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That Purple Guy
April 17th, 2019, 08:17 AM
I've always learned hair stuff slowly and only when I have time to even think about it, so might as well ask this while I can :{D


I work in a hardware store and it's pretty dry most of the time. I'll put on some Longhairs Premium Hair Serum and brush my hair with a boar bristle brush before I head to work, but I'll still get those static-prone little hairs that do whatever they want sooner or later.


All I want is a simple straight-haired look that stays how I start it in the morning--even while working in a dry hardware store. Any advice would be appreciated as usual~


Btw I learned about that serum on the Longhairs YouTube channel. Here's the video about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DD7ftcxAM8


I like them because they're helpful for guys who never learned hair stuff (which we typically don't, especially not long hair), lol

TreesOfEternity
April 17th, 2019, 08:23 AM
But you want to keep your hair lose while working right? All I can think of is reapplying some moisturizing product now and then, when you have a break, go to the bathroom etc. My office is the same and no way I can keep my hair lose in there unless I want to be a frizz ball by the end of the day haha.

blackgothicdoll
April 17th, 2019, 08:38 AM
Yeah I have no answer if you're wearing your hair down, cuz pomades will make it stiff and greasy.

thanks for sharing the video :D

lapushka
April 17th, 2019, 09:34 AM
I would put a tiny dot of gel into the palms of the hand, spread through hands, and then lightly run the hands over the scalp. Other than that, and using that serum (any serum will do to be quite frank), I don't think you can do much. Hair grows in at different cycles and speeds and so you will always have shorter bits sticking out; that is hair for you. ;)

Simsy
April 18th, 2019, 01:02 AM
When I was working in a dirt truck yard; I used to get flyaways that just wouldnít behave. My solution was oil and a scarf or bandana tied tied over the top. If you want to leave your hair loose, this will still work; though I stuck with buns or braids under the scarf.

cjk
April 18th, 2019, 08:53 AM
Three questions. Is your hair actually straight? How long is your hair? Do you wear your hair loose, or gather it together in any way?

A lot of guys will gather their hair, a ponytail is popular, particularly during working hours. Keeps it out of our eyes and everything.

There's nothing wrong with letting your mane flow, but there are consequences. And those consequences are exactly what you described.

That Purple Guy
April 19th, 2019, 08:27 PM
Also it also happens when its rainy outside; the moist air will create the same effect on my hair and it sucks :P

My hair is straight, about 17 inches in length

I’ve put my hair in a ponytail before, but I’m trying to rock the mane like a boss :{D

Bathroom breaks I’ll try to fix the frizz with water, but I heard that’s only going to make it worse. I dunno if that’s true, but it probably is lol

I’ll have to bring the serum with me to fix up the little hairs instead of using sink water. Thanks for the advice; I’ll let ya know if it helped~

ReptilianFeline
April 20th, 2019, 02:55 AM
Misting with catnip tea (home made) or cat nip oil (bought in pet shop, sold to spray on cat toys), might help with static electricity.

cjk
April 20th, 2019, 06:47 AM
Also it also happens when its rainy outside; the moist air will create the same effect on my hair and it sucks :P

My hair is straight, about 17 inches in length

I’ve put my hair in a ponytail before, but I’m trying to rock the mane like a boss :{D

Bathroom breaks I’ll try to fix the frizz with water, but I heard that’s only going to make it worse. I dunno if that’s true, but it probably is lol

I’ll have to bring the serum with me to fix up the little hairs instead of using sink water. Thanks for the advice; I’ll let ya know if it helped~

I'm a dude too, you're right about not learning all this hair stuff.

Straight. I'd be willing to bet your hair isn't actually completely straight. I'm naturally curly and frizz is my hair reaching out for moisture.

I can't find an ingredients list, does it contain anything ending in -cone? Those are silicones and tend to seal moisture in, but can also prevent moisture from getting into the hair. Double edge sword.

Smoothing with water. Wetting it will restore its natural texture. And we are back to my suspicion that your hair is not entirely straight, but has some degree of texture.

Photos would be helpful, actually. This is all guess work.

1689r
April 20th, 2019, 08:39 AM
Do you have a locker at work? I’d grab a second bottle of serum (or a cheaper one) to use while at work. Do you recommend Longhairs’ serum? I know I’ve wanted to get a few of their Hair Ties for Guys, and thought about their serum. And I’ll third the fact that us gentlemen have to learn hair stuff secondhand. Even things that apply to short hair, we never get taught.

-Fern
April 20th, 2019, 01:47 PM
I work outside or in a greenhouse most of the time. My hair has never given two... cents... about most commercial hair products. What does work for me is applying aloe gel while it's damp after washing it, or if you don't wash every day, you can also dampen the ends and apply aloe gel just to the ends.

I use only the clear, 100% aloe gel (such as Fruit of the Earth), and a $4 bottle usually lasts me 3-4 months.

That Purple Guy
May 3rd, 2019, 08:32 PM
Sorry for not replying individually; I’ll try to do so all at once when I have time :{3

I got an extra bottle of hair serum just for work. It helps decently enough, although maybe I’m expecting more out of it than I should. I don’t feel as though it’s completely taming the little hairs flying away; or at least not for that long. Or hell, maybe I just have too many little hairs that are flying away because they aren’t long enough to NOT do that yet :{P

For anyone curious, the ingredients are:
Cyclotertrasiloxane
Cyclopentasiloxane
Dimethicone (one of those cone words!)
Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil
Ocyl Methoxcinnamate
Phytantriol
Silk Amino Acids
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate)

I don’t know what any of them are or if they’re good, bad or neither.

Should I just use aloe gel? Anybody else have success using that or maybe have other things that worked well for them?

By the way, any advice on dealing with muggy days? All that moisture in the air makes my hair worse than just the dryness or static on normal days, lol

Also I can provide pictures of my hair, BUT:

1.) What parts would be the most helpful to show?

2.) In what state should I show it? How it looks when I like it or how it looks when I don’t? xD

That Purple Guy
May 5th, 2019, 07:02 AM
Bump.

Man, this site logs you out way too fast if you aren't active :{o

TreesOfEternity
May 5th, 2019, 07:56 AM
I usually moisture my hair with aloe gel (previously I’ll spray some water) or a leave in conditioner/mask and then I would apply that serum to seal the moisture and tame the hairs.

A picture of the frizziness could help us see if it’s even that bad or not :) sometimes we judge our hair too harshly.
In which environments does your hair behaves and stays how you like it?

cjk
May 5th, 2019, 08:11 AM
maybe I just have too many little hairs that are flying away because they arenít long enough to NOT do that yet :{P

Entirely possible. Yes.


Should I just use aloe gel? Anybody else have success using that or maybe have other things that worked well for them?

You should use what works for you. Everybody's hair is different and the only way to find what works is experimentation.


By the way, any advice on dealing with muggy days? All that moisture in the air makes my hair worse than just the dryness or static on normal days, lol

When that happens, it's usually because your hair is absorbing the moisture. And taking on its natural texture.

You've been consistent in the claim that your hair is absolutely straight. But everything you've said makes me question whether it is.


Also I can provide pictures of my hair, BUT:

1.) What parts would be the most helpful to show?

2.) In what state should I show it? How it looks when I like it or how it looks when I donít? xD

Yes.

Overall pictures. Just take a picture. Both would be helpful.

But again I'll say this, it sounds like you're trying to get your hair to look a certain way. To force it into a shape of your choosing.

Take the extreme case, curly hair that is heat straightened to look sleek. It's a lot of work and an artificial style, no matter how effortless it looks to others.

Better to work with the hair you actually have, instead, if your goal is ease and simplicity.

Post some photos. You'll need a hosting site like Imgur, and we can go from there.

milosmomma
May 5th, 2019, 09:55 AM
I agree a picture could be really helpful, abd that would may have some wavies that just dont want to conform. I know that I personally did that exact thing years ago before embracing my waves, heat straightened, brushed to submission but just never looked how I wanted. Sounds very similar to your struggles. If you're trying to pull it back in a half up then some gel may be a better option than a serum. A serum will seal in mousiture and protect your hair and ends while a gel with give you a hard cast and some hold.

That Purple Guy
May 8th, 2019, 07:05 AM
Alright, let's see if these work. I'm using imgbb to host the images. I'll make them links that way it doesn't stretch the thread or whatever :{o

The 'rougher' looking hair is probably me after work or before combing, while the less rough ones are likely after combing and using the Longhairs serum.

I'd appreciate any advice on how to tame the hair or just... look DECENT for once. I've always sucked at that, lol

https://i.ibb.co/ygCh700/1.jpg

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https://i.ibb.co/jyNWwvM/3.jpg

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https://i.ibb.co/yPtttD9/12.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/tPkPmRJ/13.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/PTY2rkf/14.jpg

Let me know of any of them don't work :]

TreesOfEternity
May 8th, 2019, 10:57 AM
Wow it looks great!! :)

As others have said, I think your hair is not 100% straight, to me it has some body to it.

The little “flyaways” on the last picture for instance, I think the only way to make them lie flat is using heat tools which is not a really good idea. I mean you can, but in my experience they won’t stay flat the whole day unless hair is already quite oily for example. My hair tends to behave less when it’s clean as well.

The best advice I can give is, using a good hair mask when washing, and then doing some kind of after wash treatment, such as applying a leave in conditioner/serum and then sealing the moisture with oil while hair is still damp. Then letting the hair air dry or using the cold setting of the blow dryer and using it from the top of the head so hair dries hanging straight if that makes sense.

When my hair is clean I’ll have to apply some oil or serum and brushing to make it behave as it tends to be all over the place.

Entangled
May 8th, 2019, 11:29 AM
To me it seems like your trouble with flyaways is related to your texture. I think you’re much more wavy than you realize, but brushing it like it’s straight and expecting it to act like it’s straight, which is what I had problems with pre-LHC. Some things to look into might be ‘curly girl’ (Don’t be offput by the name~CJK has posted some neat before and after pics and he’s had great results!), or other methods that encourage moisture maintenance and more limited manipulation. The ROO (rinse out oil, found in Lapushka’s signature) might be helpful, or even something like WCC OR CWC (c is condition, W Is wash).

cjk
May 8th, 2019, 01:02 PM
Some things to look into might be ‘curly girl’ (Don’t be offput by the name~CJK has posted some neat before and after pics and he’s had great results!),

True.

Some of my responses actually speak to this, letting your hair do what it wants instead of imagining a style and forcing it to take that shape.

Curly Girl is just an unfortunately named approach to hair care. Essentially it can be simplified by saying you begin with a clarifying shampoo, something very harsh, with the intention of stripping any residues from your hair.

A final wash.

Then once it is as clean as you can make it, condition heavily. With sulfate and silicone free conditioner. Often those of us with texture are in desperate need of moisture and those chemicals can build up, blocking moisture.

If it's anything like mine, your hair will be very thirsty and you will use more conditioner than you ever thought possible. As it drinks it in slowly.

After several washings like that, the condition of your hair will tend to improve as it takes on its natural texture.

Which I agree looks much wavier than the poker straight that you claim.

You might be surprised!

milosmomma
May 9th, 2019, 06:54 PM
Your hair is lovely! I agree with the others, I see a bit of wave trying to come out. I would use a good conditioner and comb/brush/detangle when slathered in conditioner, rinse, and then let it dry as it wants to, no more maniputation. You could bring out more curls/waves if you follow the methods others suggested with CG or even scrunching, but maybe first look into doing a "hair-typing" photo to see what texture you're actually working with. Happy growing and good hair vibes :)

yahirwaO.o
May 9th, 2019, 07:52 PM
Well I kinda disagree with others in this case, i'm a guy and my hair is pretty much straight but get massive frizz at some lengths when freshly washed, air dried and let it loose as the day goes by. I have tried curly method and only leaves my fine hair stringy, barely there waves and weight down YUCK!!!!!!!. I think some textures dont lie naturally smooth and that's about it.

However after feeling my hair was just wild or either condemned to flat iron the heck out of it...... I 've found what has worked for me to cope halo extreme frizz.

1) Try to switch to a wooden or metal comb. It helps so much with frizz and static like crazy, plastic is crap. Here you can see a girl that makes a little experiment with a fairly inexpensive metal comb versus garbage fancy ionic static brushes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zga48Z6bX1g
2) This might be sound obvious but condition your hair and oil it too. LOC method might work for you, for me just some oil does the job.}

3) ...........And then my personal top number one thing that takes me from crazy to polish. WRAP HAIR AT NIGHT. I wash my hair at night let it air dry, apply some product and wrap it good brush very smooth with a boar bristle brush around my head, put my satin scarf around, then my do rag and let it do its magic overnight while I sleep like a beast. Takes me about 2 minutes to do.

Not only keep tangles at bey and gives a very very comfy sleep, its the only damn method in the universe that gives me miraculous shiny frizz free sleek hair without damage in the long run. This method itself isn't new at all, but african ladies and gents, or anyone who preserves a flat iron set know how to do it like real business. My way of wrapping isn't really complicated but works enough to keep any random hair that stick out under control and gives a crazy shine that looks better than heat styled honestly.

Whatever you try, keep experimenting. It took me years to sort out what works for me! Keep growing!!!! :applause:applause:applause