Get growing, but resist the man bun.

As much as we love a good buzz-cut or short fade, long hair styles are everywhere right now. But no one wants to revisit the man-bun mania we recently left behind. That’s why we asked a few of the top men’s hairstylists for their advice on how to pull off some length in a fresh, modern way.

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Have a Specific Cut—or Era—in Mind

Step one is to have a goal (or person) in mind. “Whether you go for rock ‘n’ roll hair to the shoulders, a badass afro, or a sumo-style tied-off knot, your long hair will become a part of who you are,” says Benjamin Mohapi, owner of the Benjamin Salon.

Point being: Don’t just aimlessly grow it long. And you don’t necessarily need to go below your shoulders, either. Considering most men rock an inch or two of hair at maximum, “long” can simply mean letting it reach your chin.

Consider Your Face Shape

Neil Weisberg, owner of Meche Salon, points out that your haircut will play up—or down—your facial features so it helps to be strategic about your cut.  “Shags can soften bold features like large ears or a big nose”, whereas a long haircut without texture or layers does nothing but accentuate those qualities.

He explains that, “rounder faces need height towards the top and a leaner feel through the sides to elongate the face. Slimmer faces—especially guys that are really narrow through the temples—can afford to go a bit longer. The hair will give their face some width.  Chiseled faces do well with most anything—you lucky bastards.”

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Become a Grooming Minimalist

“Don’t make long hair a project,” advises Mohapi. “Blow drying is fine, if you feel like you need it, but do as much with your hands as possible. And if you overdo it with greasy products, you will end up looking like you belong backstage at a Deep Purple concert or in a Soul Glow commercial.”

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Find a Better Alternative to the Man Bun

If your hair is more mid-length, owner of Spoke & Weal, Jon Reyman, recommends simply tucking it behind your ears. If that doesn’t work, use a bandana to keep it out of your eyes. He concedes that a bun is acceptable, if you must, but “tie it with a rubber band or basic hair-tie at the nape of your neck.” In other words, no topknots.

Have thick or coarse hair? “Braids are the way forward,” according to Mohapi. Braids look especially good when you smarten things up a bit and put on a suit”.

Amen.

Original post by GQ.