A Men’s Guide to Achieving Your Best Hairstyles

All the steps you need!

Guys, you may have heard time and time again that the key to having your best hairstyles yet begin in the shower. Some of you probably wonder what that means! Well, let’s break it down. Most of you are washing your hair in the shower. This is when you grab whatever wash and care system you have to cleanse your hair. The system you are using on your hair helps determine what your hair will look like in the end. That’s right: It’s not just about your hair styling products for your fancy haircut styles.

Before you look at your styling products and throw them out, hear us out first. Styling products (and tools) do play a role in the outcome of your hairstyles, but you want to put more focus on your hair wash routine first. Need a hand? We’ve got a guide below filled with hair care tips that will help you achieve the best-looking hair ever:

5 Steps to Curating a Men’s Haircare Routine for Perfect Hairstyles

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With the right shampoo your hair will be ready for styling.

Step 1: Find the right hair care products.

It may seem like picking a shampoo is as easy as heading to your nearest drugstore and selecting the first men’s shampoo that captures your attention. No: Stop right there. Your shampoo should help with whatever hair care concerns you have. Need a hand? Read this guide on men’s hair care products.

Step 2: Know how and when to wash your hair.

It’s okay to wash your hair daily; however, if you are using a shampoo that isn’t suitable for daily use, this may be the reason your hair feels dry or looks lackluster. Alternatively, you should opt for using a dual shampoo and conditioner product like Dove Men+Care Complete Care Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner.

When washing your hair, focus on massaging the roots as this is where all of the oil and residue resides. If you want to skip a shampoo you can, use a dry shampoo like Dove Style+Care Refresh and Care Unscented Dry Shampoo to refresh your hair in-between washes if need. Yep, you can use dry shampoo on your hair too! Read all about it here.

Step 3: Learn how to blow-dry your hair.

There are some styling tools that men believe they don’t need to use because they are mainly targeted at women. Blowdryers, for example, are for all kinds of hair, no matter whose it is! Use this tool to speed up your blowdrying process or to create voluminous styles like pompadours. If you need help learning how to use a blowdryer for men, read this handy guide. Remember to protect your hair with a heat protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray.

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Give your hair the TLC it needs to prevent damage on color-treated hair. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Step 4: Find the right hair styling products for your hair.

Not all pomades, gels and putties are made equal. When searching for the right styling product for your hair type and your hair style, you need to read the label and perhaps watch a few men’s YouTube hair videos as well. Here are some Instagroom videos and articles to help you out!

Step 5: Create a night time routine to protect your hair.

You are not exempt from taking care of your hair at night. If you have medium to long hair, you might want to take care of your ends as much as you can to avoid split ends and to prevent unwanted hair cut trips to the barber. You can try using a lightweight oil like coconut oil on your strands to protect your hair at night.

For more hair care tips, here are some common men’s hair care issues and how to fix them