Updated: 4 days ago
Whether it’s your hair, beard or brows - this advice we’re about to share with you will be an absolute game changer to look and feel great. Here’s all you need in our barber-recommended styling equipment guide.
For better or worse, as men’s interest in their appearance has grown, so too has the number of brands and products promising to make your locks look their best. As advocates of owning our own style, we can’t help to admit that we’re excited about the growth in this industry.
But as we know, with every rose comes a thorn. The “thorn” here is the sheer amount of styling equipment and products available to you. It can get a bit daunting, right?
So, how do you know what’s the right choice for you?
That’s why we’re here to help!
Now, before we get started, don’t freak out thinking that your once minimalist routine is out the window, we promise to keep it simple! Below are four pieces of essential styling equipment that need to make their way into your everyday routine.
Step 1: Comb
This one may seem a little obvious, but you may need to realise the importance of equipping yourself with a good-quality comb, and most importantly, using it!
Our team at Peaky Barbers recommends a comb made of high-quality material that is made to last, with wide and round polished teeth. You can even find one with two different-sized teeth - one to do the heavy lifting and detangling knots, and the finer teeth to smooth and style. Whilst you may be thinking that your hairbrush can do the same thing, combs are easier to use when trying to maintain volume and allow for more precision when styling. So, yes, brushes may be better for getting through thick hair and tangles and are still a good tool to have, but for the purpose of achieving your dream hairstyle, a comb is the way to go!
Using a comb gives you better control for styling and it won’t damage your hair. They work especially well on short hair, to add volume, and to use when your hair is wet.
Remember to comb from the ends and work your way to the roots to avoid breakage!
Combs also work well to tidy your beard and moustache (although there are also specialty combs for this), as well as aid in trimming your eyebrows.
Hot Tip: For brownie points, try using Tonic and Pomade during the combing process. If you’re unsure of how to use them, head to our blogs to learn more.
Step 2: Hairdryer
Hairdryers are your secret weapon to achieving perfectly styled hair. A good hairdryer can lock your desired hairstyle into place and keep it looking smooth and shiny all day long.
Getting your hands on a quality hair dryer will help with all hair types and styles! In fact, for the more striking hairstyle styles such as quiff and pompadour, are nearly impossible without a hairdryer. And even as part of your day-to-day routine, using a hairdryer eliminates the guesswork of how your hair will dry - helping you achieve a “just left the barber” hairstyle every day.
Try attaching a diffuser if you want to enhance curly hair, or try simply blow-drying your hair in the opposite direction to help you pump up the volume, especially if you’re struggling with thin hair.
Step 3: Straight Razor
That feeling of a straight razor at the end of your haircut is incredibly satisfying. Everything looks more defined and the shave is close and smooth.
Those that use a straight razor to shave passionately advocate for the rest of us to try it. And while it may seem a little intimidating at first, the benefits include saying goodbye to razor bumps and ingrown hairs, and hello to a perfectly smooth shave.
Plus, straight razors are more affordable than plastic cartridge razors and better for the environment. If you’re still a little nervous (which is fair enough) try a safety razor instead! Safety razors are the perfect comprise, featuring a handle like most contemporary razors but the blade of a straight razor. Simply use both sides of the razor and then replace it.
Perfect for your face, hairline and beard. Even if you’re serious about growing and maintaining a beard, it pays to invest in the right tools to care for it, razor included.
Step 4: Tweezers
Think eyebrows, nose hairs, and even rouge hairs in your beard or moustache.
This may be one job you tend to put off, and we understand why. But tweezing can add those final touches and really tie your look together.
We won’t lie and say that it will be completely pain-free. But with the right pair of tweezers and good technique, it will make the process a lot easier.
So here’s how to do it. You get ahold of the hair between the tips of the tweezers, as close as possible to the skin. Hold the skin taut - the tighter you hold the skin, the less it will hurt. Press down tightly and pull out quickly in the direction of hair growth.
For your brows, we recommend tweezing between your brows and slightly shaping them by tidying up any hairs outside of your natural brow shape.
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