Your hair can really say so much about who you are, which is why it is important to take care of it. From knowing the proper way to wash your hair to remembering to get it trimmed on a regular basis, these hair care tips for men will keep your hair looking and feeling healthier than ever.
Use Shampoo to Remove Wax
Wax can sometimes be difficult to thoroughly remove from the hair, but leaving this in will only cause damage to your locks.
One easy way to remove this is to apply some shampoo directly onto dry hair, before rinsing this off and following it up with another application of shampoo.
Why does this work?
Because it helps to break down the ingredients in the wax, allowing it to be washed away.
Know Your Hair Type
Knowing your hair type is important, because different products are designed for specific hair types.
Whether your hair is thin and straight or thick and tightly curled, make sure that you spend some time evaluating your hair type before choosing new products or cuts.
Use Matte Products for Thinning Hair
As men get older, their hair begins to thin, and this is perfectly natural.
However, certain products will emphasize the thinning, which is something that most men do not want…
So, how do you go about masking this?
By using matte products, as these will not only make your hair look so much thicker, but will also make it more manageable. A matte styling paste or clay is perfect, as these will also absorb light, therefore making your hair appear thicker.
Pat, Don’t Rub
It can be tempting to roughly rub at your hair when it is wet, and many people believe that this will help their hair to dry faster
However, rubbing wet hair only ends up causing so much damage and breakage, because your hair is quite weak and vulnerable when it is wet.
Instead, give your wet hair light pats to absorb the water, without putting any stress on it.
Having regular trims is so important if you want to keep your hair healthy.
Because this ensures that dead hair and split ends do not build up, which would not only leave your hair looking lacklustre, but would also slow down its growth.
Wondering how often you need to get a trim?
Every four to six weeks is ideal, so make sure you schedule this into your diary.
If you are looking to change up your style a bit, make sure that you make it easy for your barber or stylist to understand exactly what you want. Bring along a few photographs if possible, but make sure you talk the style through with your stylist first, so that they can confirm that it will suit your face shape and structure.
When it comes to choosing an appointment at the salon or barbershop, you should try to be quite strategic with the times that you choose. Visiting during a busy time means that your stylist will likely be distracted, no matter how skilled they may be, and it could be your hair that ends up suffering.
Try to time your appointments for less busy times, such as the first appointment of the day, as this will ensure that you receive your stylist’s undivided attention.
Protect Your Hair From Chlorine
If you often spend time in a swimming pool, then you will likely already know that the chlorine in the water can really mess with your hair.
Have you ever wondered why this is?
Chlorine is a chemical that actually ends up bonding with the proteins in your hair, causing its protective outer layer to lift up, resulting in dry and brittle strands.
There are a couple of ways in which you can minimize this damage:
Apply a small amount of conditioner to your hair before entering the pool, as this will seal and protect your strands
Wet your hair with clean water before swimming, as this will help to dilute the chlorine
Even if you do not swim that frequently, protecting your hair beforehand will ensure that you will not have any hair issues after exiting the pool.
Turn Down the Heat
Do you regularly blow dry your hair?
Most people tend to have their dryer set to the hottest temperature, but this excess heat will only damage your hair, while giving it some extra frizz.
Of course, if you are able to leave your hair to air dry naturally, then this would be ideal, but make sure that you do not then have to turn to other heat styling tools in order to style it.
Turning down the heat applies to the water temperature that you wash your hair in too…
Showering in water that is too hot will only strip your hair, and skin, of its natural oils, so try to keep the water as cool as possible.
Use Vitamins to Counter Hair Loss
In addition to being good for your body and general health, vitamins are also great for your hair.
Wondering which vitamins to use?
These three are generally the most effective:
Vitamin A – Encourages and maintains a healthy production of oil in the scalp
Vitamin B – Helps the hair to maintain its color
Vitamin E – Boosts blood circulation in the scalp, meaning that hair follicles remain productive
A Healthy Diet for Healthy Hair
Your diet has a direct impact on so many different aspects of your health and body, one of which is your hair.
Want to know the foods that you should be eating in order to boost the health of your hair?
Here are a few:
Salmon – a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which opens up the hair follicles and promotes hair growth
Spinach – contains a number of nutrients necessary for healthy hair
Lentils – a good source of zinc and biotin, both of which are key for healthy hair
Sweet Potatoes – high in beta-carotene, which helps to maintain health of the scalp and reduce dryness and dandruff
Walnuts – a source of vitamin E, which helps to protect against brittle hair
Smoking is not only detrimental to other parts of your health, but can actually affect your hair too.
Smoking reduces blood flow to your scalp, which then means that your scalp is not receiving enough nutrients and oxygen, therefore slowing down hair growth.
Do Not Over-Wash Your Hair
Many men believe that there is no problem with washing their hair every day, but this only ends up stripping your hair and scalp of its natural essential oils, leaving it dry and flaky.
How often should you be washing your hair?
Two to three times a week should be sufficient.
If you find that this does not seem to be enough, then this could be down to the shampoo that you are using. Make sure that you are using one that contains quality ingredients, and is not formulated with any sulfates, as this will only lead to dull and dry hair.
Want to know which ingredients you should be using?
Keep an eye out for some of these:
Aloe – hydrating and moisturizing
Pro Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E – act as humectants, meaning that they bind moisture to your hair
Protein and Amino Acids – these are the basic building blocks of your hair cells, and will boost growth and health
You should also make sure that you are conditioning your hair after shampooing it. Even though you may think that you do not need it, conditioners help to restore the oil that is lost during washing, while forming a protective seal around your hair.
Use a Shampoo Designed for Men
In addition to making sure that your shampoo contains some of the above-mentioned ingredients, you should also ensure that you are using one that has been designed for men.
While many believe that this is just a marketing ploy, and that there is no difference between shampoo for men and shampoo for women, this is not actually the case…
The skin on your scalp will have a lower pH level than that on a woman’s scalp, so you need to be using ingredients and products that cater to this. Many shampoos designed for women will contain moisturizing ingredients that will be too heavy for your hair, so make sure that you go for shampoos for men.
Less is More
When it comes to hair styling products, many people really pile these on, believing that the more product they use, the easier their hair will be to style.
However, with the majority of products out there, less is actually more, meaning that you only need to use a small amount. Using too much product will only make your hair look heavy and unnatural, which is a look that nobody wants.
Do you find that using less product means that you cannot style your hair as well?
This may be an indication that you are using the wrong type of hair product. Many men do not really understand the differences between all that is out there, from waxes and sprays to pomades and creams.
Each one of these is designed to do a specific job, so make sure that you are using the best one for the style that you are trying to create.
Don’t Brush Wet Hair
If you use a hair brush on wet hair, then this is only going to cause breakages, resulting in damaged and unhealthy hair over time.
As mentioned above, wet hair is extremely vulnerable, which is why you need to take extra care when dealing with it.
Instead of using a brush, use a wide-toothed comb on wet hair, working this through your strands gently to ease out any tangles.
Avoid Tight Hats and Ponytails
Many men love to wear hats, but wearing hats that are too tight could actually be damaging your hair.
By causing a condition called traction alopecia, which is basically when hair ends up getting pulled out of the scalp.
This is due to the constant tension that a tight hat, or ponytail, can cause, and the damage will end up being permanent over time.
This does not mean that you have to completely avoid hats…
Just make sure that they fit your head well, and do not cause any stress to your hair. When it comes to ponytails, just make sure that these are not too tight, and do not wear them too often.
Stress can affect everything from your mental well-being to your skin, and it also affects your hair.
While a few stressful moments are not going to have any long-lasting effects, chronic stress is where the problem lies…
This ends up weakening your roots, resulting in hair loss, and, over time, you will end up with much thinner hair. This is something that you will probably not be able to reverse, so it is worth taking the time now to prevent it from happening.
Everyone deals with stress in their own way, so try to find a method that works for you, whether this may be finding a new hobby, giving meditation a try, or writing down your thoughts.
Stop Touching Your Hair
If you are someone who frequently touches your hair throughout the day, just out of habit, then this is something that you need to put a stop to immediately.
You will have also likely noticed that your hair seems to get greasy quite easily, and this is because, each time you touch your hair or your head, your hand leaves behind a residue of oil. It does not take long for this to build up, resulting in greasy hair.