We're here to share with you our tricks and tips for keeping your hair looking stylish, for less.
This guide is all about your styling and hair care routine, what products you absolutely need to upgrade to and how you should go about using them – and essentially how to not ruin your hair.
If you think you know how to look after your hair, we’re pretty sure you’ll be surprised by at least a couple of our *secret* hair hacks below – so don’t leave us just yet!
1. Use a pre-styling product
Our stylists say that laying down some foundations in the form of a pre-styling product before adding paste, pomade or wax is ESSENTIAL. Why? They have a very real impact on the finished look and also helps you use less of the heavy styling stuff.
Heat protection sprays, mousses and even texturising salt sprays can help you when used correctly. Typically, you’d use a pre-styling product when you’re about to dry your hair as it helps to take your hair from its natural state to something more in line with how you want to style it. If you have fine or limp hair, you might use a pre-styler for thickening and adding volume; or if your hair is naturally frizzy, then you’ll need a product to tame and smooth the hair before you style it.
Our top pre-styling products:
Fudge Tri Blo Prime Shine and Protect Blow Dry Spray
This blow dry spray from Fudge is the perfect way to hold your desired style in place as you dry your hair – it’s also got heat protectant qualities too so if you’re prone to pinching a hairdryer to put your hair into place this is the pal for you. Using Invisi-Shield technology, this spray protects hair from temperatures up to 235°C. It’s got a non-greasy formula too so don’t worry about your hair looking too ‘done’ or wet looking after use – just enjoy a sleek smooth style that has a healthy looking shine.
KMS Add Volume Texture Creme
If you’re looking to give your hair some lift for that quiff or pompadour you’ve had your eye on, you can stop your search at the Add Volume Texture Crème from KMS. It helps to produce stronger volume from the roots that last up to 72 hours. A godsend if you’re battling dull, lifeless and flat hair. All you got to do is apply one pump to towel dry hair and distribute the product all over. Blow dry afterwards for the best results and you’ll have sky-high hair in no time.
2. Use matte products for thinning hair
It can be very disheartening when you notice your hair isn't as thick or plentiful as it once was, however there are things you can incorporate into your styling routine to make your hair appear thicker.
The trick is to use matte styling paste or clays. Hair products that have a matte texture tend to absorb the light more and instantly give off the appearance of thicker, voluminous hair.
Our top matte styling products:
SEB MAN The Sculptor Matte Clay
If you’re after a matte clay that’ll keep your style in place all day long, look no further than the SEB MAN The Sculptor Matte Clay from Sebastian. The mattifying clay allows you to sculpt and style your hair just the way you like it. It’s not a heavy-duty product either, so if your hair is on the thinner side, it won’t weigh down your hair or make it look greasy. Top marks for lightweight styling.
TIGI Bed Head For Men Matte Separation Workable Wax
If you’re after a matte wax on the other hand, this workable wax from TIGI BedHead for Men is the perfect product to create an ‘on point’ style. Creating texture and giving you maximum hold, it’s specifically formulated with Beeswax for its structural properties – giving you the option to switch up your style in to versatile looks throughout the day (or night). Keeping your hair workable is major plus with this product – which is exactly why it’s a salon favourite!
3. Styling tip: less is more
When it comes to the hair styling, one of the biggest mistakes most guys make is actually over-doing it with the product. Don’t forget that a small amount of product (especially a salon-quality product) goes a long way and by using the product sparingly will also provide a more natural and wearable look.
Using a pre-styler as we mentioned above, will naturally save you from using too much of a styling product – stopping your hair from getting weighed down and lank looking. So, not only do you save your hairstyle, but by using less product your hair stash will last you a lot longer too! Just tryna help you save those £££s – it’s what we do!
4. Touch ups throughout the day
No matter your hairstyle (unless you’ve shaved it all off of course) will benefit from a slight touch-up throughout the day. Especially when you’re heading out-out straight from the office or lecture.
If you don’t have time to get shaped up in salon as you head through the city centre, the next best thing to keep your style looking crisp is to pull out your…. Comb! Surprised? Well, in the event of a hair related crisis or an unplanned event happening, most styling products can be reactivated by wetting a comb and running it through your hair – allowing to re-style as needed.
ghd Tail Comb
There’s only one comb we’d recommend and that’s the ghd Tail Comb. Perfect for super-precise styling it helps to keep even the most rebellious flyaways in line. Our stylists also say to use the tail end (not the teeth) to section your hair – so when you’re trying to put in that hard side part of yours, this handy little thing is the tool you’d want in your back pocket.
5. Don’t wash your hair as often
We’re ALL for cleanliness, but when it comes to your hair, over-washing can be a real cause for concern. If you over-do it by washing every day you run the risk of stripping your hair's natural sebum oil – which actually helps to protect your hair from environmental factors and oxidative damage.
Instead, try washing your hair 2-3 times a week. It might make you feel the ick at first if you’re used to sticking your head under the shower every morning, but if you upgrade your shampoo to a salon-quality cleanser like the one we’ve listed below, we promise that your scalp will feel cleaner.
Combined with using lesser amounts of styling product in your hair, you’ll find that there will be less build up and the results from a professional shampoo will be much longer-lasting than cheaper supermarket alternatives (no offence). It’s true that salon-professional shampoos and conditioners help remove build up and cleanse and hydrate hair from the inside out – rather than just masking damage and leaving you with short-term softness.
Another tool for getting you through in between hair wash days is a good quality dry shampoo – it’ll help absorb any excess oil that’s sat on the surface of your hair, and also give your hair a little oomph by way of volume and texture.
Redken Brews 3 in 1 Shampoo
This super handy 3 in 1 Shampoo helps simplify and speed up your grooming routine – perfect when you’ve got a busy life studying, working and socialising. It cleanses and conditions your hair *and* skin with this barber inspired formula, developed especially for men. Our stylists reckon this is the start of the next generation of men’s shower essentials – not to mention it’s infused with malt extract which helps nourish your skin and can help treat acne.
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