Do you envy your friends with straight hair for they can have any style on ? Curly hair can be a mess, no doubt and can even let you feel sometime like you can’t stand the sight of them. Curly hair can lead you to endless styling possibilities only if you know how to tame them else your crowning glory end up being a deadly nightmare. So here is everything you need to know about managing your curls at to its fullest.
1. CUT THEM SHORT
Straight or curly! Short hair are the most manageable style any one can afford. They are easy to set, save you time and looks cool and stylish with zero maintenance. Most men want their hair to be cut short on the sides and the back one way or another, and this is the basis of all classic men’s hairstyles.
For a modern edge, go for a fade haircut or undercut hairstyle and try various lengths of hair on top.
2. DO NOT WET THEM DAILY
Have you ever wandered not wetting your hair while taking a bath ? I know it’s a catch 22 but every coin has two sides. If you wash your hair every day, stop.
For model-like healthy hair, everyone should lessen their shampoo-use, but particularly men.
That’s according to the people cutting your hair – your barbers. Most hair professionals agree that you should wash your hair at most every two to three days a week.
So next time you walk into the shower, watch out for water!
3. CONDITION IT WELL
Now that is the important part. To manage your hair efficiently you should probably start conditioning your hair more often , with a conditioner designed to help hair that’s susceptible to drying retain its moisture.
Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner is one tool that’s particularly up to the task.
All you have to do is just rub it into your hair a few times a week, letting it work its magic on your curls for 2–3 minutes before rinsing it out.
Alternatively, you could use a leave-in conditioner to accomplish the same results without having to invest the extra shower time.
So, really, it depends on how much you care about your water bill.
4. DO NOT SHAMPOO DIRECTLY
If you think shampoo works as fascinatingly as they portray you in that last advertisement you watched, you are mistaken! Shampoos are very strong dehydrating agents, they absorb all your moisture leaving behind a dry patch on scalp and bunch of frizziness with you.
So avoid using excessive shampoo and don’t use shampoo directly on your scalp. Rather dilute it with some little amount of luke warm water before applying it to your scalp. This will prevent it from absorbing all the moisture from your head and will give you much silky look.
5. WORK ON IT WHEN DAMP
It is a difficult task to tame your curls when they are dry rather you should damp them before styling. But by damped hair I don’t mean dripping wet as most people get it wrong. Shake off the excessive water or gently pat it to remove excessive water and then apply any styling product on it.
6. USE A DIFFUSER INSTEAD
Hear it loud when I say it – “Never blow dry your hair directly” unless you want to end up looking like a bird’s nest. The air force from a hair dryer can ruin the way your hair clumps together into defined waves or curls. If you have ever blow dried your hair and ended up with a ball of frizz, you’ve seen this firsthand. A hair diffuser can reduce the air velocity from your hair dryer, allowing you to dry your hair without disturbing your curls. Diffusers are beneficial for anyone in a hurry needing to dry their hair quickly and safely. In addition to drying time, you maximize the volume of your waves, giving the illusion of thicker, fuller hair.
7. USE THE CORRECT STYLING TOOLS
Now time to get straight to the business : Styling! Any experiment with curly hair gone wrong can turn into a havoc and you might end up looking like bush. So be very wise while choosing your styling tools.
First things first, go and throw off your fine combs if you have any. Not only they make you look like a mess and spoil your curls but they also lead to repeated ripping of your hair that might lead to hair loss in later run.
Always try to use wide toothed comb or try styling them manually.
As far as choosing the styling tool is concerned, well that largely depends on the type of curls you have and how you want them to look. Going for a tighter, more defined curl with a bit of shine? A strong-hold, wax-based product like Baxter’s Hard Cream Pomade will help you with that. Going for more volume? Try a salt spray, which’ll give you some hold without weighing down your curls.
8. KEEP IT LONG
Another way to easy manageably styling your curly hair is to keep them long. Long, sexy, curly hair is always in trend and it is likely to get you a lot of female attention. The best everyday hairstyle we can successfully adopt is the one that is supported by the natural texture of our hair.
A shoulder-length hairstyle or a slightly shorter hairstyle with light layering for the ends works well for most men with good hair.
Long hair care routines include frequent washing, conditioning and usage of hydrated products to nourish and moisturize your hair, boosting its natural shine.
To prevent men’s hairstyles for long hair from inclination into the feminine side, avoid using too much of styling products. A little bit of light hold gel or pomade can offer a better control, while curls often seem sexier in wet looks.
Besides you can set your long hair into any style you want, starting with Twist In bun, Shoulder length side part, Half up pony and many more.
9. TIMBERLAKE TRIBUTE
Starting as a successful nineties boy bander, Justin Timberlake has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors. Alongside his successful film and music career, however, he’s also become well known for his selection of uniquely stylish haircuts.
The quiff is arguably the most timeless, stylish haircut that Justin has ever had. By combining a classic pompadour look with a modern side parting he manages to get contemporary aesthetic that can work for pretty much any occasion. Rub some wax between your hands and lightly apply to your hair, comb your hair back away from your forehead whilst blow-drying your fringe upwards for extra height. Finally, use your comb to create a parting on one side and neaten up the look.
10. EMBRACE WHAT YOU HAVE
Being a curly-haired man, you are never going to have that ideal Leo Dicaprio comb over unless you undergo some serious procedure at hair salon. So don’t keep your hopes too high else it might only lead you to disappointments. Rather work on what you have and try to make the best out of it.
Written by – Chahak Tyagi