" At Closed on Monday we are a bit lost with all the information flying around. My family having been in the industry for a long time, to us hairdressing and barbering is something that is a vocation not a passing fad. So to make sense of everything I thought I would distill read, distill and where relevant, combine with our world to give our readers some top tips for sorting your hair out of a morning. "
Sam Otway - Co-founder - Closed on Monday
CHOOSE THE RIGHT BARBER
"Without the right haircut, you're going to struggle with styling on a day-to-day basis. Get the cut right and easy hair styling in between haircuts will naturally follow. There are a few ways to find a great barber, the best being a personal recommendation. If you know someone with a good cut, ask where he gets it done. Building a good relationship with your barber is also key. He or she can, and should, advise you on head shape, suitable styles, and the right length. As soon as you're happy with the finished result, get advice on the right product for you. Be sure to book your appointments in advance. If you don't book in advance you run the risk of not being fit in and you'll have to go elsewhere, which could end up ruining all that hard work with a sub-standard cut."
USE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
"A good quality shampoo and conditioner are one of the main reasons your hair always looks better when you leave the salon. The majority of men don't use conditioner, as they believe it's unnecessary. Not true. A good conditioner will smooth down the cuticles of your hair, making it easier to blow dry and leaving it with a much better finish."
BLOW-DRY YOUR HAIR
"Many men shudder at the thought of picking up a hairdryer. The simple fact is, if you want your hair to look good, simply rubbing it with a towel after it's washed is not going to suffice. Make sure you have a good quality hairdryer with a nozzle on the end. Ensure the nozzle is facing in the direction of the way you want the hair to go, and brush through from roots to tip. The golden rule here is very simple: The better your hair looks after the blow-dry, the better it will look after the product has been applied."
PICK THE PROPER PRODUCT FOR YOU
"If you get this part wrong, your hair can look very different from how you want it to. Everybody's hair is different, so there's never going to be a product to suit everyone. What your friends use may not be ideal for your hair. The best person to ask is your barber, once you're happy with your finished haircut and it's been styled into place. As a general rule, pomade or wax are better for a sleeker style, whereas a more textured style would require a matte paste or clay. There are many specialized products in the form of sea-salt spray, texture dust, spray wax, etc. Again, your barber can advise if you need a specialized product."
"Once your hair is blow-dried into the desired style, distribute the product evenly from roots to tips, and repeat this process as necessary. Be very aware not to use too much product in your hair—a gentle buildup of product to reach the sweet spot is always better than overusing it in the first place, and all hair products will require a slightly different approach. To ensure you are using the right product in the right way, buy directly from your barber after the haircut is finished. He or she can offer priceless advice to help ensure you are styling your hair in the right way."
Sam is a Salon owner with 20 years experience has contributed articles to, styled hair on behalf of and featured in video tutorials for Esquire, Reiss, ILK London, Hair Magazine and Mankind, to name but a few. If you’d like Sam to contribute content for your business or for advice on what Closed on Monday product is right for you, drop Sam an email on email@example.com