Styles & Advice
The FIRST FIVE STEPS to GREAT HAIR
from the Experts at Esquire
FIND THE RIGHT BARBER
Without the right haircut, you’re going to struggle with styling on a day-to-day basis. Get the cut right and easy styling in between haircuts will naturally follow. A good barber is key. He or she can, and should, advise you on head shape, suitable styles, and the right length. As soon as you’re happy with the finished result, get advice on the right product for you.
USE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
A good quality shampoo and conditioner are one of the main reasons your hair always looks better when you leave the salon. The majority of men don’t use conditioner, as they believe it’s unnecessary. Not true. A good conditioner will smooth down the cuticles of your hair, making it easier to blow dry and leaving it with a much better finish.
FEAR NOT THE BLOWDRYER
Many men shudder at the thought of picking up a hairdryer. The simple fact is, if you want your hair to look good, simply rubbing it with a towel after it’s washed is not going to suffice. Even better, The Esquire Brush Dryer blows while you comb in the direction you ultimately want the hair to fall—saving you time. The golden rule here is very simple: The better your hair looks after the blow-dry, the better it will look after the product has been applied.
SELECT THE RIGHT PRODUCT
If you get this part wrong, your hair can look very different from how you want it to. Everybody’s hair is different, so there’s never going to be one product to suit everyone. What your friends use may not be ideal for your hair. Once you’re happy with your finished haircut and it’s been styled into place, the best person to ask is your barber. As a general rule, pomade or wax is better for a sleeker style, whereas a more textured style would require a matte paste or clay.
Once your hair is blow-dried into the desired style, distribute the product evenly from root to tip and repeat this process as necessary. Be aware not to use too much product in your hair—a gentle buildup of product to reach the sweet spot is always better than overusing it in the first place—and all hair products will require a slightly different approach. To ensure you are using the right product in the right way, buy directly from your barber after the haircut is finished. He or she can offer priceless advice to ensure you are styling to achieve your desired look.