Haircare from a Lazy Guy
I am nearly always inconvenienced by the hair on my head. It grows rapidly, is resistant to style, and inherently plain. I find it to be neither malevolent nor benevolent— it simply exists in an omnipresent limbo like the Mothman, or barometric pressure. After years of attempting a shellacked Boardwalk Empire helmet, I gave up and now let is act mostly without supervision. It's not all anarchy, though. Here's how I keep it in line without stifling it.
1. A cleansing conditioner is the best bet. This doesn't mean a 2-in-1 shampoo. They are stripping and anyone who has ever used them can attest to the fact that they are repackaged dish soap. I like Joico Co-Wash ($24) because it dispenses like shaving cream. You massage it in, do the rest of your shower routine, then rinse at the end. Keeps your hair super soft with zero reside. (Don't worry- I was worried about that, too.)
2. I use a leave-in cream on my hair while it's towel dried. This puts extra weight in coarse or curly hair. If your hair is on the finer side, skip this step. I use OGX Coconut Curls Styling Milk ($7), but don't have any real loyalty to it. I've even used lotion in a pinch.
3. I almost never use pomade. It's an additional step in the morning and the because of step two, I rarely need any extra product. However, on the off chance I have to look extra sharp to soften myself in the eyes of the judge in an open container indictment, I'll use a squirt of Malin + Goetz Sage Cream (~$33) or Aveda Control Paste ($31). The former adds shine and minimal hold. The latter is basically just scented vegetable shortening, but damnit, it really works well. I can touch my hair 50x a day and it doesn't slowly chip off like lead paint flecks. Ideal for marshaling bedhead if you can't find your ball cap. Unideal for Mad Men cosplay. Knead product into wet hair (or dry if your hair is straight), finger style, then get to work. You're running late.