally curly locks.
43. Popular Black Mens Hairstyles
Is there anything more popular than a bun? Once you get long hair, this will be the number one tool in your arsenal. You will need to learn how to tie it both for utilitarian and aesthetic reasons.
44. Easy Long Hairstyles for Black Men
Have you learned how to take the perfect selfie? Because you won’t be able to put the phone done once you learn how to master this look. We especially love the bandana, not to mention the water fountain style of the dreads.
45. The Oversized Man Bun
Long hair means long everything. Including being able to get this oversized man bun that you’ve always been dreaming of. It looks manly and powerful, perfect for you stylized look. Match it with some piercing and the appropriate necklace.
46. The Classic Ponytail
Another very simple hairstyle you can try on your long hair is the ponytail. Of course, if you want to jazz things up a little, you can always go for some ombre, such as this amazing brown melting into caramel blonde.
47. Black Male Celebrity Hairstyles
Celebrities are not strangers to long hairstyles for black men. Jaden Smith is a huge fan of dreads and his quirky way of wearing them is quickly becoming iconic, as is his highly fashionable look.
48. The Braided Top
Here is one of the most interesting long hairstyles for black men and definitely one of our favorites. It’s an undercut with a shaved design and a very long top that has been braided. The under shave itself has also been combed and gelled into perfection.
49. Three Braids Ombre
What could possibly be better than an ombre braid? Three ombre braids! And a man bun! Counting as one of the most intricate long hairstyles for black men we’ve ever seen, this elegant look is perfect for your wedding.
50. The Half Up Half Down
The last entry on our list is a hairstyle as simple as it is pretty. It’s a half up half down long haircut that has the ability of highlighting your cheekbones and gorgeous jawline. Pouff the dreads a bit on top so that you gain an inch or two in height.
Here are the 50 creative long hairstyles for black men we promised. Our exhaustive list included everything – twists, locs, dreads, man buns, top knots, black male celebrity hairstyles, hairstyles for black men with thick hair, cornrows, headscarves, flower crowns, and much more. Write to us in the comment section below and let us know which one was your favorite and why!
July 2019: We updated the styles in this article.