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Simple and Effective Styling Techniques for Asian Hair Using Pomade
Asian hair is notoriously coarse in nature and most of the time has thick strands, which makes it quite difficult to style. When cut short, it usually go straight up and when it is long, it tends to be unruly in patches, sometimes referred to as “cowlicks”. Many Asian men tend to cut their hair short because it is the easiest to manage. But what about those that want to grow their hair little longer and sport a stylish hairdo?
First, let’s talk about the structure of Asian hair. Hair type starts at the follicular level, which is the point on the surface of the skin from which the hair starts to grow. For Asians, the follicle is generally round, causing the hair to grow out naturally straight. This in turn makes Asian hair very strong as moisture and natural oils can easily travel the entire length of the shaft. The downside to this is that Asian hair is thicker and stronger than most other hair types, making it that much more difficult to style. Another downside is that Asian hair, being straight, also tends to be more oily, making it more susceptible to buildups of oil and dirt. This also hampers the styling process.
A Perfect Solution
Although Asian hair is very difficult to deal with, there is a solution that tackles the problem very effectively, and it’s called pomade. Pomade is the best thing for Asian hair because it does not get greasy, has a matte finish, and unlike gel, moisturizes and binds the strands of hair together, making it much easier to shape. That last part is the key benefit for Asian hair.
Another advantage that pomade has over gel is that it does not dry the hair out, meaning that you can restyle or reset it as many times as you want without causing flakiness.
Gel contains alcohol, which tends to dry the hair out and make it stiff and hard. Many people also confuse this with hold. Read on to learn about some awesome styles that you can get using pomade.
Styling with Pomade
- Cotemporary Crew Cut
The Contemporary Crew Cut is gaining popularity among Asian men. It is simply a standard crew cut with a few modifications. The sides are cut very short, almost a close shave, sometimes with a tapering effect towards the top. A leading stylist based in New York says that blending is very important when styling Asian hair because every imperfection sticks out like a sore thumb. And achieving the style could not be easier. Just pat dry your hair with a towel and use pomade to push the hair on top forward.
- Modern Don
The Modern Don is simply a modern take on the look made famous by Mad Men’s Don Draper. For this look, you have to keep the sides faded, but unlike the Contemporary Crew Cut, you need to leave the top long enough to slick back. A very popular look among the trendsetters of Brooklyn and Los Angeles, this style is also very easy to achieve – just slick the hair back when wet with a generous amount of pomade and then comb it straight back or slightly off to the side.
- Classic and Long
Classic and Long is another look that works well for Asian men. To achieve this look, you will naturally have to grow your hair out a little at first. Then go to a stylist and get the sides cut down to about two to four inches long and make sure that your hair is longer on top. Then when you are styling it, all you have to do is let it dry a little, emulsify some pomade on your hands and slick your hair back by raking your fingers through your hair for a lose and natural look.
- Faux Hawk
The Faux Hawk is the haircut that was made popular by David Beckham. It is more intricate than the ones mentioned above but it is quite popular among young men everywhere. It is perfect for men who work 9 to 5 jobs and like to party. During the day, run some pomade through your hair and style it to one direction, and at night push it up for the cool Faux Hawk look. A few streaks of red will make it the even edgier Blood Hawk.
- The Pop Star
The pop star look – inspired by the likes of Justin Bieber and his Asian counterparts – is also making waves among young Asian men, especially with the recent explosion in popularity of K-pop and J-pop. Like the Faux Hawk, this hairstyle is also high maintenance because it calls for a straightening iron in addition to pomade.
- Yellow Fabio
The Yellow Fabio aka the Rainmaker is another high-maintenance hairstyle that many men believe to be worth the effort. It is basically just long straight hair that covers the sides of the face. Think of Rain from the movie Ninja Assassin. Mysterious and dangerous, most Asian men can’t go wrong with this hairdo.
All of these looks have one thing in common – they are achieved by applying pomade. This is a product that you can’t go wrong with, and you can’t do without, especially if you’re an Asian man with reasonably long thick hair. We recommend you going over to The Hair Central and read through their buyer’s guide to point you in the direction of your best look using pomades for Asian hair.
They have done extensive in-depth research on pomades and how to use it most effectively, as well as product reviews of some of the most popular pomades on the market. So whatever problems you are facing with your hair, we are pretty sure that you will be able to find a solution to it.
I don’t know about you but I sure learned a lot about hair, pomade and all the benefits. Thank you Lee Walters for this informative and fun read, until next time…
Take care readers!
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