Let's be honest, most men rarely give much thought to how their hair looks or if there are any products out there that could help them achieve greater luster and growth. The good news is that we’ve some great tips — and don’ts — for keeping your hair looking its best all day long, at least if you’re serious about maintaining your hair.
Don't Pick a Bad Hairstyle
If you're going to choose any of these hairstyles for young men, it's best to ensure that the style you opt for compliments the shape of your face. The other factors you need to consider include hair texture, your lifestyle, preparedness, and trends.
Use the Right Products
Shampoos and hair conditioners are the most important hair care products for men. Shampoo cleans and removes dirt or dead cells from the scalp and hair follicles. It also rinses away any oils that may be present in your strands. Conditioner works differently: it softens, smooths and conditions the surface of your hair while keeping it moisturized at all times. These two products work hand-in-hand to keep your hair healthy and shiny.
If you have coarse or curly hair, there are plenty of shampoos and conditioners designed for this type of hair. You can add shea butter, glycerin, or aloe vera to your hair care routine - these products sometimes serve as better alternatives to shampoos and conditioners.
Trim Your Hair Every 8 Weeks
Trimming your hair regularly is one of the best ways to keep it healthy and prevent split ends. If you’re not sure how often to trim your locks, talk with a professional or ask your barber. Men with short hair should trim their strands every 8 weeks, while those with long haircuts can go longer between trims, usually 12 to 16 weeks.
Eat Healthy to Avoid Hair Loss
Hair grows and dies, and follicles create new ones using nutrients. So you need to:
- Eat foods rich in vitamins, minerals and protein.
- Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Too much sugar causes inflammation, so avoid it.
- Avoid alcohol - it causes dehydration, which then leads to thin and dry hair.
- Avoid eating too much salt (excess salt causes sodium buildup around follicles, which affects flow of blood and essential nutrients to the hair).
Don’t Ignore Dandruff
Dandruff is a common condition that several factors, including genetics and diet, can cause. The most common type of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis (SD). While dandruff is not contagious, it can be embarrassing. If left untreated, it's difficult to control later on and can leave the skin of your scalp with itchiness, redness, flakes, and a serious rash.
That’s why you should treat it as soon as you notice it, to avoid further issues. Fortunately, you can easily treat SD with medicated shampoos. You should also keep an eye out for potential triggers for SD like stress or dry skin, some hair products, and fungus.
Brush Your Hair Daily
Brushing your hair is an easy way to ensure it's healthy, but it's also a great way to stimulate the scalp and follicles. The brushing motions untangle strands and help to clean out any dirt or oils from your hair, preventing buildup on the surface of the scalp. If left unchecked, dirt buildup can lead to irritation and breakage.
Brushing also stimulates circulation in order to deliver nutrients into each strand of hair. You'll notice that after using this method regularly, there will be fewer split ends as well, since hair strands are being nourished by natural oils.
Avoid Hot Showers
Hot showers are bad for your hair because hot water opens and damages the cuticle layers of your hair, leaving it more prone to breakage and split ends. It also makes your hair look dull and greasy. If you accidentally run hot hair over your hair, try using a cold rinse afterward. Cold water helps close cuticle layers and retains sebum and natural oils to keep the skin hydrated.
We know some of the tips we’ve discussed may not work for everyone’s hair type and style, but with some trial and error, you’ll find what works best for your own needs. The same applies to choosing the best haircare products - there are many types of shampoos and conditioners out there that it's hard to know which one is best suited for each person. That’s why it's important not to just go by what someone else says about their product, because everyone has different needs when it comes to achieving good looks from their hair.
Remember, you can't change your hair or the way it looks overnight. You need to try some or all the tips above and stick to what works for you - that’s how to work towards better hair care and a healthier scalp. Good luck!