Are you one of the many men who gave up going to the salon or barber shop for regular haircuts at the start of the pandemic? What began out of an abundance of caution has resulted in some seriously long locks after months spent working from home.
As gorgeous as your new length is, do you know how to take care of it? From styling products for mens long hair to new shampoos and conditioners, your grooming game just may need a makeover of its own. Here is what you should know about you or your man’s longer hair.
Making the Most
While some businesses, including hair salons and barber shops, have returned to cutting and styling, that does not mean you are ready to get a trim. Social distancing, mask wearing, and limited time indoors with others may make haircuts less of a priority for you in this new normal.
Luckily, long hair does not need cutting as often as a short style. Medium and long locks can go about eight weeks between trims, either to snip split ends or to shape it as it continues to grow out.
The payoff is versatile style, as you can wear it natural, pulled into a ponytail, or slicked back for a dressier look. One product that can help you achieve your new style goals is Baxter of California Grooming Cream, which blocks humidity while smoothing your hair for sleekness and the right amount of shine.
Beyond the Basics
With shorter styles, your hair routine may have been, well, a little underwhelming. Hair care may have focused on clean, dandruff-free hair, and your mens hair grooming products may have consisted of a wax, pomade, or styling paste for texture and hold.
The truth is that longer hair is more work, but at the same token, aren’t you worth it? Your grooming regimen should expand to keep your hair healthy, strong, and downright touchable.
To maintain your glorious long mane, you should stock up on these new essentials:
- A separate shampoo and conditioner (yes, say goodbye to your all-in-one)
- Deep conditioner, either as a leave-in treatment or a mask
- Scalp treatment
These products are the bare minimum, mind you. Whether your hair is thin and stick straight or thick and wavy, you may try new products and styling techniques to keep it looking its best.
Steeped in Style
With long hair styling, your focus may shift from hold and texture to fighting frizz and adding shine or smoothness. That means your standard pastes and pomades that make short hair pop may not be up to the task anymore.
Instead, you can bank on styling products for mens long hair that block humidity, moisturize ends, fight flyaways, and add volume where you need it.
For instance, LaLa Daisy customers are in love with Verb Ghost Oil. This magic elixir is lightweight and fights frizz without making your hair look greasy. You can use it on damp hair before blowing it dry to protect it from heat or on dry hair to smooth the frizz and add shine.
Another product you may not have used pre-pandemic is dry shampoo. It is a great option to freshen your hair in between shampoos, and it is super easy to use.
We like Living Proof Dry Shampoo because it absorbs excess oil at the scalp while protecting your hair from heat styling. Use it on your roots, massaging it in, then boost body with a quick blow dry. Boom, your hair is good to go.
Do not focus exclusively on the strands. A good scalp treatment can stop dandruff or irritation while also cleaning and moisturizing your hair. Check out Jack Black Nourishing Hair & Scalp Conditioner, which has tea tree oil and basil leaf extract to soothe your tender scalp.
Lock, Stock, and Barrel
Round out your arsenal of longer styling products with better tools to make your hair look its best. It may be time, for instance, to invest in a decent hair dryer.
BaBylissPro Cermix Extreme Hair Dryer is a good option for a smooth blowout, thanks to the ceramic and ionic technology to protect your hair from damage. Be sure to use a heat protectant product to provide a barrier from the high temperatures.
You may also want to treat your hair to a better brush. LaLa Daisy loves the classic Mason Pearson Handy Mixture Brush, with its combination of nylon and natural boar bristles to get any tangle out without breaking your hair.
For waves and curls, you may forego the brush in favor of a wide-toothed comb, like the one from Evo. It is a great option for wet hair to detangle without impacting the shape and definition of your curls. See, another thing you did not think about as much when you had short hair.
As far as other styling tools go, you may also want a barrel brush for smooth, shiny blowouts, such as Olivia Garden Nanothermic Brush, or a flat iron to get rid of lumps and bumps.
Watch out for over-styling, however; you do not want your hair to look dry and damaged, or you may just give up and shear it off.
The Long and Short of It
If you can only think of one benefit from staying at home, it may just be your longer hair. LaLa Daisy has an incredible selection of top brands and quality hair care and styling products for mens long hair. Visit our website for amazing savings on mens hair grooming products as well as more tips for managing your longer mane.
If you want to get more information on men’s longer hairstyles read this article from Esquire.