Your hair: It can make or break alook. It can build or destroy a vibe. You can be wearing your Sunday-best but if that do of yours doesn’t match up or play along, you’ll look scruffy. If you haven’t realised it yet hiding your locks underneath a beanie and/or cap is simply not acceptable in this metrosexual era. You need to understand that your hair is an accessory which can define who you are and what your vibe is. Chicks dig some style, so here are a few tips on how to maintain a great do.
1. LONG OR SHORT – VISIT A BARBER REGULARLY
Get it trimmed every two to three weeks.
2. STOP WASHING YOUR DO EVERYDAY
You don’t have to listen to your parents anymore. It’s a fact that by washing it each and every day, you are drying out your hair’s natural oils. Experts suggest that you wash and condition your hair once every three days. Your follicles will thank you for it.
3. HAIR PRODUCTS ARE KEY – USE THEM
The product doesn’t have to be expensive, but the run-of-the-mill brands you usually find in stores like Pick ‘n Pay or Spar are usually high in alcohols and silicone’s and can damage your hair in the long-term. I go for Redken as a general rule. HashtagJustSaying
4. LESS IS MORE
Firstly, it is not the 90’s. The Dragon Ball-Z slash Jersey Shore look is just not the right one to aspire to anymore. Unless your name is either Mike, Pauly D or Goku. Plus hair products have come a long way since then. The smallest drop of wax or gum should suffice.
5. FIND A STYLIST, NOT A HAIRDRESSER
Don’t even attempt to argue that they’re one in the same. They are not. Period. I’m not suggesting that you spend ZAR1000 on a haircut, but don’t spend ZAR10 either. Stay away from 2-for1 sort of specials. Seriously, what does that even mean? At the end of the day the proof is in the pudding and when the pudding is something you wear on your head day-in-and-day-out, it’s worth every penny. I once read: “The fact is that fish is fish, right? So would you buy sushi from a vending machine?” Sums this point up perfectly.
6. UNDERSTAND YOU HAIR AND ITS POTENTIAL
Be honest with yourself. Don’t aim for Antonio Banderas in Desperado if you have hair like Will Ferrell in Step Brothers. Your stylist can make your hair look like anything you want when you are in the chair – the real question is can you replicate that look when you are at home? Only you know your hair. Your cowlicks. How your hair falls. The sooner you develop a working understanding and relationship with your do the better. Choose a style or look which compliment your hair’s natural flow. There is nothing wrong with bringing a few pictures along to the salon. Why not? Don’t assume that your stylist wants to spend 30 minutes trying to understand a mental picture of how George Clooney looked in Episode 3 of ER or some shit like that.
You stay classy.