Summer style is nothing without some killer waves.
GQ – Is summer a great time to buzz all your hair off? Of course it is. But it’s also prime time for gents with longer hair to let their waves run wild. And if you’re the type of guy who’s on his way to epic hair-god locks, your best bet is to swear by a consistent daily routine that focuses on hydration and moderate washing. After all, armed with a little knowledge and some follow-up effort, you too can find your follicle happy place. We asked Fabio Moretti, artistic director of Contesta Rock Hair salon, how to get effortless-looking hair (like the impressive mane seen here on Game of Thrones star Michiel Huisman) that’s one part European heartthrob and two parts dandy wildman this summer.
Relearn how you shampoo.
“Shampoo is one of the most important things. But shampooing hair every day is not good. Twice a week is about the average amount you should shampoo. Most people don’t really know how to do it. You need to shampoo your scalp, you don’t need to shampoo your hair, even if you have hair down to your knees. A lot of people do the reverse, and this creates a lot of issues in the long run like breakage and split ends.
“If you use cheap shampoo, it will make your hair dry from the beginning. And it’ll be too much effort right off the bat. For thick waves, choose a hydrating shampoo. For fine to thinning hair, go with a volumizing shampoo.”—Moretti
For both types of hair, Moretti recommends using a very small amount of conditioner.
Let it air dry.
You could never get away with air drying long hair in the winter because it’s too cold outside, especially in New York. But when the sun is out, take advantage of it and save your hair from the heat and drying effects of a blow-dryer.
For wavy hair: Towel dry right out of the shower and add a matte styling wax. Comb in the direction you want your hair to set—usually parted slightly to one side and back around the ears. Leave your hair to dry this way. Once it’s dry, use your fingers to style.
“Basically, for the first 40 minutes, you’ll have this great 1920s look, then after that you can run your hands through it and your hair will be completely manageable.”—Moretti
For fine hair: Comb and let dry first, then style with a volumizing powder made with ground-up rice, which absorbs excess oil, adds volume, and gives your hair more body.
“If you have an oily scalp, the last thing you should do is put heavy products like wax on top of it. The powder in this case is the perfect product.”—Moretti
Last but not least, embrace your stubble.
“I never shave with a razor. I only use clippers. Use your clippers at a number one guard or even no guard at all. Repeat every five or six days. That’s the perfect way to maintain your facial hair without looking too beardy.”—Moretti