Men’s hair longer than a standard buzz cut requires a little extra care and grooming to keep frizz at bay. Whether it appears because of summer humidity, dry winter air or wiry hair texture, a halo of frizz is never on the well-groomed checklist. Cutting your hair to fit its texture, adding moisture and regular maintenance helps eliminate unwanted frizz.
Every hair texture comes with challenges. Thick hair tends to produce a puffy texture when grown out, while wiry, curly textures can go wild with the slightest hint of humidity. For a groomed finish, men with wiry, thick hair should ask their barber for a shorter cut along the sides of the head, with a little more tailored length on the top of the head.
If your hair is thick or coarse, have the barber point cut into your strands at the top of the head to take out some of the heft while still leaving a bit of the length. If you have naturally-curly hair that tends to frizz — like Justin Timberlake’s tresses — keep the length at a minimum for easier maintenance and a more streamlined appearance.
If you prefer longer hair, be sure to get your hair trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks. Split ends create dry, frizzy hair and can leave the rest of your hair shaft looking dull.
Regular maintenance is the key to keeping frizzy strands at bay. Invest in a hydrating shampoo and follow up with a rich conditioner. Frizzy strands develop because the hair shaft is dry, causing it to suck humidity from the atmosphere and expand. Fine, dry strands also tend to collect static electricity after wearing a hat or hood.
Wash your hair only two to three times a week to avoid drying out your hair with product. If you need to wash your hair every day, skip the shampoo in the shower every other time and simply wet hair and apply a small dollop of conditioner before rinsing.
If you have thin, static-indusing strands, avoid combing your hair with a plastic comb, which produces that static effect. Instead, invest in a metal comb.
Every two weeks infuse your hair with a deep conditioning treatment. This process delivers powerful moisturizers to your strands and tamps down frizz. One option is to invest in a hydrating hair mask. Apply the product to your washed, damp strands, let it soak for about 10 minutes, then rinse.
Alternatively, you can avoid store-bought products altogether and simply apply a tablespoon or two of coconut or olive oil to your locks after shampooing. Allow the oil to soak into your strands for about 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. This step is especially important if you prefer to grow your hair any longer than two inches because your ends need extra moisture to stay healthy.
Avoid rubbing your hair back and forth with a towel after you shower. These movements cause damage. Instead, gently blot or squeeze your hair to dry.
Once you have a haircut you can trust and some deep moisturizing traditions in the shower established, you now need a styling product to seal in the glory of your strands. Since frizz can develop during the course of the day — from unexpected weather or having to wear a hat — a moisturizing, shaping product will keep strands in place.
If you have thick or coarse hair, opt for a moisturizing, controlling putty and work a dime-sized drop of the product into your strands. If you tend toward lightweight fly-away strands, invest in a texturizing spray that adds volume and controls the shape of your hair so it stays in place.
If you have long hair, invest in a conditioning serum or lotion that smooths strands and adds a moisturized finish. These products also help seal in dry ends to prevent future damage.