Long or short, thick or thin, straight or curly – even men’s hair needs regular maintenance. That snazzy haircut of yours is of no use of your hair isn’t properly taken care of. Read on this 15 essential men’s hair care tips and routine that will definitely keep your hair care worries at bay.
Just because you’re a man doesn’t mean you get lax about hair maintenance. The hair care routine for men is the same as it is for women, with a few variations.
With regular hair care, your hairstyle will last longer and look as good as it is meant to.
#1 Don’t over-wash your hair
A common mistake committed by every man is that washing hair quite often. Limit washing to twice or thrice a week and always condition your hair. This would ensure the hair health and avoid losing out on essential oil from scalp.
#2 Dry your hair gently; don’t rub it
Wet hair tends to be weaker and vulnerable to damage. So avoid rubbing your hair after washing as it will lead to excessive breakage. Instead pat dry it to avoid stress on scalp.
#3 Get rid of that comb-over!
Your hair might be thinning. Get a haircut that suits the thinning look. Do not, under any circumstances, do a comb-over please. Women run from that
#4 Use an egg conditioner
Egg is loaded with proteins and essential minerals like sulphur that your hair secretly craves for. Harness the goodness of egg by conditioning your hair regularly with egg yolk. Let the egg yolk penetrate deep into your scalp so as to strengthen your follicles from within.
#5 Protect your hair from chlorine
The chlorine in pools can be extremely disastrous for your scalp as it causes your hair to become dry and brittle. The easiest way to protect your hair from harmful effects of chlorine is to wet your hair with clean water and apply a mild conditioner before you step in into a pool. Alternatively you can also wear a swimming cap.
#6 Use less products on your hair
Using too much of hair gel, hair wax, hair spray or any other hair product makes your hair look unnatural and heavy. Use minimalistic amount of these products when it comes to styling your hair the right way.
#7 Use a clarifying shampoo
Over the period of time, the product that you apply on hair can build up and make your hair look dull and lifeless. You can use clarifying shampoo like Pantene Pro-V Total Damage Care to pull out all the built up and retain your shiny hair. You can also use white vinegar for hair rinse as it helps in balancing the pH level. It might sound weird but it really works.
#8 Wash, don’t repeat
An article on men’s hair care would not complete without clearing the myth about using a shampoo twice. Basically don’t get fooled by the television ads that tell wash, rinse and repeat. Washing your hair once is enough. But make sure you use right shampoo and conditioner.
#9 Cut down the heat
Another important hair care tip would be avoid exposing your hair too much to heat. Avoid using hair dryers for drying your hair. Let them dry naturally. It might take some time but it will surely prevent your hair from becoming frizzy. But if you are using hair dryer, make sure you keep it on low heat setting.
#10 Trim it
To keep your hair neat and well-kept, get a haircut every 4-6weeks. Try and get a morning appointment. The hairdresser will be less busy and not fatigued
#11 Take a cold shower
Cold showers actually blocks the blood capillaries in scalp. These blood capillaries carry essential nutrients and need to be active for optimum effect and suddenly constricting them would be disastrous for your hair health. But this doesn’t mean you shower your hair under piping hot water. It will completely mess up your hair by pulling out all the natural oils from scalp. Ideally try and rinse your hair with lukewarm water.
#12 Stay natural
Keep coloring, perming, straightening, etc. to a minimum as getting chemical treatments repeatedly can damage your hair beyond repair
#13 Use the right tools
Hair is delicate and you must ensure you use the right tools. Also, don’t brush wet hair; use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb instead
#14 Avoid tight hats
Tight hats or even tight ponytails can result in ‘traction alopecia’, a hair condition that can cause hair loss, sometimes permanently
#15 Stay healthy
Your hair health is a reflection of your lifestyle. Hair care for men means you need to eat well, get plenty of exercise, drink water, get enough sleep and try to stay positive
Your hair is the first thing that gets noticed about you. A well-maintained head of hair will have other heads turning your way.