A man’s hair is a very important part of his look. There are so many choices to make – when to cut it, how to style it, what products to use – and it can be very overwhelming to choose what’s best for you.
TouchUps is here to help with a list of tips for our guys out there! We’ll walk you though the essentials like daily care, improving your hair’s health, steps to growing your hair out, and styling tips.
By the end of the list, you’ll be set up for making your hair routine the most effective hair routine out there.
Alright, here’s the Basics.
1.- Dry Your Hair the Right Way.
If you’re like most men, when you step out of the shower, you grab your towel and rub your hair dry with it. Stop, man; don’t do that.
Your hair is very vulnerable to damage when it’s wet, and rubbing it with a towel causes your hair to get caught in the fibers of the towel and the hair will stretch until it breaks, which results in split ends and extra frizziness.
Instead of rubbing your hair dry with the towel, shake out the extra water as best you can, then pat your hair gently dry in the direction it grows naturally.
Also, be careful when you are blow drying your hair. The absolute BEST way to dry your hair is to let it air-dry if you can, but if you have to blow dry, use the lowest heat settings possible, and stop drying when you feel the heat on your scalp, even if your hair is still a bit damp. (This will save you from unnecessary heat damage.)
2.- Go Easy on the Heat.
We just talked a bit about using the low heat settings on your blow dryer in the last paragraph, but cutting down on any use of heat is a key factor in a great men’s hair routine.
Taking hot showers is awesome, especially when it’s cold out, but hot water can damage your hair by stripping it of natural oils that keep your hair hydrated. Enjoy the hot shower, but try to keep your hair out of the heat as best you can.
Again, the BEST way to dry your hair is to let it air dry, but if you must use heat, use it sparingly, and don’t over dry your hair!
3.- Don’t Wear a Hat Every Day!
I know there are a ton of guys out there that rock a hat or a cap almost daily, but you don’t want to overdo it. Wearing hats too often can cause damage to your hair as well as hair loss, as hats pull too hard on your hair’s roots. Try to wear your hats as loosely as you can, and change up your look by taking a break from wearing them.
4.- Please Don’t Consider Wearing a Comb-Over. (Don’t do it. Ever.)
Guys, if you walk up to a lady while you’re rocking a comb-over, I guarantee her first instinct will be to RUN. So your hair is thinning on top while you’ve still got a fair amount of hair on the sides; do NOT make that awful decision to try and cover the bare spots by combing your hair over them.
Instead, find a haircut you like that will cater to your thinning hair. A buzz cut or a crew cut are great options for men with thinning hair. Give a new cut a try and see what works best for you!
5.- Try not to Over-Use Hair Product.
Using products like gels, pomades, and clays can be essential when it comes to getting the style you want, but using too much product can make your hair look outlandish and heavy.
When it comes to picking products that are right for you, you have to take your hair’s texture into account as well as how you personally like to style it.
There are so many options for men’s hair products that it can be really hard to find what you like without spending a boatload of money, so here’s a quick rundown of the different types of men’s hair products from Beardbrand’s blog, Urban Beardsman:
- “Gel – Gives you the wet look that stays in place. It’s a high-shine, high-hold product.
- Putties – Putties are high-hold, low shine and aren’t as stiff as gels.
- Wax – There’s no question that wax holds your hair in place. It is tougher to get out of your hair because it’s oil-based.
- Pomade – Pomade is great for achieving retro looks and also have a high shine. Pomades tend to have a lesser hold than other products.
- Paste – Paste is a good option for you if you have medium to long hair. They usually have medium shine and hold.
- Muds & Clays – Muds and clays are dryer than other products for men’s hair and they tend to have lower shine. Muds and clays range from low to high hold and everything in between.”
6.- Growing Your Hair Out.
Growing your short hair out to a glorious flowing mane is a long, awkward, hard process for everyone; men and women! Choosing to grow out your hair is a huge commitment, and you should be sure that it’s something you’re willing to be dedicated to.
You also want to make sure that having long hair really fits your lifestyle. Having long hair requires a bit more work than maintaining a short haircut, so consider it carefully!
Are you willing to take more time out of your daily routine to take care of your long hair? Are you willing to comb it out, buy better shampoo and conditioner, and schedule yourself for frequent trims to keep your ends healthy?
If so, brace yourself for the awkward grow-out stages. The best thing you can do while trying to grow out your hair is just make peace with it. You’ll have to stay committed to the process even when your hair looks awful and you can’t figure out how to style it.
If you’re wondering how long you should let it grow, we recommend letting it do its thing for a year before deciding what you’d like to do with it next. It will be awkward looking for a few months, as different parts of your hair might be at different lengths, but it will get better; I promise! You can try different styles during the process like ponytails and man buns and see what you like!
7.- Don’t be Rough with your Greasy Hair.
I know you want to get into the shower and scrub the living crap out of your hair when it’s greasy, but please, try to avoid the violence. (Lol.) Over-scrubbing your hair/scalp can cause those oil-producing glands in your scalp to be over-stimulated and produce more oils than normal. Also, as previously stated, try to avoid using super hot water on your scalp! That can cause damage to your hair and skin, as well as those glands that are necessary for keeping your hair healthy.
8.- Get Trims Often!
If you’re not going to grow out your hair, it’s best to get your hair cut every 6 to 8 weeks to get rid of split ends and damaged hair. I promise you’ll notice a difference in your hair’s health if you get it trimmed regularly. (Yes, even if it’s just a baby trim.)
9.- Don’t Work Against Your Hair.
Keeping up the hair style you wear most often is made so much easier when you don’t force your hair into doing what you want. For example, if you like to part it to the side, part it on the side of your head where your crown is, because that’s where you hair will naturally want to part.
10.- Get to Know Your Barber or Stylist.
You can find great quality stylists and barbers anywhere, but once you find the one you like, you should make them a valuable resource for all things hair. The best way to tell if you have a great stylist is their suggestions. What I mean by this is that GREAT barber/stylist will take the time to talk about what you want, and give you suggestions based on your goals and hair texture/type.
You WANT your barber or stylist to recommend products and tips to help you achieve the look you get from their craft at home. You also want to always come to your appointments with pictures of what you want, AND what you don’t want. Always arm yourself with information, gentlemen!
We hope you enjoyed these tips for men’s hair care! Did we miss anything? Got any questions? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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