Your layering game can be impeccable, your sneakers box fresh and your outerwear on-point, but it is all for nothing if your hair won’t behave. Of course, simply going to a barbershop with a tear-out of David Beckham won’t fix a double crown that leaves you looking like you styled your hair by sticking your finger in a socket. Instead, you need to deploy the right tools to get even the biggest problems completely fixed. Here are the 5 most common hair problems that men have and the best fix for each of them:
The cows should definitely have nothing to do with your hairstyle. These swirls of hair grow against the direction you want to style it in, creating the whorls that cow’s tongues imprint on their calves, and which stick up when everything else lies flat. Though most common at the crown, they can appear anywhere to taunt your hair wax’s claimed effectiveness.
How to fix this problem? Just go with the flow. Slicking on hair products won’t help, so know when to beat a tactical treat. You should choose the right hairstyle to embrace the natural direction of your hair. If your cowlick sticks up from the back of your head, a switched-on groomsman will cut your hair short, then sweep the hair in that direction.
It all depends where your cowlick is. If it’s at the crown, ask your barber to keep more length there to help weigh it down. If it’s the front that’s unruly, a longer fringe has the same taming effect. If you have this problem all over, you might want to go for a buzzcut, it will do the job.
You spent the weekend bingeing on 1920s period dramas, and now you’re convinced a Great Gatsby side parting is just the dapper touch needed for your new smart-casual ensemble. So why, then, is your hair refusing to work with you?
How to fix the problem? Simply go natural.
One of the main problems with upended and abandoned side partings is that your hair is not supposed to bend that way. To fix this problem, ensure you’ve found your natural side parting by trying both sides and seeing which sits most naturally. Another key could be that the lengths between side and top are uneven, creating a fan effect as your shorter hair tries to cope. Once both are fixed, use a hair dryer blast wet hair into place to part your hair.
Though that bit at the top of your head which always seems to grow quicker than the rest of your hair isn’t uncommon, it’s no less annoying. Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, particularly when trying to achieve a slicked-back style or when rogue hairs stick up to ruin your look.
How to fix the problem? You should just simply taper your do.
Take advantage of the crown’s growth speed and taper towards the back. If you are growing out the front section of your hair, you can ask the barber to leave it longer there and gradually go down to a shorter length at the crown. You might still get some sticking up, but because there’s more volume at the front, you’ll look even all over. And it’s looks that count.
The hair of choice for those considering a career as a Bond villain, the widow’s peak is V-shaped growth of hair usually found at the center of your hairline. It’s naturally occurring but can also happen when the hairline starts receding on either side. Like a thinning thatch, the peak is unavoidable for some men – different and very expensive treatments like hair transplants and oral drugs like Propecia.
How to fix this problem? Just make sure your hairstyle is forward-facing.
Though barbers offer a handful of different haircut options to make like Eddie Munster and embrace the widow’s peak, all agree that shaving it off is not the answer. If you have a widow’s peak, side partings with shaping at the front to enhance the volume in the fringe are best. Equally, a middle part works when the hair is long around the face.
Beyond a certain age it can feel like we men suffer more losses than gains, with testosterone, skin elasticity and hair all on the decline past 30. Though by the age of 50 male pattern baldness takes hold of half of all male heads, if you’ve not quite reached Trump-level tresses yet, there’s still hope.
How to fix this problem? Get a new hairstyle.
Before you decide for a completely bold look, consider if a different cut could be the answer. For thinning hair, it’s best to try a shorter, more textured style to maximize volume and create the illusion of thickness. To make the most of your new ‘do, avoid wet hair products which can cause the strands to stick together.