Long, beautiful hair looks good on a guy with the panache to carry it off. You're not limited to putting it in a single band, and good hair stylists have excellent ideas for long hair to suit your age, the shape of your face, and the type of hair you have. No matter what your age, if you have long hair you can make it look attractive and keep it that way with a little care and attention.
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If your hair is dry and dull it's not going be a good look even if you tie it back. Long hair attracts attention for all the right reasons -- it's sexy, it's sensuous and it's a good style that sets you apart from everyone else. Deep conditioning once a week with hot oil treatments will keep it feeling good to the touch, as will regular brushing, a monthly trim of the ends, and conditioning each time you wash it. Schwarzkopf recommends a good bristle brush to energise the scalp and stimulate the blood flow for healthy hair roots.
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Long hair looks best if it retains its motion and glossiness, so stay away from gels and treatments that stiffen your hair. However, once you have your hair tied up in a ponytail, you can flatten down any stray hairs with a little hair gel rubbed between your hands and smoothed on. Alternatively, use a little jojoba oil smoothed over your head, which will nourish and protect your hair as well as keeping it glossy and smooth.
The traditional ponytail involves gathering all your hair behind your head and tying it with a covered band. As an alternative, add style and design to your hair before you tie it. Create patterns of plaits across your head, and either extend them to the ends of your hair or leave them free where you tie your hair. Have a look at celebrity hairstyles. David Beckham occasionally ties his hair in two or three ponytails to keep his hair off his face --- an edgy and masculine style.
Shave the sides of your head, or shave the whole of your head apart from one area of hair at the top or the back that you catch in a ponytail. Once the hair begins growing back, ask your barber or hairstylist to shave patterns into the new growth while keeping the ponytail intact, and try colouring different areas of the new growth or the ponytail itself. Hair extensions will give you extra length if you have short hair, and you can incorporate long, thin strands of leather into your hair that fall free with the ponytail.
Don't ever use elastic bands to tie your hair back. They will tear your hair when you remove it, and leave you with broken ends and damaged hair shafts. Use covered expandable bands to hold the ponytail, which won't snag when you pull them off. Leather ponytail holders look good either wrapped around the hair several times or tied once with the ends loose.
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