7 Common Hair Styling Mistakes Men Make and How to Avoid Them

You might be surprised by the number of ways you could be styling your hair incorrectly. This can result in looking older than you are and an overall unpolished look. Not putting enough thought into styling your hair could be the reason why your appearance has become stale. With a few simple hair styling tweaks, you can really revamp your overall look. Below you will find a few common hair styling mistakes that men make and how to fix them.

1. Afraid to let it go

man with thinning hair

Man with very short, thinning hair | iStock.com

Whether you are just starting to lose your hair or you are halfway there, attempting to style your hair as if you still have a full head of hair is not the best idea. Instead of experimenting with the dreaded comb-over, opt for either cutting your hair low or shaving it all off for a more bold look.

2. Attempting the latest trends

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Leave the trends to celebrities | Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

Trends aren’t meant for everyone; being smart about which looks you may want to play with is key. If your hair takes a long time to grow back, or you’re not a huge fan of how your head looks without any hair, shaving your head or getting a crew cut is most likely not the best option for you. Take your time to decide what works best, and you can always put your own spin on current trends in order to play it safe.

 3. Not changing your hairstyle

A man getting a haircut

A man getting a haircut | iStock.com

The same rules that apply to fashion also apply to hair styling. If you haven’t changed your haircut since high school, it might be time to update your look. Try to evolve your styling over time, but avoid being too trendy. Staying away from trends will give you a timeless appearance and keep you looking modern at the same time.

4. Experimenting with hair dye

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Be careful with color | iStock.com

If you must dye your hair, this should be done by a professional stylist. As a professional they are able to select the right color, matching it as closely as possible to your natural color. Attempting to do it yourself usually results in an unnatural look, which doesn’t work for anyone. If you are starting to gray, instead of covering it up, embrace your inner silver fox.

5. Overusing styling products

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Don’t go overboard with gel | iStock.com

Hair should look naturally put together and not stiff as a board. Overstyling hair is something that can easily be avoided with the right products. If you happen to have unruly hair, don’t double the quantity of product. Instead, pick products that offer a light hold like pomade or wax for an effortless look.

6. Skipping out on haircuts


A man getting his hair cut | iStock.com

A professional haircut can make a huge impact when it comes to men’s hairstyles. A fresh cut can instantly give you a put-together look, and if this becomes part of your regular grooming routine, you will most likely need to use fewer styling products.

7. Growing hair long

A man with wild hair

This look isn’t for everyone | iStock.com

This look isn’t for everyone, but if you are able to pull it off, you should do it right. Avoid growing your hair too long, and make sure to keep long locks properly groomed and clean. Regular trims will keep your hair from looking disheveled.