Some men put more effort into their physical appearance than others but one area that’s often forgotten by even the most stylish men is the hair. A lot of men have never been taught how to look after their hair properly, or been to a stylist who can show them how to style their hair. Luckily we’re here to help with some great tips and hair hacks that can help you with keeping the hair-do looking sharp and stylish all the time. These tips are important, practical pieces of advice that every man should know. You don’t have to follow every tip all the time because sometimes it’s okay to break the rules, but they’re certainly a great guide for elevating your look!
Read on to find out more.
Don’t miss out on hair products
You might be tempted to skip out on the hair products before styling your hair, but that would be a mistake. A bit of heat protectant, sea salt spray, gel, mousse or texturising spray can make all the difference to the way your hair style turns out or your final look. They can add texture, volume, shine or protection that you wouldn’t otherwise achieve with heat styling tools or water, or your normal hair shaping products. These pre-styling products usually work best when used sparingly through damp hair and can give you so much more hold and shape when you go to style dry hair or apply your normal styling products.
Find a hairstyle that works with your face shape
A common mistake that a lot of men make is that they stick with a style that doesn’t suit them, or end up with an out-of-the-box haircut from a barber that just about every other average joe is sporting. Working with shorter hair can actually be harder than dealing with longer layers, so there’s a tendency for a lot of men to end up looking like carbon copies of each other because hairdressers and barbers aren’t quite sure how to deal with different face shapes or hair textures on men. No two men are the same, so really no two haircuts should be. Every man has different needs when it comes to the perfect hairstyle which is why it’s essential to find a hairdresser who knows what they’re doing when it comes to your hair. A good stylist will be able to put you at ease and will talk to you about what you want for your style and work with you from there. They’ll be able to tell you what style works best with your face shape.
A hairstyle that harmonises with your face shape can totally change the way you look, so it’s well worth it to take the time to get it right.
Keep your hair comb nearby
Unfortunately your hair isn’t likely to stay looking smooth and stylish all day long after you first comb it in the morning. You’ll probably find that your hair is all mussed up and crazy after a long day at work. Windy days can be particularly be the enemy of good hair days, but even on the days where the weather’s on your side you’ll probably find yourself unintentionally running your hands through your hair or shifting your head around in a way that’ll undo your hairstyle. Keeping a comb on-hand can really save the day when it comes to your hairstyle. It’s even possible to purchase portable, fold up combs that will fit in your pocket. A quick run-through with your comb will keep your hair looking neat and stylish all day. If you’re in a professional environment or trying to impress a date then keeping a comb on you is one tip you shouldn’t forget!
Clean up your edges
Messy edges and an untidy hairline will always drag a look down. There’s no way for your hair to look neat and stylish without clean edges. Regular haircuts are important to the health of your hair and for keeping the shape of your hair cut in check but if you want to keep things looking neat in-between appointments then your best bet is going to be a good quality electric razor. If you shave your face then this tool will do double duty and keep your hair line looking great.
Get to know your barber
Developing a great relationship with your barber is essential for finding the perfect hairstyle and keeping your hair in good health. It’s always a good idea to choose a barber and visit them consistently. Finding a barber that you feel comfortable with and sticking with them will help them to get to know you and your hair needs. A barber who knows your personality, lifestyle, preferences will be capable of guiding you to make better decisions about you hair to best suit you. When you visit a barber regularly they gain an intimate understanding of hair quirks like whether you have a cowlick or hard to manage curly hair, the products you use and what you’re hoping to achieve with your style. A barber who understands you hair will be able to deliver better hair results, so make sure you take the time to settle on the right one for you!
It is recommended that you go for a haircut every four to six weeks, depending on the speed of your hair growth. Regular barber visits will keep your hair looking better and better all the time.
Conditioner is your friend and the enemy of frizz
Battling the frizz? If humidity, dryness or other conditions have got your hair looking like a birds nest, then a great tip for getting it back under control is usually a small amount of conditioner on dry hair. Running conditioner or even facial moisturiser through your hair with a comb will help to tame your frizz and keep fly-away’s in check. Just be sure to only use a small amount, too much conditioner in your hair will leave you with greasy, heavy hair for the rest of the day – definitely not a better alternative than frizzy hair!
Keep your eye on the weather
The weather can have a big impact on your hair-do, especially if you’ve got fine or curly hair sensitive to temperature or humidity. Hair is surprisingly responsive to the environment it’s in, so it’s always a good idea to know what the weather is going to be like before you head out for the day. A bit of pre-emptive style preparation can be the difference between a good hair day and a bad one. Different weather conditions call for different hair styles and products.
On humid days it’s a good idea to keep products with anti-humidity properties on hand to help with frizz control and keeping hair tamed on even the most humid days. On hot days, you might want to prepare with a style that keeps your hair off of your forehead or neck, whilst winter days might call for a leave-in moisturising product. It’s always a good idea to keep your hair products on hand, in case you need to touch up your hair throughout the day.
You don’t need as much shampoo as you think you do
Shampoo is actually a surprisingly strong hair product, and a little goes a long way. A lot of men will use way more shampoo than they actually need, stripping out natural oils and drowning short hair in way more product than necessary. Worse still, a lot of people skip conditioner, which is essential for smoothing out the hair follicle and ensuring that hair is kept looking smooth and shiny. The most important thing to remember with shampoo is not to go overboard. A great tip is to shampoo twice before conditioning, this will help to remove and product build up or waxes and get hair perfectly clean and clarified.
Dry shampoo is perfect for travelling
Dry shampoo isn’t just for girls. Designed to stretch out the days between washes and perfect for making dirty hair look clean and healthy, dry shampoo is perfect for travel or the days when you just don’t have time to wash your hair. It’s an excellent product to keep on you as it will deal with grease in a pinch and hide the fact that you might have missed a shower or two. If you’re under the pump at work, about to walk into a meeting or in desperate need of a freshen up, then dry shampoo is the perfect product to try out.
Hairspray is helpful
Hairspray gets a bit of a bad rap. The word ‘hairspray’ often conjures up memories of the beehive hairdo’s of the 1960’s or big hair from the 1980’s. You probably associate it with your mother, maybe you remember her spraying it around as a child, or remember the crunchy hair texture on girls from high school. Well, we’re here to tell you that hairspray has come a long way and it’s one of the most versatile hair products out there. For short hair, spraying a bit of hairspray into your hands and running it through your hair will help you to get a little bit of extra hold and allow you to style it so that it stays put for hours. Just don’t wait too long, as hairspray sets quickly and you definitely don’t want to waste product on your hands. Most hairsprays nowadays contain more natural ingredients than the ones you remember from your younger years, so don’t worry about the heavy fragrances or unpronounceable ingredients you remember from yesteryear. Hairspray can also add back in a bit of volume for men who are experiencing hair thinning or balding.
Own your thinning hair
Just like the hairspray we mentioned above, there are a number of hair products on the market that can help with plumping up hair or improving the perception of thickness and volume and whilst these products are great and can help with minor hair concerns, they are not the be all, end all. If you’re experiencing more substantial thinning, or if baldness runs in the family then sometimes the best thing to do is embrace it. There’s no shame in thinning hair, and there’s a lot of things you can do work with it. Just because you don’t have a full head of luscious locks, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy styling your hair. There’s more to life than the comb over, so consult with a hair stylist because they might be able to show you how to work what you’ve got. A close crop can look great and give your hair back some of the volume and thickness that might be missing when hair is kept longer. On the flipside, shaving your head can be more freeing than you’d think and it’s an increasingly popular choice nowadays.
Hair is one of those things that a lot of men don’t spend much time thinking about. Even just a few small changes or smart hair hacks can make a big difference to you overall look, and looking good on the outside usually corresponds with feeling good on the inside so it’s well worth trying out some of these hair hack’s in your daily life.