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Ask a Barber: Simple Hair Tips for the Active Guy

Michael Sparks, Ex-NFL Player Turned Celebrity Hair Stylist

By Brittany Hammonds | Sep 10 2015

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In our “Ask a Barber” series, we seek out expert intel on Style Girlfriend readers’ most pressing grooming questions. Got one of your own? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Sparks, Co-Owner of Cie Sparks Salon

After discovering his love for hair in the NFL locker room where he often was the barber for the team, Sparks left the world of football to begin a career in the hair industry where he’s worked with some big Hollywood clients. Now the co-owner of Cie Sparks Salon alongside his wife, he’s sharing his tips on looking your best.

We ask a barber about effortless hair tips:

What’s the best advice you can give an active guy when it comes to his hair?         

Just keep your hair short. Get a nice fade with it a little longer on the top, this will allow for your hair to look great whether it’s freshly cut or growing out.

Three ways guys can instantly improve their hairstyle if they’re on-the-go:

  • Don’t wash your hair every day. Embrace dirty hair (the product will hold up and you’ll be able to re-style your hair the next day).
  • If you have longer hair, use dry shampoo to refresh your hair so it doesn’t look too greasy.
  • If you use product, apply it to towel dried hair so it can penetrate the hair and hold style longer.

Hairstyles that transcend trends and will always be in style:

Buzz cuts will always be in style because it’s so simple and easy. It will look good with anything you wear, as well as making your jawline stronger. This look also looks great with light facial hair, it’s a mix of clean and scruffy. Also, another classic look is keeping hair short on the side and long on top for a modern day James Dean look. An alternate to this look is shaving the sides and back, while keeping the top longer – David Beckham does this all the time.

The classic hair routine that will work for any lifestyle or hairstyle:

For a controlled look, style your hair when it’s super clean because any product will hold the best on freshly washed and dried hair. After blow drying or towel drying your hair, rub a soft pomade through your palms and run through, still continuing to use your palms. This method will prevent over using product – typically all you need is a dime sized amount to hold a hairstyle.

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