6 clutch hair styling tips for professional men

professional manYour hair says a lot about who you are. If you have a reputation to protect, as most professional men do, lip service (or flip service, as the case may be) simply doesn’t cut it.

These six clutch hair styling tips will take your fashion game to the next level without breaking the bank or eating up too much of your morning routine. Indeed, several are foundational; once you’ve internalized them, they’ll require little if any time commitment on your end.

  1. Know Your Hair Styling Products

First things first: getting a handle on the vast universe of hair styling products. That means understanding the finer distinctions between:

  • Hair gel
  • Hair paste
  • Hair clay
  • Hair wax
  • Hair cream
  • Pomade
  • And more

There’s some functional overlap between certain hair products, and a healthy dose of creative licensing and branding liberty throughout the category. But the differences are too great to ignore. If you’re not comfortable articulating each product’s application, spend some time reading up before you go any further.

  1. Use a Pomade for Optimal Hold and Styling Flexibility

Pomade is a particularly versatile hair styling product that delivers an optimal combination of hold and styling flexibility. Look for a pomade that aligns with Faveable’s top pick: strong but malleable hold, good shine, amazing smell, and easy washing. Turn to it whenever you need to achieve that happy styling medium.

  1. Understand When to Work Wet & When to Work Dry

Certain hair styling products work better in wet hair. Others are appropriate for dry heads only. Understand the difference; using the right product in the wrong conditions can lead to some, ah, interesting — and decidedly unprofessional — results.

  1. Know That You (Probably) Don’t Need to Wash Your Hair Every Day

This may shock you, but you really don’t need to wash your hair every day. Once every other day, or even every three days, is better for your hair’s natural oils (nature’s hair product, as it were). This doesn’t absolve you of your daily shower, of course; there’s just no reason to get your head wet.

  1. Edging Is Your Friend

You’re a professional man, not a professional barber. Still, you can learn from the pros. If you wear a beard or need to maintain your head hair’s definition between visits to the stylist, learn how to edge with an electric trimmer.

  1. Keep Dry Shampoo Handy, But Only for a Pinch

Contrary to some claims, the jury is still out on whether dry shampoo promotes hair and body health. But it’s been quite clear for some time that dry shampoo is an essential hair fashion accessory. If you measure your personal well-being by what’s staring back at you in the mirror, dry shampoo is a foregone conclusion.

It’s important not to overdo it with the dry shampoo, however. This is a hair accessory that’s best used when proper washing and styling isn’t possible — on a multi-layover, trans-oceanic journey, for example, or a multi-day backcountry camping trip. When wet shampoo is available, use that.

It’s Your Hair — Wear It Like You Mean It

Even if you use hair restoration products, you really only have one head of hair. It’s up to you to give it the care and respect it deserves.

These seven hair styling tips and takeaways won’t get you all the way there. But if you’re able to incorporate them into your daily or weekly self-care routine, you’ll have a leg up over those who simply can’t be bothered. Here’s to better hair, one product at a time.

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