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How To Use a Blow Dryer For Perfect Hair

We talk to a lot of people who don’t know the secret powers of the blow dryer. They think that a blow dryer is only for long hair or is just used to dry hair in a hurry. Guys, in general, seem to dismiss the idea of using a blow dryer for lots of reasons, one of them being that they think it will make their hair too fluffy or fuzzy.

The truth is, a blow dryer is where hair styling should always start if you are trying to achieve a specific look. When your hair goes from wet to dry, it locks into place wherever it dries. So, if you just towel dry your hair in the morning, comb it, and walk out the door, your hair will probably be frizzy and poofy by lunchtime.

There are 3 key steps to using a blow dryer effectively:

  1. Use a pre-styler
  2. Get the settings & technique right
  3. Use a brush

Use a pre-styler

In our barbershops, we use our matte clay pomade as a pre-styler most of the time. The point is to get a light coat of product in the hair to protect it from heat damage and also to aid the blow dryer in sealing the hair. This also helps keep the hair from getting frizzy and it makes the final product application 10 times easier. 

I recommend applying a pre-styler or a bit of the product you’re using while the hair is still damp. It’s best to let your hair air dry most of the way before you start drying. Once you have the pre-styler worked through your damp (not wet) hair, go to town with the blow dryer.

Get the settings & technique right

There are settings on your blow dryer for a reason. That’s because each hair type responds differently and heat levels affect how much the hair bends.

For thin to medium thick straight hair, stay in a mid to low heat setting. For extra coarse hair, you may need to bump it up a notch to see the results. A curly hair, use a high heat setting with low airflow or a diffuser so that the curls aren’t straightened by the airflow.

As you use the blow dryer, keep it pointed at the hair and moving consistently. It’s important you don’t stay in one place because too much heat can damage the hair. Keep drying until every strand of hair seems to separate from its neighbor. That’s how you know the cuticle is almost sealed.

Use the “cool” button. Yes, there’s actually a reason this is on your blow dryer. When you finish drying the hair, flip to the cool setting and it will lock the style into place. The cool air helps the cuticle seal which means the hair will be strong and smooth, staying exactly where you told it to go with your blow dryer.

Use a brush

If you don’t use a brush when you dry your hair, you can’t give it any direction. The result is a big bushy ball of poofy hair that doesn’t respond to product.

Grab a brush and use it to direct your hair in the direction you want it to lay. This is the simplest way to immediately improve your blow drying results. 

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How To Moisturize Your Beard

Why it’s important to moisturize your beard with a natural beard oil.

Most people think growing a beard is low maintenance. You just let it grow, leave it alone, and it’s all good — right? Wrong! Along the way, moisturizing your beard is key to getting through the awkward, itchy phase.

During that phase, your beard is soaking up the oils from your face and leaving the skin dry, causing itchiness. Another reason your beard itches in that phase is because the short hairs start to curl back and poke your skin.

Using a beard oil is the best way to combat an itchy beard.

I recommend using a beard oil every morning, or even twice a day, if you feel the itching continue. You’ll notice after the first few days that your beard is soft, smells great, and doesn’t itch or hurt.

To apply, take a few drops and spread the oil into your palms. Rub the oil into your beard making sure it gets all the way down to the skin. Then, use a comb or a brush to style the beard into place and evenly distribute the oil.

ProTip: If you want more control of those whiskers, check out a beard balm. They add the control you need to keep “flyaways” in check so that your beard looks solid and strong all day.

This Natural Beard Care Kit has everything you’ll need to keep your beard looking strong, healthy, and Moisturize your beard better!

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Best Short Hairstyles of Summer

This year has seen too many buzzed heads and botched quarantine haircuts, so let’s talk about some of the best short hairstyles in Summer.

A lot of people have stayed true to the side parts and slick backs and we’re here for it! Since those aren’t newly emerging haircuts, I won’t cover them here. The haircuts and styles that are on the way in are forward, messy looks and short crops.

Summer in South Carolina starts in April so I know I’m a bit late to the topic but this will be helpful for you nonetheless.

Forward & Messy

Summer (especially in the south) is all about low maintenance and keeping the hair short so you don’t have a fur coat trapping in heat.

This cut is low maintenance because it takes two seconds to fix your hair. You grab some matte clay pomade, run it through your hair and mess it up, and you’re out the door.

 With Cole’s hair, we did a bald fade on the sides to give the scalp some breathability. The top is short and square with tons of texture added. Cole bleached it himself a couple of weeks before the appointment.

To get this cut, tell your barber you’d like the sides faded to bald skin and you want the top short and textured.

To style this one, blow dry (optional) the hair back first to add volume. Then go forward as you run your hands through it to get the hair to separate. Add some matte clay pomade and scrunch / twist the hair to accentuate the texture.

The Crop

The crop is a look I’ve wanted to migrate here from the UK for a long time. It’s slowly starting to happen and people who’ve tried it are loving it. The crop makes it into our best hairstyles of summer list. Because it’s the lowest-maintenance haircut aside from a buzz cut.

The distinctive feature of the crop is its harsh, blunt fringe. Sometimes people add texture or length to the fringe to create variation but for the most part. A crop is a crop if the fringe is down and has a hard line on the forehead.

The squareness of the edge up is what makes this cut look so masculine. I don’t like to think of haircuts in terms of “mens” and “womens” but rather in terms of masculine and feminine.

Each haircut contains a combination of both aspects and the person’s particular style expression and features dictate where masculine or feminine qualities are used.

Generally, round and soft shapes are perceived as feminine while square and harsh shapes are seen as masculine.

The crop is boxy and crisp from the front profile which is what makes it so masculine.

To style, use a texture product or wear it natural. Have fun with it. You can spend half an hour styling a crop or you can wear it with no styling at all. I personally like to use a styling powder or salt spray in combination with a blow dryer to make the texture pop.

In conclusion, you known two short hairstyles and try it.

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Truth About Balding And What You Can Do About it

Thinning hair can be a frustrating, seemingly hopeless appearance change for people of any age.Wonder how to prevent balding and keep health hair.

The first step in regaining control of your hairstyle is accepting that some things are out of your control. Embrace your new look and try to see that thinning hair isn’t the end.  It’s the beginning of a more seasoned chapter in your style.

Instead of losing your sanity over thinning hair, let’s take a look the facts about hair loss and see what we can do to help you reclaim your style.

The Facts

Balding is genetic, and your genetics are the most common indicator of whether balding will happen to you. There’s a ton of research on what chemical changes in your body lead to balding, as well as which medial conditions may be a cause of hair loss.

There are also other factors to consider – like age, high stress levels, poor diet, medications, smoking, and, drinking – that may contribute to balding.

But ultimately, if a bunch of people in your family are bald, chances are it’ll happen to you too. And your first thought might be, “Isn’t there something I can take to get my hair to grow back?”

The truth is, miracle hair growth formulas and magic pills that promise to miraculously give you a full head of hair are hit or miss. So much so that we’re reluctant to recommend any as a long-term solution to balding. 

Okay, so what can I do about it?

Use the right hair products: Tossing out those mass produced shampoos, gels, and hairsprays that contain harsh chemicals are a good place to start. Use an all-natural balancing shampoo and a balancing conditioner, and other natural styling products, that will not only give you the style you’re striving for but will promote healthy hair maintenance.

Research shows that ingredients commonly found in commercial shampoos and chemical hair treatments often do more to increase the rate of balding, rather than reverse it. For example, many products on the market contain harsh chemical such as sulfates, parabens, and sodium chloride.

Sulfates are also found in car wash soaps and engine degreasers, and are designed to strip away the protective oils and proteins needed for healthy hair growth. Parabens are a type of preservative that can negatively affect the hormones that support hair growth. And sodium chloride is literal table salt – which can  lead to a dry, itchy scalp and make your hair brittle. Brittle hair can eventually snap off.

Condition, always: Condition your hair every time you wash it. It helps replace the natural moisture that may have been stripped during shampooing. A good conditioner will work to rebalance your hair.

Change your daily diet: A healthy diet can help your hair stay strong and shiny. Essential fatty acids, especially Omega-3s, play a key role in the health of your skin and hair. Protein is also critical for keeping your hair healthy. Foods high in protein and essential fatty acids in your daily diet will do wonders for your hair.

Live healthier: Research shows that regular exercise and stress reduction can slow the process of hair thinning. Get outside for some vitamin D (which encourages hair growth) and take time to destress when you can. This includes dropping tobacco, vaping, and alcohol from your daily intake also.

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Don’t Shave Your Beard Itches

Most people think growing a beard is low maintenance because you just let it grow and leave it alone. But it’s wrong.

The second you encounter the itchy phase, you give up and shave your beard off.

During that phase, your beard is soaking up the oils from your face and leaving the skin dry. The other reason your beard itches in that phase is because the short hairs start to curl back and poke your skin.

Here’s a secret that everyone using Beard_Oil knows:

There doesn’t have to be an itchy phase.

Using Beard_oil is the best way to combat the itchy phase.

It will moisturize and nourish the beard but most importantly it will moisturize the skin underneath. There’s nothing quite as itchy as dry skin, especially on your face, so you absolutely have to use an oil or the itch will drive you crazy.

I recommend using a Beard_Oil every morning or twice a day if you feel the itching continues. You’ll notice after the first few days that your beard is softer, smells great, and doesn’t itch or hurt.

To apply, take a few drops and spread the oil into your palms. Rub the oil into your_beard making sure it gets all the way down to the skin. Then, use a comb or a brush to style the beard into place and evenly distribute the oil.

Pro tip: if you want more control, check out a Beard_Balm. They add the control you need to keep flyaways in check so that your beard looks solid and strong.

Moisturizing your_beard is key to getting through the awkward, itchy phase. If you are trying to go rogue and tough it out, I commend you but I strongly suggest using at least a Beard_Oil to survive that first phase and grow a strong, healthy_beard.

Take care!

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How To Tame Your Cowlicks

Everyone with hair has cowlicks. Most men have a clockwise cowlick on the back left side of the head. Almost every client I have has trouble styling this area of their hair.

Fighting against your crown or cowlicks, especially if you have very thick hair, will most likely be futile. The hair will stick straight up or spread all over the place and it seems like it has a mind of its own.

No amount of product seems to work and so what a ton of people do is cut it short to keep from having to deal with it. Don’t do that. Do this instead:

Let’s talk about how to tame your cowlick.

The secret to controlling these monsters is actually to go with their natural flow. Find the direction your crown or cowlick wants to lay and comb it in that direction.

A good rule of thumb is if the hair is sticking straight up, you have it combed the wrong way. There is a center to every cowlick, sort of like the eye of a hurricane. If you find that center point, let the hair swirl around it so that it can lay naturally.

  1. Step one: Figure out where the center of the cowlick is.

2. Step two: Blow the hair dry and apply a product that will keep the hair in place.

3. Step three: Comb the hair in a spiral pattern around the center. If the hair sticks up, comb it the other way.

Side note: don’t ask your barber to cut your cowlick off unless you visit the barber weekly and keep an extremely short haircut.

A big mistake I see new barbers and stylists making is chopping off your crown if you’re having trouble getting it to lay down.

Having long enough hair for it to lay naturally is the only way to keep it from sticking up, so when you cut that cowlick super short, you are guaranteeing that you will have a spikey cowlick until you see the barber again to have it mowed back down.

Don’t even get me started on what crown crop does to your overall haircut proportions and head shape.

So, to truly tame your crown, find the way it wants to lay and comb it in that direction. If you have a hard time seeing what you’re doing, grab a handheld mirror to easily see the back. Keep moving it from side to side until you figure out which pattern it wants to lay in and obey it.

Heavy hold products for cowlicks

Another way to get those swirls to stay in place, assuming you’re going with their natural flow, is with a strong-hold product. 

I recommend using a blow dryer to help direct the hair so that it dries in the right place. Hair stays where it dries so make sure you are drying it in the direction it actually wants to lay. 

After your hair is dry, I would use a heavy hold product like our Natural Pomade – XXX.

The XXX pomade will keep your hair in place all day without a doubt. It is a very waxy product so you’ll need to scoop the top layer with the back of your thumbnail but from there it’s smooth sailing.

I hope you find this helpful and that you can take control of your cowlick once and for all!

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Don’t Shampooing And Conditioning Every Day

Our Barbers questions all the time about shampooing and conditioning, and if it’s a good idea to do it daily. Our answer, No.

Your scalp is not a stainless steel kitchen sink, so don’t scrub it every day with heavy detergents!

Your scalp produces an oily substance called sebum that has many roles but it mainly protects your hair from microbes and the elements. When you use a strong shampoo daily, you wipe out your scalp’s natural protection, its first line of defense.

In response, your scalp activates the sebaceous glands to replenish the desert wasteland that was your scalp. This causes excess oil buildup which leads to you washing your hair more frequently and the cycle continues.

My suggestion is to switch to a natural shampoo that is much kinder to your hair than generic, store-bought shampoos. Wash your hair every 2nd-4th day and always condition afterward. You may notice your scalp remains in over-production mode for a couple of weeks but stick with it and it will balance out.

If you shower daily, it’s okay to rinse your hair and even use conditioner on those no-shampoo days.

And if you decide to stick with washing you hair daily, use a natural shampoo and conditioner that will be more kind to your scalp!

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Your Shampoo Is Bad For Your Hair

If you experience problems like oily hair, dandruff, dry scalp, tangling, breakage, and frizz, you can blame your shampoo.

Most shampoos on the market are made with heavy detergents, often resembling the same type of detergents used for washing cars and dishes.

The scalp simply can’t handle those tough chemicals.

They do a great job of removing dirt and grime but they kill everything else in their path. They strip the hair and scalp of their natural oils which leaves the hair dry and fragile. 

Your scalp produces an oily substance called sebum that has many roles but it mainly protects your hair from microbes and the elements. When you use a strong shampoo daily, you wipe out your scalp’s natural protection, its first line of defense.

In response, your scalp activates the sebaceous glands to replenish the oils that are now missing from your scalp. This causes excess oil buildup which leads to you washing your hair more frequently and the cycle continues. Big shampoo brands are aware of this. That’s why they make such strong shampoo in the first place!

These shampoos also leave the PH of the hair and scalp unbalanced, causing further issues.

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You need a natural shampoo

You need a shampoo and conditioner that are designed to balance the hair and scalp without stripping it of the natural oils.

A natural shampoo will make your hair softer, less oily, and dandruff won’t have a good environment to grow. We saw this was a huge need among our clients and customers, so we decided to make a PH balancing shampoo & conditioner! 

Check out our PH balancing shampoo and conditioner here!

Your hair will be healthier and easier to style because we designed the new shampoo & conditioner to gently cleanse the scalp using all-natural ingredients while restoring the PH balance of your hair and scalp. The scent is sage and mint which is super clean and refreshing.

They are free from parabens, silicones, gluten, sulfates, and all the other nasty stuff big cosmetic brands put in their products.

Also, you need to use conditioner

This one seems simple but it is truly shocking how many guys didn’t pick up on the conditioner memo. I was one of them. No, conditioner is not just for long hair. 

Your scalp has a delicate PH balance. When you use shampoo, especially generics, the PH balance is thrown off and the hair is left raw and exposed. The conditioner comes in and cleans up after the shampoo, restoring the PH balance and sealing the hair to protect it.

Ever wondered why most women have smooth, luscious hair that isn’t a frizzy mess? Yep, you guessed it, conditioner has a huge role to play in that.

Note: 2 in 1 shampoo & conditioners are a lie. Don’t buy them.

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How to Style Your Hair Like a Barber Would

how to style your hair like a barber would?

You just got a great haircut, it looks perfect, and it’s laying down in all of the right places. Then, the next day, after a shower, it looks a little less than perfect. You’re using the product you bought at the barbershop and you’re trying to get the front to do that thing your barber did but it’s not happening.

It’s frustrating because you want to look sharp every day, not just the one day a month you get to see the barber.

There are a few factors that could be to blame but I’m going to share my top 3 solutions with you here because I want you to be able to style your hair on your own so you look sharp and feel confident every day of the week.

This list of questions is where I start when my clients bring this complaint to me. 

 1. Do you use a blow dryer?

Using a blow dryer can be intimidating or even taboo for people who grew up thinking it’s just used for long hair.

The truth is, almost everyone with a short hairstyle has something to gain from using one as well. 

To use an analogy, blow-drying your hair is like using primer before you paint. If you don’t prime the surface, how will the paint stick and perform well? It won’t. Then you have to cake on the paint to get the appearance you want.

Hair is the same way. Prime your hair with a blow-dryer and you’ll get much better results from the product you’re using.

2. How are you combing your hair?

Do you just ruffle your hair with your hands? Use a wide-tooth comb? A brush, perhaps?

All of these will give an entirely different look.

If you want a sleek, polished look, use a comb with fairly wide teeth and a pomade with high shine. As you comb, lay the spine of the comb flat on your head and use it to flatten the hair.

If you want a cross between polished and messy, use a comb to flatter the hair and raise the front. Then, drop the comb and use your fingers to ruffle the hair. The idea is to get the hair in the right place, then add the texture.

For a more natural, messy look, use a brush first get the hair into place, then rough it up with your hands. The brush will add a bit of volume so that it’s not so flat to the head.

3. Do you have the right product for your hair type?

Products generally vary in two ways: hold and shine. 

When choosing a product you need to think about your hair type and how you want your hair to look. 

Thin hair:

I always recommend a Matte Clay Pomade for thinning hair. Any product that has a higher shine or a heavy hold will weigh down your hair and cause it to clump together, looking even thinner.

I would also recommend using a fine-tooth comb as this will spread the hair evenly, keeping it from clumping together.

Medium & Thick hair:

If you want a clean and polished look, use a medium hold Natural Pomade. You could also use a light or heavy hold for this look depending on how much shine or hold you want. For high shine, go with a light hold. For high hold, go with the heavy hold. 

For a messy/textured style, grab a Matte Clay Pomade. Use a generous amount after blow-drying your hair and use your hands to style it.

Curly Hair:

I personally have curly hair and frizz is the main problem I face. I use two products for this. I use our Beard Oil when my hair is still damp and then top it off with the medium hold Natural Pomade

Once my hair drys, it retains the curls I want while keeping frizz to a minimum. 

The main thing you want to avoid with styling curly hair is combing or brushing it too much. This will cause the hair to straighten out a bit and you’ll have to wet it to reactivate the curls.

I hope these tips help you look sharp and feel confident in your appearance after you start incorporating them into your daily grooming routine. The next time you see your barber, ask them what type of product they would recommend for your hair type.

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The Crop Haircut For Men

The crop is a hairstyle that has been popular in Europe for a long time. It’s slowly starting to trickle over into the states. It has tons of variations but is mainly characterized by the blunt, short fringe in the front and short, textured hair throughout the top that drops to a skin fade on the sides.

The west coast was the first to catch on. Now we’re seeing a bit of an uptick in requests for this hairstyle in the southeast.

Lucas, pictured below, has a versatile hair type and head shape that can take on many different forms. He’s had slicked-back pompadours, short textured haircuts, and lately, the crop has been a repeat choice. The main reason it’s been a repeated look is that it is extremely low maintenance.

Credit: @maccmobilebarber/ Instagram

How to style it

To style the crop, we recommend using the Matte Clay Pomade.

First, scoop a small amount and emulsify it in your hands. Then, spread it through your hair when it is slightly damp. Mess up the top with your hands until you start to see the amount of texture you’re looking for.

You can let it air dry but for best results, use a blow dryer while texturizing the top. Make sure the fringe falls evenly and you’re set.  

How to ask for it

At the barbershop, ask your barber if a crop will work with your hair texture and head shape.

To make sure you are on the same page with your barber. It’s best to have a few photos ready so you can visually express what you are hoping the result will be. Often we see details in the photo that people who aren’t barbers or hairdressers have a hard time explaining. So when you show us a photo and point to the parts of the haircut you like and dislike. It helps us establish a mental picture of what you’re envisioning.

What we look for when determining if it’s right for you is a hair pattern that wants to lay forward and has a moderately thick recession area.

We will ask you whether you want to take the sides all the way down to skin and if you will be styling the top with a product. If you will be styling it, we will leave a bit more length and make sure there is plenty of texture for you to play with.

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