How to Solve Common Men’s Hair Problems: A Modern Guide

“You’re only as great as your worst hair day.” - Anon

Fellas, we know how much your mane means to you. It doesn’t matter which type of hair you have - whether it’s thick, thin, curly, straight, thinning or plentiful - taking care of your hair is no doubt up there on your priority list. And regardless of which type of men’s hair you’ve been blessed with, you’ll no doubt suffer from a common hair problem from time to time - it’s unavoidable.

A bad hair day can seriously stunt your mojo and when a common hair problem keeps on cropping up to haunt you, it can have an impact on your confidence or productivity - or it can just prove to be plain annoying.

That said, we want to help you hair-proud warriors out there by exploring the 10 most common men’s hair problems and offer practical solutions to keep them at bay - you know, not just quick fixes that come back to bite you in the backside within moments - the kind of which that you can use to tackle your most stubborn of hair problems on a sustainable basis.

Sound good?

Excellent, we’ll get started, kicking things off with the mighty cowlick.

The cowlick

If you have a cowlick, you'll be aware of just how difficult that bad boy can be to tame, let alone shape and style. But, it is possible our friend, yes it is possible.

Some men lose their minds and end up buzzing their hair to a fine stubble to rid themselves of their cowlicks- and although there's nothing wrong with a solid buzzcut - it doesn't have to be that way.

That said, fellas, with a cowlick, the trick is to either cut your hair short enough so it doesn't stand on end   or to leave it long enough so there's ample weight to hold your stylings in place. A good barber or stylist will be able to judge the length and cut that will work best for your cowlick as well as your hair type - so don't be afraid to ask . Of course, a liberal dose of pomade can also help tame your troubled mane - all you need to do is pick the perfect product for you and experiment.

The grey mane

There's nothing wrong with a silver fox, in fact, if worn with confidence, it can prove to be a scintillating, sophisticated look, particularly for older gents. But, if you don't want to go grey just yet, there is a solution.

So, the best thing to do in this situation, in our humble opinion, is to seek the advice of a professional colorist. By running a professional color test, not only will you be able to achieve a result that is subtle, natural and suits you, but it will be a look that you can maintain in the long term.

At present, a host companies make professional products that are developed to blend away grey hair without completely obliterating your natural color - and with a little research, you can find a dye for the home that matches your colorist's suggestion.

The fine hair conundrum

Limp, lank, fine hair can be a clawing nag on the mind of the go-getting modern male, but there are two things you can do to combat this and end up with a do that turns heads and drops jaws: try a new hair-boosting hairstyle and get a hair thickening product.

To help you on your quest for thick hair perfection, here are two resources that will help, fresh from the CON MOTO kitchen:

For Men’s Thick Hairstyles That Pop, Check Out Our DIY Hair Volumizer Recipe*

4 Trending Hairstyles for Men with Fine Hair 

The hat or helmet hair situation

If you're someone who cycles to work or you're a little higher octane and you ride a hog on a daily basis (or you just wear a lot of hats!), you will most likely suffer from hat or helmet hair on a regular basis - and yes, we know how irritating it can be.

To avoid hat or helmet hair, you should never wear a hat or helmet when your hair is damp as it will set in a strange, unmanageable and frankly, downright weird way. Moreover, to remove the lines created by the hat or helmet, a swift wrap with a hot, damp towel will do the trick or failing that, you can run your damp hands through your main to reinvigorate your styling product, adding more if required.

The depleting mane

Receding, thinning or balding hair is no joke and fellas, if this is you to any degree, we feel your pain. And just to let you know, we’re in your corner and there are plenty of options to make you look cool as a cucumber as well as sharp as a nail.

To help you on your path to a new and prosperous chapter in your men’s hair journey, here is something you should read:

Tip-Top Hairstyles for Men With Thinning Hair 

The dry hair drag

Dry hair can be caused by a number of factors like shampooing too frequently in hot water, styling products containing too much alcohol, excessive blow drying, pool water, excess sun exposure, and extreme heat. By shampooing less frequently or shampooing in cooler water with a natural moisturizing shampoo and conditioner  you will quash that dry hair dilemma with ease.

The oily hair irritation

On the contrary, if you have the kind of men’s hair that is susceptible to getting oily, there are ways that you can dry it out, balancing the moisture levels of your mane.

Despite popular belief, shampooing more frequently isn't always the best option as it can irritate your scalp, causing it to produce even more oil. Shampooing once every other day with a shampoo labeled specifically for oily hair will often do the trick, but, if your hair is particularly greasy, you may have to turn to natural drying remedies including a rinse of lemon juice or vinegar to help sap the oil from the hair.

The uncontrollable frizz

If your frizzy hair often leaves you looking like Weird Al Yankovic or Sideshow Bob, and you don't like it, allow us to share a fairly simple solution with you.

Essentially, taming frizz in men's hair is all about control.

By using a renowned anti-frizz product developed with largely natural ingredients and applying it to your hair when it's damp, before leaving it alone to dry naturally, you will keep this common hair problem at bay while giving yourself a solid platform for styling - with a good pomade (of course).

The coarse coating

Coarse hair that feels like a wire brush is a hair problem that requires a little patience and fitness to fix, but there is a viable solution, nonetheless.

It's possible to manage coarse hair with the right cut, a specialist shampoo and conditioner, and by a using a barber or stylist who knows how to tackle with coarse hair without breaking a sweat.

Before visiting your barber or stylist of choice, here are some of the best styles for coarse men’s hair for inspiration:

  • The classic fauxhawk or mohawk style.

  • The short, layered pompadour*

  • The classic modern buzz and fade.

  • The combover and fade.

The ever-expanding mane

We've said it before and we'll say it again: while having a thick, luscious mane is certainly a privilege, keeping it in check can become a curse. And yes, it is a common hair problem.

To control your mighty mane and stop it from rising like a loaf of bread in the oven, the trick is to cut the hair super short or leave it long enough to give it enough weight to hold it in place.

In addition to this, there are  number of tricks and tips for thick men's hair, and here they are:

CON MOTO's thick hair taming tips 

"The true test of a man's style is the haircut. There are some men who look good no matter how their hair is styled, whether it's trendy or not. A man can change his haircut many times, but to pull off any haircut, you have to be very chic. Like Brad Pitt." - Carine Roitfeld

There you have it: real solutions to the most common men's hair problems.

We sincerely hope that our solutions serve to help you with your hair-based ailments and if you're looking for a solution that we haven't covered here, please drop us a line* and we'll be happy to help.

Best of luck - and have a happy hair day.


Jason Speziale