Hair care is not just for women, men’s hair needs maintenance as well to preserve strength and shine. A well maintained and healthy looking head of hair starts with good habits to protect them.
#1 Pat Dry, Don’t Rub
Hair is more susceptible to damage when it is wet but in a hurry to dry our hair after a shower, we often rub it too hard and harshly. However, towel drying is one of the biggest causes of damage to men’s hair because some hair may get tangled in the threads of the towel and become stretched, causing damage to the hair cuticles. As a result, tangles, frizziness and thinning of hair may occur. To dry our hair properly, shake out the excess water and use a soft towel to pat dry our hair.
#2 Cool Off - Don’t Use Hot Water
Hot water strips natural oils from our hair, leading to dry and brittle hair. The heat also damages our scalp and hair roots, causing hair shedding to occur. To protect our hair, make our hair washing routine as gentle as possible. Try to use warm or cold water to rinse our hair, then massage the scalp with shampoo instead of scrubbing it. Give our hair a final rinse with cold water to close the pores on our scalp and prevent dirt from entering and accumulating on it. Cold water also helps to retain moisture and natural sebum in our hair, helping it to stay shiny, healthy and frizz-free for a longer period of time.
#3 Match Your Shampoo to Your Hair Type
Using a good shampoo and conditioner will help to cleanse the hair, add moisture and elasticity and also smooth the cuticle to add shine. Before choosing our shampoo and conditioner, first determine our hair type and the hair problems we face. Different shampoos contain specific ingredients to remedy problems like oily or dry hair.
For example, clarifying shampoos for oily or greasy hair contain degreasers, including tea tree oil and menthol. Menthol generally soothes the scalp while tea tree oil tend to remove excess oil without damaging the hair and scalp. On the other hand, shampoos for dry hair contain fats or oils, humectants, a water-drawing ingredients like glycerin or glycerol, and panthenol, a form of vitamin B5. A moisturizing shampoo paired with a conditioner will help to revitalise dried-out strands and nourish them.
#4 Stay Healthy - Eat Right and Exercise
The condition of our hair often reflects the overall health of our body. A healthy diet and regular exercises will help us to get healthier scalp and great looking hair, while increasing the rate of our hair growth.
Food that are beneficial for our hair include meat and dairy food that are packed with protein; brown rice, leafy greens and eggs that contain Biotin, a B-Vitamin that promote faster and stronger hair growth; as well as fish and nuts that have Omega-3 fatty acids good for the scalp.
#5 Scalp Massages for Healthy Scalp
The key to healthy looking hair starts from where the hair begins - the scalp. It is important to take care of our scalp because regular stress can tighten the scalp and cause hair thinning. Hence, to ensure healthy hair growth, we need to learn to de-stress and boost blood circulation to the scalp. Stimulating head massages are beneficial for us because they promote good blood flow to the scalp, help to sooth nerves and relax muscles.
Keeping our hair clean and well groomed will help us to look more presentable and attractive. Follow these hair care tips and we can take care of our hair easily and keep it looking good at all times.