Great hair tips for guys

Great hair tips for guys

Let's face it; not everyone can pull off a 1D bird's nest. So for short-haired boys, here are some expert tips from Moko Hsu, L'Oréal Professionel Technical Manager

Moko Hsu has been in the hair business for more than 10 years, so she is a bit of an expert about the stuff. Girls get a lot of styling tips, but since it's Brovember, we asked Moko for some helpful advice for guys who want their hair to look its best.

Moko's tips:

  • Even if you don't spend much time on your hair, keeping it clean is the most important thing. Clean hair, even without a cut or style, just looks better.
  • Try to get a trim once a month, or at least every two months to avoid looking unkempt. The hair above your ears grows extra fast, and as soon as those bits grow too long, you'll start to look messy.
  • Boys' scalps are more prone to excess oil and sweat, so be sure to shampoo your hair once a day to keep it clean.
  • The skin on your scalp is super-sensitive. Don't wash it with extremely hot water, particularly during dry winter months, or you risk dehydrating your scalp.
  • Leaving your hair sweaty after a basketball game or the gym can breed germs on your scalp, so wash your hair as soon as you can after exercising.
  • Also, try to avoid exercising with styling products in your hair, because they can clog your pores.

Hair SOS:

  • For clean, healthy hair, pair a nourishing shampoo with a conditioner formulated to target dandruff. This strikes the perfect balance between a thorough clean and keeping your hair and scalp moisturised.
  • Even if you have short hair, conditioner is important as it moisturises your scalp. Dryness is one of the biggest causes of dandruff.
  • Another major cause of dandruff is germs, which can be fixed by using a shampoo that targets dandruff. But stop using it and switch back to a nourishing shampoo once the problem is gone. The ingredients used to kill the germs can dehydrate your hair and scalp if you continue to use it when you don't have dandruff.
  • The best way to use styling products while keeping your hair healthy is to limit yourself to washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner once a day.
  • The best time to shampoo and condition is at night, as this will remove any product from your head. In the morning, before styling, just wet your hair.
  • Most styling products are somewhat water-resistant. So wash your hair thoroughly at night to avoid build-up, which can clog pores on your scalp and potentially lead to hair loss.
  • If you use styling products regularly, shop for a deep cleansing shampoo and use it once a week (or at most twice a week).

Styling products 101:

  • If your hair is long enough to part, hair gel is best for a neat look. You only need to rub a small dollop between your fingers and finger comb through your hair. Apply to damp hair for better hold.
  • Hair spray is great for soft, thin hair that is weighed down by any other product. Spray all over once you've created the look you like, and it'll act like a net to hold it in shape. Be sure to spray your hair from the distance it says in the instructions.
  • If your hair isn't too thick or layered, create a casual, messy look with hair wax. Its hold isn't very strong, so if you want the look to last all day, pair it with a spray after you've styled it.
  • Hair mud is great for creating that cool, tousled look with thicker hair. This is a matte product with great hold but it must be applied to dry hair. The texture allows you to tweak your look throughout the day should it get messed up. Bonus: it doesn't look like you're wearing any product.
This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Great hair for guys

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