Essential Hairstyling Tips for Men

Essential Hairstyling Tips for Men

Less is More

When it comes to hair products, it's usually best for guys to follow the "less is more" approach. Smothering half a can of pomade, foam or gel into your hair will create an unnatural look while weighing it down in the process. This is particularly true for guys with thin (not thinning) hair, as excess product will make the hair appear even thinner. Regardless of your preferred hairstyling product, start with a small amount and gradually add more when needed. You can always add more product to your hair, but you can't easily remove it if you add too much (not without washing your hair).


Conditioner isn't a product that's limited strictly for women. Guys can also use it to add volume and texture to their hair. Try to get into the habit of conditioning your hair at least once a week, using a premium, name-brand conditioner. Conditioners work by adding essential vitamins and nutrients to hair, coating them with beneficial compounds that provide both aesthetic and functional benefits. Keep in mind, however, that adding too much conditioner -- or conditioning your hair too frequently -- can have a negative impact on the appearance of your hair. A good rule of thumb to follow is to conditioner your hair no more than once every other day.

Beware of the Heat

Heat can wreck havoc on a guy's hair, causing product to literally melt. If you plan on spending any significant amount of time outdoors on a hot summer day, try to avoid using hair product. The combination of melted hair product and sweat can turn your hair into a disaster. Going for the "all natural" look tends to work best in this scenario.

Seek Professional Help

If you have trouble styling your hair, don't be afraid to seek professional help from your local barber. A good barber will not only style your hair, but he or she will show you how it's done. Once you learn the right way to do it, you can style your hair on your own, without visiting the local barber.

Use a Mirror

I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it's still worth mentioning that you should only attempt to style your hair in front of a mirror. Even if you "think" you know how to style it without a mirror, there's always the chance of it going completely wrong -- and there's nothing more embarrassing than having strangers stare at your hair in disbelief.