If you’ve ever wanted to grow your curly hair long, yet you had yet to come across a good long curly hairstyle, then go ahead and read this guide on the Hanging Locks hairstyle for a refreshingly-new outlook on your growing curly tresses!
Rocking your long mane with the Hanging Locks hairstyle!
The Hanging Locks hairstyle is a great look for those curly-haired men who want to have long hair but are not willing to grow their curly manes “to infinity and beyond” (i.e. longer than shoulder length, unlike yours truly). The Hanging Locks style is perfect for long coiled hair because it doesn’t take a huge amount of time for this particular hair type (i.e. coiled hair) to hang down (as opposed to puffing up and out), and the hanging down of the coiled curls can be enhanced with the use of hair-styling products that add weight to the hair strands.
The Hanging Locks hairstyle is one that I coined some years ago and which I described in both of my books, including in The Men’s Hair Book, as one of the go-to hairstyles for men with coiled-curly hair. Essentially, with the Hanging Locks hairstyle, all that you’re doing is allowing your curls to hang down while keeping a voluminous look on your hair, which works very well when curly hair is kept between 8 and 12 inches in hair length. Such a hair-length range (i.e. 8 to 12 inches) leaves the hair at shoulder length or above, and thus the convenience and ease of this hairstyle as it doesn’t require exceedingly-long lengths of hair.
Last but not least, the Hanging Locks hairstyle is a pretty-good hairstyle for those of you curly folks who are growing your curly hair to a long length but have yet to decide on a final hair length.
Long length (see my hair length guide for more on the four lengths for men’s hair).
Suitable hair type
Coiled hair (see my hair type guide for more on men’s hair types).
Haircut for the Hanging Locks hairstyle
You will need 10 inches of hair length on the top, and the sides and back should be 8 inches, which will give a very full appearance to your mane. These lengths allow the coils to hang down and mold to the head nicely. Incidentally, the Hanging Locks hairstyle should not be confused with a Bobcut hairstyle despite the former may, indeed, bear some resemblance with the latter (especially at the shorter lengths of the long-length category).
Two out of five (it’s an easy haircut best done by a barber or hairdresser).
Styling your Hanging Locks
In the Hanging Locks hairstyle, the hair is free to hang down; the only locks that are manipulated the ones that hang down over your face and bother you: simply pull these locks back or sweep them to the side.
For the Hanging Locks hairstyle, you should use a leave-in conditioner and a styling cream on your damp hair: apply the leave-in first and then the styling cream so as to have the coils fully hang down. Once the hair is coated with these 2 hairstyling products, shake your coils and let them hang down freely without parting them to the side. Slick back any locks hanging on your face but don’t manipulate the rest of the hair.
You can sport the Hanging Locks hairstyle if you have straight or wavy hair too, but then I recommend you to have all of your hair with 10 inches of length instead of having 10 inches on the top alone as with coiled hair. Furthermore, I recommend that you use a hair-mousse product to style your hair (instead of a styling cream), all while having a good hair dryer pointed towards your hair as you style it in order to achieve some extra hair volume; this gain in hair volume will mimic the natural volume that is inherent to coiled-curly hair and which works so well with the Hanging Locks hairstyle.
If you have kinky-curly hair, your hair will not hang down at the above-stipulated lengths for the Hanging Locks, so, for those of you with kinky-curly hair wanting to sport this hairstyle, you should use a hair texturiser to loosen up your curls and have your hair type resemble the coiled type. Alternatively, kinky-haired males may achieve the Hanging Locks hairstyle by adding an extra 6 inches of hair length to the specified hair lengths for coiled-curly hair.
Two out of five (it’s a very-easy hairstyle to achieve on your own and on a daily basis).
Male celebrity sporting a Hanging locks hairstyle
A perfect male example of this hairstyle is David Bisbal in the cover of his 2004 album Buleria.
Recommended hair products to use for the Hanging Locks hairstyle
- Leave-in conditioner
- Styling cream
- Hair mousse (for straight hair and wavy hair)
- Hair dryer (for straight hair and wavy hair)
- Hair texturiser (for kinky-curly hair hair)
Conclusion to the Hanging Locks hairstyle
The Hanging Locks hairstyle is a very-useful hairstyle for men who want to grow their curly hair long but have yet to decide on which hairstyle they want to settle on. Due to the overall even-length emphasis of the Hanging Locks, this hairstyle is not only a convenient one but it also is an easy one to achieve with minimal use of hair products. In fact, the Hanging Locks hairstyle is one of the main hairstyles that I recommend for those of you with coiled curls who want to rock them down and loose!
Questions are welcomed, so please feel free to ask any.
All the best,
Last updated: 28th September 2016