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Men’s hair is often thought of as simple, easy-to-style, and requiring little maintenance. It’s fair to say we men generally have an easier go of it than women when it comes to keeping a fresh look. However, it’s downright wrong to say it’s easy!
This men’s hairstyle guide is meant to help cover the basics you need to keep your look up-to-date, stylish, and attractive. There are considerations for hair health, best practices, and even tips for dealing with a bad haircut. Before we begin, here’s a quick breakdown of what we’ll be covering:
Facial Hair – Beards, mustaches, sideburns, and more.
Promoting healthy hair growth – Get thick, healthy, and fast-growing hair.
Fixing a bad hair cut – Not every cut is fresh; know how to handle a disaster.
Hair Gel Tips – Don’t fall victim to common styling mistakes.
Facial Hair Matters
Let’s face it, there’s something animalistic and raw yet cultured about well-groomed facial hair. You probably don’t even realize the power of a well-maintained beard unless you have grown one yourself, but its dominance is undeniable.
And although beards are definitely sexy and can be a defining feature of a man’s appearance, there is a fine line between looking manly and attractive and looking like you spent the last year on an island with a volleyball named Wilson. To prevent yourself from looking like a wild animal, follow these simple grooming tips for bearded men.
Patience Is Key
The fastest way to mess up your beard is to rush the job. Whether you’re doing general clean up, trimming shaping or shaving, patience is the most important element of facial hair maintenance. If you rush through everything, you’ll end up with cuts and nicks and, worse, an uneven trim! So give yourself plenty of time to do a thorough, careful job of grooming.
Skin Care Matters
Caring for your beard also means taking good care of your face and your neck. Always use shaving cream when removing hair and mix it with a bit of water if you want to get a better lather going. Ideally, use a sharp, clean straight razor and be gentle on your skin. Afterward, always apply aftershave and moisturizer—especially in the winter when the cool winds can leave your cheeks feeling chapped.
Deal With Ingrowns Properly
Most men will get an ingrown hair from time to time (after all, we’re all human), but what matters is how you treat your ingrowns. Although it might be tempting to squeeze the skin as you might a pimple, this is actually quite dangerous as it can sometimes cause infection. Instead, sterilize the area by steaming your face or placing a hot cloth over the hair and cleaning it with alcohol; next, use a clean set of tweezers to grab the hair by the root and pull it out.
Healthy Hair Growth
Haircare is an essential element to both a man’s morning style routine and his overall body maintenance. The term ‘healthy hair’ is a bit misdirected, as human hair is made up of protein and keratin and is not actually alive; but ensuring well-maintained, healthy-looking hair is an important aspect of good grooming practices.
There are a few common mistakes that men often make at different phases of their hair care routine, from the moment they step into the shower to the moment they leave the house. Read on to find out what you can change in your daily routine to help keep your hair looking and feeling its very best.
First things first: You want your morning shower to not only cleanse your hair but also boost its moisture levels and smooth the hair cuticle to add shine to your locks (the cuticle is that shiny outer layer of the hair). This means using a good shampoo and conditioner and making sure your shower is never scalding hot, which could actually dry out your scalp and decrease your hair’s luster. A good conditioner, in particular, will help moisturize your hair and prevent unwanted frizz caused by split ends.
When you hop out of the shower, remember that you shouldn’t use just any old brush on your hair when it’s wet. Opt for a wide-tooth comb instead because wet hair is more susceptible to damage such as breaking. If you normally towel dry your hair, first shake out any excess moisture and stroke your hair in the same direction that it grows.
Try to pat it dry with the towel instead of haphazardly rubbing your whole head with a towel. If you’re too rough, towel drying can cause hairs to become tangled in the towel threads, stretch them to the breaking point and damage the hair cuticle. This damage will make your hair frizzier due to split ends.
Regular visits to the barber or haircutters will help prevent your hair from developing split ends. If you have any damage to your hair, the only way to completely remove it is to get the unhealthy parts trimmed right off. Even if you’re trying to grow your hair out a bit longer, get it cut about every six to eight weeks to keep it healthy. But be sure to communicate your intentions with the stylist and make it clear if you only want to trim off the damaged ends.
As a general rule, au naturel is best when it comes to hair color. If you currently have your natural hair color but are considering dying it, I’d advise against it for several reasons. Chemical treatments such as hair dying wreak havoc on the health of your hair. However, if you already get your hair dyed and want to continue, I’d recommend spending the extra money to have it done professionally rather than in the bathroom sink at home.
A professional stylist will be trained on how to properly prep your hair for the treatment and can choose the products that best suit your hair type. If you do choose to change up your look by coloring your hair, remember that repeatedly dying your hair can eventually lead to damaged, dry, dull hair.
A Good Hair Day Is A Full Body Experience
The condition of your hair is actually a good reflection of your overall health; so tooptimize the appearance of your hair, it’s important to stay healthy in every sense of the word. Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and get enough sleep. Even factors such as your stress level can affect the condition of your hair! A healthy lifestyle can also promote a faster rate of growth for your hair.
Another tip is to avoid tight-fitted hats, or even ponytails, that can pull at your scalp. This problem is known as “traction alopecia” and is a condition where the hair is pulled right out of the scalp. The damage can eventually become permanent if the hat is worn frequently enough over a long enough period of time.
A hat that fits tightly also damages the hair cuticle, which in turn reduces shininess and leads to breakage. If you’re concerned about hair loss or thinning, make sure any hat you place on your noggin is loose enough that it won’t cause hair damage.
Don’t Overdo the Hair Gel
Hair gel can be a great way to add texture, body, and movement. However, it can very quickly get out-of-hand if you aren’t careful. Cheap hair gel products can cause artificial dandruff, may contain harmful chemicals and may lose their hold fairly quickly. Aside from this obvious issue, the following are considerations one should make for hair gel:
You have to wash your hair and towel dry, it is necessary that your hair is a little wet so the gel does not dry up before you can style it.
Choose the right gel, there are thousands of different types of gels in the market today, but which is the right one? you have to consider your hairstyle, for example, a light gel will give you the messy look, and strong gel will get your hair to hold however you want it to stay.
Apply the correct amount, you must apply a dime at a time on the palm of your hand and rub them together to allow it to spread evenly, if you put it on your fingers or just ONE finger, you will get uneven clunks of hair.
Applying Gel, you should apply the gel as if it were shampoo, make sure its even, and then style once all your hair is covered.
Blow-dry, is optional, but if your hair is too damp or you just want it to stay how you have it, give it a quick blow. If you want your hair to shine, let it dry naturally.
Hiding A Bad Haircut
Let’s face it: sometimes things go wrong. Maybe you’re learning how to cut your own hair, trying out a new hairstyle, or maybe you just slipped while trimming your beard. Any of these events can happen to the best of us and all of them can result in a bad haircut. When the worst happens, just remember there’s still hope! Here are some quick tips to help hide a bad haircut until your barber can help reclaim your style.
Wear a hat – have you just given that new hairstylist a new try and seriously regret it afterward, have no fear, all you need is to take that hat out of your closet and hide your shame until it grows back enough to repair
Touch up – go to a new barber or even your previous barber and ask him or her for a touch-up
Switch Styles – maybe there’s too much damage done already and there is no repair, all you have to do is go to the barber and ask for a new style that will suit you.
Shave your head – If all else fails shave your head so it at least looks like you did it on purpose
Men’s hairstyles are no rocket science but they’re no walk in the park either. It’s important to know the basics of how to wrangle in your knots, style things up, and keep things looking fresh. Whether you’re styling your own hair or having your barber handle everything, this guide should help get you started. Remember, hair grows back—don’t be afraid to experiment!