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How to Match Your Hair and Beard

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

You may think the only option you have when styling your hair and beard together is whether or not to actually have a beard.

We don’t think this is the case…

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Beards come in and out of style, however, what doesn’t change is the many ways to style them. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to be clean-shaven to suit your hair, it’s likely there’s a beard style for everyone! So how do you match your hair and beard?

You don’t have to focus on one before the other. If you’ve got a great head of hair, don’t let it go to waste because you’d like a beard. That goes both ways, if you have thinning hair, don’t feel like you can’t focus on a beard. You can choose facial hairstyle that will draw attention away from your hair, therefore tying in you hair and beard.

matching your hair and beard

If you have brown hair and your beard starts growing in ginger, don’t panic! If you have grey hair and your beard grows in dark, you’re lucky! Some people spend thousands of pounds a year trying to replicate what you can do naturally. However, problems can arise if you’ve already dyed your hair, like dark roots emerging through bleaching, or a peroxide job looking mousy ginger. There are certain colour situations that won’t work too well. Avoid dying dark hair a lighter colour, and try to match your head hair to your beard hair, if you’re using artificial colouring, unless you’re making a statement of course.

matching your hair and beard

When it comes to different styles, marching your hair and beard can follow stricter rules.

If you’re partial to a buzz cut, a bit of stubble or a very short beard is a good way to give a bit more something to the look, and to bring out the more rugged, military quality of the cut. Growing out a full beard could run the risk of making you look a little bit like an egghead.

matching your hair and beard

Short, cropped hair is more suited to a business environment. Clean-shaven is the usual go to look for cropped hair; however, a little stubble shouldn’t be too offensive.

matching your hair and beard

Medium length hair looks great with a lot of texture added in. You have more options with your facial hair. Anything can work here from a clean-shaven face to a long beard. But, try and match your hair and beard. If you have quite unruly hair, have a neat, well-groomed beard. This will make you look more put together and prevent you looking disheveled.

matching your hair and beard

If you’re blessed enough in the hair department to have long flowing hair you’ll probably want a bit of facial hair. Unless you have a very chiseled jaw, we recommend at least a short beard. Otherwise, you could end up looking a bit more feminine.

matching your hair and beard

If your barber offers a beard service, you may be able to ask them for advice. Or, you could use our listing website www.defactosalons.com and find the perfect place to sort out your barnet and your beard!

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Winter Hair Care for Men

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

You’re all wrapped up. You’ve got your tacky Christmas jumpers out (we hope!) and you’re all set for the winter period. But, is your hair ready? It’s time for some tips on winter hair care for men!

winter hair care for men

While the cold does have a part to play in the state of your hair during the winter months, it’s not the main player. Your lifestyle mistakes and sins come to the surface when it’s cold. So if you’re finding your hair hard to manage during the most wonderful time of the year, it’s probably due to things well within your limits to change. So, if you’re ready to change your ways, here are our top tips on winter hair care for men.

Try not to stress.

winter hair care for men

It’s common knowledge that we’re more prone to feel stressed out during colder, darker months when you can’t even remember what sun on your skin feels like. But freak out about the freeze and you’ll trigger a whole host of hair-raising problems, including dandruff, scalp itchiness and greasiness. Try managing your stress levels with activities such as yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness or light exercise

Changes in temperature.

Tip on winter hair care for men number two is… calm down with the heat! Whether you’re a straightener, a blow-dryer or you enjoy a steamy shower, you need to do it within reason. Hair is more likely to frizz in the winter due to movement between different temperatures, like walking from heated buildings into the chilly outdoors. Avoid straightening your hair as this will only expose it to more frizz-causing extreme temperatures. Resist the temptation to stew yourself in the shower. Going from one extreme to the other is only going to dry out your hair and you want to lock in moisture.

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Try to avoid hats.

We know your beanie looks cool and it keeps your head cosy but it’s a no no for winter hair. Wearing them too much can make your hair greasy and your scalp sweaty and itchy. If you insist on wearing one, you can spray a little dry shampoo through the roots to reinvigorate your hat hair.

Eat balanced.

We’re not going to sit here and pretend that we don’t indulge over the Christmas period. But, seasonal changes to diet can pose problems. During winter, you’re more likely to have worse eating habits than in the summer – if you’re anything like us, your winter diet is more carb-rich but light on fresh fruit and veg, you’re much more partial to a takeaway and, with party season in full swing, you find it hard to say no to a pint. Your hair could suffer if you are not getting nutrient-rich foods on a regular basis. Make sure you get as many of your five-a-day as possible. The selection box will still be there tomorrow.

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We hope your barnet doesn’t suffer too much this winter. However, if things start getting a bit hairy, head back here and revise our tips on winter hair care for men!

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Are You Shaving Properly?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

If you’re a man who likes to have a clean-shaven face, shaving your face in the morning is more of a ritual than a joy.

You get it done as fast as you can and then you’re out the door. It goes without saying that this isn’t the optimal way to go about it. A lot of men end up with irritation or five o’clock shadows. This could be to do with their skin in general but it also is highly likely that they are shaving wrong. Are you?

shaving wrong

Do you prep properly?

One of the main causes of irritation when shaving is hacking away while your hairs are too stiff and bristly. Cold water isn’t going to do the job. You need warmer water to soften the hairs and make them less resistant to shaving. Getting the full works at a barbershop with a hot towel treatment is an option for a reason. Heat and moisture is great for shaving. At home, replicate this by shaving when you’ve just got out of the shower. Brady also recommends using a light exfoliator to remove unnecessary oil and dead skin to soften your burgeoning beard before you cut it back.

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Do you shave against the grain?

It feels like a closer shave, there’s no doubt about that. But, there’s also no doubt its irritating your skin. Shaving this way is more likely to create lumps and bumps, potentially leading to ingrown hairs. Which are awful! Shaving with a manual razor is best done alone the growth of the hair.

Do you have the right tools?

The average razor is will have at least three, if not five blades stuffed into each cartridge. But the slim gaps between these blades can clog with stiffer hairs, resulting in a less efficient shave as new hairs pile on top of older ones. Multiple blades are easier to use and usually come on a flexible body, making it even easier to shave.

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However, opting for an older blade may give you a better shave if youre willing to put the time in. Old-school double-edge safety razors and cutthroat straight razors have a single edge, these won’t clog and a pack of 10 blades can be picked up for as little as a pound. They can cause irritation if you’re not skilled in shaving with them but they are worth the time and effort for a smoother shave.

Do you take care of your skin after?

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Once you’ve finished shaving and you’re all dried off, running straight for the door is not advisable. Your pores are open and exposed. Your skin has just had blades dragged across it. It’s a one-way ticket to irritation, shaving rashes and other skin problems. Post-shave balm or some moisturiser should be applied to the skin after shaving to seal everything up and hydrate the skin.

Do you have any tips? Are you a professional and want to highlight other things we may have missed? Let us know!

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Men’s Hair Products and the Mistake You Make With Them

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

You may think you’ve nailed you hair routine but you might make making mistakes with those men’s hair products.

Having shorter hair can be a nightmare to style. You wake up with it in all kinds of directions and you have to spend your morning taming it. However, unfortunately you might be doing it all wrong. We’re here to tell you what men’s hair products you should be using and how you could be using them wrong.

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Are you over using product?

You’ll have heard the phrase ‘less is more’. When it comes to men’s hair products, that’s certainly the case. Short hair needs less products and if you’re using a good quality one you should know that. The secret to knowing when enough’s enough? The product should be completely dispersed once you’ve rubbed it between your palms. If you can still see it on your hands, you’ve used too much. If your hair feels thick and heavy, you’ve used too much. Using less will make your products last longer too…

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Make the most of your products.

There are probably almost as many men’s hair products as there are women’s ones. You could be over-purchasing or over-saturating your hair with them. Quality hair products – from pastes to oils – can be used in plenty of other ways than what’s detailed on their packaging. Try using a paste, not only as a finishing product, but also as a pre-styler when mixed with water. You could also try conditioning your hair with some beard oil if it looks a little dry. Be sure to rinse it out properly though.

Are you using men’s hair products that are water-soluble?

Petroleum-based products take about three washes to get off your hands and out of your hair. Therefore, it looks like grease more than gloss. It’s agreed that water based products are the better of the two and nowadays they aren’t hard to come by.

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Different hair needs different things.

Not all hair colours match with the products you may be using on them. Lighter hair is a lot more course than darker hair. You should be using products to suit that. Men with lighter hair (light brown/blonde/red) would suit a dry/matte finish. Whereas dark-haired men generally look better with a product that emphasises their hair’s natural shine. Be sure to get products to suit your hairs density.

Longer hair needs different styling.

Whether it needs a cut or you’ve deliberately grown it out, you cant keep styling it like it’s short. The longer the hair gets, the more susceptible it is to looking limp and lifeless. You’ll have to shampoo and condition your hair regularly – perhaps more regularly than you did when it was short. Use lighter products to style to avoid your hair getting weighed down.

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If there’s anything you need to correct, we hope you’ve picked up on it! If you enjoy articles from us telling you what you need to change you can head over and have a look at our blog on Men’s Grooming Mistakes or Facial Hair Mistakes.

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Men’s Hair Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

We have all heard some old wives tales that we believe. However, some men may follow misinformation religiously. Therefore, we are here to debunk some common men’s hair myths!

We’ve all believed things that aren’t true. Going outside with wet hair will give you a cold and hair of the dog are both false. However, some people still believe them! There are some men’s hair myths that people still believe too…

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Plucking grey hair will give you more grey hair.

Some people still believe that hair grows like flower stems. For example, if you split a plant’s root, both stems may flower. But, hair isn’t like that. Plucking out a grey hair will only mean a grey hair will grow back. Don’t start plucking out grey hairs though! Instead you can forget this men’s hair myth and read our article on Going Grey Gracefully… 

Cutting your hair more means it’ll grow more.

The rate your hair grows at is mostly determined by your genes, so while quitting smoking, eating a protein-rich diet and avoiding stress can help, this one’s mostly down to what your parents gave you. So trimming it more frequently usually means it’ll get shorter and grow back at its usual rate each time. Sorry guys.

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More suds mean a better wash.

A better lather with your shampoo doesn’t actually mean anything. The truth is a shampoo doesn’t need to foam a lot to get the job done. If anything, a shampoo that’s packed full of sulfates (the chemicals that help them foam) could wreak havoc on your scalp if used too frequently, irritating it and drying it out. Instead chuck this men’s hair myth and opt for a sulfate-free shampoo with glycerine. This will give you the suds without the harmful chemicals.

Hair needs cleaned daily.

Women don’t do it and you don’t need to do it either. Different people generate oils at different rates. Only wash it when it starts to look or feel unclean and greasy. Washing daily will strip your hair of its natural oils and you’ll be worse off in the end…

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Dandruff is just a dry scalp.

This one is the easiest to believe. You would naturally think that a flaky scalp is caused by dehydrated skin. This isn’t the case though. It’s now believed that attempts to hydrate a flaky scalp are futile. Scientists believe dandruff is caused by a yeast imbalance in the skin. We all have yeasts on our scalp, but one in particular, known as Malassezia furfur, causes issues. It can cause an imbalance in the scalp, which in turn triggers an inflammatory response in the skin. This causes the topmost layer of the skin to shed erratically. Leading to the white flakes you see on your hair and clothes. Invest in a shampoo like T-Gel instead of over moisturising your scalp.

We hope you haven’t been living your life according to these old wives tales, but if you have, at least now you know! Did you hold faith in any of these men’s hair myths? If you did or know any more that need to be debunked, let us know!

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Autumn/Winter Styling Ideas for Men

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

We all know summer has well and truly ended. The first of October is at the end of the week and nights have gotten significantly longer. So, what seasonal style moves should you be making with your hair? We’re going to dish out some A/W styling ideas for men.

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In the UK when we enter a new season, we’re made well and truly aware of it. It’s gotten colder and wind and rain is becoming more frequent. Your hair has to be ready for that. You need to have styling ideas in your back pocket for every season…

Number 1 – Slick is Sleeker

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Something a little smarter may be more apt for A/W. Overall styling ideas for men in these seasons veer towards tailored coats and smarter boots. Opting for a slicker look will match this vibe a lot better. Pomades, a side parting and a pompadour are more likely to hold in the autumnal winds and rain. Should you get caught in it. So that it’s not too formal, focus on texture and body on the top. You don’t want it plastered to your head.

Number 2 – Practice with Pastes

styling ideas for men

When the weather changes, it’s a good idea to move away from the natural finishes created by texturising dusts. Or the textured volume created by salt sprays. Why not try a paste or a cream instead. Running it through your hair from the root and styling your hair. Since its also hat season, pastes offer you the ability to restyle it throughout the day. Although, it isn’t suitable for finer hair.

Number 3 – Shift the Stubble

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Not in the sense of getting rid of it. But instead, in the sense of mixing it up. Beards are still incredibly popular. With winter approaching beards are a good way to keep your face just a little bit warmer. If you haven’t already got one, grow one! If you have, take care of it. Use moisturiser or beard oil to keep the hair and the skin underneath hydrated. Beard dandruff isn’t one of our styling ideas.

Number 4 – Twin the Times

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While early autumn lends itself to a new, exciting style, make sure you don’t go overboard with a look that you can’t handle. Go for something manageable. You can go for a short back and sides, with a nicer taper – and keep the top textured, but neat. Stylish but easy to maintain in the unruly weather.

Number 5 – Suit your Style

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Don’t be that guy who wants a simple messy haircut and beard, though he works in the city and wears a pinstripe suit every day. Instead, take your overall look into consideration. Don’t mix too many trends. Get a hairstyle that suits your lifestyle. Not the lifestyle you wish you had.

We hope these styling ideas are useful for you during the current seasonal change. Are you going to be switching up your look? If so what kind of look are you going for? Let us know!

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Accessorising the Modern Man

Monday, September 26th, 2016

There are so many options for accessories when it comes to women. What about accessorising for the modern man?

Accessorising the Modern Man

We know the two obvious ones, which we’ll get out of the way first, man-bags and watches. But, are there other options for men to style their outfit? Are there more options than the two well-known staples? We think so.

Man-bags

Accessorising the Modern Man

Briefcases have been out for a while. They’re difficult to carry and not as cool as they used to be. The era of the man-bag has been reigning for a while now. A man-bag is a great way of accessorising an outfit. It’s practical too, it’ll hold all the stuff you need for your working day and it looks great too.

Watches

Watches have always been a key component in mens accessorising. However, now its arguable that look is coming before name. a rising name in the watch world is MVMT. Incredibly stylish looking watches with an affordable price tag. They look the part but don’t cost it. A more casual, versatile watch is becoming more desirable over the flashy big brand names. We kind of prefer that.

Belts

Accessorising the Modern Man

 

The wrong belt can ruin an outfit. So ensuring that you’ve got the right one on with the right outfit is key. Leather belts are always the winners in our eyes. They never go out of style and they compliment what you’re wearing. They key to wearing leather is to match it with the other leather you’re wearing. Brown leather shoes with a brown leather belt. It’s a simple way of remembering what you should wear but it’s also fool proof.

Glasses

Accessorising the Modern Man

It seems that vintage and retro styles of glasses are back in. Ray-Ban clubmasters and thick rimmed frames are mostly what we’ve been seeing right now. A good way to stand out from the crowd is to go for some statement eyewear. However, you have to be sure that you pick the right frames for your face shape. You can see which style of glasses you should be accessorising with HERE.

Neckties

Accessorising the Modern Man

This is a bit of a different one. Most luxury runway looks stay there. They’re too expensive. Too impractical. They’re the kind of thing that looks good in fashion mags, then like hell in the street. However, we think that neckties are something that could work on men with certain styles. They add a little individuality, something that can be a bit harder to come by in mens fashion. If you think you could rock a necktie we fully support you!

Is there anything we’ve missed? Do you think guys should bring back accessorising with leather wristbands or shark-tooth necklaces? Let us know by commenting!

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Can You Pull Off Peroxide Blonde?

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Slowly but surely men with peroxide blonde hair and becoming more and more common…

Celebs and footballers alike are trying stints with peroxide blonde locks and we’re still not fully sure how we feel about it. However, do you think you could pull it off?

Can you pull off peroxide blonde?

The first to give it a go was Welsh footballer Aaron Ramsey. Something he later apologised to parents for after influencing young Wales fans to follow his lead. Lionel Messi soon followed with his own peroxide blonde do.

Can you pull off peroxide blonde?

Aaron Ramsey

Where has it come from?

It wasn’t the footballers that started the trend, however. It was pops finest, Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik who reintroduced peroxide blond to the scene. Although, they made the wise decision to blend it with darker roots. This achieves an overall more stylish look. It’s a small part in a larger 90s revival we’re sure you’ve noticed is happening. But, would you suit peroxide blonde?

Can you pull off peroxide blonde?

Lionel Messi

Where to do it?

Do not DIY this one! Bleach is a serious business. Doing it by yourself opens you up to all kinds of mishaps. Bleaching your hair happens in a two-stage process. Firstly the bleach on your hair, which, if left too long, can painfully burn your scalp. And then the adding of purple toner to enhance blonde colouring – without this you’ll end up ginger. Not strawberry blonde. No matter how many times you say so. Get it done professionally. Please.

Can you pull off peroxide blonde?

Justin Bieber

Expect to pay £70-£100 for a full head of colour. This is depending on how dark your current hair is. And make sure they first give you a skin test to see if you react to the bleach.

Looking after it.

Obviously bleaching your hair is going to do some damage. Youll need a strengthening shampoo to stop your hair feeling course and dry. If you feel like it, you can even let your hair grow some roots before blending them into the peroxide blonde and follow in the steps of the more stylish pop crowd.

Can you pull off peroxide blonde?

Zayn Malik

In conclusion if you can pull it off, go for it! If you have doubts, don’t. You cant quickly restore the damage bleaching does to your hair and you wont want to have to try if you make a mistake.

Are you thinking of bleaching your hair? Let us know!

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Going Grey Gracefully

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Going grey can seem like your worst nightmare. It’s a sign of age. But, we think you can still make it work…

You don’t need to compromise your style or looks when you start going grey. You can adapt and change and know how to make it work. We’re going to help you in the process of going grey gracefully.

going grey gracefully

George Clooney

Why do some men grey earlier than others?

Some men seem to keep a dark head of hair until well into their fifties, but others find themselves going grey much earlier. Of course, the answer may be out of a bottle, but what’s the prime mover behind the early-grey mechanism?
Hair goes grey when the pigment responsible for the hair’s colour stops forming in the hair shaft. For men, it can happen earlier than youd think. Some men go grey in their twenties and some in their sixties. It just depends.
But despite your body’s quirks, lifestyle also plays a part: although a predilection for early greying can be inherited, it can equally be caused by stress or malnutrition, which prevent your body from producing vital chemicals including the pigment melanin.

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Max Joseph

Will a healthy lifestyle prevent it?

For a time. Yes. Eating healthy and exercising will improve any kind of ageing function in your body. However, if you have the gene for it, it’s going to happen. B-vitamins, selenium and iodine rich foods are said to help slow down the ageing process. That would include going grey.

going grey gracefully

Richard Gere

How can you showcase your grey hair?

So you’ve decided that youre going grey so you may as well embrace it. How do you make it work? What haircuts will work best with it? Longer length layers is one of the best haircuts for greying hair. For the man that’s beginning to turn silver but still short of being fully white, careful layering can blend grey and dark hair seamlessly, offering a touch of maturity. Mixing in the greys and ensuring evenly chopped layers gives you that salt and pepper look that we hear some ladies (and men!) love.

going grey gracefully

Mark Ruffalo

How do you take care of it?

Whether you decide to stick with your grey or not, it will take more maintenance. Grey hair doesn’t hold moisture the way other hair colours so do. So, you will have to invest in a good conditioner to make your hair look the part. Also, try a growth promoting conditioner, grey hair is sometimes the step before no hair.

Whether or not you relish the idea of becoming a silver fox and going grey, we hope these tips will help you rock your new mature colour.

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How to Lengthen Your Haircut’s Lifespan

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

If you have been to your barber fairly recently and you’re starting to have to deal with the growth but it’s not quite long enough to go back then we have some tips for your on how to make your new haircut last longer!

It can be frustrating, especially if you’re one of those people who’s hair grows like wildfire, when your style starts waning and your hair gets longer. There are some simple ways to combat it.

How can you make your haircut last longer?

How can you make your haircut last longer?

Use the Right Products
The best products to keep unkempt hair in check are clays, particularly ones with a strong hold and matte finish. Use a five pence-sized amount, rub through your palms to spread evenly then run your hands through damp or dry hair to shape. Anything weaker and the added weight of longer hair will bring down your morning style by lunch. Another reason to lean towards dry products like clays over waxes, creams and gels is that the longer your hair is, the more product you’ll need. Therefore you’re more at risk of having hair look greasy by the end of the day. Switch to a stronger product as your hair grows – you’ll need less of it and the added hold will stop your style flattening and looking lank.
If you struggle to stop your hair looking greasy by the end of the day, try a product that’ll soak up the excess – like a dry shampoo.

Using the right product is essential

Using the right product is essential

Trim it if you know how
If you do feel brave enough to cut your own hair, handle with care. You wouldn’t be the first to enter a barbers in need of a salvage mission.
There are however a few rules of thumb for at-home clipper use. Don’t go over the curvature of your head, this would affect the blending of the hair, follow the same principle at the back as at the sides – you don’t want to cut up into the crown.
Go too high and you’ll ruin barber-standard blending that connects the back and sides to the top. Leave that to the professionals. Please.

If you have clippers you can try tidying it up at the back if you're brave enough

If you have clippers you can try tidying it up at the back if you’re brave enough

 

Keep Your Hair Dryer on Standby
The longer your hair grows, the longer you can go without washing it (provided you don’t use too much product). This is because the grease produced on your scalp has a longer distance to go.
Washing less can help you avoid dealing with the unruly fluff caused by everyday shampooing as your hair grows out. Blow-drying longer, unwashed hair can keep it in style.

Scissors at the Ready
Trimming the top is, again, not for the fainthearted. But if you’re brave enough to take on scissors, then stick to thinning out the hair. Snip into the hair vertically, so you don’t affect the shape of the cut.
You’re basically taking the weight out of the hair. It provides a short-term effect of making it look more textured that’s particularly effective with longer hair. Just make sure you keep a steady hand on the tiller. We would recommend you avoid this and leave it to your barber though.

You can try trimming with scissors

You can try trimming with scissors

We hope these tips will have helped you style your growing hair, however, if you are thinking of trimming it we would advise caution. It may seem like a good idea to do a DIY job while you’re hair grows but if you don’t know how to do it or aren’t prepared for less than perfect results you may want to leave it to your barber. That way he doesn’t have to try and correct your mistakes.

 

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