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If you want your hair to lay down and grow straight, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with 5 solutions on how to get short hair to lay flat.
Now let’s dive in.
5 Solutions to Get Your Hair to Lay Flat
Solution 1: Hair Straightener
A hair strengthener or “iron flat” is the best tool to get your hair laid flat. If you have shorter haircuts, like buzz cut or crew cuts, then move on to the next option. If your hair on the sides is medium-long (2+ inches) and you’re constantly battling with laying down your hair, then a hair straightener is an option you should consider.
For men, the best hair straightener is BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium(picture above). It’s exceptionally durable, efficiently speeds up the straightening process, reduces hair damage caused by the heat of its plates, and is a preferred choice among titanium-based hair straighteners.
Solution 2: Use Hair Pomade Or Styling Cream
The second solution to getting your short hair to lay flat is using styling products. This is the best solution if you’re short on time and your hair is messy in the morning.
There are many hair styling products you can choose, but the ones that work the best are pomade or cream. You should consider only these 2 because other ones, like hair gel, are horrible for straight hair because the hold is too strong and gives aggressive shine to hairlines that look unnatural.
Pomade is like a softer hair wax and works well for flat hairstyles (not tall ones!). It adds shine to your hair, making it look glossy and natural, and gives your hair all day hold. Plus, they are easily washable.
What styling cream does is keep your hair smooth and in place by locking in moisture. If you have too many flyaway hairs, styling cream helps control them and prevents you from looking like you just woke up.
Just apply one of these two products and move the top of the hair forward and the sides of the hair down.
Solution 3: Use Head Wrap
Head Wrap is the best solution for men who don’t want to use any hair products.
What you need to do is gently comb straight and forward your hair first, and then tie a scarf around your head. You don’t need to comb your hair too much; just give the hair direction where it should go when you tie a wrap. If you don’t comb it, the results will lead to slicked-straight hair on the sides, which will look very ugly and it would be very hard to put the hair back in place, so you would probably need to wash your hair and do the whole process from the beginning.
The wrap should be tightened on your head for 20 to 30 minutes.
When tying a wrap, it should be tightened normally. If you tighten too strongly, your hair will be straight, but the top sides will fall on your forehead. Even if this happens, it’s not that big of a deal. You can put your hair back in place just by using your fingers. The only thing that matters is the side of the hair to be straight and not messy.
Solution 4: Blown Dryer + Brush
Blown drying your hair with a brush is another option without using any hair products. While your hair is wet, use blown dry and gently brush the top of your hair forward and down on the sides. A Blow dryer should be at minimum power, if you dry it with max power it can be very difficult to put hair in place even with a brush. If your hair is still wet, let it dry naturally, it will take 10-15 minutes max.
Pro tip: You can combine this routine with water-based pomade. Applying a small amount of pomade will prevent hair from getting messy when using a blow dryer. Hair will stick, and most importantly, it will look natural.
Solution 5: Get a Different Haircut
In my experience, some men just can’t have straight hair. If your hair is constantly getting messy and you simply can’t cope with products, maybe the best option for you is a fresh cut. Now, some men with short hair don’t have any problems with their hair getting messy in the morning, while if they did have longer hair, it would be a nightmare.
This really depends on your hair type. If your hair is softer, you will have fewer problems with short haircuts, while if you had a longer haircut, it would be a nightmare. The opposite applies to men with thicker hair. In the end, if you still haven’t found a proper hairstyle, then check out our page.
There are various reasons, but here are the four most common reasons why your hair is getting messy:
Hats and Helmets: Wearing hats or helmets for too long will flatten or mess your hair, and it will be very hard to put your hair back in place.
Hair Type: Some hair types are naturally more prone to becoming messy. Curly or wavy hair, for example, can easily get frizzy and disheveled.
Sleeping Habits: If you sleep too much on one side of the head, your hair will be messy because the constant pressure and friction against the pillow can cause the hair on that side to become flattened, tangled, or disheveled, resulting in messy hair when you wake up.
Blow Dryer On Maximum Heat: Using a blow dryer on maximum heat can damage hair and leave it messy, that’s why you always need to use it on low to medium heat while combing or brushing your hair in the desired direction.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to get very short hair to lay flat?
Apply pomade or hair cream to the hair, then gently move the top of the hair forward and the sides of the hair down.
What are the best haircuts for short hair?
Buzz Cut, Crew Cut, Undercut, and High and Tight are the most popular and best looking short haircuts for men.
How to get short hair to lay down in the back?
Use hair gel or pomade and a comb. Apply one of these two products to your fingers and slick your hair back, then gently comb your hair downwards.
Getting short hair to lay flat can be challenging, but with the methods I mentioned above, one will probably work for you.
Pick one of the solutions you think will work the best for you and try it. If you still can’t let your hair lay flat, then maybe the best solution is to pick a new haircut. Again, try every solution I’ve mentioned above, there is less than 1% that any solutions won’t work.