So me and my boys are riding around and old favorite comes on the radio…“We like ‘dem boys up top from the BK. Low cut Caesars wit the deep waves (deep waves)”
When it’s over, we all fist bump and laugh and think about what we were doing when that song first came out. This led us into talking about our hair and asking where we got our hair cut and what products we use to keep our waves. A guy in the back says that not everyone likes a wave, some of us like our hair twisted. A quick look around the truck revealed two short fro’s , a twist, locks, a short Caesar with deep waves and a bald fade. Just in our group of six everyone had a different style with different styling product needs.
Guy’s Styling Questions
All the hair talk naturally resulted in questions about availability of styling items for guys. Yeah, the ladies can get their products from the salon, but what about us guys? Where do we go to get the right products? How do we find about what works for our different styles? Your barber probably just knows what number bad to use on you to get that perfect fade you like, but hair care products? That ain’t his thing. If you’re still using the same stuff you did in high school, it may not be the right thing now for your style and your hair. Let’s be honest guys, you need to care about your hair. Why? Because ladies care about your hair. Your hairstyle, or lack thereof, makes an impression on the opposite sex. What does yours say about yourself?
Know Your Hair
Before you pick the hair products you need, you need to know your hair type. Just like not everyone has the same the of hair, not every hair product works on every type of hair. Figure out if you have fine, curly or straight hair or maybe you have a combination. This helps in picking the right cut for your hair and your face, from there you can pick the product that enhances your cut.
Have you ever really looked at all the styling products available? It can be confusing if you’re new to the game. There’s wax, gel, pomade, clay, putty, paste and that’s just getting started. How do you know what does what and what do you really need? Back to riding around with my guys, the talk quickly went to what products we used. The driver says he swears by Stylin’ Dreadz products. They carry a full line of products for men that starts with keeping it clean with their shampoos and conditioners. They have styling tools to get those deep waves and even twists. The molding tools help with locks and other natural styles. The products are specially formulated for the African American man’s hair which tends to be dry and curly. Basically everything a guy needs for his hair. All these products are available online, a few clicks and your products will be at your front door in a few days.Then you’ll be that well-groomed man you want to be.
Caring for your Protective Style
At some time or another we all decide to wear a protective style in our hair. Maybe it’s to retain length, let your hair rest or just to cut down on the daily maintenance that natural hair can take to maintain. Whatever your reason for protective styling, you can’t neglect to care for your hair while it’s up. While there is less maintenance with a protective style, it still needs to be shampooed, conditioned and moisturized to keep the scalp and hair healthy. The whole purpose is to protect the hair, but that doesn’t mean to forget about it either. There are 3 important steps to follow while your hair is in the protective styleto see the growth you want and to keep it healthy.
Shampooing your hair while it’s in protective style is essential to keep your scalp and hair clean. Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp. Be mindful of cleansing properly. Ways to shampoo vary as much the type of styles vary for your hair. You can choose to apply the shampoo directly to your scalp, massage between the parts and then rinse with warm water. Another popular choice is to mix your shampoo with some water and put it into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto your scalp and hair and then gently massage your scalp with your fingers to remove any dandruff, dust or debris. Cover the hair with a stocking cap so the water will not destroy your style during rinsing. Afterwards, rinse the hair throughly with water. Other ways to cleanse include using a damp cloth to go over strands and scalp or use a Q-tip dipped in a water or a shampoo mix to clean between the rows of braids or twists.
Step 2.Conditioning the Hair
Step 2 of caring for your protective style involves conditioning. Proper conditioning helps hair not only stay healthy but also aids the retention of moisture that protective styles need desperately. Just as with shampooing there are many options to conditioning your hair. Some choose to apply a conditioner right after shampooing, allow it to sit for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly from the hair. Leave-in conditioners are also popular, taking care to really massage the product into the scalp. Use a gentle hand to cover hair so as not to pull the design out and produce strands. Like the spray shampoo method, leave-in conditioner can sprayed directly from bottle. Stylin Dredz Splash Moisturizer can be sprayed directly onto the hair. Another method is to “pre-poo”the hair by applying oil to scalp and hair before shampooing. Some Naturalista’s let oil stay over-night and shampoo in the morning. If you pre-poo apply oil at least one half hour before shampoo. Find the method that works for you and make it part of your routine. Well conditioned hair promotes growth and keeps dryness and breakage away.
Step 3. Styling Oils & Butters
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Healthy hair starts and ends with moisturizing. Broken, damaged hair and spit ends is the result of hair that isn’t properly hydrated. This is just as true for natural hair as it is for hair that’s in a protective style. Every other day apply an oil or butter moisturizer to your hair. Apply to scalp as needed. Use a light hand when applying, too much will cause build-up. If wearing braids start at mid strand and apply in downward motion to the ends. Pay particularly close attention to the ends of your hair as these are the oldest areas of your hair strands It’s good to show the ends the most TLC. After spraying or applying the oil, slide hands down the hairstrand to the end. Distributing it evenly to ensure hair and scalp are properly hydrated. To really seal in the moisture, apply the oil or butter, cover your hair with a conditioning cap and let hair really soak in the product.
Protective Styles Wonders
You will be amazed at how well your hair responds by just taking a little time off from manipulating it every day. The less you touch and mess with your hair there is less possibility for damage. So, take a break every now and then from the heat styling, chemicals and environmental factors, put your hair in a protective style and let it rest and restore itself.