Hair & Now

By Jason Kessler / November 11, 2016

How to keep your man mane looking naturally good.

Whether you shave your head bald or have a two-foot mohawk, your hair is one of the first things people notice about you. It’s also one of the parts of your body that needs the most maintenance, since it’s basically the lawn of your head.

You’re probably not going to the barber every two days to keep it styled, so the easiest way to show off your locks is to take control on your own with some so-called “product.” As a Green Guy, though, you don’t want to just grab any old pomade off the shelf. Instead, follow my recommendations to keep your man mane as natural as possible and looking good, too.

Before you even get to the styling portion of your hair prep routine, you’ve got to wash that mop. There are a number of all-natural and organic products on the market, but very few are made exclusively for men. I’m not even sure that matters. Hair is hair, right? Do testosterone levels change how hair should be washed? I have no idea. I mean, come on, I’m not a hair doctor.

If you absolutely require a shampoo made just for men, check out the naturally derived Every Man Jack (which has the added bonus of not putting too much strain on your wallet at around $8/bottle). If you’re cool with unisex products–and you have no reason not to be, frankly– check out Intelligent Nutrients’ Harmonic Shampoo and Conditioner. There are no sulfates, parabens, silicones, ethoxylates, PEG, phthalates or synthetic fragrances involved and, to top it off, the company uses certified renewable energy to make its products. It’s a Green Guy’s hair care dream. Not that I have hair care dreams—at least not more than once a month.

Now that you’ve got your tresses fully clean, it’s time to put some gunk on your hair. Put those thoughts of mid-‘90s all-purpose “gel” out of your mind. Today, you’ve got a bunch of different textures and consistencies to choose from, each formulated to achieve a different styling purpose.

For my money, John Masters Organics leads the pack. If I’m going for a messier “I don’t care, but I care enough to have used a product in the first place” look, I’ll use the Bourbon Vanilla and Tangerine Texturizer (note: please don’t try to eat this even though it smells great). In situations where I want to look a little slicker, I’ll go with the Medium Hold Sculpting Clay–perfect for faux-hawking or whatever the kids are calling spikes these days. If I’m just going for a more clean-cut style, I’ll dip into the USDA-certified Organic Pomade. With these three styling products, I can wear my hair pretty much any way I’d like and they make me seem way cooler than I really am.

Now you’ve got a great start for putting together an all-star Green Guy hair styling routine. Just don’t do anything crazy. That two-foot mohawk I mentioned before? You can’t pull it off. Nobody can.

Jason Kessler

Jason Kessler

Jason Kessler is a lifestyle writer/columnist for Bon Appetit, Food Republic and a slew of other publications. Follow him on Twitter @FlyDine.
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