For the record, coarse hair isn't a bad thing. In fact, it's a blessing; a thick mop has a much greater scope for grooming than, well, no mop at all.
That being said, coarse hair does have its issues. Often prone to feeling more dry and rough, it also grows in a much more unruly matter. Fortunately, a good bit of grooming can fix that. As part of our brand new Hair Shrink column, we've enlisted the help of Joe Mills (of Joe & Co barber) to find out what products are best to manage (and, more importantly, hydrate) it. Here are his top tips...
I've got quite coarse hair, which I find very difficult to manage. I'd love to shape it into something slick and neat, but I don't know what to ask my barber for and what products to use to make it work. Help.
Joe Mills: If you're after a neat shape then the first thing to do is ask your barber to cut or trim the back and sides of your hair down. Make sure he doesn't trim so far as to show skin – keep a reasonable length for a classic look. Ideally, you should aim for the length being around four to five inches long to make sure that you can get the shape you want. Any longer and it will be harder to control.
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As for the styling, on clean, damp hair, use Kevin Murphy Super Goo Sculpting Gel. Gather an amount the size of a ten pence piece and rub it through your hands before applying it to all of your hair. For the record, it's quite a heavy product, so you'll have to work in well to your hair. Then, using a vent brush, comb your hair back away from your face.
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Should you want to blow dry your hair but not have it looking too slick, spray four to five pumps of Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity Spray throughout your hair. Then, using a Hairdryer, blow dry your hair back from you face using the vent brush. When it's dry, be sure to use Baxter Of California Cream Pomade. Again, you'll need to gather an amount the size of a ten pence piece, rub it though your hands and then apply it to your hair. Again, using a vent brush comb it all back from your face.
One final thing: if you are looking for a little more hold, a quick blast of hair spray will help to hold it in place.
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