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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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