I think the most Mystical looking men in movies always had longer hair. There was a trend in the late 1960’s, the 70s and 80s towards this and I suppose it’s coming back again with things like Game of Thrones and stuff. It’s a great look. And it seems like it’s certainly back in style again…
Men and Long Hair historically
- In ancient Greece, long male hair was a symbol of wealth and power…
- In the European middle ages, shorter hair often signified servitude and peasantry, while long hair was often attributed to freemen…
- The Gaelic Irish (both men and women) took great pride in their long hair—for example, a person could be heavily fined for cutting a man’s hair short against his will…
- Before World War One men generally had longer hair and beards. However, short hair on men was introduced in World War One for soldiers….
- Beat poets during the 1950s wore longer hairstyles…
- During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, African-Americans such as Malcolm X advocated hairstyles such as afros and dreadlocks, in order to embrace their race, and to return to West African roots…
- The 1960s introduced The Beatles, who started a more widespread longer hair trend. The social revolution of the 1960s led to a renaissance of unchecked hair growth, and long hair, especially on men, was worn as a political or countercultural symbol or protest and as a symbol of masculinity….
- Longer hair in general remained popular due to the youth rebellion throughout the liberal decade of the 1960s. The long hair trend grew with the spread of the hippie movement in the 1960s and, in the 1970s, longer hair styles would become the norm…
- In the 2000s longer hairstyles among men became popular among neopagans and rock enthusiasts; for example, musicians in metal bands and their fans often wear long hair….
- Many Native American men wore long hair before the arrival of western influences on their culture. In Cherokee legends, for example, males said to be handsome were often described as having “long hair almost to the ground” (Wikipedia)
In recent decades long haired males have been viewed by some to be anti-Establishment. Way back in 1964 David Bowie was standing up for the rights of Long Haired Men and started a Society for the Protection of Cruelty Against Long Haired Men. Women could have long hair in society but some industries and workplaces frowned upon long haired men in the workplace and Bowie was determined to challenge that!
This was the Era of Hippies and Psychedelic Rock Music. Here’s to the men that dare to be different!
Below are some long haired men from Movies and TV…
Robin of Sherwood starring Michael Praed
Highlander TV Series starring Adrien Paul
Christopher Lambert in the Highlander movie
Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn in Lord of the Rings
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray
Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman in True Blood
Joe Manganiello as Alcide Herveaux in True Blood
Tom Cruise as The Vampire Lestat – Interview with the Vampire
Micha Bergese as The Huntsman in The Company of Wolves
Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing
Dracula 2000 starring Gerard Butler
Jason Patric in The Lost Boys
It’s not just shallow to find long hair attractive though. Healthy hair is a sign of good health though stress, poor diet, illness, pharmaceutical medications, poor hair products and inevitable aging can cause hair loss. Did you know the best thing to wash your hair in is Rain Water… Contrary to some belief systems, long hair on men was seen as a sign of powerful masculinity, strength, good health and virility.
Some people prefer to have shorter hair or lose their hair. And some find short hair, especially on men more aesthetically pleasing while others love long locks. Mystics and Gurus are often depicted as having long hair and Ancient Greek Deities and other Mythological figures had long hair. Sorcerers and Wizards, such as Merlin had long hair and some controversial historical figures like Rasputin. On the flip side though in some spiritual practices they remove their hair. Jesus is depicted as having long hair and the biblical story of Moses saw him lose his power when his lover Delilah betrayed him and had a servant cut his hair.
Some saw long hair as having a divine quality and that it gave them a sense of power. Native American Indian Men were renowned for having long hair and it was intrinsic to their cultural belief system and spirituality.
“Many cultures around the world, from Native Americans to Sikhs, believe that hair has a special significance. Cultural beliefs about our hair and how it can affect us go back as far as recorded history. Many ancient cultures believed there is power in uncut hair… Their (Native American) beliefs around long hair, as many of their beliefs, are tied to the earth and nature. The long hair has symbolic significance tying them to mother earth whose hair is long grasses. Many Native Americans believe their hair is a physical manifestation of the growth of the spirit, and some say it allows for extrasensory perception, and connection to all things.”
“During the Vietnam War the US military sought expert trackers from the native community within the United States to gain an edge in the battle theater. Their search was for the legendary, almost supernatural tracking abilities of the native Indian. Upon testing the skills of these men, it was learned that some of them have uncanny sixth sense abilities and thus would be a major benefit to the war effort. However, with enlistment to the military comes the mandatory haircut, and almost all the natural hair on the heads of the new recruits was removed. Native Indian’s are well known to have long locks of hair, and as further studies proved, the removal of the hair contributed to their loss of tracking abilities. Thus it was determined, after further testing, that allowing the native Indian’s to keep their long hair kept their tracking abilities.” http://www.ethericplanet.com/the-spiritual-importance-of-hair.html
If you want to delve deeper into the roots of men with long hair, here’s some interesting and fascinating links…
That’s all Folks… Hope you’re not having a Bad Hair Day… 😉