Long Hair Men: Hanging Locks Hairstyle

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.

Hair-length category

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).

Haircut difficulty

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.

Styling difficulty

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)

For more on leave-in conditioners, see my guide on hair conditioners; for more on products like styling creams (and hair mousse), see my guide on hairstyling products for men’s 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

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Rogelio is the go-to guy when it comes to men's hair. Having embraced his natural curly hair for over a decade while living in 5 countries, Rogelio has learnt a thing or two along the way. Rogelio is the author of the two bestselling men's books "The Curly Hair Book" and "The Men's Hair Book", and his motto when it comes to hair is, "Gentlemen, having a good head of hair should not cost us our testosterone".

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5 comments for “Long Hair Men: Hanging Locks Hairstyle

  1. Teddy
    February 6, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Hey Rogelio,
    I have been growing my type 3 curls for about a year and four months now, and have my mane at about 9 inches on top and 7.5 inches on the side. I recently bought your book and since then have been experimenting mostly with the hanging locks look. I get out of the shower and use a leave-in conditioner to coat my curls then let them hang down. The issue I have sometimes is that, after styling my damp curls, I either have to tuck my bangs behind my ears or constantly push them aside with my fingers to keep my hair out of eyes. This usually results in some puff and frizz in the front, in which case I usually just put my hair back in a head band when I’d rather be rockin’ the hanging locks. The rest of my head always looks fine after styling it, it just seems to be the bangs that frizz in the process. Any tips for the whole drying and styling process to prevent this frizz, besides what product I use? Thanks

  2. Teddy
    February 3, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Hey Rogelio,
    My mane’s at about 9 inches on top and 7.5 on the sides right now. I read your book and have been experimenting a lot with the styling and the hanging locks is a favorite. The problem I have, though, is that often, even if I’m using a leave-in and styling creme, when I style it this way I have to push my hair out of my face so much that my bangs starts to frizz, and if I tuck my hair behind my ears it puffs out a lot. Any tips to prevent this when sporting the hanging locks style besides the type of styling agents?

  3. Omar
    December 7, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Thank you Rogelio, you really encouraged me to grow my curly hair, and now as my hair has reached enough length for the hanging locks, i want to know know if iam going to wash my hair daily when iam back home after using the leave in conditioner and the cream. How many times should i wash my hair per week?

  4. Jay
    September 29, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Hi, Rogelio. I’m having a lot of issues in finding affordable leave in conditioners in Mexico. What is the difference between a “leave in conditioner” and a “styling cream” in its ingredients? I bought and read your book (my curly hear bible) and you mentioned that a leave-in conditioner should have at least one of the ingredients “Glycerol Propylene glycol Glyceryl stearate Cetearyl alcohol Cetyl alcohol Stearyl alcohol Glycerine”. I’m beginning to think that in Mexico leave-in conditioners are called “crema para peinar” (styling cream). An example is Elvive “Rizos Hisdratados” that have as ingredients: “agua, alcohol cetearilico, glicerina, cetil esteres, amodimeticona, cloruro de behentrimonio, fragancia metilparabeno, alcohol isopropilico,tricedet-6,hexil cinamal,dihidrocloruro de clorhexidina,cloruro de cetrimonio,limoneno, butilfenil metilpropional, aceite de coco (cocos nucifera), linalol, bencil salicilato, alcohol bencilico, alfa isometil ionona, citronelol,colageno soluble”. Do you categorize this as a styling cream or leave-in conditioner? I could REEEEAAAALY use your help! Thanks Curly Sensei =)

    • Joe
      January 18, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      Hi Jay,

      Kinda strange that Rogelio didn’t reply to your comment. The leave in conditioner you want would read something like “acondicionador sin enjuague”.

      Saludos desde Honduras

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