Longhair veterans know all the ins and outs, but most novice longhairs don’t know where the hell to start. There are a few things every guy with long hair eventually figures out. The first thing you learn is that long hair comes with challenges. But you get wise, establish some best practices, maybe devise some crafty tricks of your own. Here’s a few essential tips for guys with long hair we’ve learned along the way.
This Helps When Brushing Your HairSometimes I’m trying to brush my hair and it’s so tangled it really sucks. You can’t start from the top and go down or you’ll rip the hair out of your head, so you need to start with the ends.
I’ve found it helps to wear a hat while brushing out the bottom half of your hair. The hat helps secure the top half of your hair while you gently brush out the tips. Once you’ve got the bottom half done, take off the cap and brush the rest out with ease.
Long Hair and HelmetsIf you ride, ski, snowboard or whatever else may suggest the use of a helmet, I’ve found my hair just gets all over the damn place. It’s really a pain in the ass, especially if I’m sweating and it’s sticking to my face and everywhere.
So I started using a bandana, all the way around the top du-rag style. It keeps everything in place, absorbs moisture and makes the helmet more comfortable. Huge difference.
Then you can tie your hair at the bottom or not. If you’re going mach speed like I usually am you probably want it to look pretty bad-ass flying behind you. But long hair at high speed is a whole other topic.
Always Carry a Hair TieWhen you’re a rook it’s easy to not know this. They might seem lame at first and you would rather not wear one around your wrist or carry one in your pocket. Huge mistake. Fact is you never know when you’re gonna need a hair tie and you should always be ready for when the moment requires one.
Get Deep With the ShampooLong hair can get nasty quick. A couple days without a wash and your head looks like the bottom of a greasy popcorn bag. Trust me, people notice. You got to go deep with the shampoo, it’s not like short hair where you can just slap it on and scrub it around a little.
You need to get your fingers in it and get down to the scalp, break up that grease and pull out all the dead hair. Look at it as giving yourself a head massage, take the time it requires and enjoy. Your girlfriend will thank you.
Try New ThingsIf you always wear it down, wear it up. Try a side bun, top bun, low bun. Do some weird shit like pony tails or a french braid. You got this awesome mane, you might as well explore the different looks you can get out of it.
ImproviseI’ve found that replacing your hair tie with the garter belt you just caught at a wedding is not only highly functional, but also carries the collateral benefit of getting everyone else on the dance floor extremely stoked. Be advised some people might get a little too stoked.
Got any sweet tips for guys with long hair? Let’s hear ’em in the comments.