It’s MANuary and today we thought a little boost of style inspiration might come in handy from one of our very own Paul Mitchell® Insiders. So we turned to Benjamin Jay╌owner of the HAIR LOFT Ltd and President of FORM + FUNCTION Salon Education in Chicago, Illinois╌and one of his stylists, Christian Awesome, to give us the 4-1-1 on the styling tools they use for looking fly all year long. Here’s what they had to say:
Gents, creating your style is so much more than selecting the right product╌it’s also about using the right tools (don’t fear tools!). If you know the style you want, you have to know the tool that will be the best option to give you that look. Each tool, comb, brush or hand will give you different options. Consider these grooming tools tips:
When styling with your hands, the amount of tension you are able to use is limited by the size of your hands and fingers. Every strand of hair is filtered through just four openings allowing for a lot of volume and tons of movement. Using your hands to style your look will create a finish that is meant to be played with and reset throughout the day. Perfect for the casual guy.
If you want a style with more structure, a brush might be the best tool for you. Because of the many rows of teeth and closer spacing, you get more tension while styling. Stretching the hair with a brush allows you to pull out a curl pattern or achieve more volume. The teeth of the brush serve as a placeholder during the drying process, meaning we get more structure out of the hair. This is perfect if you want your hair to stay put throughout the day, while never having to worry about a stray piece falling out of place.
Lastly, we have hairstyles crafted with a comb. The spacing of a single row of teeth will give a medium tension, and depending on the spacing between the teeth you'll create a sculpted look with tiny peaks and valleys. This allows for movement on a small scale with a lot of structure, but little volume. If you’re looking for a slicked back, tight style, a comb is your go-to tool.
Let’s all say it together: Don’t fear grooming tools!
Angela Hauk is Paul Mitchell's Brand Advocate Manager. When she's not conversing with the Insiders or sending them swag, she enjoys painting, writing, and exploring new places. Someday she'll own a card shop where her obsession with quotes will be put to good use!