We’ve all seen that guy. You’re behind him in line to get your morning coffee. He’s cracking jokes in the cafeteria with his friends. You even catch him on the way home. Each time you see him, his hair has the same height and volume as it did in the morning. Ugh – that guy’s annoying. But he’s not really. You just want a hairstyle that lasts all day too.
What’s his secret? How does he get a hairstyle that lasts while you wear a hat to hide the bird’s nest that your hair morphed into?
That guy doesn’t have any super powers (I don’t think. Don’t quote me on that.) He just knows how to get his hairstyle to go the distance. Follow these 7 tips and you can get a long-lasting hairstyle too:
Get your hair cut the right way
Having hair that lasts all day starts with getting the right haircut. Start by getting your hair thinned out so that it’s lighter. If you style your hair front to back, it helps to cut the top of your hair so that it gradually gets shorter towards the back.
The best way to get the right haircut is to talk to your barber or stylist. Ask questions and let him (or her) know the look you’re gunning for.
The blow dryer is your friend
Blow drying your hair adds volume AND can create a new “natural position” for your hair when it dries.
When you blow dry your hair, start with the warm setting until it’s dry. NEVER use the hottest setting. It helps to have a product that protects your hair from heat damage (sorry, shameless plug), but using the highest setting can do a number on your hair. Follow-up the warm setting by using the cold setting. The cold air helps keep the hair in that position even more.
BONUS blow drying tip: Blow dry your hair in the opposite direction of where it normally grows to get more volume. More volume = longer lasting hairstyle.
Put in a little extra work and use a pre-styler
When you use a styling product before blow drying, you can get extra hold and more control. You’ll also end up using less of your styling product after blow drying which will give you a more natural look.
When you’re picking a pre-styler, choose a lightweight product. A mousse, volumizing spray or lightweight wax work as great pre-stylers – especially for fine or thin hair.
Get the right post-styler for your hair
Thick hair will often need a thicker and heavier product to keep the hair in place. Guys with thin or fine hair will want a lightweight product that won’t weigh their hair down.
Think about the kind of hair you have and do some research. Try out some different products and see what works best for you and your hair.
Apply the right amount of hair product evenly
No matter the hair product that you use, you want to make sure you apply it to your roots instead of just the top of your hair. You could end up weighing your hair down and deflating your hairstyle.
You also have to make sure you’re not putting globs and globs of hair product in your hair because that could weigh it down too. So experiment like a mad scientist to find the right amount to make sure your hairstyle lasts all day.
Add hairspray to lock your style in place
Keep in mind that most hairsprays will harden a bit. It’ll help keep your hair in place, but you’ll have a tough time re-styling.
Please stop playing with your hair (I don’t judge. I’m guilty of this too.)
I know your hair is sexy and all, but that doesn’t mean you should be playing around with it all day. Fix it and re-style it if you absolutely have to. But keep in mind that you’re getting oil and dirt from your hands into your hair. This will just weigh your hair down and prevent your hairstyle from lasting all day.
So there you have it. As you can see, there are lots of ways to get your hair to stay in place all day. It takes work. But it’ll be worth it when you have a hairstyle that lasts from your morning coffee to dinner, while you turn some heads and make a few strangers jealous.