Men, just because you don’t spend as much time on your hair as the women (or maybe you do, it’s your hair, do what you want), doesn’t mean that your hair doesn’t need just as much care. This article that The Moxie on Maple team found helpful from Byrdie discusses hair tips for men according to experts.
If there’s one thing that unites humanity, it’s that we all want great hair, but I’ll be the first to admit, achieving it is a struggle. When good hair days feel few and far between, it’s easy to settle for just okay. Well, fellow men, we don’t have to.
Here are the best tips for all men to achieve their best hair possible, straight from the experts.
You might think you’re getting extra clean by washing your hair every day, but you could actually be doing more harm than good. If you’re over-shampooing, you’re stripping away oils from your scalp. Those natural oils are the best thing to hydrate your scalp. Even someone with a short buzzcut shouldn’t shampoo every day, but it’s especially important the longer your hair is. Three to four times a week is best for most guys.
Washing your hair with cheap shampoo is like washing your car with hand soap. Shampoos formulated with lots of harsh ingredients, usually found in cheaper products, can strip away too many of those natural oils that protect and hydrate your hair. When it’s time to wash your hair, use a gentle formula that is sulfate-free and has natural ingredients instead.
Knowing what hair type you have – straight, thin, curly, dry – and buying a shampoo designed for it can make a huge difference. It’s not just marketing; these shampoos contain specific ingredients that certain hair types benefit from. For instance, curly hair needs something with more moisturizing ingredients, whereas formulas for thin hair will contain ingredients to help volumize.
We all want to save time in the shower, but washing your hair without conditioning afterward can cause serious damage. Conditioners replenish moisture and essential oils that even sulfate-free shampoos can get rid of. If you have short buzzed hair, you should always use conditioner after shampooing to keep hair healthy, but it’s especially important for longer hair.
Short hair doesn’t require much conditioner, but the longer your hair, the more conditioner you need. Don’t focus as much on the roots; make sure you’re lathering the full length of your hair conditioner and focusing on the ends, which tend to get dry more easily.
It might be tempting to use multi-use products to save time, which is how we can explain the popularity of 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners, but they’re actually not good for your hair. Shampoo is meant to cleanse, and conditioner is meant to moisturize, so 2-in-1 products are counterproductive because you’re really only getting the benefit of one. They’re harder on the hair and lean more towards the cleansing side, without giving you enough hydration.
The coarser and curlier the hair texture, the more moisture it needs. Using a co-wash, which is a gentle cleansing conditioner, in place of shampoo will help retain even more moisture. Then following with a leave-in conditioner will ensure that coarse and curly hair stay hydrated and healthy. It’s especially necessary for African-American hair, which needs to be hydrating with oils and deep conditioners more often to keep it from drying out.
Using a lightweight hair oil after the shower will help seal in moisture and is especially important for curly, coarse, and textured hair too. Argan oil and sweet almond oil, which are lightweight and won’t make hair look greasy and also won’t build up on the scalp.
Aggressively drying your hair with a towel can do more damage than good, especially if you already have voluminous hair. You should blot it with the towel, don’t rub it. Being too rough can make curly or wavy hair frizzy and decrease volume on all hair types, especially thinning hair.
No matter what type of hair you have, taking care of your scalp can make all the difference in the health of your hair (and help keep it around, if thinning is a concern). The first step is to give yourself a scalp massage whenever you shampoo. Get in there with your fingers and nails to gently exfoliate your scalp. It will help get rid of dead skin cells and buildup at the roots, plus it always feels good.
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