The “Jim Morrison” hairstyle is a style for curly haired men that was best exemplified by the man himself, rock star Jim Morrison. A hairstyle that involves growing the curly hair in a helmet type manner, this hairstyle is best suited to those with already medium to long length curls and with curls in the I to III type range.
If you already have medium to long curls, your hair should be cut with the same length all around your head. The reference for the length that it should be cut at is the length that it takes for the hair at the hairline to just about grasp the eyebrows (aka hair bangs). Typically this is anywhere from 4 to 7 inches of hair length depending on the type of curls you have. This same length is then applied to the rest of the hair thus you end up with uniform curl length all around your head.
If you have to grow your curls in the first place (e.g starting from a short length), you shall then start with your hair at a same length all around your head hence begin by going to the barber and getting a uniform length haircut. Then, you must allow for the curls to grow and start molding, on their own and gradually, to the hairstyle. You may need some small trimmings here and there until the curls grow to the 4-7 inch mark but if you follow the advice of starting with a uniform length, all you need is time for the hair to grow and some patience. Since hair grows anywhere from 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch per month, expect to achieve a length like the one in the picture above in roughly 6 to 8 months if you start from a short length.
This hairstyle is very convenient for curly dudes as it is very easy to grow and groom. The only inconvenient is having to unknot hair every once in a while due to the inherent longer length required for the style. For those with tighter IV and V curls, the hairstyle is still possible but I find it tends to look too voluminous for my liking. A classic “Jim Morrison” with Type IV curls is that of Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, which looks very cool and is styled with shorter 3 inch curls so as to avoid the voluminous issue associated with this curl type.
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Just be careful with this hairstyle as it doesn’t go down very well in a work/office environment. While the females at the office will very likely be wetting their panties with your “Jim Morrison” set of curls, your boss will probably not agree with you showcasing your wilder side at work. My advice: gel back those curls when at work and never sleep with a co-worker!
All the best,