The options are endless and overwhelming but not every hair product is right for you. The tips below will help you determine the correct products for your hair type and your styling goals.
Shampoo Not Bar Soap
Before we get into styling products let’s cover one of the more common mistakes men make when it comes to their hair—shampooing with bar soap and skipping conditioning. Time is tight, especially in the mornings, so it may be tempting to just lather up your bar soap and use it on your hair, but the harsh chemicals will strip your hair. Strike the perfect balance with Hair, Beard, & Body Wash made from natural ingredients that cleanse without stripping. Men with straight hair should only shampoo every 2 to 3 days and men with curly hair should only shampoo every 7 to 10 days. Wet your hair daily, but shampoo on a set schedule.
Yes, You Need To Condition
Every time you shampoo your hair, you must condition for at least a few minutes. This will add both nutrients and moisture to keep your hair looking and feeling its best. To speed things up use a leave-in conditioner that you don’t have to wash out. If you have curly hair and you are sweaty or your head feels greasy, you don’t want to increase your shampoo schedule as your hair is fragile—so condition your hair instead. The conditioner will dissolve sweat, grease, and hair product without increasing your shampoo schedule.
Hair gel once revolutionized the way both men and women styled their hair, but it came with a few downsides. Gel is often hard, crunchy, and sometimes flakey. It may give you the look you want, but you or your bae won’t be able to run their fingers through your hair. Even light hold gels don’t feel natural. Gel may also have a bit too much shine. Most men have let gel go, but it might be the right choice for windy days—like if you’ll be out on the water all day. However, once you get in the water the hold will fall. Massage a small amount into each hand and work from root to tip.
Like gel, hairspray is designed to hold your hair in place. There are varying formulas, many that have a lighter, flexible, and less crunchy hold. Most hairstyles can be held and shape with other styling products, but sprays have their time and place, especially for men with hair longer than shoulder-length. Be mindful of any type of product that sprays that the spray can stain clothing and that if it ends up on your skin it can cause acne and breakouts. Cover your face with your hand and spray as needed—maybe putting a towel over your shoulders to protect your clothing.
Molding putty is the most versatile option for unstructured hairstyles. It creates lift, texture, and separation and can be used on all types of hair. A little bit goes a long way, and with Uncle Jimmy’s, your hair will hold and control while remaining flexible and looking natural. While it can be used on all hair types, putty creates the illusion of texture for fine and thin hair. Apply a small amount of putty to your hands, rub them together, and work into your hair from nape to neck.
Pomade Hair Wax
Pomade hair waxes are ideal when you require a stronger hold, without the crunch of hair gel. This includes molding styles, waves, and even maintaining loc styles—without stickiness or residue. Again, a little bit goes a long way so apply a small amount to your fingertips and work through wet or dry hair from root to tip. Add more as needed. If you have a mustache with handlebars a pomade wax will keep it in place. You’ll only need a tiny bit for your handlebars.
Curly Hair Product
If your hair is curly you require a product designed specifically for curly hair. This isn’t just to define your curls and minimize frizz, but because many hair products contain harsh chemicals that will dry and damage your hair. All of Uncle Jimmy’s Products are safe for curly hair, but Curl Kicker is specially designed for you. It will define your curls, keep frizz at bay, and is both flake and crunch-free. It shapes all curl patterns and is infused with coconut oil, shea butter, black seed oil, and honey to infuse your hair with extra moisture. Apply to wet hair from root to tip. If your hair is long or thick, separate your hair into 4 sections before applying to ensure full coverage.
Don’t Forget Your Beard!
Whether you’re rocking a goatee, scruff, mustache, medium beard, or long beard—you must wash your beard at least twice per day. Ensure your product is gentle and made from natural ingredients.
In addition to washing, you must condition at least once per week with a beard and hair conditioner and apply oil every time you wash your face. Beard oil isn’t just for your beard, as it moisturizes your skin and your beard. Yes, it’s one more step in your daily grooming routine, but it’s essential for keeping your beard healthy, soft, manageable—and kissable! Beard oil will also minimize itch, soothe skin after you shave, and the right formula will help your beard grow. If you have a long, curly, or unruly beard you will need to use both oil and beard balm. If your skin is ultra-dry, as it often is in the winter months, you should also a combination of oil and balm to work as a protective layer for your skin and beard hair.
Beyond shampoo and conditioner, most men have more than one styling product to choose from, depending on how they want to style their hair. Uncle Jimmy’s has designed all our products to be versatile to simplify your daily grooming routine. We invite you to browse our collections now!