Go With the Flow: 6 Reasons Why Guys Should Consider Growing Their Hair Out

This post is not to be taken entirely seriously, but I do believe that there is a lot of truth here.

As a guy, it pays to stand out in a good way, and not just for picking up girls at the bar. People will notice you more, and you’ll likely make a memorable impression if your appearance conveys a positive impression. I can attest to a personal transformation as a result of growing out my hair to lengths past my shoulders, so a lot of this is first-hand experience. For me, the decision to grow my hair for over three years has been one of the best things I could have done for my social life, professional life, and self-image. The trend is slowly catching on, and here’s my take on why you should give it a shot.

1)   Long hair on a guy signifies commitment.

Commitment Squared.

Commitment Squared.

You can’t grow your hair out to shoulder length overnight, so if you decide to go through with it, you’re in a long-term commitment, and people will take notice of that. It’s the same basis as making a commitment to working out to reach a target weight/physique. People have to respect the hard work and dedication you put into it. Plus, if you can commit to growing your hair long, that shows you’re willing to commit to other things. Like a woman. And they’ll take notice of that fact. My roommate once had two random girls walk up to him and buy him a jaegerbomb simply because of his hair.

2)   It’s adaptable.

Long hair: now acceptable in a casual or formal setting.

Long hair: now acceptable in a casual or formal setting.

Long hair has, in a traditional sense, been the most popular hairstyle for men throughout history. Historically, long hair has been considered acceptable in both a formal or casual setting. While other haircuts on men also fall into this dichotomy of usage, nothing screams “Let’s get fucked up!” like a guy letting his hair down for a Friday night of boozing. If you move from a night out on the town to a boardroom meeting, long hair tied back exudes an air of sophistication and individuality. Additionally, if you live in a cold climate, you can leave your hair down in the winter to protect your neck from the cold, and tie it up just as easy when it gets warm in the summer.  You simply don’t get those kind of results by playing it safe with short hair. Plus you can rock a man bun.

3)   It signifies confidence.

If a guy is willing to grow his hair out that long, chances are he’s ok with the extra attention that he’s going to receive: it’s a dominance thing. It’s something I like to term “The Lion Effect”.

A male lion’s mane is a symbol of his sexual virility, health, and genetic quality. His quality of mate choice is largely dependent on his appearance. A proud, well-groomed mane will reflect better on the male lion than will a patchy, scraggly mane (or no mane at all), which will likely convey sickness or weakness to potential mates. He will also appear more impressive to potential competitors. This is not to say that simply by having mane of hair, you’re going to be more respected and get a hell of lot more ass, but it will certainly help if your behaviour mirrors your appearance. This also means that proper grooming is in order: you can’t just grow your hair out and not expect to take care of it. Otherwise, you’ll come off as mangy looking. This also isn’t meant to say that guys with short hair are at a disadvantage when it comes to girls, but if those same guys were to grow their hair out, I’d wager they’d see increased success.

If Simba's fight against Scar taught is anything, it's that the bigger mane always wins.

If Simba’s fight against Scar taught is anything, it’s that the better mane always wins.

4)   It’s universally appealing.

Long hair is widely accepted across many countries, so no matter where your travels take you, you’re still going to look good. For some reason, countries all over the world are embracing long hair. It could be the push for a more “authentic” self that has been perpetuated by hipsters and country music fans alike, but the result is the same: long hair is old-fashioned, and people crave authenticity.

5)   No hairstyle has more sex appeal for a guy than a mane of long hair.

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Charlie Hunnam

For decades, male rock stars, artists, and other celebrities have embraced long hair as a symbol of individuality and sex appeal. Girls have grown up with a lot of their celebrity man crushes sporting long locks. Girls have told me that they like guys with long hair for a number of reasons: it’s fun, it’s more primal, or that it gives you an edgy look. Whatever the reason, if you’ve decided to grow your hair out, take advantage of it.

Guys like Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp, Chris Hemsworth, Jared Leto, and Charlie Hunnam (pictured) have made long hair part of their brand. And women everywhere have rejoiced everywhere because of it. For the ladies reading this, I’m sure you can agree: when a guy with a mane of hair is ravaging you, the option of running your fingers through his hair or grabbing on to it just seems a lot more appealing, no?

6)   Long hair will gain you respect among the guys as well.

Troy Polamalu's hair made him (even more) rich and famous. What could your hair do for you?

Troy Polamalu’s hair made him (even more) rich and famous.

Troy Polamalu is famous off the football field due his locks and Head & Shoulders commercials (and the company has even gone so far as to take out a $1 million insurance policy on his hair). Guy Lafleur’s famous mane would flow behind him as he flew down the ice in the bygone helmet-less days of the NHL. In short, long hair has been admired by (and marketed at) men for quite some time.

When you’re going out downtown, I can tell you from personal experience that you start getting a lot of recognition and respect from guys for having flow, and as long as you have the great personality to back it up, it can really net you a lot of new interactions and potential new friends.

In short, if you can commit to it, growing your hair out is a great decision that every guy should consider while they’re still able to (i.e., before you need to keep your hair cut trim if you have a client facing, “real job”).

Long hair isn’t for everyone, but if you were thinking about doing it, there’s no time like the present. Make sure you have the personality to match, but you’re going to have a few years to work on it anyways while you’re waiting for your hair to grow. Long hair will not magically transform you into a sick beauty overnight, but it definitely helps.

In closing: ladies love the flow, bro.

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