If you love trying different hairstyles, then you’ve probably noticed that men’s hairstyles change as quickly as fashion trends. Every year, new haircuts emerge, and better touches are introduced to older cuts to give them a fresh look. While some men like maintaining a timeless look such as the shaved head with beard, others love keeping short, medium, or long hair.
It is imperative that you do regular hair maintenance to ensure that your hair looks chic in every hairstyle. Routine hair care helps to deal with common hair problems such as breakage, product build-up, greasiness, and thinning hair. Here are the top hair care tips that you ought to use daily to keep your hair looking smart.
1. Pick the right time for a haircut
Barbershops tend to be busy in the middle of the day. Therefore, if you want your barber to give undivided attention to your hair, go for a haircut at the beginning or end of the day. At the two times, the start of the day is the best as the barber is most likely fresh and enthusiastic.
2. Use lukewarm water to wash and rinse your hair
Hot water strips off natural oils from your scalp, which could lead to dryness and breakage. Cold water, on the other hand, constricts and blocks the blood capillaries in the scalp. These capillaries need to stay active because they carry essential nutrients to your hair. Lukewarm water helps to keep capillaries open and active while at the same time keeping your scalp’s natural oil intact.
3. Be gentle when drying your hair
Wet hair is weak and easy to damage. Much as it is gratifying to rub the moisture away when drying your hair, it does you no good. Rubbing hair with a towel weakens its texture and sturdiness and causes breakage. Avoid any practice that entails pulling wet hair, including blow drying, as pulling damages hair follicles and cuticles. It also causes frizziness and split ends.
To towel dry your hair correctly, stroke it gently in the direction it grows. If you must use a blow dryer, coat your hair with a thermal styling spray and use a wide-toothed comb to avoid pulling. Ensure that you leave your hair slightly damp to prevent over-drying.
4. Use the right tools
When your hair is wet and most vulnerable, do not use a brush on it. Instead, use a wide toothed comb and be gentle when detangling. If you prefer a brush, look for a wide-toothed one. Since thinning hair can be stressful to comb when wet, work out any tangles in your thinning hair with fingers before combing it.
5. Avoid ponytails
Ponytails (tight hats) can cause damage to the cuticle, breakage, and traction alopecia (hair pulling out of the scalp). If you wear ponytails long enough, the hair loss and damage can become permanent.
6. Use egg cleanses once a month
One of the leading causes of unhealthy hair in men is protein deficiencies. Fortunately, these can be resolved with egg cleanses. Eggs contain proteins and minerals such as Sulphur that keep your hair nourished and healthy. Egg whites are recommended for treating oily scalps. They also repair damaged hair and reverse hair loss. Egg yolks have been used for centuries to strengthen hair. They also treat dry hair. Hence, use one of the two parts of the egg depending on the results you are looking for.
7. Protect your hair when swimming
Chlorine can wreak havoc on your hair. It chemically bonds with hair proteins and damages the hair’s protective outer layer, leaving it dry, dull and brittle. Before swimming, wet your hair thoroughly with clean water. Alternatively, you can apply a little conditioner or wear a protective hat when swimming.
8. Stop over-washing
Washing your hair daily will strip it of its natural, healthy oils. Wash your hair 2-3 times weekly and avoid overusing shampoos. Instead, use deep conditioners as they impart and lock in moisture, improve hair texture, and add shine and luster to your hair.
9. Avoid stress and anxiety
Stress directly causes hair loss, but men tend to forget that every so often. Relax on a regular basis if you want to keep your mane looking great. If you cannot relax naturally, try scalp massages or other activities that you enjoy.
10. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Your hair is a reflection of your lifestyle. To keep it looking good eat healthy, get enough sleep, and drink plenty of water.
Do not forget to trim your hair routinely to get rid of the damaged ends and allow it to grow. Avoid a comb-over if your hair is thinning. Instead, get a haircut that suits the thinning look. Go for shorter hair all round if you have an unflattering hairline. You can ask a knowledgeable barber for advice if you do not know which hairstyle or hair product is the best for you.