Switch To Matte Products If Thinning
“For many men, hair thins out as they hit their thirties and forties,” says Belfast-based grooming expert and barber Jason Shankey. “To make it look thicker and more manageable, use a matte styling paste or clay. Matte products absorb light and instantly make hair appear a little thicker.”
Give Yourself An Egg Wash
“The best tip I ever received for looking after hair came from an old aunt of mine,” says international male model, actor and TV presenter Paul Sculfor. “You may laugh, but it’s to wash your hair in eggs once a month for the protein.”
Pick The Right Moment For A Haircut
To get the undivided attention of a barber or stylist, timing is everything. “Most salons are quieter at the beginning and end of the day, so it’s worth asking for the very first or last appointment,” says British Hairdressing Award winner Anita Cox. Go for the former and your stylist is likely to be at their freshest and most enthusiastic too.
Use A Pre-Styling Product
As true a saying in the bathroom as it is in the bedroom: it’s not all about the big finish. In the case of hair, TJ Hunt, a barber at Ruffians’ Shoreditch outpost in London, suggests laying a base layer before adding paste, pomade or wax.
“Guys often know exactly what products to use to ‘finish’ a style,” he says. “However, they commonly miss the vital element of adding a pre-styler when the hair is damp. Mousses, sea salt sprays and even serums can have a real impact on the finished style when used correctly.”
Less Is Often More
“One of the biggest hair mistakes men make when it comes to styling is using too much product,” says barber Lachlan Watson, from the Covent Garden branch of Murdock in London.
“A little can go a long way and if you use products sparingly you’ll find yourself sporting a more natural look while avoiding a heavy and greasy appearance.”