1. Streamline your styling routine
Yes, straight hair can do just about anything, but making it look good doesn’t mean you have to labor over a precious pompadour. Anna Bernabe — who, it’s worth noting, keeps Shawn Mendes’ and Steven Yeun’s straight hair camera ready — recommends this simple process for a polished look: Rub matte pomade directly on your fingertips. Run your hands through your hair. “With straight hair,” she says, “you just need enough product to give it direction.” Be sparing — a dime-size amount to start — and avoid letting the stuff get to your scalp, where it can gunk up pores and make hair look oily and heavy, says O’Callaghan. “Instead, shape the hair with the product from the middle of the hair shaft to the ends.”
2. Manage waves
If your hair’s more wavy than straight, modify your routine to keep waves intact and smooth. The simple way to do it, says O’Callaghan: When shampooing, spend 30 seconds or more massaging your scalp to work the hair’s natural oils into the hair shaft. When your hair dries, this light coating of oil will help lock your waves in place. Plus, it makes hair look healthier and helps set in any product you use for styling.
WHAT TO USE
To get texture and hold without shine, we use John Allan’s lightweight, water-based matte pomade. [$25; johnallans.com]
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