Jason Momoa, a.k.a the pride of the gipsy population, turns 40 this week and we’re not ashamed to admit that most of the guys here in HQ would give just about anything to look like Jason Momoa. Which ok-ok, we know, is impossible. In order to look even a little bit like Jason Momoa, you have to be Jason Momoa. But, looking back at his style file, our stylists reckon that having Momoa hair on the other hand, could be within reach.
If you’re unfamiliar with Jason Momoa’s style (like, seriously what have you been watching on TV?), he’s almost certainly the only name that comes to mind when you think of a male celeb sporting tousled long hair with that rugged looking beard to match. He’s made a HUGE mark in Hollywood and across the world with KhalDrogo in GoT, Conan in the film Conan and the Barbarian and more recently last year with Aquaman in the extended universe of DC comics. But when it comes to his unique style, it’s hard to distinguish between his role as Aquaman and the real life Momoa – his sunkissed tresses are just as captivating on screen as they are off, which is surely why a whole bunch of our male guests have been asking our stylists how to go about growing out their locks.
There’s no escaping the fact that if you want to mimic Mamoa’s style, you’ll have to grow your hair long – long enough for it be flowing, rich and abundant – but most importantly it needs to be well nourished. If you want to grow out your locks, you first need to be in-with-the-know on these important myth-busting points before you decide to skip on your next haircut. Which brings us nicely onto myth number 1…
Myth 1: You can stop getting haircuts ✂️
You may think it’s a good idea at the time but, deleting your stylist’s number from your phone is NOT advisable if you plan on growing your hair long. There’s no getting away from the fact that you’ll still need to actually TRIM your hair – even when you’re growing it. Long hair needs to be healthy, well-conditioned and in its best shape possible – straggly thin ends laced with split ends that are dry to the bone will only force you to cut off more than you need to when you do eventually pop in to the salon. Regular trims not only keep the ends of your hair looking healthy and shiny but they also make it look ‘less obvious’ that you’re trying to grow out your hair, as your stylist will be able to style your hair appropriately to suit each phase of your hair growth.
Just check out Jason Momoa’s inbetween ‘growing-out’ phase on the film premiere of ‘Divergent’ back in 2014 – he’s growing his hair out here, but you’d be none the wiser thanks to expert styling 😉
Myth 2: The only alternative to leaving your hair down is to put it in a ponytail 🙄
Whoever made this up, needs to seriously look up #menslonghair on Instagram. Sure, Jason Momoa’s seriously tousled hair combined with his tattoo covered physique and biker bar style is probably the look every man’s pining for right now (I mean, come on) but there are SO MANY different ways to style long hair on guys. Our stylists listed their most popular styles for medium to long hair below – each unique and different in their own right.
- Long, messy, and wavy
- Center parting
- Sleek, straight and polished
- Men’s undercut
- Man bun
- Fade with a long textured quiff
- Hair accessory (scrunchies, hats – get creative and take your pick!)
These are just some of the possibilities, so we highly recommend talking it through with your hairstylist to help achieve the long-hair look that suits your personal style, age, face shape, and current hair length. Or if there’s a Jason Momoa inspired style that you’ve been eyeing up lately, just show your stylist a pic when you’re in the salon – it’ll prove to be a BIG help when it comes to visualising your desired look and making it a reality!
Myth 3: You don’t need to worry about looking after your hair as much 🤯
Sound the alarms – we’ve found the most disturbing of all hair myths! ALL hair needs (and deserves) care and attention – and it’s doubly true for long hair. Casual, tousled waves on long hair should not be mistaken for unkempt hair that appears to have a lazy owner. Depending on your hair type, our stylists recommend washing your hair twice a week with a salon quality shampoo and conditioner will help keep your hair looking extra-glossy and full of life with that Momoa bounce. And if you really want to impress, ask your stylist to recommend a weekly or bi-weekly hair mask that’ll keep your locks nourished, Aquaman style.
Your best friends when it comes to hair styling should be a classic texture spray and a curling cream that you can apply to towel-dry hair – just ask your stylist at your nearest salon for the best products for your hair type.
A side-note, but a rather important one at that, is that vigorously towel-drying your hair can be very counterproductive when it comes to styling or hair care. Sure, you’re not used to having long hair, but once you’ve read this you’ll have no excuse! When you vigorously rub your hair with a towel, you’re increasing your chances of weakening strands (remember hair is at its most vulnerable when wet) so if you want to avoid being left with broken, brittle hair, or undo all of the hard work you’ve put in to detangle and limit hair from fraying into split ends, we recommend air-drying your hair for as long as possible. If you don’t have the time and don’t fancy leaving your house with sopping wet hair, then gently pat-dry your hair with a towel, squeeze instead of rub, or use a blow-dryer at a safe arm’s length distance to help speed up the drying process.
Myth 4: Coloring long hair is overkill 😱
This couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, now that you’ve got longer hair, the possibilities with colour are so varied, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Think back to Aquaman where Jason Momoa donned those beautifully bleached sunkissed tresses. According to the man himself, the contrasting blonde tones laced through his naturally dark hair is a nod to Aquaman’s days from the comic book era. But according to Jen Stanfield, who worked with Momoa on his Aquaman look, his modern rendition was also a gentle nod to Californian surfers who use bleach to imitate the effects of sun rays on natural hair. According to Men’s Health magazine, Jen said “we wanted it to look natural because he’s in and out of the ocean all the time” and by using a hand-painted freehand technique, they were able to create a naturally sunkissed look, akin to an ombre, the effect of which can only truly be created on longer hair.
So if you previously thought that longer hair meant no hair color – we’re hoping you’re pleasantly surprised! In fact, our stylists tell us that adding a bit of color, particualrly to long hair, adds texture and definition – working particualrly well if you’re going for that textured and tousled style. So in response to this myth, no, no one is ever going to look at your beautifully sunkissed mane and think ‘too much’ in fact, we can guarantee a healthy dose of #hairenvy…