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15 Surfer Hairstyles: An Iconic Tousled Style and More

Enjoy the wildness and freedom of this laid-back hairstyle

written by Danny Puopolo

Surfer’s hair falls into the category of ‘tousled hairstyles’ — which are purposefully messy, disheveled, and untidy, but still look the part. This haircut, in particular, is long (with hair hanging to as low as the neck), unkempt, and very often curly or wavy. This haircut takes its name from the stereotype of a hardcore surfer whose hair has been bleached by the sun, soaked in salty sea waters, and received minimal care.

Although these might not sound like the healthiest things for your hair, you can create a similar effect at home without causing any harm to your hair. Here’s our guide on how to achieve this adventurous, cool look.

How to Get Surfer Hair

This goes without saying, but if you’re looking to rock a surfer hairstyle, the first step is to let your hair grow long. Be sure to resist the temptations to just ‘trim a little off’ when your hair gets to an impractical length, as otherwise, you’ll never quite manage to grow it long enough!

Let your hair grow down to about chin height around the sides, and eye height at the front — or even lower. Higher variations of this cut can be worn, but we’d advise against it unless you have a clear plan of what look you are trying to achieve. Don’t worry about trying to add any curls or ‘flicks’ to your hair just yet. Any texture will come with time, and — when it does come — let it be natural.

How to Style This Cut

Despite being so long, this cut is quite low maintenance. Most of the time, you can get away with a ‘bedhead’ if wearing a surfer’s hair.

If you’re looking to add some more excitement, feel free to use some hair products. In fact, there are even specific products designed for this cut, which attempt to mimic the sun-bleached, salt-soaked look that the surfer’s hair originated from (without damaging your hair!).

When using hair products, pick something which will create more of a matte finish — as opposed to a shiny one — for a more authentic look.

You might occasionally find yourself in a situation where you need to formal-up, but don’t want to shave your long-awaited hair off. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered — in this case, do choose a product that will create a more glossy finish, and brush through your hair before styling it all back, a la Brad Pitt.

Danny Puopolo is an expert that works at Rakis, a professional hairdressing salon in Melbourne. His work has been featured in a variety of publications such as OK Magazine, Vogue, and INSTYLE. He has also managed classes for Shu Uemura Australia and Loreal Professional.