Finger styling hair is something that I really became aware of when I started at the Deseret Barber Shop in downtown Salt Lake City. I was going to have some pocket combs made with our name and phone number printed on them to hand out to people on the street. Since we are a traditional men’s barbershop, my thought was that each time they pulled it out to comb their hair they would see the name of our barber shop and possibly come in for a men’s haircut, classic face shave or any of our other services.
To my surprise everyone in the barber shop started to laugh at my idea and I had no idea why. They soon explained to me that no man under the age of 40 carried pocket combs anymore… and that not that many older men did either. They told me that the finger styling hair was so prevalent that almost nobody carried pocket combs anymore….even though I always had one with me.
I knew about the natural finger styling hair look, but I hadn’t realized that it was widely accepted as the trendy style for men. Milady’s standard professional barbering textbook states this about finger styling hair.
“Finger-styling may or may not utilize the blow dryer to style the hair. Sometimes the hair is simply styled with the fingers and allowed to dry naturally, much like many clients do at home. When a blow dryer is used, the technique involves lifting, raking, or directing the hair to give it direction as it dries and produces a more textured appearance than brush styling. Diffuser attachments and styling products can also be used with this technique, depending on the texture and density o the hair and the desired outcome.”
The finger styling hair look is casual and easy to take care of. There are many ways to shape a finger-styled man’s haircut. Simplicity is often the key when mixed with a great cut and a styling that looks casual, natural and yet refined and sexy. A full bodied men’s haircut has shorter, graduated hair along the sides and in the back, while the length transitions smoothly to longer top hair.
After the haircut…the fingers are used to achieve the desired look. A little smoothing serum or just a touch of wax also aids in sculpting and holding this popular look. This is a style which can be used for formal occasions or just handing out with friends. It is the look which works for every event in your life.
There is a boom in new men’s products which are fantastic and will help you to finger style hair. Unfortunately, most of us need more than water and a comb to style our hair. Start off with the less expensive brands while you are experimenting with different types of products. When you find something you like (such as hair clay) then try to find the right brand for you. Here are a few possible products you can purchaseas well as the sort of look they will help you achieve.
Serums or creams
These can help you tame fly-away or reduce frizz curls without making your hair stiff and immovable.
- Mousse: Use hair mousse to add volume and shine to your hair, with minimal hold. For best results, apply to wet hair and allow to dry.
- Pomade, hair wax or hair clay: Use these products to mold your hair in to difficult-to-achieve shapes, such as pompadours or curls (for naturally straight hair). Be aware that it can take several washes to remove these products, so apply them lightly. A pea-sized amount should be plenty if you have short, medium or thin hair. Use pomade or hair wax for a shiny, wet look; use hair clay for a matte, natural tone.
- Gel: Unlike pomade, gel contains alcohol that dries out hair and makes for a stiffer hold. For the strongest hold, apply gel to wet hair.
- Hair glue: Ever wonder how some people get their mohawks to stand straight up? They’re probably using some variation of hair glue, which provides the strongest possible hold. Be wary of product build-up, and wash hair thoroughly.
Especially for those who like finger styling hair, I usually keep a supply of various brands of gels, sprays, and other hair products at the barber shop. Many of our clients enjoy the opportunity to try out different products after each haircut to see what works best for them. When it comes to finger styling hair, the right product along with the right haircut can really look good when we find the right combination.
Another possible advantage to finger hair styling is that you do not need to worry about parting the hair and then maintaining that part.
Some experts also say that vigorous use of combs and brushed can thin out a man’s hair by pulling out hairs during use. Simply looking in your brush or comb can confirm that possibility.
The humorous aspect of finger hair styling is how hard a man has to work with cutting and styling the hair, the proper use of gels, pomades and other products along with the possibility of blow dryers… to look as if he has done nothing to his hair. But this natural, casual look is worth a little extra work to make it look like you did nothing at all.