Maintenance is Key
Even a good haircut runs its course. Whether you are the type to visit your barber every week, or every other week, you will always find yourself back in your barbers chair looking to gain that confidence you had the last time you left.
If it's within your budget, my personal preference is to visit the barber every week. I've grown to realize there's nothing that speaks greater volumes, in relation to ones appearance, than a well kept fade or hairstyle of your choosing. However, even by going every week, I often suffer from FCR (Fresh Cut Remorse). This usually kicks in four days after I get a haircut, and I wake up feeling that no matter what clothes I wear, my appearance won't feel "right" until my next appointment (which is just days away). Yes, I know there are plenty of other things to worry about in life, but when you feel like you aren't presenting yourself in the best way possible, it often impacts your entire mood and day to day performance.
That's why I asked Denny Moe to provide a few tips on maintaining your desired hairstyle in-between your barbershop visit. I understand a fade may be hard to replicate on your own (which is my dilemma) but there are small things that you can do to keep your fade right, braids tight, and curls healthy.
Keeping a clean line.
If you are often trying to repair your hairline due to immediate stubble grow back, it may be time to have a 1 to 1 with your barber. Yes, a fresh razor lining may look clean and crisp for your night out on the town, but make sure your barber stays along your natural hairline!
If your barber is inexperienced, he or she will unknowingly push your hairline back because he is trying to give you a perfect lining every visit. Everyone has had a lining mishap once or twice in their lifetime, but all is not lost. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and if your barber does push your line back a little to the point where you see quick stubble growth, this is how you can maintain it between visits to your barber:
Set your clipper blades at triple 0.
Cut along the hairline in the opposite direction of how your hair grows eliminating the dreadful unwanted stubble.
Take your time! It may sound simple, but rushing this process may result in pushing your line back further.
Repairing a hairline is hard work, and it took me years to perfect this skill of finding lines that have been lost. If you have the patience, wait it out until your next visit and talk to your barber personally to fix your situation.
Tightening up the kitchen (trimming the back of your neck) is hard to do alone. I've often been challenged with trying to taper the back or side of my own hair without the proper equipment. It's amazing how a mirror, a steady hand, and an Andis style liner 2 clipper will make the impossible seem possible.
Keeping 'em tight.
Maintaining braids can be easy. To keep your hair from frizzing up, I suggest using a light moose and wrapping your head at night. One mistake I've often seen people wearing braids confess to is weighing their braids down with a lot of heavy product. Doing this will only lead to build up on your scalp, especially if you tend to wear your braids for more than a month.
When maintaining your braids, one thing you need to consider is that you don't want to clog your pores. Clogging leads to profuse perspiring and eventually will put off an odor! If you can, and I know it's not easy with the high prices of everything these days, keep your braids for no more than a month and get them re-braided or styled in a new look.
Curating your Curl
They key to maintaining an S curl is to basically not let them dry out. It may sound easy but it's tricky, tricky, tricky (especially if you don't want to wear a totally moist curl all the time). Actually, most people like what we call a dry curl. A dry curl is not a totally dry curl as in "product free"; dry simply means that the product that you use will dry up enough to not leave a sticky, Gooey residue.
To get this look, I suggest using a Hi Potency IC leave in conditioner by Fantasia - this will help prevent the hair from breaking. Then, you will add carefree curl snapback to tighten up the curls. This is the most important part of the curling process because this is when your curl will dry up. Notice I said "dry up" not "dry out". If done right, your hair will have an amazing shine and you can rub your fingers through your hair and there will be no sticky or gooey residue on your hands, collar, pillows or sofa, etc.
About Denny Moe's
Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop provides world class haircuts and stellar service with a team of highly skilled and trained barbers. Our business draws both local and celebrity clients providing customized services to meet your needs. Precision cuts, fros, fades, dyes, we do it all – and to perfection. While grooming is our priority, we’re also well known for our community based programming. We sincerely care about the well being of our Clients and the universal matters that affect us all. Don’t be surprised if health becomes a topic of conversation. Our barbers take health very seriously and are even certified to take blood pressure screenings. So stop by our shop for good people, good conversation and most importantly a haircut worthy of the stars. Everyone is a superstar at Denny Moe’s.