Styling hair can seem like something of a dark art, particularly for men who are used to doing little more than ruffling their hair in the hallway mirror before leaving the house. But hair styling is accessible and crucial to achieving chic styles shown to be in vogue by today’s celebs. For the completely uninitiated, how might you approach styling your hair as a man?
Choose Quality Products
A good hairstyle starts and ends with good-quality hair products. It is extremely rare for someone to be able to roll out of bed and into their ideal hairstyle, with products an essential element to bringing your hair in line. The market is huge, with so many different products with different purposes. Starting with cleaning, a good shampoo and conditioner matched to your hair ‘type’ can ensure your hair’s in the best possible condition to work with.
This ethos extends, especially, to those with thinning hair. Choosing a good quality hair thickener for men can help disguise some less-flattering spots, by adding hair fibres to the scalp that bulk out the area completely. Skimping here is tantamount to relying on spray paint for a realistic hair look!
Follow a Hair Care Routine
Routine is the next piece of the puzzle. Treating your hair as a living thing deserving of regular nourishment means you get the best of your hair at all times. For example, you might be washing and shampooing your hair every day as a matter of habit, but doing so can strip it of the oils that keep it healthy. Limiting your shampooing to every three days can help you keep your hair clean and nourished without depriving it of its oils. Weekly hair conditioning can help reintroduce oils where necessary, giving your hair its best possible chances.
Blow-Drying Done Well
Blow-drying your hair after washing allows you to get some real groundwork done on your eventual hairstyle. The secret is to towel-dry your hair first, to remove most of the moisture; the blow-drying process uses what water is left to help you shape your hair via heat treatment. Lower heat ensures your hair doesn’t scorch.
Last but by no means least, we come to some specific techniques you can use alongside your products and routine to achieve your ideal finished look. Combing is perhaps the most important basic technique to incorporate, particularly as part of a routine; doing so keeps your hair well-shaped, and keeps longer hair from knotting, giving you an ideal base point from which to style.
For sleeker looks, applying a comb alongside some hair gel can get you the uniformity for which you’re looking. For messier looks, don’t be afraid to get stuck in with your fingers. A scrunching motion, combined with a stiff hair wax and some sea salt spray, can help you touch on dishevelment while retaining complete control of your hair layers. These are universal styling tips, that can help you with even the more audacious of back-combed mullets!