Rat tail hairstyles are becoming popular again because of its versatility. These unusual styles can be braided, permed, dyed or just left to hang loose. They are a very low maintenance hairstyle because they only require the wearer to keep a short section longer at the back of their haircut.
The Best Rat Tail Hairstyles
Rat tail haircuts are most popular in New Zealand and Australia but they have fans all around the world. International soccer stars can often be seen wearing their hair in a rat tail style. They were very popular in America during the 1980s and the style is now making a comeback in the area.
#1: Hair Art
Amaze your friends with your hair art skills by cutting a rat shaped Mohawk into your hair. Leave your hair long enough at the back so that you can use your hair as the rat’s tail.
#2: Brushed Back Hair with a Braid
Start by brushing your hair upwards from the roots to create volume and then brush it backward to give a fast-paced look. Plait your longer rat tail section into a thin braid.
#3: Layered Curtains with a Plaited Rat Tail
Layer the majority of your hair so that the underneath is longer than the top sections. Roll the top sections slightly in a classic curtains style and then complete the look with a careful micro braid.
#4: Curly Top with Micro Braids
Rat tail hairstyles still look great even with curly hair. Leave the top of your style curly but straighten the long portions at the back. Plait the back into lots of little micro braids for a cool hairstyle for men.
#5: Choppy Style
Style your hair with a choppy look by cutting in lots of different layers. These layers will help to give your hair the type of texture that people will just want to run their hands through.
#6: Mohawk with Braided Rat Tail
Cut the sides of your style with a medium-length hair trimmer but leave the central section long. Run your hands through your hair from front to back to style it into a Mohawk. Braid the rest of your hair into a rat tail.
#7: Long Rat Tail
You can grow your rat tail as long as you want. To make your rat tail hairstyle look longer, you should keep the rest of your hair relatively short.
#8: Chunky Braided Rat Tail
If you want to make a chunkier rat tail braid, you should make sure that you grow a larger section of hair. A thicker long section of hair will help to give you a chunkier braid.
#9: Fishtail Braid
Fishtail braids have a really unique texture and use two strands of hair instead of three. You may need to straighten your hair first to get perfect Fishtail braids styled into your rat tail hairstyle.
#10: Tiny Braid
If you only have a thin rat tail hairstyle, you can try styling your hair into a teeny tiny micro braid. Be aware that it can be very fiddly to style a micro braid which is this thin.
#11: 80’s Rat Tail Style
For an 80’s-inspired men’s hairstyle, you should try to introduce more volume into your hair. Use your hands to pull your hair upwards from the roots. Set your hair with loose hold hair gel.
#12: Rat Splat
Use trimmers to carefully cut a flat rat shape into the back of your hair. Leave a long strand of your hair hanging down to represent the tail of the rat.
#14: Curly Tail
Give your hair a little bit of variety by adding a few curls to the rat tail section of your hair. All that you need to do is curl the hair around a pencil a few time and then add some holding gel. When you take the pencil out, your hair should stay a little bit curly.
#15: Single Curl
Styling a single curl into a rat tail hairstyle can create a really effective look. Aim to create a shape that looks like an upside-down question mark.
#16: Layered Curls
Give rat tail hairstyles a layered look by cutting some sections shorter than others. Giving layered hair a gentle curl can help to produce a soft waterfall effect.
#17: Mullet style
Keeping your hair long all of the way across the back of your hairstyle will give you a mullet instead a standard rat tail look. Add choppy layering to your mullet to give a more contemporary hairstyle for men.
#18: Subtle Tail
For a very subtle rat tail hairstyle for men, make sure that the tail is very short. All that you need for a subtle look are a few strands that are just a bit longer than the rest.
Try something a little bit different by growing a longer section of hair away from the center of your head. Leave the hair loose or style it into a braid.
Longer rat tail hairstyles can be pulled up into chignon buns that sit at the nape of your neck. Twist the style to give a tight rope of hair and then wind it around itself into a chignon.
Rat tail haircuts are not in the mainstream yet but they are making a comeback. Stay ahead of the trend by trying out one of these rat tail hairstyles. Alternatively, style your hair with a rat tail look to pay homage to the 1980’s. For other retro hairstyles for men, check out some of our other hairstyle lists.