When it comes to self-care, most men tend to think that it all boils down to taking good care of your skin and your body. However, we tend to forget that smart grooming doesn’t stop at your hairline. You need to style and treat your hair correctly for a great look.
But what does it take to style and maintain hair that will help you #BeGoals? This isn’t as difficult as you might imagine. A good hair care routine is simple yet effective. Here are 7 essential hair care tips for men to help take your hair game up a notch.
1. A clean scalp is a healthy scalp
If the scalp is not washed regularly, then there is a disruption of the microbiome balance which causes increased bacteria population and inflammation. This build-up can negatively affect your hair follicles, leaving your scalp dry and itchy. Regular shampooing of your hair keeps the scalp clean, strengthening your hair, leaving you looking good,
Be sure not to wash your hair excessively because this strips the hair of its natural protective oils. How often you wash your hair per week depends on your hair type. But it’s always good to remember that a clean scalp is a healthy scalp.
2. Use the right products
Whether it’s the shampoo you use or your favourite styling gel, it’s important to use the right products in your hair.
A fantastic place to start is knowing your hair type.
Once you have identified what type of hair you have, take inventory of your products. Before you go shopping for new products, look at what you have and identify which ones work well with your hair type and which you could afford to stop using.
Lastly, pay attention to the first five ingredients. The first five ingredients of a product indicate its active ingredients. It is always best to use products that have predominantly natural ingredients.
3. Don’t wash your hair every day
If you’re over-shampooing, you’re stripping away oils from your scalp. Those natural oils are the best thing to hydrate your scalp. Washing your hair three to four times a week is best for most guys.
4. Hydration is essential
The coarser and curlier the hair texture, the more moisture it needs.
Using a gentle cleansing conditioner, as well as a leave-in conditioner will ensure that coarse and curly hair stays hydrated and healthy. It’s especially necessary for African hair, which needs to be hydrated with oils and deep conditioners more often to keep it from drying out.
5. Pat your hair, don’t rub-dry
Being over-zealous with your towel is a sure-fire way to cause breakage.
Hair is usually weaker when it’s wet so don’t rub too hard when you’ve come out of the shower. Rather, pat dry to avoid putting any extra stress on your hair– especially if your hair isn’t as thick as it once was.
6. Carry a comb
All hair products benefit from a slight touch up throughout the day.
Take notes from old 70’s movie characters and always carry a comb with you. This way, you will be ready in the event of a hair crisis, or even if you’re going on an impromptu date. Most styling products can be reactivated by wetting a comb and running it through your hair.
7. Your Barber is your friend
Achieving your hair goals means making regular trips to the barbershop is vital. Make an effort to go about once a month to maintain the best style and look for you.
Once you know your hair type and understand the basics, you can put a routine in place that’s simple and easy to maintain. To #BeGoals, you should treat your hair with the same love and respect as you do your skin or body.