The 4 Hair Types for Men: Know Your Type and How to Manage It

Whether you're choosing a new hairstyle or selecting grooming products, it's important to know your hair type. You may not realize it, but there are essentially four different hair types for men.

They are:

  • Straight
  • Wavy
  • Coiled
  • Kinky

Your hair type is determined by your genetic makeup, and that could be a good or bad thing, depending on how easy it is to style your hair. The good news is that no matter what hair type you have, there are products and tricks you can use to achieve the perfect look.

Straight Hair and How to Manage It

Straight hair is possibly the easiest to manage of all hair types for men. The appearance can change easily by combing into different styles or using heat styling appliances.

So, what are the pros and cons of having straight hair? Well, straight hair is the easiest hair type to tame, and allows you to be a little versatile with your style. However, one of the major flaws and frustrations of having straight hair is its annoying ability to lay flat when you want some 'oomph' in your style. The good news is that hair dryers, hair creams, gels and wax are at your disposal and will go a long way to delivering bounce and volume when and where you need it.

Hairstyles that are best for straight hair include shorter styles that are cut into the shape of the neck, longer styles that can be worn chin length, shoulder length or longer, and even somewhat eccentric styles like the faux hawk.

Getting to Grips With Wavy Hair

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Wavy hair gets its name from the curve it makes as it grows out of the hair follicle. When cut short, wavy hair can easily be mistaken for straight hair, and it's only when it is allowed to grow that the waves become apparent. If you're unsure of your hair type, allow it to grow up to three inches. If you've had short hair all your life, you may not even be aware that you have wavy hair!

Wavy hair is said to be the most desirable of all hair types for men, and that's the opinion of both men and women. While wavy hair retains all of the versatility of straight hair, it also has extra volume and can look amazing at medium to longer lengths. Hair conditioners are great for wavy hair as they help to ensure a tangle-free mane, while hair creams and gels can help you style and separate your waves so they really stand out.

Messy hairstyles and sweeping side partings were made for wavy hair. Whether you go for gently tousled or day-at-the-beach surfer chic, you're going to look good without putting in much effort.

Taming Those Coiled Tresses

Coiled hair is essentially curly hair, but we're talking big corkscrew curls that cascade around the face when left to grow with wild abandon. Wavy hair can also grow in coils, but the coils are looser and easier to manage.

Coiled hair needs a little more TLC than other hair types for men to keep it looking and feeling its best. If your hair is prone to frizz, a good anti-frizz product will keep your coils under control and in great condition.

One major disadvantage of curly hair is that it can be difficult to style. However, a good wide-tooth comb and top quality products will help you create a style, keep it in place and avoid the tumbleweed look!

Getting Kinky

Last but by no means least, we have the kinky hair type, which is the curliest of the lot! Also known as the afro, this type of hair can be a challenge to style, but offers some unique styling techniques. For example, kinky hair looks great short and styled into a geometric shape (bring back the flat top!) or with intricate patterns or designs shaved directly into it. Left to grow long, kinky hair is more likely to grow up and out than down, and with the aid of a wide-tooth comb, it can be fashioned into a range of styles.

Kinky hair is by far the hair type with the most volume and is also very resilient when it comes to styling products. To keep your hair in prime condition, invest in a good leave-in conditioner, styling cream and some natural butters to ensure a smooth and tamed texture. Deep conditioners are also a good idea if you are going to be spending long periods of time in the sun.

Final Thoughts

Whatever your hair type or hair style, keeping your hair in great condition and looking its best no longer needs to be a chore. Once you've identified which hair type you are, you can start looking after your hair as a matter of routine. Go out and explore new styles and choose the products that are going to give you the best results overall!

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