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The Guy's Guide To How To Comb Your Hair

September 04, 2020

When it comes to using a comb to care for and style your hair, you may feel as though there’s no rocket science to it—especially if you’re a guy with short hair. And sure, it may not be the most complex styling tool to master, but there are certain tips and tricks you should know about how to comb your hair. Ahead, find five tips for combing your hair, along with three hairstyles you can create with a comb.


If you find yourself reaching for a plastic comb, it’s time you reevaluate. The thing is, plastic combs can often lead to static, which we’re willing to bet isn’t your desired result. Instead, use a rubber comb on wet hair and a wooden comb on dry hair. It’s also better to use a wide-toothed comb, as this will gently pull apart knots and tangles. A fine-toothed comb can get snagged on knots and lead to accidental breakage.


Speaking of being gentle, always comb your hair with care. This is especially true for guys with long hair, but it applies to all hair lengths. If your hair is on the longer side, work your way from the ends upward when combing through. You should also have patience. If you’re struggling to detangle your hair, take your time rather than forcing your comb through.


It’s easy to hop in the shower and reach for shampoo without a second thought, but your routine will go much smoother if you comb your hair before washing it. This will help reduce the likelihood of knots and tangles forming as you lather the formula onto your strands.


Aside from combing your hair prior to washing it, it’s also a good idea to do so after you’ve applied your conditioner—but before rinsing. This will help evenly distribute the product to ensure every strand is moisturized.


We’ve touched on using a comb to detangle your hair in many ways, but it’s especially handy for detangling your hair after your shower. Whether you’re a guy with long, medium, or short hair, mist the L’Oréal Kids Burst of Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer for All Hair Types through your hair for a boost of childhood nostalgia—without any pesky knots. Then, work a wide-toothed comb from your ends up to the roots.


Combs aren’t just an asset in your hair-care routine—they can also be used to create some of our favorite men’s hairstyles. Here are three.


A deep side part is perfect for men with hair of all lengths, though we’re partial to those with longer hair at the top and tapered sides. Align your comb with the arch of your eyebrow. Then, pull it in a straight line toward the back of your head and brush sideways so that the majority of your hair is combed away from your face. Spray the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray over your hair to keep your new part in place.


If you love getting your hair out of your face, look no further than a slicked-back hairstyle. First, use your comb to brush your hair backward, removing any knots and tangles. Then, apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel to your roots and comb backward through your hair again. Do this at the top and sides of your hair, applying more gel as needed.


For those of you who prefer a no-fuss style, you’ll be happy to know that this carefree ‘do can be achieved in under five minutes. Start by taking a small amount of the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty and rubbing it between the palms of your hands. Then, apply the paste to your hair by running your fingers through it. To create messy texture, use your comb to brush through your hair in various directions. Remember, the messier, the better. Style to your liking, and you’re all set.

Next: Keep up-to-date with the hottest men’s looks by reading our article, Trend Alert: Curly Perms for Men.

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