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Do real men use a hairdryer?

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Actor Nick Nolte knows a thing or two about bad hair days.

Actor Nick Nolte knows a thing or two about bad hair days.

You've caught up. Upped the corporate stakes and, finally, gone for the good haircut.

Perhaps you've gone a little Don Draper, a bit Daniel Craig, or maybe even a tiny touch of one of those One Direction lads (though you and your hairdresser would never admit it). You've made the investment, your hair's looking sharp, and you're feeling more commanding and arresting than you ever thought possible from a 45-minute appointment.

You're looking good. But there's a catch. You have to keep it up. Hair this good doesn't just happen. It needs homework.

"A lot of the stylish cuts require men to blow dry," says Nathan Armagnacq, of Oscar Oscar salon at Melbourne's Chadstone shopping centre. "The Mad Men parted bouffant, anything that requires smooth and volume, needs a blow dryer."

For us men, using one of those things is not easy. It requires practice "and not on the day you're going out", warns Armagnacq.

"Men don't realise that when they get a style they need to get a good understanding of what is required ... the right products are important. But so is using a blow dryer."

Don't be deterred. Hair dryers are just another machine, aren't they? Don't we all love a good gadget?

There are many good high-performance brands in the market but Armagnacq recommends a brand called ghd.

"They are very expensive but they are the strongest and most powerful on the market and the most effective," he says.

The ghd air, launched last year, is designed to create "the perfect salon finish at home" and has an Italian-cool ergonomic design and a professional-strength motor. It's $199.

The more modestly priced Remington numbers do the job, too. It's a reliable brand.

Expect to pay from $80 to $300 for a hair dryer. Expect to have to play with it a lot to master it. But really, is it worth it?

Is the whole concept of blowdrying your hair in the morning too tiresome to contemplate?

Is it too fussy, too time consuming? Or simply beyond the pale? The thought of me and a blowdryer is, frankly, laughable.

How about you? Is great hair worth the time and effort it takes?

 

18 comments

  • Used one yesterday for the first time in ages, great for getting a coal bbq going!!

    Commenter
    bigbaz
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    September 23, 2013, 10:56AM
    • Men can use them but it's very lazy and a bit girly. Hairdryers are the lazy man's towel much like a leaf blower is the lazy man's rake.

      Commenter
      Petero
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      September 23, 2013, 10:57AM
      • Yes, I often use them in hotels if I'm in a hurry. Great for getting the damp out of nooks and crannies.

        Commenter
        JEQP
        Date and time
        September 23, 2013, 11:43AM
      • real men dont need a hairdryer. Bald men dont need a hair dryer as for lazy men maybe they cant afford a hair dryer or a leaf blower for that matter, not to mention a rake. A real man has a 2 cm hair cut, back and sides and killer abs to match. Now thats just vogue.

        Commenter
        A comb
        Location
        sydney
        Date and time
        September 23, 2013, 1:19PM
      • You reckon? Asked a real woman recently?

        Commenter
        Anna
        Date and time
        September 23, 2013, 3:07PM
    • Any fellow male who spends more than $30 on a haircut is an idiot. Its a haircut, not art!

      Commenter
      Hard Worker
      Date and time
      September 23, 2013, 11:02AM
      • I'm female, so I guess I'm not fully qualified to comment. But when I'm judging whether you're a "real man"and worthy of this real woman's attentions, whether you use a hairdryer is NOT one of the criteria I use!

        Commenter
        Anna
        Date and time
        September 23, 2013, 11:23AM
        • As a guy with fly away hair, a hair dryer and comb is essential to keep from having a bad hair day.

          Towels simply don't cut it and sure I could get my hair cut really short and it won't matter, but hair dryers make a lot of sense.

          Commenter
          flingebunt
          Location
          Brisbane
          Date and time
          September 23, 2013, 11:34AM
          • honey are you sure you have testosterone running through your veins and not oestergen. A man with long hair either cant afford a hairdresser or doesnt care about his attire, these people dont have partners.

            Commenter
            untidy much?
            Location
            sydney
            Date and time
            September 23, 2013, 3:06PM
        • Real men have been rendered bald by the amount of testosterone coursing through their veins.

          Commenter
          DMH
          Date and time
          September 23, 2013, 11:41AM

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