Men’s Guide To Curly Hair

iStock_000064917755_SmallAt 18|8 Redmond, we see and work on a lot of different hairstyles. Long, short, straight, wavy, blonde, jet-black – you name it, we’ve worked on it. But there’s one type of hair we think often doesn’t get the credit it deserves: curly hair. For men with a rather unruly mane of curls, it can be discouraging to see most of the “in” fashions leaning towards undercuts, which inherently favor straight hair. Fear not, though: curly hair, when properly cared for, has a luster few other styles can match. The trick is to treat it right – and that’s what we’re here to help with.

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture

As a man with curly hair, you’ll find one universal theme in caring for it. Just like the tropical plant you bought (and subsequently killed) in college, your hair needs a lot of moisture. Curly hair tends to dry out, which sends it definitively into the over-frizzed zone. Counteract this by cutting down the frequency of your shampooing – you might even try the “no-poo,” which means letting go of shampoo altogether. Shampoo has a tendency to rob hair of moisture, which is the opposite of what you want. Conversely, step up your game with conditioner, which will imbue your locks with the hydration they naturally thirst for.

Use the Right Products

If you try to force curly hair into a slick-backed, neat cut using product, you’ll end up with an ugly, blob-shaped mess. If you leave it to its own devices, you’ll often end up with an impenetrable ball of frizz. To find a happy medium, seek out product that’s specialized for curly hair. Strong-hold, wax-based pomades are perfect for tight curls with a bit of shine, while things like salt sprays can help give a light hold without weighing things down. Pro tip? Style your hair when it’s sopping wet, then blot it dry with a microfiber towel – this is the perfect way to beat back the frizz.

See The Styling Experts At 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons

As always, how you style your curls ultimately depends on you and your unique personality – and at 18|8, we can help you find the perfect look. Feel free to call us at (425) 880-9900 or reach out to us at our contact page if you have any questions on your haircare, and don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us at our Redmond, WA barbershop using our easy online form. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we’ll see you back at this blog for more tips on taking men’s style to the ultimate.