Healthy Hair Tips For Men
Go sulfate free.
So you got that $3 bottle of supermarket shampoo? YIKES! It's packed with harsh chemicals known as sulfates, which show up on ingredient labels as "sodium lauryl sulfate," "sodium laureth sulfate," and "sodium lauryl esther sulfate." While these "detergents" help make products sudsy, they also deprive your hair of its healthy oil, leaving it dry, brittle, and difficult to manage. To avoid these effects, look for a low-sulfate or sulfate-free shampoo, which cleans without removing oil. Sulfate-free shampoos can be difficult to find in drugstores, so be sure to ask me which shampoo and conditioner that will work best for your hair next time you're in my salon!
Shampoo less often.
I recommend shampooing hair only once or twice a week. Why? Washing daily with any shampoo, even with the low-sulfate kind, will strip some oil and dry your hair and scalp. Also, most styling products like gel and hairspray are water-soluble, so they don't need shampoo to rinse out of hair. Be aware that switching to a once or twice weekly washing can cause your hair to look greasy at first, it won't after a few weeks, and your hair will be healthier and softer.
You don't need to shampoo first to condition. Conditioning hair daily helps protect and moisturize it while soothing rough cuticles. You should be conditioning every day and using shampoo twice a week instead of the other way around. Men with curly hair can benefit the most from daily conditioning, since smoothing the cuticles of kinky hair will help prevent that bed-raggled look.
Pat Dry, Don't Rub.
We men tend to think that the harder we rub our hair after washing the quicker it’ll dry. In reality, an over-zealous towel drying technique will just cause breakage – especially bad news if your hair already isn’t quite as thick as it used to be. Hair tends to be weaker when wet (and hence more prone to damage) so don’t rub too hard. Instead, pat dry to avoid putting any extra stress on it.
Keep It Cool While Using The Blowdryer.
If you’re using a hair dryer, don’t over dry your hair as it will leave it frizzy and damaged. Instead, try to set your hair dryer on the ‘cool’ mode. It might be a bit more time-consuming but it’ll help keep hair in good condition.
Are You Thinning?
Try switching to Matte Products. For many men, hair thins out as they hit their thirties and forties. To make it look thicker and more manageable, use a matte styling paste or clay. Matte products absorb light and instantly make hair appear a little thicker.