I'm a man, and all my life I've had exactly one hairstyle. Now I'm looking to refine my look a little bit. What do I need to know?
I've had pretty much the same hairstyle for 26 years. My friends and family often tease me that there's no point in me even going to the barbershop because "it always looks the same anyway". I have always worn a medium-length cut. My hair parts naturally, and I've never fought it. I pretty much use no hair products of any kind, other than shampoo and conditioner. I'm pretty conservative in my dress and grooming.
Now, I'm thinking a bit of change might be good. I might change my overall hairstyle, or maybe I want to keep my style but use some kind of product to enhance it or keep it in place a bit. However, I have no idea where to start. Can you help me? How does a man choose a new hairstyle? Is there some kind of guide? What sort of products (gels, sprays, brushes, etc) should I know about? What's the difference between a $10 barber, and a $30 salon? Any and all information would be helpful.
In general, I would consider:
- A new (yet still conservative) hairstyle. A bit longer, a bit shorter, try to remove the part, whatever.
- Using a subtle gel or spray to hold my hair in place or enhance it
- Going to a new shop or salon if it would help
I would not
- Coloring or highlighting.
- Gels or sprays that have a very obvious and dramatic effect - making your hair look solid, or laquered, or whatever
- Anything that would shock your grandmother. I'm going for a more modest, business-friendly look.
I'm looking for more general advice about my options rather than a specific recommendation, but if it helps this is what I look like
(although the part in my hair isn't always that pronounced). Also, if it matters, I live in Michigan, USA.
Thanks in advance!