Look, men are often apathetic about how we groom ourselves, specifically our hair. We overlook the damage we can be doing to our hair and scalp mainly because we are unaware of proper hair care methods. An influential gentleman is always well-groomed, as well as is aware and conscious of all aspects of his life. That being said, Let’s go over a few keys to keeping that mane looking good.
Our hair is significantly more vulnerable when wet, and the way we dry our hair can lead to serious damage. Hair can stretch and break if we simply rub our hair vigorously with a towel. I get it, as guys we try to minimize our time in the bathroom as much as possible, so we often speed through drying our hair, especially if it’s short.
Speed is important, but the health of our hair is equally important, if not more. Take some extra time to pat your hair dry instead of rubbing. It may take a bit longer, but if you’ve been speed-drying for years you may see legitimate changes in the thickness and healthy appearance of your hair in as little as a couple months.
Avoid the Heat
Heat is a detriment to our hair in a couple of ways. First, in the shower. While I’m a huge advocate of cold showers, I’m not going to use this article to convince you to give up your steaming, comfortable hot showers. Instead, I’m going to suggest that you turn the heat down to a cool or at least lukewarm temperature when putting your head under the faucet. Hot water rids the hair of essential oils, and dries out the scalp, which leads to a less healthy appearance.
Next, protect your hair against heat from a blow-dryer. If you’re like me, blow-drying your hair is part of how you style it. Blow-drying dries (obviously) and damages hair, and excessive daily blow-drying can have long-term effects on hair health. Purchase a pre-blow-drying gel to protect your hair. I use Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel. Yes, it sounds ridiculous, but it protects my hair and pumps some volume into it as well.
Shampoo and Condition
This should be fairly obvious: you need to wash your hair with shampoo. If you don’t, you’re going to have oily hair and leave your scalp susceptible to excessive build up which is not flattering in any way. People debate whether or not you should wash your hair every night or once a week or somewhere in between. My suggestion? If you’re using daily product in your hair, wash it every night. If not, wash it a couple times a week.
Men often forget to use conditioner, or simply deem it as unnecessary. Conditioner helps strengthen and protect our hair from split ends, breakage, and tangling. It also leaves our hair smooth and soft, and attributes to a healthy-looking appearance. Don’t skip the conditioner gents.
Use Proper Equipment
Brush and comb is a matter of preference right? Wrong. Brushing your hair when went can actually damage hair significantly. Keep the brush for dry hair, and instead use a wide-toothed comb when wet. This will help to get out tangles and start the styling process without harming your wet, vulnerable hair.
Even if you’re growing out your hair, be sure to get the ends trimmed and cleaned up. This eliminates frayed or split ends and keeps the hair looking healthy and staying healthy as you grow it out.
Avoid Stress and Stay Healthy
Naturally, this is easier said than done, as stresses pop up in our lives all the time. Stress does have an impact on the hair and scalp, which often is a reflection of our body health as a whole. Reduce stress and keep the body feeling ideal by getting sufficient sleep, exercising, and eating healthy. Even if stress comes up, you will be ready to meet it head on, and your body and hair will thank you.
The Hair of a Gentleman
Now that you know the dos and don’ts of hair care, you’re ready to maximize the health and appearance of one of your greatest natural accessories. Hair care is a man’s game as well, gentleman, take it seriously and you’ll be satisfied with the results.