For this week, I wanted to feature an exfoliating bamboo wash cloth that I’ve been using and recommending to friends, family and clients for years that is seriously a game changer for your skin. And I don’t use that term lightly. It is THAT good. This was recommended to me by a skincare CEO who’s company invented microdermabrasion and he said this is better than anything he has ever found, including their own technology.
And please know that not all bamboo wash cloths aren’t created equally – I’ve tested dozens over the years – and this is hands-down the best one, so don’t try anything else – you’ll regret it.
In this episode of my Men’s Grooming Essentials series, my friend and groomer, Kyle Krieger, and I talk about the best hairstyles for a man with straight or wavy hair and the finer points to think about if you’re a man seeking a new hairstyle with this hair type. Also, don’t forget to check out the companion videos and articles that this one goes with:
In this episode of my Men’s Grooming Essentials series, my friend and groomer, Kyle Krieger, and I talk about the best hairstyles for a man with thinning, balding hair, or a receding hair line and the finer points to think about if you’re a man seeking a new hairstyle for this hair type. Also, don’t forget to check out the companion videos and articles that this one goes with:
In this episode of my Men’s Grooming Essentials series, my friend and groomer, Kyle Krieger, and I talk about the best hairstyles for a man with curly or kinky/coiled hair and the finer points to think about if you’re a man seeking a new hairstyle with curly or kinky/coiled hair. Also, don’t forget to check out the companion videos and articles that this one goes with:
Today, I want to show you the best men’s hair styles for your hair type based on actual the professional’s opinions that I mentioned in the Series Intro Video.
This article/video is a 3-parter, where I also cover the best hairstyles for your face shape as well as more in-depth videos/articles for each of the hair types. Think of this article as more of a general overview, so definitely don’t miss the specific hair type articles/videos, as well.
Straight or Wavy Hair
You can pretty much go with any hairstyle. I’ll always prefer a shorter, more put-together style, as do the professionals I spoke with. However, as long as your hair looks clean, healthy, and like it’s been cut semi-recently, any length can look good – provided it fits your face shape.
I do want to point out that it was pretty unanimous that the quiff (center picture above) is best because it’s very versatile and allows you to do a messy or more polished hairstyle. As for length, like I mentioned in my best hairstyles for your face shape article/video, on the shorter side looks great and gives you some flexibility in how you style it. The longer you go and it pretty much relegates you to not being able to style it much aside from having some layers cut into it and letting it do it’s thing.
If you go with a longer style and you’ve got straight hair, then just make sure to get some layers in there so it doesn’t lay flat like a dead rug – as someone with straight, asian hair, this is a problem I have too! Remember though, depending on your face shape, a longer hairstyle may not be best for you.
Curly or Coarse/Kinky Hair
For all you curly, coarse or kinky haired guys, you’ve really got two ways to go – either go for sharp and short, or long and kind of tamed. It really depends on your preference. I always lean toward a shorter, sharper hairstyle because my clients with these hair types always look significantly better with shorter hair styles and they’re also easier to style and maintain.
So for curly hair, a quiff that’s 2-3 inches long on top looks amazing (left picture). This gives you the option to use some light product and have the finger combed look, where your curls are more embraced or throw some heavier product in it and go for a sharper, combed look.
For coarse or kinky hair, there’s nothing better than a temple fade (center image) with a little longer hair on top. This is straight fiyah! I like a little bit of volume on top and short on the sides. You can also go with a closely shaved haircut for convenience.
If you’re in the early stages of thinning with a receding hairline, then stick to longer on top with layers and shorter on the sides and do a sort of messy look. How long and short you go depends on your face shape, though.
Also, for styling, please, please don’t use gel products because it’ll clump your hair together (as shown in the video at the top) and reveal more of your scalp – this actually shines a spotlight on the issue. The best products for you are mentioned in my article specifically about the best products for your hair type.
Whatever you do, though, don’t do the combed forward style. It looks terrible and doesn’t do a great job of masking the problem – it actually draws attention to it. If that’s all you can do to cover up your pretty significant receding hairline, then it’s time to embrace it and go for the closely shaved look which I’ll get into in a second.
If you’re balding just in the back, go longer on top, shorter on the sides and comb your hair back over the bald spot to hide it better.
If you can easily see your scalp or your bald spot is pretty severe or you just don’t want to bother with the hairstyles I mentioned, then it’s time to embrace it and go for a buzzed look with a 1 or 2 attachment on the clippers all around.
A balding man who is confident enough to own this style and do the best with the hair that he’s got is actually sexy. Jason Statham is the shining example of how to embrace your balding hair. You’ll look much better, regardless of your face shape, I promise.
As for the full-on razored bald look, it heavily depends on your face shape, but I think a super short buzz cut looks better in general and is much easier to maintain without nicks or razor bumps on your head. The full bald look is best on men with square or oblong face shapes, otherwise, just go for the super short hair version.
Today, I want to show you the best hair styles for your face shape based on actual professional’s opinions that I mentioned in the Series Intro Video.
This article/video is a 3-parter, where I’ll also cover the best hairstyles for your hair type as well as more in-depth videos for your specific hair type. Do yourself a favor and check out those other articles/videos as they’ll be released shortly.
Before we get started, please note the use of the word “best” and not “every hairstyle for your face shape.” These, in my opinion, as well as the professionals I mentioned in the series intro, are the best hairstyles if a man wants to look sharp-as-hell. If you’re hoping for a discussion about every hairstyle possible, this article isn’t for you.
The general goal of your hairstyle should be to:
Look damn good – obviously.
Just like with your clothing in relation to your body, you want to balance the proportions of your face so it doesn’t take away from the rest of your appearance. Get this wrong and it can make you look weird or goofy.
As for age old question: “What face shape do I have?” for males, I’ve included two of the best resources for finding this out:
Any other face shape is basically one of these with a teeny tiny difference that has no bearing on the hairstyle you should choose.
With all that said, let’s go over the best hairstyles for your face shape.
If you have an Oval or Oblong face shape, the best hairstyles tend to be short or medium length because longer hairstyles with bangs or a more poofy or fro-ey hairstyle, depending on your hair type, will make your face look longer than it is – which you want to avoid (check the video at the top for an example of how bad it can look).
Stick to haircuts with shorter sides and a little longer on top. Don’t go super short on the sides and long on top, though, otherwise the drastic difference in length will make your face look longer and thinner than it is.
Depending on your hair type, side parts were made for this face shape, regardless of how sharp the part actually is – whether you use your hands or a comb.
If you’re thinning, definitely go for super short on the sides and slightly longer on top. However, if your hairline is pretty receded or your bald spot is pretty significant, cut the B.S. and buzz or shave your head. I go into finer detail in my article/video about the best hairstyles for your hair type.
For curly or kinky hair, keep it shorter on the sides and a little longer on top to control the frizziness so it doesn’t get out of control. How short you go depends on your preference. I love a good temple fade on a black man and stick to a shorter quiff if you’ve got curly hair so it’s more manageable. But, if you want to embrace the curls a little more, go longer, like a few inches on top. The problem is that it can get pretty frizzy and out of control, unless you’re washing properly and using the best products for your hair type. Be sure to check out my article/video about the best shampoos and conditioners for your hair type, as it makes a huge difference.
Heart or Triangular
Since a Heart or Triangular face shape has a narrower or pointed chin, you want to stick to layered styles to help offset the sharpness of your chin.
As for length, go for longer-on-top styles with shorter, but not super short, sides. If you went super short on the sides, it’d make you look like you’ve got big ears – which you want to avoid.
For you, hair swept across the forehead, or off the forehead and back, with or without a side part, or a quiff will look great. If you’ve got coarse, kinky hair, you can go with a little bit longer afro all the way around, somewhere around 2 to 3 inches in length, like the picture above.
With this face shape, you can also grow out some facial stubble or a full beard to help add visual width and weight to your bottom half of your face and keep the proportions more in line with the rest of your face. If you go with a stubble or beaded look, you can grow your hair out a little longer on top, too.
You want more square styles to offset your round face. Keep the sides much shorter and go longer on top to add some height to your face which will play with your facial proportions a little better. Whatever you do, don’t have your hair down on your forehead because it’ll make your face look rounder (again, check the video at the top for an example of how bad it can look).
A good, fluffy quiff or pompadour or even a high and tight looks great on this face shape, as does an undercut if you want a little more of a rugged look. For kinky hair, a sharp temple fade is always on point – I’d choose that over a totally shaved look every time.
A square face shape is similar to Oval in that virtually all hairstyles look great. The only thing to do is create the illusion of softer corners to help soften the angles of your face, but not remove them.
Haircuts that are super short all the way around all the way to longer hairstyles look great on this face shape. I have to say, short and mid-length hairstyles that are a little cleaner always look sharp and give you the ability to go messy or more put together easily, so they’re my preference, for sure.
Again, for men with kinky hair, get that temple fade going!
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this article, this is 1 of 3 articles/videos that go together, so be sure to check out the other articles/videos about your hair type, because it also influences the hairstyle you should go for.
In this article, I want to go over the best Men’s Shampoos and Conditioners for your hair type.
Before we get into it, though, (this is important, I swear) – If you haven’t seen my companion article about how to wash & dry your hair properly, I highly suggest you check it out first, because all the groomers I mentioned in my Series Introduction Video said that men are totally crapping the bed in this department and it makes way more of a difference than you think. I promise you’ll learn something new in that article.
Before we dive into the best products for your hair type, I want to address the d-word… No, not that D-word! Dandruff!
Dandruff is almost always the result of 3 things:
Using harsh shampoos, with sulfates and parabens that strip the hair and scalp of the natural oils and vitamins, leaving your scalp and hair dry and flaky.
Not staying hydrated enough and having a proper diet.
I highly suggest you first try washing your hair properly with quality products as well as upping your water and healthy food intake and see if that doesn’t cure your dandruff issue once and for all.
Hair Loss Shampoo & Conditioner For Thinning or Balding Men
The main goal for choosing a hair loss shampoo and conditioner is you want them to:
Slow down or prevent hair loss; and
Thicken hair so it appears fuller
The best way to slow down and prevent hair loss is to have a healthy and clean scalp that’s free of DHT which is found in the sebum that’s produced from your scalp. DHT is the cause of male baldness and is like a leech that slowly kills your hair follicles. To combat this, you should use the best hairloss shampoo on the market by Nizoral every 3 days because it contains the only ingredient on the market that’s proven to prevent hair loss by killing DHT on your scalp. The downside, though, is that it also makes your hair appear limp and lifeless, so you definitely want to combine it with the Nioxin conditioner below to minimize this effect.
For a hair growth shampoo, you can use Rogaine, but the second you stop using it, the new hair will fall out, so it’s not really recommended. I would add Propecia to your routine, instead, because the medication will definitely halt further hair loss from below the surface, so it’s more effective, but it has some side effects, so that’s up to you to determine if it’s worth it or not.
If you have fine hair, then the goal is to make your hair appear thicker and fuller.
Oily and greasy hair is your enemy because it will make your hair look even finer than it is.
The best fine hair shampoo for men is the Plumping Wash and Rinse by Kevin Murphy because it helps strengthen your hair follicles while adding volume by plumping each hair strand for a thicker look. For a more budget-friendly option, V76 by Vaughn’s Energizing shampoo and conditioner are lightweight and won’t strip away the essential oils and vitamins that you need for healthy hair growth but will still get rid of any excess oil on your scalp. All the professionals I spoke with, though, said no question, Kevin Murphy is the absolute best.
Unlike your thin hair brethren, you can never have enough moisture. You want to choose products with extra moisture, especially when it comes to your conditioner – this will help cut down on the frizz and make your hair more manageable.
Once you apply conditioner you can skip the rinse and have it function as a leave-in conditioner or if you think that’s too weird, you can also get a separate leave-in conditioner to apply after you dry your hair for maximum moisture and smoothness. Apply the product while your hair is still damp.
It might sound crazy, but coconut oil works incredibly well as a leave-in conditioner (and skin moisturizer). Take a small amount, warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave and finger comb it into your damp hair after a shower.
For wavy or straight hair, you don’t need anything too crazy. I love the Jack Black All Over Wash because not only is it light and nourishing, but you are able to use it as a face and body wash, as well. Trust me, it sounds weird, and my fiance, Dorian, and some of my other test subjects were very skeptical when trying it, too, but they all said it was great and that it lived up the hype.
If you don’t want the all-in-one solution, then give Kevin Murphy’s shampoo and conditioner a try – their entire line, for all hair types, was highly recommended by all the professionals I spoke with. My test subjects all loved it, as well.
Before you head over to my companion article/video about the best Shampoos and Conditioners for your specific hair type, I want to go over the other side of the coin – how to wash and dry your hair based on your hair type. It’s one thing to have the best products for your hair type, it’s another to use them properly.
I’m sure you’re rolling your eyes and saying, “This b*tch be crazy! How hard is it to wash and dry your hair?” Well, apparently very hard, since the groomers I mentioned in my series intro video all said that their clients weren’t washing and drying their hair correctly.
If you don’t have the frequency and technique down, then you won’t realize the full benefits of the shampoos and conditioners I’m recommending in the accompanying article/video. Don’t believe me? Try the products and techniques for a week and I’m positive you’ll see why this matters.
Let’s get into how often you should washing your hair as well as how to properly wash and then dry it – all based on your hair type.
How often should you wash your hair?
A lot of men think that the more they wash their hair, the better – but that’s not true. In order to keep your hair and scalp healthy, the frequency depends on your hair type and the styling products you’re using. Let’s get into the details for each hair type.
Curly or Coarse, Kinky Hair
Limit shampooing to once a week so it doesn’t dry out your hair too much and turn your head into a fuzzball. You can still use conditioner every time you shower and you can also use it as a leave-in conditioner and not wash it out. This helps keep your hair nourished, easier to manage, and less frizzy.
Fine or Thinning Hair
You want to wash and condition your hair everyday because it’ll help promote hair growth and keep your hair less oily, which makes it look fuller and thicker. It’s very important that you use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners because sulfates will strip your hair and scalp of all of the good oils and vitamins causing it to look dull, dry, and prone to breakage.
Straight or Wavy Hair
Shampoo and condition your hair 2-3 times a week, but if you’re using product daily, then it may be more often. I’ll get into that shortly.
All hair types
The days you’re not washing your hair, you should still give your hair and scalp a good massage with water while showering.
As a general rule of thumb, if you’re using clay, gel, or pomade styling products, then you’ll want to wash your hair every time you use them. Otherwise, you’ll start getting zits around your hairline and other parts of your face as the product creeps down onto your skin and clogs your pores while you sleep. Other products, like conditioners or hair sprays can easily be washed out with water and a good head scrub, so go easy on the washing unless you’re using heavier styling products.
Now that we’ve gone over how often you should wash your hair, let’s talk about the proper way to do it.
The proper way to wash your hair
Take anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes and really scrub your hair and massage your scalp with your shampoo. Make sure to get the top, sideburns, and back of your head. Really work in the shampoo so it reaches your scalp. This is important because your scalp needs to be stimulated and massaged to get the blood flowing into the area and keep the best version of your hair growing. This will also help your hair be more manageable and easier to style.
Run it through your hair and leave it on while you wash your face and body and then rinse everything off at once. If you’ve got curly or coarse,kinky hair, you might not even rinse the conditioner out. More details about that are in my Shampoo & Conditioner companion video.
How should you dry your hair?
Before you start applying styling or conditioning products, your hair should be towel dried – duh.
The jury is still out on if it REALLY matters how you dry your hair, but I say why tempt fate if you don’t need to. Pat your hair as gently as possible to soak up most of the moisture. Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel, as this may cause unnecessary breakage or frizz, especially if you’ve got thinning or curly/kinky hair.
Next, you can either blow dry or air dry your hair depending on the hairstyle you’re going for. Styling will be covered in another video.
Check out my companion article/video about the best shampoos and conditioners for your hair type so you can get the best version of your hair and hairstyle possible.