This video tutorial has three parts: easy tips to choose the best hairstyle for your face shape, product selection tips for your hairstyle, and an Alpha M. hairstyling tutorial.
What face shape do you have?
- Take a selfie.
- Draw each (round, square, triangle, oval) over the top of your face.
- Which most closely represents you?
TRIANGLE/DIAMOND/HEART: this face shape has a pointy chin. Most hairstyles look good on this face shape because they are a blend and balance between softness and angularity. Avoid boxy haircuts, however. Because of the narrow chin, facial hair will balance your face. You want to go natural and softer. Don’t do goatees or soul patches.
OVAL: this is the best shape. You can rock any hairstyle or facial hair you want. You need to be honest with your selections by making sure your hair is up for the challenge. Google your hair texture and type—the more detailed, the more valuable the choices. With your facial hair, be honest with it (if it’s patchy, for example).
SQUARE: this face shape has a blocky jaw and angular on the sides. You want to avoid structured and angular hairstyles — you need to soften the angles. Fringy styles and longer on the sides are the best. For facial hair, you may want to soften the line for the 5 o’clock shadow. Instead of a harsh angle or edge, go more natural. You will look better with a little neck beard/stubble. Avoid anything that is too boxy.
ROUND: this face shape has a lack of angles. You need a more structured hairstyle. Do not wear soft hairstyles. Shoot for tight on the sides and soft on the top. Never grow a big, bushy beard — it’s all about contrast, so you need shorter on the sides and taper. Let your chin hair be longer than the sides. Shave your sideburns to the angle too.
What type of hair do you have?
Determine what type of hair do you have — wavy, curly, straight, fine, thin, thick, receding, widow’s peak.
Now go to Google and see the results in Images. When you find an option that you think it’s perfect, save it to your phone. Take the picture to your stylist or barber.
Proper hair product selection
Opt for high quality products instead of products from a drugstore that potentially could damage your hair. My hair means a lot to me, so I invest in products that are good for my hair and work best. Make sure you take your styling products with you to your stylist or barber. Pete & Pedro products are quality with infused essential oils and natural botanicals. Check out the Pete & Pedro hair and grooming quizzes.
- Hair putty – high hold and low shine. They are stiff but not as stiff as gel. It’s not quite as ‘crunchy as gel’. It’s a more natural look with a matte finish.
- Hair Clay – hold is all over the board (gritty texture to lighter control) with low shine. It’s great for adding thickness, texture, and dimension to your hair.
- Hair Paste – medium hold and medium shine for guys with medium to long hair.
- Pomade — medium to low hold (depending on brand) with high shine. They are great for short to medium length hair styles and great for slicking 50s and 60s styles.
- SALT — adds volume and texture as a prestyler.
- Conditioner — every guy needs to use a conditioner.
- Shampoo — if you have normal hair, normal shampoo is for you. For dandruff, use a shampoo with coal tar. Dry brittle hair should have a hydrating shampoo with argan oil. Thin or fine hair should have a biotin and rice protein volume shampoo.