Monday, July 5, 2010

The Man Education Story

Whenever I have a new male client in my chair, I try to remember that they don't always know the very "basics" of hair upkeep. So I'm going to just lay it all out there, that way we can all be educated.

#1. Wash your hair with shampoo. Not 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, not with soap, not with dirt. Wash your hair with good quality shampoo. And once a day is PLENTY, once every 2 days is better. (Trust me, it'll be difficult at first, but you'll get used to it, and learn that it's easier to style/shape with a little oil.)

#2. After washing, don't forget to use conditioner. A pea sized amount should do if you have fairly short hair. Yes, the bottle will last you for awhile, so once again, get good stuff. It helps make your hair soft, shiny, and touchable. Your significant other will appreciate that.

#3. You can usually tell when you need a haircut - gets too long over your collar, your ears, can't do anything with it. If you're the type of man that doesn't like to schedule appointments, when you can finally get an appointment, let's take a look at how long you went between haircuts. When did it start to bother you? Okay, 3-4 weeks; next time, call 2.5-3 weeks after your previous cut (make a mental note of the date) and see when the two schedules can come together. It makes your life less stressful because you don't have to worry about your hair not behaving and/or figuring out when you have time for an appointment.

-It's really just easier to make the appointment and stick with it if possible though. It puts you on a schedule to look great ALL the time!

#4. Styling. This is tricky - the easiest is to just ask - what do you recommend I use? I ask - What look are you going for? And then I go from there. Usually when I see a man for the first time, the main reason his hair is not doing what he wants it to do (besides that it's too long) is the product he's using.

Here's the rundown:
Mousse - for fine, thin hair - makes it appear fuller
Gel - for thicker, coarse hair - to help control frizz, style / usually not touchable
Wax - typically for thicker hair - for texture/shaping
Clay - for fine - medium hair - for texture/shaping
Paste - for thick hair - for texture/shaping
Pomade - for thick hair - for controlling frizz, adding shine
Hairspray - for all hair types - for holding shape/ usually not touchable

#5. Other hair grooming. Whenever a male sits in my chair, I usually will do it all - ears, sideburns, eyebrows, neck, top of back. When you're at home, just keep an eye on it too.

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