Men’s basic cut
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Basic Hair Styling For Men

Men are quite lazy when it's time to care for their hair. You can see a lot of guys with weird hairstyles who are clueless how to get it back together. For men with the normal thick hair and who are looking for a basic haircut style, there are many ways to make it better, or to ruin it. This article tries to break down the basic hairdressing work in males, and the common mistakes they make in getting the styling right.

Basic hair style (normal/thick hair)

This is a common hair style among adults. It's thick, wavy, and full, and you can have many different styles if you're willing to put the effort.

Mistakes guys make

One of the most common mistakes people make in this hair type is keeping the hair long at the top and too short around the sides. For wavy hair, this can result in top-heavy and misshapen growth of hair. There are some men who don't apply hair products on their hair. This results in frizzy hair that breaks easily. Alternatively, some men tend to go heavy on the hair products so as to get middle part or severe side.

Another mistake is using electric razor or clippers on the back and sides rather than using scissors. This results in too short clipped hair that has limited in styling and blending options.

Styling strategies

For men with this kind of hair, a slightly layered and longer front and top, and a slightly shorter back and sides is the way to go. This basic haircut style is called as “college cut” by many stylists. It is a very flattering hairstyle for men.

One more option would be to keep the hair layered and short all around. You can spike it up using a pomade and then style the hair with your fingers to get the classic “bed head” style.

In order to get a straight hairstyle, first cut the hair to medium length, and keep it a little short at the back and around the sides. Now, comb the hair back using a mousse and allow it to dry. After it's dry, you can fluff the hair out and let it fall in a straight style around the sides.

Hair styling should be done such that the hair suits your head. The best option is to learn hairdressing or go to professionals who can do the styling according to how you guide them.

Women are most likely aware of various hair care routines since they are conscious about their physical appeal. Men on the other hand, do not know much about the key factors that affect hair, and they mostly end up with hair damage or bad hairstyles even while trying to sport good hair. They are mostly puzzled when they realize that a woman’s hair of that length looks better. Here is a hairdresser’s guide to advice men on hair care.

Good hair care routine

It is acceptable for men to be metrosexual, as it only helps in taking care of their body. Highlight the importance of following a strict hair care routine involving good-quality hair products. They should wash their hair at least three times a week with a shampoo that suits their hair type and follow-up with conditioning. Explain the concept of deep conditioning that has to be performed once in two weeks, to nourish the hair and scalp. Also, tell them about using heat-protectant products before styling their hair with blow dryers, straighteners, and other heat-styling products. Men need to know the damage that could be caused to hair, by heat exposure and excessive washing.

Proper methods of brushing

With an arsenal of combs and brushes in the market, men are obviously going to be confused about the purpose of these products. Combs are used on wet hair while brushes are used on dry hair. They would also need to know not to brush their hair when they are just out of the shower as hair is very weak at this time, and can be damaged easily. A wide-toothed comb is used for detangling hair, while a paddle brush can be used for brushing the hair every morning and night. A tip for healthy hair is to brush the ends first and then turn the focus to the roots. This way your customers will avoid developing split ends from the mechanical stress applied to hair, while combing.

Cut hair every three months

There are men who prefer having short hair, and prefer to go to the salon to get a haircut every few weeks. However, men who prefer long hair do not go to the salon for months on end. When they finally do come to you, stress on the importance of trimming hair and getting rid of split-ends every few months. As they do not maintain their hair very well, their hair tends to dry up, break, and fall. Advise them to get stylish haircuts and experiment with their hair as a part of maintaining it well. Layered cuts suit all face shapes and hair types. You can give them a cut that enhances their facial features and one that is easy to manage.

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