Hair care isn’t just for women.
Men certainly have it easier when it comes to hair care, but there are still a few things you need to be doing in order to maintain a healthy head of hair.
Keep reading to learn more about proper hair care and scalp hygiene for men, as well as which products you should be choosing and which hairstyles are “in.”
Men’s hair care guide
Dry you hair the right way.
You might be tempted to vigorously rub your hair dry with a towel, but this habit can cause significant damage to it. Wet hair is more fragile than dry hair. Repeated drying with a towel will cause split ends and frizz. Instead, use the towel to pat and squeeze your hair to remove excess water. Allow it to air dry from there.
It’s also important to use a wide-toothed comb (not a brush) when hair is wet.
If you want to dye your hair, have it done at a salon.
Chemical treatments like coloring and perming are very damaging to the hair. These treatments are even worse when they come in a box. Always visit a salon for color.
Use a high-quality shampoo (and don’t forget conditioner).
Avoid shampoo+conditioner combos. Instead, look for a shampoo and conditioner designed for your hair type.
If you have problems with frizz, use a moisturizing conditioner.
Your overall health has a significant impact on the appearance of your hair. Get enough sleep, minimize stress, maintain a healthy diet, and exercise regularly.
Your diet is particularly important. Certain nutrients and nutrient deficiencies can change the texture of your hair.
Let your hair breathe.
Avoid tight ponytails/buns and tight hats. Keeping the hair in a tight environment day after day can sometimes cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia.
Visit your hairdresser regularly.
Even if you have long hair, it’s important to get regular trims. This will help eliminate split ends and keep hair looking healthy. Experts recommend getting hair trimmed every six weeks.
Nobody wants to go bald, and thinning hair can be a man’s worst nightmare.
Using hairspray can really help to add volume if you suffer from thin hair. If you want to slow down the natural progression of hair loss, we recommend you maintain a healthy diet and use a product like one of the following.
Hair products for thin hair:
- Phyto Phytolium 4 ($65): a scalp treatment that fights thinning and stimulates new growth
- Peter Thomas Roth Hair To Die For ($21): a non-oily formula that initiates the hair growth cycle
- Nioxin Thickening Spray ($10): a convenient spray that creates a fuller head of hair
- Port Products Botanical Protein Complex Shampoo ($32): a shampoo that makes hair look and feel thicker
- Revivogen Scalp Therapy ($99): a convenient spray that reduces DHT production
Click here to read more about hair growth shampoos for men.
Curly hair can be a blessing and a curse, especially for guys.
Tips for guys with curly hair:
- Get adequate amounts of b5, b8, and omega-3 acids
- Retain moisture by washing every 2-3 days (not every day)
- Use products like styling pomade and gel while hair is still wet
- Avoid blow dryers
- Use serum to increase shine
- Don’t play with your hair
Maintain a healthy scalp
Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp. Hair is basically just protein, with no reparative properties of its own. Keep your scalp clean by washing regularly. Make sure to scrub your scalp when your washing.
Practice scalp massage once per week. Not only is it relaxing, but scalp massage promotes blood flow (which gives the hair the nutrients it needs) and keeps the scalp flexible.
You can massage yourself with your fingers or ask a friend or partner to do it for you. Use firm pressure for 3-4 minutes, once per week. An easy way to do this is by doing it while you shampoo your head.
Don’t take hot showers. Hot water damages the hair and strips the scalp of natural oils. This leads to dryness, which can lead to dandruff.
If you struggle with dry hair/dry scalp, use a leave-in conditioner to help bring some of that moisture back.
Hairstyles for short hair
Short hair has been and always will be in style for men. Most guys want their hair short on the back and the sides, and this has become the base for most of the classic short hairstyles.
For a modern look, choose an undercut hairstyle with various lengths on top or a fade haircut.
Common short hairstyles for 2018 include:
- Buzz haircut with or without a fade
- Caesar haircut
- High and tight haircut (a good example is Ryan Reynolds in the movie Deadpool)
- Julian Edelman haircut
- Cristiano Ronaldo haircut
How to properly wash your hair
Lots of men out there don’t really pay attention when they shampoo their hair. They grab whatever bottle is the cheapest or they use whatever product their girlfriend left in the shower.
Choosing the right shampoo is important because a good shampoo not only cleans the hair, but improves circulation and cleans out pores on the scalp.
As I mentioned above, choose a shampoo and conditioner designed for each hair type. Here’s the proper way to wash your hair:
- Use lukewarm, cool, or cold water
- Stand under the water until hair is thoroughly saturated
- Using your fingers, work a nickel-sized amount of shampoo through thr hair, all the way from roots to ends
- Rinse hair completely before applying conditioner
- Apply conditioner the same way you applied the shampoo
- Allow the conditioner to sit in for a few minutes
- Rinse thoroughly
- Gently dry with a towel
- If you have long hair, use a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles
Men’s hair tips on styling
Don’t be embarrassed if you have trouble recreating the look you have when you walk out of a salon. Lots of guys have trouble styling their hair.
To help, here are some of the most common products and which hairstyles they should be used in:
- Pomades: use in short styles that are texturized or sleek
- Waxes: use to help control short styles and to add shine
- Muds & fibers: for longer, “messy” styles
- Creams: to control fly-aways and frizz; in conservative styles
- Gels: for wet looks and strong hold
- Hairspray: for control and volume
It is a common misconception that men’s hair styling wax and men’s hair styling gel are the same thing. They are not.
Wax gives you serious hold. It’s best for adding shine and managing very thick hair. It can also be used to hold spikes and mohawks in place.
Waxes should be used on hair that is completely dry.
Gels are your best choice when you want to create a wet look. Unlike wax, you can still comb through the hair when you use gel.
Gels come in varying “holds.” Men with fine hair should choose a light hold, because firm holds will weigh down their hair. Men with course and/or thick hair should choose a firm hold gel.
Gels are notorious for flaking off when they dry and looking like dandruff. Make sure to purchase a high-quality product to avoid this.
Gels are to be used in damp or wet hair. They can also be used on dry hair to hold a particular style.
Click here to learn more about this year’s hottest hairstyles for men.