Striking a perfect balance between casual and controlled is basically the Holy Grail of men's hair. Get it right and you've got yourself a trademark hairstyle that is both appropriate for formal occasions and wearable in a more casual setting, too.
A lot depends on your natural hair texture so it's important to know just how you should be styling your hair to keep it under control, without making it look over-styled.
Less is more
It might be a little cliché but the old 'less is more' adage is worth paying attention to when applying hair products. You want to use enough to give plenty of hold, but you should stop well before your hair gets overloaded and starts to look weighed down.
For this, Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum is perfect because it allows you to sculpt the hair however you want and doesn't leave any residue. If you change your mind after you leave the house, that's fine, too, because it doesn't dry hard so you're free to reshape the hair as desired.
Styles to try include this guy's casually side-swept look, a low-key brushed-back style, or tousled hair with a little more height. Use a wide-tooth comb to guide the hair but make sure you do most of the styling with your fingers.
Top tip – Twist and tousle individual sections of hair to add extra texture before you sculpt your hair into the shape you want.
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