Best for: Medium hair
Why you should try it: Don’t worry, it’s not a perm: “We’ve seen guys with straight hair—particularly those with really thick, wiry hair—looking to add a little relaxed texture and movement,” Acord says. You can visit the stylist to have this done for you, and to give your stubborn-to-style poofy or rigid hair a break. It involves layering the hair, plus some heat and products to relax everything into a more stylable form, lasting a few days before it nestles back into place. Which makes it ideal for when you want to shake things up for a couple of days, like a wedding weekend or a quick vacation.
What to tell the barber: “What is done to your hair all depends on its natural shape and texture, so it’s important to get a professional consultation specific to your needs,” Acord says. Show him or her photos of wavy-haired celebrities that you like, such as Timothée Chalamet, a long-haired Zayn Malik, or Kit Harrington.
How to style it: “Forget what you think of gels,” Acord says. Find a conditioning gel, like the one we make at v76, for a modern take on a gel that gives a flexible finish.” You won’t get the crunchy stiffness of other gels, instead getting more controlled movement and hydration.
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