Men’s Hair Styling: 7 Simple Hacks to Make Your Hairstyle Better
Did you know that Kashmere is made from baby goat beards?
All those nice sweaters. All made from goat beards.
In case you’re not getting the hint, goat beards are really soft.
And it makes you wonder what goats do to make their beards so soft and desirable.
Oh, that’s just us? Roger that.
If you’d like hair so nice that people chase you around trying to shear your head in order to make sweater fabric, you’ve come to the right place.
Whether you’ve got frizzy hair, curly hair, straight hair, or very little hair, we’ve got you covered.
If you have a goat beard for hair, you’re completely set and you shouldn’t be here.
Here are seven easy-to-apply hair styling tips for men.
MEN’S HAIR STYLING TIPS
Wax, paste, gel, clay, cream, pomade, goop, slime… whatever. Which one should you use?
It depends on the look you’re going for.
Pastes and clays are better for that messy, casual look.
Gels are more suited to that Leonardo diCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street style (slick hair, but not insane).
Paste, clay, and wax should be massaged into dry hair. Otherwise, they tend to clump the hair together.
They work best when finger-combed, giving you more of a casual look.
Creams and gels should be worked into wet hair. Not sopping wet, mind you, but towel-dried. You can either finger-comb creams and gels in, or you can use a standard plastic comb for a sleeker look.
With all products, gather up a dime-sized dollop and warm it up between your palms, then work it in from the roots. If you don’t warm it up and spread it out, you can end up with a sticky mess on the back of your head.
Not good, captain.
2. Less Shampoo
Do you think men washed their hair once a day 10,000 years ago?
You know, sometime between hunting down breakfast and fending off an attack from the enemy tribe that finally learned how to cross that river?
Hair biologically can’t replenish its oils quick enough to justify washing every day.
Keep the shampooing to once every two to three days.
You can even push it further if you’d like, but just make sure you’re not turning into a grease ball in the name of getting back in touch with your caveman roots.
Other than that, simply rinse your hair with water in your morning shower and you should be fine.
3. Adding Volume
This one is a need-to-know if you have thinning hair, or if you’re going for the pompadour look, ala:
The modern pompadour is often paired with a taper, or fade as in the above. For a rundown on the differences between a fade, taper, and taper fade, check out our piece here.
To add volume to your hair, use a blow dryer and a comb.
Keep combing your hair up and drying at the same time and you’ll find that it tends to stay up.
Another method is to blow dry your hair upside down. Let gravity do the work for you.
After all, it’s one of the fundamental forces of nature.
And take it from us—gravity is much safer than using electro-magnetism to add volume.
4. Use Two Different Stylers
Having trouble finding the right product that gives you both the hold and the texture you want?
Try out different products that each individually give you what you’re looking for.
Don’t worry, your head won’t light on fire (unless that’s what you’re looking for), nor will there be any noxious fumes.
5. Clean Up Around the Edges
Grooming is all about maintenance, gentlemen.
Keep one of those small electric razors on hand so you can clean up around the edges of your hairline.
This keeps your hair style nice and tidy between haircuts.
After a little while, your hair will obviously start to regrow to the point where you’ll need another haircut. But using an electric razor for maintenance will save you both money and time.
6. Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is awesome. Having a bottle around is particularly helpful if you’ve just had a late night with too many drinks and your eyes feel like fuzzy hamburgers.
Or you know, if you’re travelling.
It’s sort of like the deodorant of hair products. If you’re on the go (or again, too hungover to shower), a little dry shampoo will at least keep you from looking like a grease-ball.
Dry shampoo absorbs the grease in your hair and on your scalp, and it’s amazing what a little of the stuff can do to clean you up.
If you don’t have a bottle already, you can try talc powder, which achieves the same effect.
If you want to learn more about dry shampoo, check out this article from Men’s Health.
7. Use Lotion Instead of Pomade
Lotion can work just as well as Pomade styling creams in terms of reducing the frizz factor and holding your desired shape.
Check to see if your lotion has carnauba or beeswax in it, as these are particularly helpful for hold.
Also, if your hair is plain frizzy, but you’re not looking to put it in any particular shape, you can run some almond oil or vitamin E oil through it.
These oils are healthy for your hair and they’ll add a little stiffness so you don’t have stray hairs going rogue.
This didn’t make our ‘simple’ list because it’s not all that simple. But it’s totally worth checking into if you’re looking for the perfect product and don’t want to spend all your money trying every brand.
8. D.I.Y Pomade
It’s pretty easy making your own product at home, though it’s a little messy.
Look into buying some of these products in bulk: beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E oil, and coconut oil.
Add the beeswax, one of the butters (or both), and one of the oils (or both) to a small pot and heat it all up on the stove until it melts and blends together.
It may take a bit of trial and error to get the mixture right for what you’re looking for, but there are plenty of online recipes and tutorials for you to check out. Like this one:
Add an essential oil like sandalwood for a more earthy, manly scent.
A D.I.Y product like this has a couple advantages. First, it’s much cheaper overall. The bulk ingredients are an investment, but you will have a year or more worth of hair product ready to be mixed.
And second, there are no harmful chemicals in it. This is satisfying to know since you’re rubbing the stuff on your scalp every single day.
So there you have it.
Follow these hairstyle tips and it won’t take long for covetous shearing maniacs to be chasing you down.
To steal your hair.
To make sweaters.
Yep, we went there again.